Where is the memorial for those who have died at the hands of America's mainstream medical community? Although more people die each year from medical mistakes than all American casualties in the First and Second World Wars combined, nobody seems to take notice of this silent epidemic. Moreover, while heart disease and cancer are in the headlines, people are surprised to fi nd out that more people die from avoidable medical mistakes such as bedsores, malpractice, wrong medication, and bad surgery. Why is it that no one is talking about this?
Gary Null launches a penetrating examination of this critical public health issue in his two part original, investigative report, Medicine for Sale. He discusses the other side of conventional patient care: how the pharmaceutical industry infl uences legislation, the FDA, doctor prescriptions, and medical journals, and how the resulting confl icts of interest and lust for greater profi ts lead directly to deaths, cover-ups, and the types of scandals that we saw with Vioxx. Null asks us to take a close look at the very prescriptions that we're using in order to fi nd out if they are really solving the underlying causes of our illnesses.
In Medicine for Sale, Null asks you to take responsibility for your health by realizing that the medical community is a corporate based enterprise, whose foundations are based on lobbyists, the pharmaceutical companies, and the incentive-driven programs that fund every new multi-million dollar medication. Are we getting real health information when we are bombarded by television and print ads telling us what ailments we have and what medications we should be taking for them? Have the real health needs of the average American been lost in the shuffl e of big money medicine?
Every doctor promises in the Hippocratic oath, to 'first, do no harm.' Is it possible that the medical delivery system, driven by profi ts and self-interest, has mushroomed out of control and is now interfering with this paramount creed? Join Gary Null as he explores the problems in current health care today, and points to some of the major changes that must be made.