(Vicki Batts) Parents want to do what’s best for their children, especially when it comes to their health. For many, that means trusting their family doctor to lead them in the right direction — but when doctors receive benefits for pushing drugs and inoculations, that trust can easily be abused. Industry influence in medicine is so strong that doctors are now being encouraged to stop seeing patients who aren’t vaccinated.
by Vicki Batts, July 1st, 2018
Health freedom is a growing concern for parents, especially as governments continue to push for mandatory vaccinations at every turn. What happened to autonomy and freedom? It seems these ideals have been sold up the river to Big Pharma and their ilk.
Do no harm — unless it comes with a cash incentive
In some areas, the reward to vaccinate is incredibly high. For every child that is fully vaccinated by age 2, insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield are offering cash bonuses of up to $400. Research has shown that providing a cash incentive can bolster physicians’ vaccination rates by nearly 25 percent.
The “first do no harm” mantra seems to have been eclipsed by a steady flow of cash from the corrupt health insurance industry (which is, in turn, influenced by pharma of course).
As Natural Health 365 explains, these kinds of policies lead to an array of problems. In addition to general vaccine-pushing, doctors end up pressuring parents to accelerate their child’s vaccine schedule. Further, doctors may refuse to see patients who aren’t up-to-date with vaccines entirely, until the child and their parents meet their demands.
It sounds like an abuse of power for personal gain, doesn’t it?
Vaccine dogma is pervasive and harmful
There are many reasons why doctors push vaccines on parents. Beyond the cash reward system that benefits physicians, vaccination indoctrination begins in med school. How many conventionally trained doctors look beyond what they’re told about vaccines? As VacTruth.org explains, doctors are taught that vaccines are a medical necessity in medical school.
There is little to no real education regarding vaccines and other pharmaceuticals: Most of what doctors learn about vaccines comes from information provided by the pharmaceutical industry. Studies have shown that the more interactions students have with pharma representatives, the more positive they tend to view the industry. Worse, survey data shows that more interactions they have with Big Pharma, the less likely medical students are to believe that the industry has influenced them. The influence of Big Pharma on medical students is insidious.
And it doesn’t end with pharma educating students on their products: The industry is one of the largest financial contributors to medical research. How is that not a conflict of interest?
While Big Pharma isn’t supposed to flat-out bribe doctors anymore, it’s clear they’ve found several loopholes. The industry’s foothold on medicine cannot be ignored.
Dr. Erika Schwartz has spoken out about the tremendous power Big Pharma holds over medical students, the insurance industry and the government. Indeed, Big Pharma’s influence can be seen across the board, from the FDA and the CDC, to small-town medical students.
Dr. Schwartz explained further, “Big Pharma outspends all other industries in lobbying the U.S. government and the FDA. From 1998 to 2013, it spent $2.7 BILLION, in lobbying, 42 percent more than the second-highest lobbying big spender. Who was the second biggest spender? The insurance industry!”
But it’s not all rewards for doctors: Speaking out or even daring to raise questions about vaccine safety comes with a steep cost. Public shaming, humiliation and a ruined reputation are all threats that keep the majority of medical professionals “in line” with the industry’s demands.
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