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Ridiculous quote from Dr. Tenpenny - Page 2
I thought anecdotes were not data?
The bottom line is that if doctors weren't prescribing these drugs en masse, they wouldn't be profitable.
I think in the context of what she's trying to expose, the quote is right-on.
I'm pretty sure she doesn't mean that if you absolutely need acute medical care, you shouldn't get it.
Like if you were to get hit by a car and were lying in the street in a puddle of your own blood, I doubt Dr. Tenpenny would stand over you and be all: "OH NOES DON'T GET THE EVVVILLLL DRUGS!!!!"
But many times they are given to people when they're not necessary; I seriously doubt anyone has a statin deficiency for example. ;-)
Lots of people are finding that they can normalize their cholesterol (ignoring the fact that the magic number was lowered some years back, possibly to increase the amount of people who could be diagnosed as having "high" cholesterol) and reduce or eliminate the amount of insulin they need by making dietary and lifestyle changes.
Or it could have been lowered b/c the old number was too high and people were coming in with huge problems. But, you know, whatever.
They're not, but if Chicharronita is going to use it as fact it so am I.
Wether or not something is profitable depends on the pricing structure and the profit margin. Not whether you sell loads of it, although that certainly helps.
It seems like a tactic to derail a thread and/or get it shut down. I hope moderators are taking note.
Anyway, this is all just speculation about Dr. Tenpenny.
How is it speculation? It's a direct quote.
Exactly. Selling one thing at $50 is going to be more profitable than selling 40 at $1.
Right, so the industry is so unprofitable that it's creating and testing many, many new vaccine products.
I think some products, like gardasil, show that vaccines canbe profitable under the right circumstances. At least profitable enough that most manufacturers aren't going to ignore them. Profitable vaccines, like pregnant, though, are sold for several times the cost of a typical vaccine like mmr. Historically, they are not big money makers. Which is why vaccine manufacturers have left in droves to make more profitable drugs, that have fewer expensive requirements for licensure.
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But the problem is that most doctors don't start there. They go right to prescribing the meds.
Often you can tell which ones will: they have all the Big Pharma paraphernalia strewn about their offices: coffee mugs, pens, writing pads, etc. etc. pimping the drug du jour.
Am I lucky to have found a doctor who will prescribe a medication as a last resort? Is he that unusual?
Ha I found one too. He utilizes rx medication only when necessary and when natural methods aren't feasible. Like he doesn't throw antibiotics at every ear infection or cold or cough and so on. He also has no vested interest in prescribing stuff since he's a resident. Very open and nice discussions with mutual respect, which prompted him to read studies not on the suggested list from med school. :)
To the original quote, I haven't read her website, but I could imagine it's something she said with a trace of irony and wanting to provoke. Not unusual on either side. Many great scientists have quotes that if taken out of context would sound rather absurd. That being said, I don't know too much about Dr. Tenpenny.