Book Reviews

 

Emil Bizon: 08 Feb 15

Two books have come to my attention and, perhaps, our mates might find one or the other interesting.

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker is a heavily documented study of the psycho drug industry. It deals with the mood altering drugs prescribed by psychiatrists for schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, etc. There are three groups here- antipsychotics, antidepressants and anti-anxiety- but they are often applied across the board for all symptoms. All are intended to corect a "chemical imbalance" in the brain. This symptom has never been demonstrated in any physiological study.

Whitaker has done a great service to the world by documenting the collusion between the psychiatric profession, the Natinal Institute for Mental Health (USA government body) and Big Pharma. All three work together to promote the consumption of these chemicals which, at different times, are the largest sellers of any drug.

One of the rather sickening (in many ways) ploys is to tell a supposedly mentally ill person that their "disease" is like diabetes and they will have to be on medication for the rest of their life, just as a diabetic is. The statistics show, invariably, better outcomes with a placebo than these wonder drugs.

The US Social Security System is being depleted because many millions of drug dependent people are judged incapable of work and are awarded a lifetime benefit. This is money from the taxpayer going directly to the coffers of Big Pharma. Never mentioned by those who want to privatize SS.

The second book- The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz- has not yet been read by me as I am on the waiting list for it. I did hear an interview with the author on CBC and she describes a parallel fraud perpetuated on us by the corporations which dominate the "food" industry. Just afer the war a supposed "study" concluded that saturated fats were extremenly harmful to humanity. Immediately there is the promotion of synthetic margarine and vegetable oils and the condemnation of dairy products, eggs and animal protein. Of course Archer Daniels Midland and Monsanto and Cargill are not in the dairy or egg business.

We now have a society with extreme numbers of obese, huge numbers of diabetics and huge consumers of Statins to lower cholesterol. The evidence, according to Teicholz, is that saturated fats are not harmful, that they only slightly increase LDL but very significantly increase HDL. To associate bodily accumulation of fat with the consumption of saturated fat is a simplistic notion which can convince the uneducated. Obesity is generated by the consumption of carbohydrates, including, to a large degree, high fructose corn syrop, a big seller for the above corporations.

Our Inuit used to have a diet which was 70% fat and yet they were the healthiest specimens on earth. No longer as processed junk has now entered their diets in a big way.

Just like with the anti-psychotics, the research is funded by the industry, researchers who wish to go in a different direction lose their funding from governments and universities, the contrarians are publicly humiliated. The Heart Institute is complicit with industry and the government agencies are observers rather than critical reviewers

Both books teach us that avarice by the coporate world has taken over our lives. All internatiional disputes must be settled by warfare because that is the option which generates most profit for the military-industrial complex. Nations do not negotiate or try to solve disputes by diplomacy because the 1938 Munich appeasement is pulled out evry time.

I read a very brief booklet by my compatriot and important international reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski entitled "The Other". He affirms we can deal with The Other in only one of three ways: we can go to war, we can build a wall around ourselves or we can communicate and negotiate with him. Incidentally, the title of the booklet in Polish was Ten Inny which does not translate exactly as stated. It is more nuanced towards a specific other and also has an implied meaning of different.

 

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