This Documentary was a complete eye opening experience. Of course I am aware of the deep levels of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, but the medical device industry (which this film is about) is a leading competitor and is possibly even more powerful and dangerous.
The film documents adverse reactions to FDA approved medical devices and follows the plea of support group administrators and Doctors, to take these dangerous products off the market. Despite the thousands of people reporting harmful effects, and Congressional support, companies like: Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, DaVinci, and Stryker refuse to take the devices off the U.S. market, while continuing to defend their claim--"the benefit outweighs the risk".
One of the most harmful devices, particularly to women has been-- Essure sterilization (birth control) and it is implanted in each fallopian tube. The testimonial was horrific--medical device reps would watch as the procedure was performed and if the device was not installed correctly, women were found to have multiple devices implanted (as if the patient was disposable)! The effects these failed devices have on the individuals and their families are disastrous! It was really difficult to watch. However, it is inspiring to see someone who personally experienced so much pain, to fight these mega powerful industries, in the hopes of saving so many others who remain at risk.
It was particularly difficult to watch this one woman suffering from a failed distraction of the Essure device, trying to get relief from severe headaches. You could see the frustration in her face, as she pulled harder and harder tractioning her neck. As a Chiropractor all I wanted to do was try to help her feel better.
"I am writing this article to raise awareness that Chiropractic healthcare can help your body heal and work at its best!
It is not a cure for your health problems, but it is the best natural method of promoting improved function of all systems in the body, for coordinated action and mutual benefit."
It makes me really sad that the FDA does not have the best interest of the people in mind, because millions of dollars are spent Lobbying officials in Washington D.C. to vote in favor of the industry, rather than protect the people.
The real problem is the approval process of these devices--new products are approved based on similar products that have already been approved, even if they have since been recalled for defects or failure (via the 501(k) pathway). www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/deviceapprovalsandclearances/510kclearances/
The take away from this article is, please get second opinions when it comes to any invasive procedure, no matter how minimally invasive or effective the Doctor claims for it to be. One of the alarming facts mentioned in the film was the lack of knowledge by Doctors regarding the product approval process via the FDA; not to mention the tainted scientific data from testimonials and surveys related to device efficacy.
After all, it took an orthopedic surgeon acquiring Cobalt poisoning from the metal-on-metal hip replacement he opted for, to raise awareness about this dangerous medical device. Statistics reveal there are currently 10 Million people with hip replacements using these materials. The condition results in cognitive defects and psychosis, yet is treatable. The surgeon who suffered with toxic levels of Cobalt could have easily been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's or Dementia. How many of our friends and family members are dying or misdiagnosed with untreatable diseases because these adverse reactions are kept quiet by influence of the giants in the medical device industry.
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