FIGHT THE HMOs

Paul Bronston drprotec at mediaone.net
Sun Nov 7 21:43:09 EST 1999


I just found this great site at www.DrAnonymous.com.  It teaches you how to
force the HMOs and Medical Insurance Companies to give you all the health
care you need.  It taught me a lot.  Spread it around.

rosaphil wrote:

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> Date: 8 Oct 1999 03:50:51 GMT
> From: CIRCARE <veracare at erols.com>
> Newsgroups: misc.activism.progressive
> Subject: US Doctors Conduct Sham Head Drilling Surgery in Placebo trial
> Resent-From: rich at roadster.math.missouri.edu
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> Followup-To: alt.activism.d
>
> From: Vera Hassner Sharav
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> FYI
> US doctors repeated an experiment in which they drilled holes in the
> heads of Parkinson's patients -- some of whom serving as placebo
> controls!  These patients were persuaded to undergo the surgical
> procedure with no medical justification, but rather for experimental
> purposes.  "Richard Nicholson, editor of the Bulletin of Medical
> Ethics, said the trial appeared to breach  the Helsinki declaration on
> research, which says that the interests of science and society  ahould
> never take precedence over the individual."
>
> But Ethical considerations and risks to human subjects seem to be swept
> aside in highest risk American Government sponsored experiments that
> are being conducted on vulnerable American patients.
>
> This time, the sham surgical experiment was conducted by doctors at
> Mount Sinai Med Center, NYC and U of So. Florida  in an effort to learn
> "If foetal tissue transplants are found to be safe and effective" as a
> treatment for Parkinson's disease.
>
> The experiment has raised serious concerns of the Royal College of
> Surgeons in England, but was approved by the academic Institutional
> Review Boards and the National Institute of Health.
>
> [UK NEWS]
>
> DOCTORS DRILL INTO PATIENTS' HEADS IN PLACEBO SURGERY
>
> http://www.independent.co.uk/atp/INDEPENDENT/NEWS/P5S4.html
>
> AMERICAN SURGEONS have carried out sham operations, which involved
> drilling holes in patients' skulls, as placebo surgery designed to test
> the effectiveness of a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.  The
> patients, who all suffer from the debilitating neurological disorder,
> were put under general anaesthetic for the placebo operation. The
> results are to be compared with those of a second group of patients who
> received the genuine treatment, involving the transplant of foetal
> brain cells, in the same way as new drugs are tested alongside inert
> placebo pills.
>
> The operations have drawn criticism for breaching a fundamental
> principle of medical ethics - that doctors should avoid doing harm to
> patients. The President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
> said yesterday that the development was "very worrying".
>
> Surgeons from the University of South Florida and the Mount Sinai
> School of Medicine in New York selected 36 patients with Parkinson's
> disease who had failed to respond to medical treatment for the
> disorder, which leaves sufferers with an uncontrollable tremor in their
> limbs.
>
> The patients agreed to be allocated randomly either a transplant of
> foetal brain cells or a similar placebo operation. They were promised
> free medical treatment for their condition and a free transplant if the
> operation was proved to work.
>
> Transplants of foetal brain cells for patients with Parkinson's disease
> are being tested in 18 centres around the world. The researchers, who
> describe their study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), say
> a placebo- controlled trial is the only way to establish whether the
> procedure works.
>
> The study was sponsored and approved by the National Institutes of
> Health, the US federal funding body for research. Placebo-controlled
> trials are the gold standard for assessing new drug treatments but they
> carry no risk to the patients who receive the placebo, which is usually
> a sugar pill.
>
> In the Parkinson's study, however, the patients in the placebo group
> were not risk-free: they had a general anaesthetic, which carries risks
> in itself; the hole drilled in their skulls runs the risk of causing
> bleeding and infection that could lead to meningitis; and six months'
> treatment with the anti-rejection drug cyclosporin exposes them to the
> risk of renal failure. Furthermore, Parkinson's disease patients tend
> to be elderly - and all of these dangers are greater in older people.
>
> Thomas Freeman and colleagues say in the journal that controlled trials
> are essential in surgery and cite a list of operations, including
> tonsillectomy and circumcision, which were never tested and whose
> routine use has now been abandoned. They say the risks of the surgery
> for Parkinson's were clearly explained and accepted by the patients.
> "If foetal tissue transplants are found to be safe and effective,
> thousands of patients with Parkinson's disease stand to benefit and
> further research will be encouraged. If the transplants are found to be
> ineffective, or if they offer nothing more than a placebo effect,
> hundreds or even thousands of patients will be spared the risks and
> financial burdens of an unproven operation," they say.
>
> Barrie Jackson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England,
> said he had not come across sham surgery before. "I would need a lot of
> persuasion to undertake it," he added.
>
> Richard Nicholson, editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics, said the
> trial appeared to breach  the Helsinki declaration on research, which
> says that the interests of science and society  ahould never take
> precedence over the individual.





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