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The Corporate Funded Birth Of Disease Through Unease

The Corporate Funded Birth Of Disease Through Unease



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Published by Daniel Abshear
Expository essay illustrating the progressive prevalence of disease mongering.
Expository essay illustrating the progressive prevalence of disease mongering.

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Published by: Daniel Abshear on Aug 04, 2009
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The Corporate Funded Birth Of Disease Through Unease Attempts to convince normally healthy people that they are infact sick and there for require pharmacological intervention cansignificantly inflate the market specific to the disease state whoseboundaries diagnostically are now artificially expanded throughdisease mongering.The financial cost to both the individual and the community dueto disease mongering is rather high. Deliberate separation fromthe pharmaceutical industry- as well as a tactical plan for thorough critical analysis- are necessary to combat diseasemongering.Furthermore, educating patients who in fact may not be patientsby empowering them to make correct decisions regarding their health are of importance as well.Disease mongering is medicalization, which is the deliberatemarketing plan of turning what are normal and common lifespanevents that are far from chronic into fictional medical conditions.Through propaganda, disease mongering creates the perceptionamong others that occurrences that are within normal limits arein fact concerning symptoms. This leads others to believe that risksare potentially disease states.This propaganda done by the pharmaceutical industry is performed through public awareness campaigns ad nauseumin
mass media with the intent to strongly persuade others to seek and acquire new marketed treatments by this industry.In addition, the creation of support groups for these diseasestates that are not are provided by the pharmaceutical industry that are in reality front groups for members of this industry.Clinical data shared with the public is often fabricated,embellished, or misrepresented. The frequent claim that a drug provides relative risk reduction greatly of a disease state believed to exist is a manipulation by the drug company. Absolute risk reduction, however, is the true representation of the efficacy of adrug.For example, if drug A states that it provides a 50 percent relativerisk reduction in the progression of alopecia often soundsimpressive to many. In reality, this may and often means that out of, say, 100 people, two had progressive alopecia. Yet with drug A, only 1 out of 100 had alopecia.When the ladder, absolute risk reduction, is presented, it givesthe impression that drug A really is not that efficacious after all.The copious amounts of advertising by the pharmaceuticalindustry is done so with the intent to create fear, anxiety, or sadness upon the viewer about their lack of ideal health that deceptively is far from the truth.
 As a society in the U.S., we are falsely led to believe that youthand efficacy as an individual should be acquired at any cost. Any fallacy perceived by one that prevents the acquisition of youthand efficacy ultimately leads many others to eliminate suchfallacies.Examples of diseases simply created by drug companies includeerectile dysfunction, which is a symptom often of a truly existingdisease, social phobia, which is simply introversion- a normal personality component of humans, as well as male patternbaldness, which occurs naturally in about half of men due togenetic predisposition.The danger and consequences of disease mongering include thewaste of often precious medical resources, as well as the possibly of causing iatrogenic harm to one seeking restoration of their health. And the pharmaceutical industry has allies with their business plans of disease mongering. These include again front groups,hired journalists, public relations companies hired by drugcompanies, as well as doctor groups. All utilize mass media to facilitate their objective. DiseaseMongering is more frequent presently due to lifestyle drugs-drugs that do not delay the progression of authentic disease, or treat these diseases, but rather comfort a consumer rather than a patient.

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