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The disease mongering Drug Industry wants Sick People Not Well people

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A lot of money can be made from healthy people who believe they are sick. Pharmaceutical companies sponsor diseases and promote them to prescribers and consumers in order to sell drugs. There is a lot of money to be made from telling healthy people they are sick. Some forms of medical-ising ordinary life may now be better described as “disease mongering”: widening the boundaries of treatable illness in order to expand markets for those who sell and deliver useless treatments.  Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved in sponsoring the definition of diseases and promoting them to both prescribers and consumers. The social construction of illness is being replaced by the corporate construction of disease. Whereas some aspects of medica-lisation are the subject of ongoing debates, the mechanics of corporate backed disease mongering, and its impact on public consciousness, medical practice, human health, and national budgets, have attracted limited critical scrutiny. At a deeper level it may help to feed unhealthy obsessions with real Mother Nature health, which would not need obscure or mystified sociological or political explanations for health problems, and there would be no need to focus undue attention on pharmacological, individualized, or privatized solutions.  The Drug companies have the control over the health insurance system; they only pay for Drugs and nothing from Mother Nature’s naturals. Tune in Wednesday July 17 AT 7PM FOR THE REST OF THE STORY.