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Youth under the influence

Youth under the influence

Apr 1, 2014

Mental health drugs based on biased sources DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs A November 2012 press release from the BC Ministry of Health presented us with a bold and hopeful headline: “New program helps BC family doctors treat mental health challenges in children and youth.” This announcement was...

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Mar 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Dr. Warren Bell is a physician in Salmon Arm, BC and one of the co-founders of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He has never seen a pharmaceutical sales rep in nearly 40 years of practising medicine and has a depth of knowledge of complementary and...

Time for a wellness smackdown

Time for a wellness smackdown

Feb 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Alan Cassels: Good evening, my name is Alan and I’ll be your Wellness Concierge for the evening. Employer (Startled): “Say what?” AC: Your Wellness Concierge. I’m here to help guide you and your employees to the services of our Wellness Program™....

Kids and antidepressants

Kids and antidepressants

Jan 1, 2014

Out of this world Pediatricians’ perspective on kids and antidepressants DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs It’s the dawn of a new year and quite naturally we should be thinking about beginnings – about babies and children. A few months back, in an article in Postmedia News, journalist Sharon Kirkey reported...

Pharma’s feedbag

Pharma’s feedbag

Dec 1, 2013

Who’s really paying for that ‘free lunch’ for doctors? DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs As they say, “There’s no free lunch.” Unless you’re a doctor or work in a doctor’s office, that is. Welcome to the world of pharmaceutical marketing, which smells a lot like curry dishes and baked...

A sanitary revolution in the works

A sanitary revolution in the works

Nov 1, 2013

It’s time for healthcare to wash its hands of Big Pharma’s influence DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Charles Delucena Meigs (1792-1869) was a very well regarded American obstetrician with some very strange ideas. He might be best known for saying anaesthesia was not appropriate for women in labour because, he...

Do we need vaccines?

Do we need vaccines?

Oct 1, 2013

Sanitation and clean water prove to be effective alternatives DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs “Vaccines saved more Canadian lives over the past 50 years than any other medical intervention.” That’s the bold headline on an advertisement for BIOTECanada and the 16 members of its Vaccine Industry Committee,...

New drugs need a disease

New drugs need a disease

Sep 1, 2013

Overactive Bladder meet Myrbetriq DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Today, I found myself asking, “Should I go to the bathroom or should I revisit the ACDMC™, also known as Alan Cassels’ “Disease-Mongering Checklist?” If, like me, you are wondering whether you might be suffering from Overactive Bladder...

Champix pros & cons

Champix pros & cons

Aug 1, 2013

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs There’s no such thing as a bad drug. Drugs – in this case, I mean pharmaceuticals – are neutral. They are neither good nor bad. They can do tremendous good if used properly and terrible harm if not. There are no bad drugs – only bad decisions around how drugs get used. ...

Diabetes mongering

Diabetes mongering

Jul 1, 2013

a dangerous deception DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Have you been told you have diabetes? Has someone in your family – possibly an elderly parent – been given a label of ‘pre- diabetes?’ Or maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of insulin or diabetes drugs? If so, you might be surprised...