Trust Your Doctor: Smoking is Good For You!
re: follow the money
re: ethics in medicine
In case you’ve been living in a cave, the money-grubbing AMA (American Medical Association) is one of the worst poxes on American Health there is, along with similar organizations like the AHA/AAP/etc—they all take lots of money from Big Pharma and Big Food or similar to feed the cradle-to-grave anti-health industry. AAP for example is a legitimizer sponsor of child abuse, eg of vaccinating children for COVID, and sex change surgeries for minors too young to legally make any decisions on their own.
This piece just points out the most obvious violation of ethics that anyone can understand.
But they’re right about COVID vaccines, right?
Brownstone Institute: The AMA Said Trust Your Doctor on Smoking
The American Medical Association (AMA) urges physicians to promote COVID-19 vaccines and bivalent boosters. The AMA even supplies members with social media talking points and strategies to deal with vaccine detractors. It is not the first time that my profession has endorsed a product that may be hazardous to your health.
For most of the 20th century, the AMA turned a blind eye toward the dangers of tobacco use. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, tobacco companies paid handsomely to advertise cigarettes in AMA’s journal, JAMA. In a 1948 editorial minimizing the ill effects of smoking and justifying tobacco advertising in its publications, JAMA noted that “cigarette business is a tremendous business,” as if the size of the bottom line can mitigate a conflict for an organization founded for the “betterment of public health.”
Doctors who opposed smoking faced ridicule from their colleagues. Dr. Alton Ochsner, a renowned surgeon and sentinel voice warning of the dangers of tobacco, began publishing on the connection between smoking and lung cancer in the early 1940s. His 1954 book Smoking and Cancer: A Doctor’s Report @AMAZON was negatively reviewed in prominent medical journals, characterized as a medieval model of logic that belongs in the nonscience section of a library. Prior to his appearance on Meet the Press, Dr. Ochsner was told he could not discuss the relationship between smoking and lung cancer on air.
As late as 1982, JAMA publications were warned to steer clear of “politically sensitive” topics like tobacco use. After most of a century of being on the tobacco dole, the AMA could not make a clean break. The AMA portfolio contained investments in tobacco companies until the late 1990s.
WIND: sadly, rare doctor excepted, “trust your doctor” is for children and idiots. Because politics rules medicine, not science.
Doctors have to follow the guidelines set by such organizations, medical boards, etc, all of who are corrupt beyond redemption intellectually. Follow the money.