DR. BARBARA STARFIELD
 THE DR. STARFIELD
INTERVIEW By Jon Rappoport the findings on the relatively poor health
in the US have received almost no attention. The American public appears to have
been hoodwinked into believing that more interventions lead to better health,
and most people that I meet are completely unaware that the US does not have the
'best health in the world'. ......Even though there will always be adverse
events that cannot be anticipated, the fact is that more and more unsafe drugs
are being approved for use. Many people attribute that to the fact that the
pharmaceutical industry is (for the past ten years or so) required to pay the
FDA for reviews---which puts the FDA into an untenable position of working for
the industry it is regulating.
....They (my findings) are an indictment of the US health care industry: insurance companies, specialty and disease-oriented medical academia, the pharmaceutical and device manufacturing industries, all of which contribute heavily to re-election campaigns of members of Congress. The problem is that we do not have a government that is free of influence of vested interests. Alas, [it] is a general problem of our society-which clearly unbalances democracy......Yes, it (FDA) cannot divest itself from vested interests. (Again, [there is] a large literature about this, mostly unrecognized by the people because the industry-supported media give it no attention.
.....Please remember that the problem is not only that some drugs are dangerous but that many drugs are overused or inappropriately used. The US public does not seem to recognize that inappropriate care is dangerous---more does not mean better. The problem is NOT mainly with the FDA but with population expectations.
... Some drugs are downright dangerous; they may be prescribed according to regulations but they are dangerous.
...It was rejected by the first journal that I sent it to, on the grounds that 'it would not be interesting to readers'!
Starfield B. Is US health really the best in the world?
JAMA . 2000 Jul 26;284(4):483-5.
Starfield B. Deficiencies in US medical care. JAMA . 2000 Nov 1;284(17):2184-5.
See: Death by Allopathy Death by Medicine----Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Gary Null, PhD, Debora Rasio, MD (2003/4)