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The role politics and politicians play in a country’s health is worthy of scrutiny and is one that has possibly been overlooked by many other independent critiques and critics of the medical establishment. We raise this point in our new release book MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures.

MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 3)

We devote one entire chapter to the issue of politics and health in Medical Industrial Complex. An excerpt follows:

Serious questions need to be asked about a health ‘system’ in which politicians are often reluctant to invest money in long-term, preventative measures that can take years to show a return on investment.

A politician’s future is very much at the whim of voters who are notoriously fickle. Little wonder then that many tend to focus on short-term policies and initiatives instead of long-term ones. Those who don’t are very quickly brought into line by their party – be it on the Left or Right of the political spectrum – whose modus operandi, invariably and almost without exception, is to do whatever’s needed to win the next election and to stay in power.

That’s politics, folks.

In the process…short-term tangible things like spending more money to reduce waiting surgical waiting lists (to win votes) instead of dealing with the long term underlying causes are given priority.

If the wellbeing of constituents, as well as minors and other non-voters – aka human beings – wasn’t at stake, we’d say this is rather naughty of our elected representatives. As people’s health and, indeed, their very lives are at stake, we’d say this practice or policy, call it what you will, is downright deplorable.

When politics is thrown into the medical melting pot and stirred up with those other essential ingredients – namely Big Pharma, hospitals, the medical academic establishment, hospital supply and equipment companies, and other key players in the Medical Industrial Complex – the practice can only be described as seriously corrupt.

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“The medical profession is unconsciously irritated by lay knowledge.” –John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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Making short-term medical policies, in the case of vote-hungry, power-mad politicians, and pandering to those same policies, in the case of greedy elements within the medical establishment, when lives and health are on the line is unforgivable.

How refreshing it would be if the government of the day announced it was replacing its “ambulance at the bottom of the cliff” health policy with a 10 or 15-year, or, better still, a 20-year vision for the country’s health. A vision that requires investment in long-term preventative measures and that encourages a holistic approach.

Alas, the nature of politics and politicians is that no such change will likely occur. Equally, the current system – a system in which cures for diseases and other ailments come a distant second to just treating symptoms – suits the big pharmaceutical companies and their kind just fine. So no change can be expected any time soon from that quarter either.

At the end of the day, we, the common people, have two choices: we can force the politicians to listen or, better still, we can take responsibility for our own health. The obvious advantage in the latter choice is that it’s actionable immediately and doesn’t rely on a change of government and/or a new type of political leader to emerge.

Be warned, taking responsibility for your own health is not without its challenges. It requires research and no small amount of courage. And…Some health professionals do not take too kindly to patients who want to be involved in decisions about their treatment.

So, be prepared for some battles with your doctor. We know from personal experience they don’t always welcome questions about the (inevitable) side-effects of prescription drugs or suggestions that natural medicine or a health supplement may be a better alternative than a ‘quick-fix’ pill for certain ailments.

 

Medical Industrial Complex is available via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MEDICAL-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX-Suppressed-Underground-ebook/dp/B00Y8Y3TUM/

 

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We are constantly inundated with reports and allegations – some well-founded, some not – regarding the alarming state of the public healthcare system worldwide. Which raises the question just how reliable are these reports and how valid the allegations. We investigate this in our new release book MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures.

MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 3)

New book pulls no punches.

As you may have guessed from the title of our book we are highly critical of the medical system. We are not alone in this of course, and we address these concerns in the very first chapter.

 

Relevant excerpts (abridged) from the book follow:  

“…UK peer-reviewed journal BMC International Health and Human Rights, which estimates healthcare expenditures globally total 3 trillion US dollars, indicates it’s little wonder this sector is vulnerable to corruption. In an article dated May 3, 2012 and published on its respected biomedcentral.com website, BMC highlights the huge expense associated with the procurement of the many services the sector offers, and points out that the nature of healthcare is such that the demand is not fully predictable and often exceeds supply.

“Health care systems also tend to have weak or non-existent rules and regulations, lack of accountability, information imbalances between providers and patients and suppliers and providers, and low salaries for health care professionals and public officials. These characteristics of the health sector make it susceptible to corruption.”

BMC also claims that theft, diversion and resale of drugs are other sources of corruption that occur at the distribution point of the pharmaceutical supply chain. Examples listed include theft without falsification of inventory records, dispensing of drugs to patients who did not actually attend the pharmacy or clinic, recording of drugs as dispensed to legitimate patients but the patients do not receive them, and dispensing of drugs to patients who pay for them but the health care provider keeps the funds.

