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Monday, May 11, 2009

Medical Schools Fail the Test

I for my part am ashamed of medicine, considering what an utter fraud it has come to be. Paracelsus (1493-1541)

Some years ago there was an interesting study completed at Harvard's School of Public Health. The study showed that only about 20 percent of medical practice was effective.

Now some decades later we still see troubling issues in medical care.

from Robert Watson, CEO, VRP -

"In other news, the American Medical Student Association released its report card ranking medical schools by how well these institutions monitor and control drug industry money and perks. The results suggest that many professors are on the dole for the drug companies and their schools aren’t doing much about it. For example, Harvard Medical School received a failing grade because it either has no policy or implements policies that don’t have a substantial effect on how faculty interacts with Big Pharma, including accepting gifts and meals, providing consulting to the drug companies and participating in industry-funded speaking relationships. Other medical schools to receive a failing grade include Louisiana State University, University of Florida, and Tulane University. Of the more than 150 schools evaluated, 43 received a failing grade, 27 received a D, and 8 schools received a C. Although a number of schools did receive an A or B, there is still a lot of room for improvement. With such conflicts of interests occurring in medical school, is it any wonder conventional medicine often shuns nutritional supplements in favor of pharmaceutical drugs?"

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