Take from a lie its power to deceive and it becomes nothing, for its very being depends upon its ability to mislead. A lie must have two willing accessories – one who is willing to be deceived: one who is willing to deceive – the victimized and the victim; if either is wanting, the lie can do nothing.
Mary Baker Eddy
Blue Book by Richard Oakes
Drugs kill. After heart disease and cancer, drugs are the third leading cause of deaths in Europe and the USA, states Peter Gøtzsche in Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare. He estimates that in the USA, every year, about 100 000 deaths are due to drugs, despite people taking the drugs correctly, and another 100 000 people die because of errors. According to Gøtzsche, “we now suffer from two man-made epidemics, tobacco and prescription drugs, both of which are hugely lethal” and the norm for both industries is a “morally repugnant disregard for human lives”. Furthermore, Gøtzsche claims, the business model of the drug industry is “organised crime”. He told The Lancet that he has written his latest book because he wants to “influence policy towards much more transparency”.
The Lancet, Volume 383, Issue 9915, Page 402, 1 February 2014
The nocebo, or dark side of the placebo, is the very opposite of the placebo, making people worse rather than better …
Have you ever thought about all the possible side effects of advertised drugs? Their warnings are alarming, as recommended use can sometimes result in death, making the cure worse than the ailment. With that mental set-up, it is no wonder these so-called miracle drugs sometimes have less than miraculous results with people dying in the process of getting well. Sometimes I think a miracle drug is one that still has the same price as it did last year.
Medicine’s Great Secret: The Placebo and Nocebo Effects
Placebos show the signficance of thought’s impact on health