Monday, 10 June 2013

Pharmaceutical Companies and the NHS

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:09
The pharmaceutical industry has greatly aided medical progress, and many new drugs have been discovered and produced in industrial laboratories. Identifying new drug targets, attaining regulatory approval, and refining drug discovery processes are among the challenges that the pharmaceutical industry faces in the continual advancement of control and elimination of disease.
At Sussex Partnership we are proud of our the direct links we have with many our industry sponsors and with our collaboration in the development of new medicines. Through their sponsorship we are able to add our expertise and facilities in the trialling of new drugs and medicinal products.
No, I didn’t make it up. And I’m not referring to the typos in the first line of the last paragraph.  These are the exact words taken off the Sussex Partnership, NHS Foundation Trust website under the heading “Research and Development”.  Research income exceeds £1.5 million and they have teaching status.  I’ve highlighted bits to point things out below.  For those not in the United Kingdom, NHS stands for National Health Service, which taxpayers all pay for whether they use it or not.  The Sussex Partnership provides specialist mental health, substance misuse, learning disability and prison healthcare services.  These problems are all arguably caused and aggravated by diet and lifestyle but the NHS doesn’t work in partnership with corporations to improve anyone’s diet or lifestyle.  They just give these things lip service, although it can be impressive and amount to a good PR job.
I became interested in the Sussex Partnership when I met their Catering Manger, William McCartney, at a workshop organised by an EU group on Food Research.  You can see him in a short video explaining Plough to Plate.  To the less discerning, this program looks good.  After all, it’s about fresh food grown locally to supply the meals for the service users.  Unfortunately, even fresh food does not mean much if it’s grown with lots of chemicals and then combined with lots of vegetable oils, sugar and starch in the meal plans.  But the bottom line is that the food is secondary to the drugs and no research is being done on whether a special diet such as the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet could help with mental conditions.

Here’s a short commentary from the above:-
(1)  First, there is another reminder that medical progress is dependent on the pharmaceutical industry.
(2)  New drug targets are newly discovered microscopic life forms such as bacteria, fungi, cells, etc, etc.  People are sucked into the system and sold drugs when they believe that these life forms are our enemy.  The word “target” is used as in something that needs to be shot down.  This is the common militant outlook of the medical profession, kill, kill, kill ... kill the microscopic bugs.
(3)  The advancement of control and elimination they speak of is not really about disease, but life in general, since we rely on the microscopic life forms for our health and well-being.  Control is particularly important.  I’ve seen firsthand how those in institutional settings are drugged to keep them docile, even placid, so that they do not pose a challenge to the staff.
(4)  The NHS is proud to use the people who use their services to trial new drugs and medicinal products.  In fact, they “strive to ensure all people who use our services are given the opportunity to participate.”   Sometimes this is done without the patient’s consent because those that are sectioned under the Mental Health Act are legally obliged to take the medical treatment offered, and treatment for those who would normally need to give consent can continue without their consent if it would cause 'serious suffering' to them (or someone else?) if it was discontinued.  There is such a lack of understanding about what’s going on though that the pharmaceutical industry is basically able to push drugs on just about everyone who seeks help with the NHS (the main outlet for most people to get help with health problems in the UK).  However, they tend to pick on the youngest and oldest people as they have “particular expertise in drug development for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia; and also in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”.  They have special expertise on ADHD, but no mention of the GAPS protocol even though it is particularly designed for this condition, because GAPS does not include taking medications.
 Research is done under these themes:
Seems to cover it all.  This research will be tied in with other research that is being done on the mind and brain to add to a world-wide database.  Sussex Partnership values “the opportunity to be involved in worldwide research studies that are funded by pharmaceutical companies.”   They do it speedily too.  And who thinks there is no New World Order in the making?
Below I list the research and development categories and you will notice that there isn’t one for diet and lifestyle.  The food industry will probably catch up though because they are putting medication in food products.  For an example of how the trend is developing, see my article about NestlĂ© who claim to be tackling Alzheimer’s among other medical conditions.  They’re also the makers of tube feeding products which, by the way, require a prescription.  A patient with a feeding tube does not eat any food other than the liquid product in a pouch that goes through a tube.  I don’t like the idea of having a prescription for food never mind it going directly into my stomach, the same liquid day in and day out, day after day, week after week, year after year.  It’s happening, and all too often.
Money Rules the Healthcare System
One final point I’d like to mention is that financial information is paramount, see links below.  Money is what matters, even in healthcare or should I say, especially in healthcare.  Funnily enough, money won’t necessarily buy you good health.  In fact, the chances are that if you go to the medical profession for healthcare, you will end up spending lots of money (and time) and needing care for the rest of your life: from one form or another of regular medication, medical procedures such as blood tests and x-rays, and even care as in needing someone to help you with your daily life routine.  Maintaining independence from the pharmaceutical industry is a tough battle nowadays and the NHS has totally joined forces with them.
The NHS has indeed joined forces with the pharmaceutical industry which is in business solely to make money.  I wrote about this in October 2010 in an article about obesity and how the government is in partnership with corporations, not just the pharmaceutical industry, to improve the nation’s health.  Health is the last thing the B’org of Food is interested in because if everyone was healthy, they’d be out of business.  The truth is, the more sick people there are, the more money corporations make and they pass some of it on to their government partners.  Naturally, the pharmaceutical industry would like everyone to need medication, the more the better. Medications all have side-effects.  In other words, they make people sick, sometimes irreversibly.  So no one is looking after our health unless we look after it ourselves.  I regularly write about this issue on my Simple Food Remedies blog and wish everyone good luck.
·         Pharmaceutical companies (as set out above)
·         Research units
·         Brokerage and Facilitation (money)
·         Contracting and Finance (money)
                Research Management and Governance (RM&G)
                Events and communications
                Involvement and the Research Network (world-wide)
Photo credit: lots of information about medication with over 100 mental health medications or medication groups on the link.
Here is a list of other articles I’ve written along these lines on two of my blogs: