DRUG DEFICIENCY SYNDROME
"If we've got the drug, you've got the disease," is the premise behind a lot of patient education material these days. I should know. I write a lot of the stuff.
Who ever heard of osteoporosis until the drug industry started giving big grants to non-profit associations to publicize the disease (and jack up prescription sales)? Mild depression was considered a normal response to life in these United States until the folks who brought you Prozac and its relatives started funding snazzy videos for consumers and diagnostic tools for doctors.
To show you how this plays, imagine that marijuana was a newly invented, FDA-approved pharmaceutical product. We'd soon have:
(2) See both "antidepressives" and "cannabis" at: http://www.drugtext.org/sub/sub.htm
WHO IS: Ronni Sandroff writes on health and medicine for consumer magazines and pharmaceutical companies
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