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Murder By Medicine


pt UE (& Painful) History of Surgery

Believe it or not, after I thought of this title, I realized it was catchy and did a search on it to see if it has been used elsewhere. It has. A doctor left her practice because she could no longer stand the fact that many people are dying because of medications that are being given. Her story is here:

The very people we rely on to save our lives are sacrificing us on the altar of profit. Want to know how much Big Pharma is paying your doctor? Check here:

Dr. Daniels wants to give colleagues the benefit of the doubt. I have no doubt.

Here’s the Medicare numbers:

One of my doctors is living a really nice life. I’m glad I never let him convince me to take that drug he was touting for Multiple Sclerosis. He made a few bucks on that one. But it can elevate blood pressure, and there is a 50% chance that elevation will be permanent. I like my blood pressure just fine, thank you.

Everyone seems to be out to make a buck these days. Many are doing it by plugging a hole in a disease with drugs that open up ten others. I’ve been through the mill with such practices. I think I’m done.

Now remember.  I always go on the supposition that I am not unique.  If this kind of thing can happen to me, it is probably happening to others.  Our facts may differ, but there is, most likely, similarities in our stories.
So here goes.

On September 1st, 2016, I started taking a drug touted to me by my neurologist and her sidekick neuropsychologist. I was beginning to have difficulty grabbing words out of my vocabulary.

“This drug,” the psychologist said, “will impede the progression of that process—stop it dead in its tracks.”

That drug was Aricept. It was considered to be an off-label use. It impacts the brain, and damn did it impact my brain and most of my other organs. I dutifully opened the prescription bottle each and every day to take my dose. By the end of December, I was toast. I experienced rabid insomnia, constant diarrhea, and too many other side effects to mention.

My first bout with the hospital had me instinctively calling my neurologist.

“I have patients to see,” she loudly declared.

The mouse in my mind whispered, but I thought I was your patient. Hell followed.

I entered the hospital two additional times until another doctor finally took me off the drug in May because he felt it was causing muscle spasms, but that wasn't the worst of it. No doctor I had seen even questioned that drug as being the source of my problems. They simply added more drugs—one of which incited temporary blindness. I caught that one quick. I was starting to learn. During my first bout at the hospital, I was put on a combination of drugs by a Nurse Practitioner that causes pre-renal failure in women in my age group. I just happened to distrust that bloke enough to stop the mix after five days. Is my kidney function impaired? Somewhat, but here’s hoping.

In October of last year, I fell. Perhaps you read I made the mistake of grinding to my feet and going home to ensure I was truly hurt. When I finally relented and went to the doctor a few days later, I asked for help and was denied. Complications ensued, my good knee went bad, and instead of help, I got this: // I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that a paycheck was in the offing. I had assets that could be liquidated. Instead of putting me in the hospital to fix my knee, they tucked me under failure to thrive. Now that’s nursing home fodder. Can’t take care of yourself? We’ve got just the hellhole to stick you in. My question is this: Does the hospital dumping you in one of its four affiliate hellholes get a piece of the action? The only way to acquire compassion these days is to have a fat enough bank account to pay for it and keep the vultures away—I mean the two-legged kind.

Luckily, I escaped.

We were once patients. We are now paychecks. When I asked one doctor when medicine went in the shitters, he said, “About the 80’s.” From my point of view, it’s been at least from the 60’s.

I chanced upon a woman on my way out of a building housing one of my doctors. She spoke of her husband’s death. He had had cancer, and he and his wife had been told some miracle drug would save his life. What a heartache. As the husband slowly wound towards death, the wife told the staff, “Hey—he’s dying!” The equivalent back was turned; falsified compassion withdrawn, and the man died. Buck made and the body simply became the meat on a slab it always was.

Dr. Vinay Prasad is trying to raise the alarm on the ineffectiveness of these drugs. They’re expensive, of course, and professionals gain access to fancy clothes and buckets of champagne.

Netflix stocks a few terrific documentaries about doctors, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Don’t take my word for it—watch them. The word is there. Attacking the Devil--the Thalidomide story The Bleeding Edge--medical devices

There is a new’s story on a doctor enriching himself through bad medicine here:

As long as there is a living, breathing, warm body, a bank account can be stocked. And these entities have essentially inured themselves from consequences by taking charge of our legal system. The only way out for the little guy is doing his/her own research.

White-coat syndrome has taken on a new meaning—be afraid—be very afraid.

And by the way...  I hear the FDA gets 40% of its budget from Big Pharma and the Medical Device industries.

Copyright 2018 Joyce Bowen


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Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #29

Praveen Raj Gullepalli - thanks to my work at the Institute of Psychiatry doing an MPhil on Caffeine withdrawl (mostly Physiology) I have a lot of experience handling the odd trick cyclist or two. Also the patients laugh at all my jokes!

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #28

Praveen Raj Gullepalli - I think I have proved the drugs don't work. I forgot to mention that I had site meetings on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday, had to skip Wednesday (eish) but went to one today. I also did not need call in the CDC to clean up the mess (which I did myself after the worst had been removed by my rather exhausted friends). That's the joys of running your own business in the construction industry. You have to carry on, people are relying on you. My Doctor understands, however my ex therapist thought it was a hobby and I could continue to play in a group home.

