WHO’s Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019 have been much in the news lately – a kind of collective New Year’s Resolution list. The 10 resolutions can be seen below. They have prompted an alternate RxISK list of threats. These are not listed in order of importance.
RxISK’s Threat List
- Sequestration of Clinical Trial Data.
Most of what passes as science in medicine is nothing of the sort – its Fake News. The details of what are put in the public domain about treatments and devices are Fake and the process of claiming claims not backed by data are scientific is also Fake.
The greatest concentration of ghostwriting/fake news on earth centres on the medicines doctors dish out.
- Falling Life Expectancy.
Life Expectancy is now falling in developed countries – among the elderly in particular. There are no explanations at present for this. Polypharmacy is an almost certain contributor given evidence that reducing it increases life expectancy. There is at present no effort to get to the bottom of what is going on.
- Professional capture.
There is talk of regulatory capture by pharmaceutical companies but this is less important than the capture of medicine, nursing, psychology and social work. Fewer and fewer of these professionals have a thought in their head not put there by pharmaceutical marketing or if they have such thoughts, something inhibits them from speaking out even when faced with patients obviously struggling with the medicines they are on.
An increasing amount of normal variation is being pathologized. Quite aside from the risks from medicines, this poses, there is the danger that we will lose a sense of what it means to be human. This pharmaceuticalization involves a dangerous and profoundly alienating fear-mongering – as the examples in The Great Purple Pill show.
- Global ASD Pandemic.
There has been a thousand fold surge of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is no obvious effort to establish what is happening. Some ASD cases are likely fashionable diagnoses but the authorities need to take a position on issues like this. Does ASD primarily map onto epidemics like bipolar disorder, created by company marketing, that come and go, or onto the current wave of transgender states, or does it map better onto increases in dementia or auto-immune disorders?
- Rattling Children.
Children have always been in the firing line. Fifty years ago the most common surgical operations were done on them from circumcision to tonsillectomies. Now its an increasing profusion of vaccines and increasingly medicines. Children were rarely on more than short courses of an antibiotic but now an increasing number are on several and any contact with health services for any kind of nerves is a gateway to multiple meds and a lifetime’s consumption of meds. We have yet to see the consequences in terms of obesity and the disorders it brings in its wake and the dementias inevitable with chronic consumption of medicines.
- WHO .
In 1977, WHO had the temerity to produce an essential drugs list. Soon after, it was turned into a global health bureaucracy coordinated by the World Bank rather than the international co-operation it had been and since then it has been a driver of rather than a break on drug consumption. Sometimes this is not obvious – as in the non-communicable disease item below which is an effort to extend the use of Western medicines like statins to developing world populations. Or as in the fact that soon after being taken over by the World Bank, depression all of a sudden became the greatest global health burden. Sometimes it is very obvious as in vaccine hesitancy below.
- Medical Coercion.
At a time when the incidence of serious mental illness like schizophrenia is declining, there are more and more people ending up in the mental health system – an increasing proportion of which are detained compulsorily. While death from heart attacks have been falling for decades, semi-compulsory treatment with drugs like the statins is continuing to increase. And there is increasing pressure on everyone to have vaccines
- There is a slot here for readers to pick a final option – either from WHO’s list below or from the list of 15 available on Brand Fascism.
WHO’s Threat List
- Air pollution and climate change
- Non-communicable diseases
- Global Influenza Pandemic
- Fragile and Vulnerable settings (poverty)
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Ebola and high-threat pathogens
- Weak primary healthcare
- Vaccine hesitancy