by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
I have come to the conclusion that it is just too much to ask the corporate media to be honest when reporting about natural and alternative medicine, because time and again they have proven that their Big Pharma bottom line is more important than doing what a newspaper is supposed to do, namely to provide readers with the truth.
In a recent story, USA Today reported that Americans spend north of $30 billion a year on “at least one type of complementary health approach, which could include message therapy, tai chi, chiropractic manipulation, homeopathic treatment, hypnosis and energy healing therapy.”
Using data provided by the National Center for Health Statistics, the paper noted that while these costs amount to a paltry 1 percent of annual health care spending – with most of the other 99 percent going to managing disease rather than preventing it – the figure is “comparable to expenditures for conventional physician visits and prescription drug use.”
Now, at this point you might think that the reporter would interview a professional who sells and/or provides these medical services, like a homeopathic or naturopathic physician or provider, to discuss supplements, alternative health and non-traditional medical treatment.
Offit – paid off by Big Pharma
But no. The reporter instead hits up one of Big Pharma’s biggest cheerleaders – and a man who certainly has an interest (and a financial one at that) in ensuring that as many Americans as possible remain addicted to traditional medicine – the vaccine pimp known as Paul Offit:
Chief of infectious disease at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia Paul Offit thinks Americans are willing to spend billions on alternative healthcare because they see a tremendous value in the industry, which he says is loosely regulated for safety and efficacy.
“You are putting a lot of faith in something you shouldn’t have much faith in,” he said. “They don’t have to test for safety and usefulness as long as they don’t make a serious medical claim.”
What the paper didn’t report was that Offit, perhaps the most prolific of all shills for vaccines, who once said that kids could theoretically tolerate “10,000 vaccines at once,” is also a vaccine developer who has profited handsomely from past vaccine-related patents and deals with major pharmaceuticals, as unearthed by by then-CBS Evening News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson.
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