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    Medical reporters are destroying our knowledge about medicine

    Post  burgundia on Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:52 am

    n medical circles, it's known that the American medical system kills 225,000 people a year. That's 2.25 million killings per decade. (See: Starfield, JAMA, July 26, 2000, "Is US health really the best in the world?")

    Even an idiot can see that, as a story, this has gigantic staying power. The NY Times and the Washington Post could attack it from so many angles and chase so many rats out of the woodwork, they would make Watergate look like a biddies' embroidery club in Kansas.

    You would have front-page revelations for months on end. Just for starters, the FDA, which approves as safe all the drugs that cause these deaths, would be exposed as the Gambino or Gotti of the medical universe.

    Obamacare, which will drag millions of new unwary customers into the system, exposing them to death and destruction, would be crushed underfoot like an old beer can in the street.

    But the operating strategy of media megaliths is limited hangout. They squeeze out a few facts like toothpaste from a tube, and then they back away. They don't make the connections they know are there. Reporters, their foot soldiers, acquiesce and whiten their teeth and buy new suits and visit psychiatrists, where they're diagnosed with clinical depression and given drugs.

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