Proponents of SCAM like to think that anyone who is critical of SCAM must be a defender of conventional medicine or worse a pharma shill. One can point out the ridiculousness of this claim until the cows come home, it nevertheless pops up relentlessly.
Personally, I am aware of (and have experienced) the many shortcomings of conventional medicine and applaud the various initiatives to improve it. Take this press release about 10 worst actions in US conventional medicine of 2019, for instance:
The Lown Institute released the 3rd Annual Shkreli Awards, a list of the top ten worst actors in health care from the past year, named for the infamous “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli… The top ten Shkreli Awards went to:
10. The cancer doctor who hid millions in industry gifts, then got a “dream job” at a cancer drug company.
9. The hospital that kept a vegetative patient on life support to boost transplant survival rates.
8. The doctors, telemedicine company employees, and genetic testing lab employees who bilked Medicare for $2.1 billion in a genetic cancer test scam.
7. The psychiatric hospitals that held patients against their will and drugged children.
6. The hospital that pressured cardiologists to keep referring pediatric patients for surgery in-house despite disturbingly high mortality rates.
5. The pharma executive who said, “addicts are to blame for their opioid addiction.”
4. The private equity firm that took over nursing homes, leading to a surge of neglected and abused residents.
3. The hospital that used a technicality to force a $900,000 medical bill on a new mother, who was also a hospital employee.
2. The private equity firms that spent $28 million to defeat “surprise billing” legislation, as medical debt skyrockets.
1. Several hospitals which claimed to care about patients but nevertheless sued them, garnished wages, and seized houses.
What, you do not believe me that I regularly point out the shortcomings of conventional medicine? In this case, let me show you the introduction of a chapter dedicated to this topic from one of my books:
All too often, the failings of modern medicine seem as obvious as they seem inexcusable. It is thus understandable that some disappointed patients seek help and compassion from homeopaths. Seen from this perspective, the current popularity of homeopathy indicates that many patients are not satisfied with what conventional medicine offers. In other words, the current boom in homeopathy can be seen as a poignant criticism of certain aspects of modern health care.
And why do I not dedicate more posts to the failures of conventional medicine? Because I am a pharma shill? No, because the topic of this blog was, is and will remain so-called alternative medicine (SCAM).
Because of two main reasons:
- In conventional medicine there are already many excellent initiatives (like the one mentioned above) to expose shortcomings, while in SCAM there are only relatively few.
- My expertise is in SCAM.