Official Push to Hide Drug & Vaccine Side Effects; Reduce Informed Consent
“In a disturbing turn of events, Big Pharma pushes to hijack informed consent by removing side effects from direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising.
Direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising (DTCPA) has exploded during the past several decades and is now the most prominent type of health communication the public encounters. DTCPA has been legal in the US since 1985, but exponentially expanded in 1997 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed a rule that once forced drug companies to offer a detailed list of side-effects in their long format commercials. The impact was immediate. Spending by drug companies on TV ads hit $664 million within a year. By 2005, the industry was spending more than $3 billion annually on televised direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads. 2008 saw Big Pharma post just under $5 billion. Spending on DTCPA rose 9% to $5.6 billion in 2016 and expected to rise further in 2017.”
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Pfizer says eliminate printed warnings of adverse effects
In an email to subscribers, Dr Al Sears says:
Big Pharma won’t be satisfied until every American adult — and even some kids — are taking one of their dangerous statin drugs.
And they’ve resorted to desperate measures to achieve that goal.
Here’s what’s going on…
As you probably know, one of the most common side effects of taking statins is muscle pain. I see this all the time at my clinic when new patients come to see me. And if you or someone you know takes these drugs, you’ve probably seen it, too…
But a new study claims that people only get statin side effects like muscle pain if they know they’re taking the drugs. Researchers claim that if a patient doesn’t know whether they’re getting a statin or a placebo, they don’t experience side effects.1
In other words, if you’re on a statin and you have side effects, it’s all in your head.
It’s called the “nocebo” effect.
You’ve heard of the “placebo” effect. It says that if people think they’re taking a drug — even if it’s a fake — they’ll get better.
The nocebo effect, on the other hand, says if someone thinks they are taking a real pill, they’ll believe they’re having side effects.
The study authors issued a dramatic statement. They warned that “hundreds of thousands of people are dying” because of a fear imaginary side effects.
Their message was clear: “Take a statin or die.”
And they even took it a step further…
The only way to save you from your imaginary side effects, the authors said, was for the government to stop putting warning labels on statin drugs.
They don’t want you to know what the possible side effects are. They argued that if you don’t know what the side effects are, you won’t get them.
It was hard for me to understand how scientists could make that argument.
Until I saw who paid them…
Pfizer sponsored the study. And the authors disclosed that they received payments from Amgen… Merck… AstraZeneca… Lilly… Novartis… and other Big Pharma giants.
Those companies all have a huge stake in getting more people to take statins. It’s a $26 billion industry… but sales of Big Pharma’s brand-name drugs have been slipping since generics hit the market a few years ago.
So they’d rather put the blame on you than admit their drugs are hurting people.
The evidence is clear. People who take statins have higher rates of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, sleep disturbances, memory loss and cognitive problems.
The side effects of statins are NOT all in your head.
Statin drugs lower your body’s CoQ10 levels by as much as 40%.2 A deficiency of CoQ10 can cause extreme physical and mental fatigue. People with low levels also have frequent headaches, migraines, jaw pain, or muscle and joint aches.3 Those are the same as statin side effects.
But the sad truth is that statins don’t work. Sure, they lower cholesterol, but cholesterol does not cause heart disease.
Statins do not prevent heart attacks or save lives. In fact, a shocking 75% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol. And a study in The Lancet proved that people with higher cholesterol have a lower risk of dying from all causes.4
I don’t prescribe statins for my patients. Instead of trying to lower their cholesterol, I help them raise their HDL or “good” cholesterol. You see, raising your HDL high enough is linked to having almost no chance at all of developing heart disease…
Dr Al Sears
- Gupta, Ajay et al. “Adverse events associated with unblinded, but not with blinded, statin therapy in the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial—Lipid-Lowering Arm (ASCOT-LLA): a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial and its non-randomised non-blind extension phase.” 2017 May 2. pii: S0140-6736(17)31075-9.
- G. Ghirlanda et al., “Evidence of Plasma CoQ10-Lowering Effect of HMG-COA Reductase Inhibitors: a Double- Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study,” Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 1993; 33(3): 226-229.
- Quinzii CM, DiMauro S, Hirano M. “Human Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency.” Neurochemical Research. 2007;32(4-5):723-727. doi:10.1007/s11064-006-9190-z.
- Weverling-Rijnsburger AW, Blauw GJ, Lagaay AM, Knook DL, Meinders AE, Westendorp RG. “Total cholesterol and risk of mortality in the oldest old.” Lancet. 1997;350(9085):1119-23.