The article also gives examples of “illegal kickbacks” to surgeons and false claims allegations, stating that, in one case, “Physicians were allegedly awarded vacations, gifts and annual ‘consulting fees’ as high as $200,000 in return for physician endorsements of their implants or use of them in operations”.

BMC states that the medical device industry, especially in orthopaedics, is an area where there are relatively large sums of money involved and thus there is a susceptibility to corruption.

Clearly, healthcare corruption is a global problem – and a major one at that. Certainly, that’s the perception of the majority of independent analysts. Most alarming, or at least as alarming, is the reluctance – or downright unwillingness – of those involved to discuss the problem.

Now why is this? Is it because guilty parties are afraid that discussion could lead to investigation of corrupt practices? And are those same parties afraid of what an investigation will uncover?

…Despite the gloom and doom surrounding the Medical Industrial Complex, all is not lost in our opinion. Many good people remain within the healthcare system and devote their lives to improving the quality of their patients’ lives…

Modern technology may eventually empower the public and provide a path to a fairer healthcare system.

One subscriber to the technology-as-a-medical-solution theory is Eric Topol, MD, a professor of translational genomics and the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. Topol, who is described as a pioneer of the medicine of the future, is also author of the bestselling book, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands.

The book’s splurge reads as follows:

“In this new era, patients will control their data and be emancipated from a paternalistic medical regime in which ‘the doctor knows best.’ Mobile phones, apps, and attachments will literally put the lab and the ICU in our pockets. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. In spite of these benefits, the path forward will be complicated: some in the medical establishment will resist these changes, and digitized medicine will raise serious issues surrounding privacy. Nevertheless, the result – better, cheaper, and more humane health care for all – will be worth it. The Patient Will See You Now is essential reading for anyone who thinks they deserve better health care”.

It seems readers are resonating with Topol’s book if reviewers’ comments are anything to go by…”

 

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Medical Industrial Complex is available via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MEDICAL-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX-Suppressed-Underground-ebook/dp/B00Y8Y3TUM/

 

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In the introduction to our new release book MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures, we remind readers you don’t need to be a genius to know that corruption is rife in the world’s most lucrative fields –and it seems mainstream medicine may be no exception.

MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 3)

Our introduction (to the book) follows unabridged:

Sometimes it seems as if few in positions of power have the strength to resist the temptation of generating vast sums of money via devious if not downright dishonest means.

Whether it be profiting from manufactured arms conflicts or manipulating financial markets, history proves greed is often the rule and not the exception when it comes to the global elite’s pursuit of wealth – or, perhaps more pertinently and disturbingly, when it comes to their pursuit of greater wealth.

Many argue that when it comes to greed and corruption the medical sector is no different to other lucrative business sectors. This seems a strange accusation given most in the medical field, including doctors, nurses and hospital staffers, embark on their careers out of a compassionate and genuine desire to care for the sick.

Unfortunately, there are powers-that-be whose motives are not so noble. Collectively and unofficially called the Medical Industrial Complex, they comprise a surprisingly large number of individuals, corporations, government health services, medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and, dare we say it, hangers-on. Those in the latter category include the likes of health systems consultants, insurers, banking executives, accountants, lawyers, construction company reps and even realtors.

However, the so-called Big Three in this complex are readily identifiable. They are ‘Organized Medicine’ (the medical profession as a whole), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and, of course, the pharmaceutical industry – let’s not forget them.

For readers outside of America, replace FDA with your government agency responsible for allegedly protecting and promoting public health in your country.

To put the Medical Industrial Complex into perspective, consider this: modern medicine is one of the largest and most profitable industries on the planet. Some medical insiders have described it as America’s biggest industry. Not sure it’s as big as the war industry, but if it ain’t, it must be a close second.

At the time of writing, Americans were transfixed, bemused and frustrated by the partisan squabbling surrounding President Obama’s attempts to sort out the country’s healthcare provisions once and for all.

One who summarizes America’s health problems better than most is William A. Collins, a former state representative and former Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut. In an article dated August 21, 2013, on OtherWords.org, Collins says in the US, the health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Collins claims that those who devise the health system do so with profits in mind, and patients who can’t help with that are “shunted off to government services” or snubbed. He’s also critical of what he describes as a network of handshakes and private agreements linking hospitals to pharmaceutical company reps and medical equipment manufacturers, claiming this inflates America’s health cost as much as the insurance and Big Pharma.

