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October 19, 2012

Manganiello: Do your research on Do your research on cholesterol pills

It’s a minefield of con, misinformation and propaganda out there today.

You should know that politicians and corporations, among others, use powerful psychological knowledge to persuade and manipulate you. Why? Because they want to get into your head and persuade you to embrace their views, mistake their opinions for truth and buy their useless, and often dangerous, products.

Many have argued that the pharmaceutical industry is better at persuading people to buy false ideas and useless and dangerous products than anyone else. According to research reported in Science Daily, the drug industry spends almost twice as much on “promotion and marketing” than on developing new and effective drugs.

According to the British Medical Journal Report, prescription drug companies chase profits, not by creating groundbreaking medication, but by creating “minor variations on existing drugs” and then marketing them shamelessly to get around patent laws.

Heavily marketed prescription drugs can be dangerous to your health. Consider an early drug industry cash cow, “Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT),” which came into disfavor around 2002. A Woman’s Health Initiative Study found that HRT not only did not protect women’s health, but it also put women at risk for cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Most physicians are overworked, and so they get their prescription drug information from drug company reps, not from science research. This is why the former president of the leading HRT drug said: “Pills are to sell, not to take. If we put horse manure in a capsule, we could sell it to 95 percent of these doctors.”

Many drugs can be a godsend and the drug companies deserve credit for saving lives. But they can’t be allowed to seek profit through deception and misinformation. Menopause is a life cycle issue, it is not a medical condition requiring “hormone replacement.” Women deserve to be led and directed into safe and effective strategies for relief. Far Eastern women have few, if any, problems with menopause because their adrenal glands are not depleted from stress and stress hormones. And so their adrenals do their job effectively to maintain hormone balance.

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