by Jennifer Lea Reynolds, Natural News:
As if it’s not bad enough that Big Pharma engages in price gouging – who can forget Turing Pharmaceuticals’ Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of a life-improving medication from $13.50 to $750 a pill – another sad reality is that lots of people aren’t even being prescribed the appropriate drug for their condition in the first place.(1)
For example, psych drugs are being prescribed to people who don’t even need to be taking them, thanks to frequent misdiagnoses. In turn, people are not only spending money on the wrong kind of drug, but they’re taking medications that have detrimental side effects, including the ultimate one – death. Here they’ve been thinking they’re taking something to improve their health, when their mental and physical health has been toyed with all along.
Over a decade after initial diagnosis, boy told he didn’t have schizophrenia after all
Take the instance of an 18-year-old boy who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Twelve long years after his diagnosis, it turns out that what he really had was Wilson’s disease (WD), which can occur when the body is unable to properly metabolize copper. This case is mentioned in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, which states that the man had to continue taking the neuroleptics he’d initially been prescribed “… because of the delay in diagnosing the illness, which diminished the efficiency of the single chelating treatment.”(2,3)
Unfortunately, cases like this are all too common.
Sadly, there are misdiagnoses galore surrounding Wilson’s disease, which is often initially diagnosed as a mental disorder. As such, people go on to take damaging psych drugs, when in reality, they could have a number of other conditions that may not require the need for such drugs, or maybe none at all. Sometimes a simple change in diet makes the difference, but we all know that Big Pharma would have nothing to do with that, lest good health come before greed.
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