“Fortunately,” he says, “the main offenders can be clearly labeled. Chief among them are the health insurers and the drug manufacturers. Big Pharma wields an army of lobbyists and administers large doses of campaign contributions to their friends in Congress”.

For those not familiar with the term Big Pharma, it’s the nickname given to the major pharmaceutical conglomerates which collectively form this multi-trillion dollar industry. Many believe Big Pharma can be compared to the most corrupt banks, media monopolies or oil corporations.

In the pages of this book, we explore the contention that Big Pharma and other participants in the Medical Industrial Complex put profits ahead of patients’ wellbeing and dollars ahead of lives.

One of our recurring themes is that all of us must stop giving away complete responsibility to doctors or other medical practitioners. It’s time to start looking at these people as they actually are: advisors for you to make decisions about what’s best for your body.

Let’s face it, most people simply accept whatever pills are prescribed, or surgeries are recommended, or other treatments advised, to them by their doctor without ever questioning. There are hundreds of examples given in this book which prove that approach in dealing with doctors is an unhealthy one (figuratively and literally).

The way to avoid becoming another statistic of the Medical Industrial Complex – and more importantly staying healthy or else returning to full health – is to become informed. We assume that might be why you are reading this book: to gain knowledge about modern medicine. And knowledge is the necessary ingredient we all need to make informed decisions about our health.

We have known parents who trusted their doctors who prescribed unnecessary drugs such as Ritalin for their children. Unnecessary because these parents later discovered there were other (less aggressive) ways to treat their children’s problem. However, at the time they had no idea of the cozy and little-known relationship between doctors and Big Pharma – a relationship they eventually discovered involved financial kickbacks for doctors. Once again, in instances like these, knowledge is power and it has the potential to shield the unwitting against corrupt elements within the Medical Industrial Complex.

An interrelated point we wish to make here is we are definitely not anti-doctors.

Only a fool would deny doctors save lives. When it’s a medical emergency and you are in a life-and-death situation, a doctor is always your best friend.

However, when you simply have a health problem, or suspected problem, that you wish to resolve or clarify, that’s when doctors can sometimes do you a disservice. The disservice we refer to is committing what can only be described as a medical sin – such as overprescribing drugs or advising surgery before exploring other less risky treatments.

Such a disservice is usually inadvertent (aka unintentional or careless), but the end result is the same: you suffer the consequences.

Our purpose in writing this book is not to alarm, even though some of the despicable acts committed by medical professionals exposed in the coming pages are indeed alarming. Rather, our intention is to arm readers with “underground knowledge” about the medical system, the major players in that system and their many associates. Once you are aware of certain nefarious trends in modern healthcare, you will be able to spot those trends a mile off and thereby protect yourself and your loves ones from harm, or from being inconvenienced at the very least.

As well as exposing corruption, we wish to enlighten those readers who are not already aware that there are long-standing and rather convincing claims of alternative remedies for so-called incurable illnesses. These professed cures, it seems, are either being withheld or blocked by multinational drug companies and/or rigid medical academia. Having researched alternative treatments, we are convinced at least some of these really do cure so-called incurable illnesses, but are being suppressed from the public as they are unpatentable (aka unprofitable).

Keep in mind most illnesses and diseases labeled incurable are usually only described as such within mainstream medicine in the West. When you consider the number and variety of medical and alternative health treatments and systems available around the world – including traditional Chinese (TCM) and Indian (Ayurveda) and numerous others – “incurable” is possibly a state of mind, or a misnomer even, and there is in all likelihood an existing cure for every known medical ailment. A cure awaiting discovery by Western medical professionals.

No matter what your state of health is now – even if you are poorly or, heaven forbid, extremely ill – you can build and improve your health. Remember, where there’s life there is always hope…so never give up!

Lastly, we must point out we are not doctors or medical professionals, and nothing we, the authors, say in this book should be construed as imparting medical or health advice.

You will note many of the statements throughout are not ours. Rather, they are quotes made in the public domain by medical professionals and others far better qualified than us. (The others we refer to include respected authors, medical and health reporters, insiders in various professions and, last but not least, medical watchdogs). Often, but not always, their views on health reflect ours. In every case, we hope, their comments help to give you a better understanding of the medical establishment.

James Morcan & Lance Morcan

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Medical Industrial Complex  is available via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MEDICAL-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX-Suppressed-Underground-ebook/dp/B00Y8Y3TUM/

 

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