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #27

Google search on Abilify Overdose, nothing in particular on more general searches like abilify or abilify symptoms. massaged truth for UK and African Markets... Wikiedia - buried on bottom of page 2 on google search...almost the whole truth The scary truth :- buried on page 3 of google search. That's all I have so far, I have been rather ill and need to concentrate now on what pays the bills, my staff, my inherited children and me. I guess I don't have time to 'tilt at windmills'.

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #26

3) Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee - the withdrawal is worse than the OD. On Wednesday I went through official withdrawal. Symptoms include projectile vomiting (tick), very high temperatures (tick), shaking (tick), and a sincere wish to die this time (tick). Luckily people were around to pack my body with ice and clean up the worst of the projectile vomiting and they managed to convince me not to die. I kept telling them to fuck off. And I meant it. They called everyone they could think of that had any medical knowledge at all, including a guy in the states, it was 2:16am his time so they could not get through. I was too ill to move, they tried, but every time they raised my head slightly I would pass out and vomit some more and it took a while for them to get me to be conscious at least. That was one week later. Abilify unfortunately has a 75 hour half life. So I am still nauseous and battling to keep food down. Well it was touted at a good diet pill - even though weight gain is guaranteed in the States. I wonder if the UK and African formulation is slightly different from the one in the States?

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #25

2.) Yes Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee - there is more! Abilify CAUSES BIPOLAR DISORDER straight away - even in overdose and withdrawal, symptoms of OVERDOSE are suicidal thinking (not depression - serious planning), hysterical crying and then functional depression with a 1-2 hour period of cycling between the three. It was only when (during my functional depression stage after I had this experience twice) that I thought about what was really bothering me and wrote it down did the symptoms abate. I had been on 15mg half the recommended dose for BIPOLAR DISORDER - which I do not have. My Doc concurs with me, he just wanted to bring me down from the high I get when my TLE (temporal lobe disorder is switched on). This happened on the Sunday night - four days after I had been told to STOP TAKING IT.

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #24

1) Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee - Abilify - wow ! Totally different contra indications on the box in the USA than in the UK and of course in SA where it is being really being pushed. I have low blood pressure - normally 110/60 can go down to 100/50 or up to 120/70 without me feeling ill. However I think we all agree that going below 80/40 is not a good idea. Abilify does this. I have spent the last week sleeping on the couch with my legs elevated. I even had to ask for cigarettes last Sunday night as I could not think of any way to raise my BP (yes I did try salt, but it made the nausea worse). My Doctor had told me to STOP all medication apart from the anti-epileptic from the previous Thursday. I of course had sent him the research I have sent you. I have hypoglycaemia - low blood sugar - now classified as Diabetes 2. Abilify is contra indicated for ANY sugar problem. I had to treat my condition as Diabetes 1 for several days. My doctor also knows this. I have also suffered/suffer from IBS - Abilify is contra indicated for IBS. Yup my Doc also knows this. Abilify CAUSES intense anger and possibly violence straight away. - My therapist still wants to put me in a group home... My Doc and I decided not to listen, I was angry after having my buttons pushed for 2 1/2 hours each time about not getting food or getting them to call my Doctor to contact my Father. I was NOT VIOLENT and DID NOT SWEAR or INSULT THE STAFF OR PATIENTS. I also apologised. They told me it was not necessary. The nursing staff also concur as to does my Doctor. However apparently I now belong in a home.
Ian Weinberg I'm actually waiting for intake into a Functional Medicine practice. I really didn't mean to throw out the baby--I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired and presented with no options. Happens in the US. If you're past a certain age, the million dollar work-up is a no-go. I feel healthier, pain-free and better than I have in a long time going Pharma-Free. Going to the doctor sort of makes me shiver now.
Thank you for this post, Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. It makes us aware of the deception in the medical profession and the prescribing of medication. There's good and bad in any profession but for the medical profession not to be held in the highest esteem is unacceptable. I'm not one to go to doctors unless there is a need. I go to the dentist and the eye doctor. I just recently had surgery on my right eye for advanced cataracts and to remove a bubble from my eye. My doctor and his group were extremely professional and I am very pleased with the results. I feel I was fortunate to find a reputable and caring group of people. I am still not trusting in those in white coats, but there are some good ones out there.

Ian Weinberg

3 years ago #20

In so many ways we’ve come unstuck Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee But we shouldn’t toss out the baby with the bath water - there’ve been some great pharma and technological developments over the past 30 years. Best wishes.

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #19

Part 2 Despite having an innate inability to accept my diagnosis I complied with my medications. Respirdone.... lovely stuff, I gained over 32kg (about 92 lb) in 18 months. Anyway wind forward to now, last year friends of mine stepped in. Both are Psychologists - one is also an MD and Professor of Neurophysiology - specialising in wait for it - TLE. The other has more of a pharmaceutical background and I've known her for nearly 30 years. Now I am off all the crap (which it turns out would have rotted away the last few healthy neurons in my temporal lobe and completely buggered up my hippocampus. So the drugs would have fucked up my brain and given me some weird metabolic disorder and diabetes. No thanks! Now I take CBD Oil and feel great - I have also lost nearly 40kg (around 120lb). I am finally able to function!

