Recommended Reading: Our Weird Faith in Pills

There’s a fascinating read in the latest Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine exploring our society’s beliefs about pharmaceutical drugs and how those beliefs can distract and detract from health and well-being. Though it sometimes gets a little “academic” – how could it not when you bring up the work of French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty? […]

Stat!: Drug Problem? What Drug Problem?

Average number of prescription drugs filled for American youth: 4.1     Druggiest place in the US for kids: Iowa (7.1)      Least druggy: Alaska (2.3) Average number of prescription drugs filled for adults: 11.9     Druggiest place in the US for adults: Kentucky (19.8)      Least druggy: District of Columbia (7.7) Average number of prescription drugs filled for seniors: 28      Druggiest […]

NOT Thinking Differently

Of course, all those drugs cost a lot of money for consumers, while generating mega-profits for Big Pharma. They’re one reason why “health care” costs so much – and perhaps one reason why our lives are shorter than many of those who spend less. Between the cost of treatment and the tough economy, dependence on […]

Look at the Drugs

  And as if our society weren’t besotted enough, just think: A new voyage into “chemical space”…has concluded that scientists have synthesized barely one tenth of 1 percent of the potential medicines that could be made. The report, in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, estimates that the actual number of these so-called “small molecules” could […]

Pill Life, with Artifacts

Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the windowexcept that the birds might eat them. – Martin H. Fischer Or artists might use them in their work: We ran across these recently while browsing Flickr – images from a large artwork depicting “the life histories of a man and woman, illustrated by the […]

How Stress Triggers Immune System, & Other News of Note

Study Shows How Stress Triggers Immune System (USA Today) Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others. It’s not clear how this effect of stress may make you sick, but the activated […]

Not Only Do We Not Need More Fluoride…

In a drug-saturated society such as ours, the last thing we need is more drugs. Or is it? The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines. The […]

Questioning the Long-Term Use of Prescription Drugs

One of the fundamental problems with drug-driven medicine is that the most drugs don’t actually cure anything. What they do is suppress symptoms or spur biological processes that give a sense of relief to the person taking them. In this way, they’re used to “manage” chronic illnesses. They’re taken for long periods of time – […]

And the Money Kept Rolling Out in All Directions…

Ever since we began publishing our quarterly newsletter Biosis back in late 2004, we’ve periodically written on issues around Big Pharma’s quest for ever greater profits – an issue we’ve also looked at here on the blog since 2008. To our clients and regular readers, drug company corruption is no news. But this is:   […]