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #18

Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee - my adventures with pharmaceutical drugs have been hectic to say the least. When I was 37 I was admitted to Helen Joseph Hospital with severe head injuries, unfortunately I was in Ward 2 - a lock down ward for the psychotic. At no time was I treated for my injuries, instead I was pumped full of benzodiazepines, lied to and laughed at - and that was just the staff. I repeatedly told them that I had atypical drug reactions to Benzodiazpines, they just kept giving me more. I was so high I didn't know if I was ever going to come down again. Apparently I was bipolar. I was lucky to be alive. Fast forward to when I was 41, I was given cocaine (it wasn't my idea, it was slipped into my food). after an AA/NA meeting that a friend of mine asked me to drive her to. Yup NA/AA is a great place to score! The Coke caused an epileptic fit (I have temporal lobe epilepsy not bipolar) and before I knew it I was back to that lovely lock down ward at HJ. This time I arrived unbruised, but got the shit kicked out of me when I refused to let one of the male nurses rape me. I ended up spending a further 6 weeks in the Crescent Clinic rehab centre being treated for PTSD. Part 2 to follow -

Cyndi wilkins

3 years ago #17

Bottom line from 'Murder By Medine"... "If the FDA says something is safe, it doesn’t matter if that decision is wrong or the result of lies, fraud or deception on the part of the world’s pharmaceutical companies. And there’s no way to sue the FDA for being wrong and costing millions of unsuspecting Americans their lives. That result leaves 240 million Americans unprotected from an industry responsible for more preventable deaths in the US than any other cause." You're absolutely right Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ afraid—be very afraid.
Change is Constant, kim wheeler. Damn, I hate change. We just need to keep up with those changes.
I believe doctors now serve themselves. The entire system has been corrupted. And, of course, if something goes wrong with the patient, it's now the patient's fault. You might sat that is true. Patients often blindly trust in doctors--in a system that has changed tremendously over the years.
Hey, Ken Boddie, Thanks. But I'm feeling a hell of a lot better after discontinuing a few medications. I googled them for side effects, and what do you know? Most of what I suffer from is just that. Let's just hope all will reverse.
You, too, should watch "The Bleeding Edge," Bill King. It puts a whole new spin on things.
You should watch that video, "The Bleeding Edge," Pascal Derrien. It's actually much worse than all that.
I think the almighty buck is to blame, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.
Thank you very much, Debasish Majumder.
Agreed, CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit
I hear you, Edward Lewellen. Think I'm through with medicine for a while. Feels no different than going to a morgue.

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #7

Once again we see the dollar bleeding away the courage to serve the patient. Let me get this straight, We don't want a single payer heath insurance system that is run by the government and will pay doctors and pharma for cures rather than actions because "the quality of patient care will be diminished." I'm not buyin' it. And so it goes.

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #6

Sorry to hear of your continued health problems, Joyce, but I’m glad you’ve taken the time to set out this well researched post as a warning to others to carefully check out potential side effects themselves. Personally I suffer from a rare condition called ‘good health’. The pharmaceutical companies haven’t, as yet, figured out a drug to treat this, but I’m sure they’re working on it. By the way, Joyce, it’s a good thing that pharmas didn’t invent the light bulb, or we’d all be changing them three times a day before meals. Keep smiling!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #5

Great thoughts backed up by personal experience I am actually in two minds I recognize the deviant techniques but I am also amazed at the progress in major fields now like you I concur and despise tier 2 and tier 3 medication with very dubious outcome or benefit great to have you back here Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee 😀
WE are no more patients as we are paychecks. A cruel fact as you stated Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee and who is to blame? The society, the educational systems, or whom? Who spoiled and what spoiled a great profession?

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #3

madam if you asked a doctor that despite cornea of your eyes having no blood vessels yet how they get their food, i guess no doctor can answer. don't believe a doctor please. they are just briefed by multinationals only to look their interests. like is short, but doctors alone have the capacity to make it shortest. lovely buzz Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz madam.

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #2

If the law does not come down hard on pharma practices, unfortunately the consequences of this mentality will remain pervasive. At least I will give credit to pharma companies to make the most of personal branding from a view to profit from drugs. The link I have attached begins with the words "there is no such thing as a free lunch or an ugly drug rep" - and while regulators have threatened pharma companies to improve their practices and Big Pharma has paid massive fines, it goes to show how lucrative this business is when Pharma still use exotic locations for medical education and hot reps and why the word drugs should have a different meaning to the word "medicine".

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #1

If the law does not come down hard on pharma practices, unfortunately the consequences of this mentality will remain pervasive. At least I will give credit to pharma companies to make the most of personal branding from a view to profit from drugs. The link I have attached begins with the words "there is no such thing as a free lunch or an ugly drug rep" - and while regulators have threatened pharma companies to improve their practices and Big Pharma has paid massive fines, it goes to show how lucrative this business is when Pharma still use exotic locations for medical education and hot reps and why the word drugs should have a different meaning to the word "medicine".

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