The Selling Sickness conference of February, 2013 was designed to be part of a global progressive and activist health movement. A CALL TO ACTION statement can help unify professionals, researchers, activists, scholars, caregivers, advocates and all citizens alarmed by disease-mongering.
The statement below was shaped by many contributors and discussed at “Selling Sickness, 2013: People before Profits” in Washington, DC, In February, 2013.
CALL TO ACTION ON SELLING SICKNESS
We come together as researchers, health care professionals, activists, advocates, patients, caregivers and citizens deeply troubled about the growing corruption of medical science and health care.
We demand an end toindustry-promoted disease-mongering that manipulates health concerns and causes harm through practices that medicalise normal life and deceive professionals and the public.
Commercial imperatives are being allowed to corrupt clinical, research and marketing practices which now include hiding data, inflating diagnostic categories, unnecessary screening and treatment, deceptive marketing, faulty and biased research and publishing, inadequate oversight, a neglect of social factors and injustices, and uncritical, unbalanced reporting.
We are alarmed at how undergraduate and post-graduate professional education are based onuntrustworthy “science” designed to expand markets rather than impart valid knowledge or improve individual or public health.
Hazardous practices and distorted science harm patients, waste public resources, create illness and health anxiety, hoodwink the public, corrupt knowledge, corrode professionalism, and expose everyone to unnecessary, costly and dangerous tests and treatments.
Recognizing that we all will enact this commitment differently, we pledge our support to a new movement of alliances and actions to ensure that:
These reforms will substantially improve public health and safety in a complex world of escalating technologies and communications media, and will save money, thereby lessening pressure on individual and public budgets and private health insurance programs.
We believe the urgent threat to human health from disease-mongering requires the united and creative action of citizens and professionals.
We pledge ourselves to act, individually and collectively, to distribute and to implement the measures outlined in this statement and encourage continuing outreach to interested others.
The statement has been endorsed by these organizations.
|883||michel Thirion||France||Oct 23, 2014|
|882||Maricarmen Midón||Silleda, Pontevedra||Spain||Oct 16, 2014|
|881||Isabel Allegue||Spain||Oct 10, 2014|
|880||paloma henares garcia||Torrelodones, Madrid||Spain||Oct 08, 2014|
|879||Joan Catalan||la Garriga, Barcelona||Spain||Oct 03, 2014|
|878||Carlos Bourque||Sep 30, 2014|
|877||Rafael Villarán Pérez||Coria del Río, Sevilla||España||Sep 28, 2014|
|876||Alejandro Vinuesa Parra||Sep 25, 2014|
|875||Marta Ramos||Madrid, Madrid||España||Sep 24, 2014|
|874||Matthew Brignall||Seattle, WA||United States||Sep 23, 2014|
|873||Ana CLAVERÍA||Vigo, Galicia||Spain||Sep 23, 2014|
|872||jose luis aldea||valladolid, valladolid||españa||Sep 23, 2014|
|871||Eliane Brum||Santa Maria, RS||BRASIL||Sep 23, 2014|
|870||Pedro Casas||Aranjuez, Madrid||España||Sep 22, 2014|
|869||Mónica Hoyos||Sep 22, 2014|
|868||Xosé Manuel López Gallego||Zaragoza, Zaragoza||Spain||Sep 22, 2014|
|867||JESUS IBAÑEZ||valladolid, valladolid||españa||Sep 22, 2014|
|866||Carlos Jesús Pérez Márquez||Baza, Granada||España||Sep 22, 2014|
|865||Mary Bugbee||Manchester, Connecticut||United States||Aug 01, 2014|
|864||Ana soto||Jul 17, 2014|
|863||jordi navarro||Jul 17, 2014|
|862||Alba Millán||Barcelona, Barcelona||Spain||Jul 09, 2014|
|861||Mª MILAGROS SÁNCHEZ TORRES||San Cristobal de La Laguna, santa cruz de tenerife||España||Jul 09, 2014|
|860||Jayanta Bhattacharya||RAIGANJ, West Bengal||India||Jul 05, 2014|
|859||Barbara Teeple||Victoria, British Columbia||Canada||Jun 30, 2014|
|858||ana cardeñoso domingo||madrid, madrid||españa||Jun 27, 2014|
|857||Correia Ferreira Regina||Burgos, Castilla Leon||España||Jun 27, 2014|
|856||ricardo ballesteros||sevilla, sevilla||Spain||Jun 25, 2014|
|855||Robert Sprinkle||College Park, MD||USA||Jun 22, 2014|
|854||Vcente Fernandez Gutierrez||Maliaño, Cantabria||España||Jun 16, 2014|
|853||Suzie Busko||Sidney, NE||USA||Jun 13, 2014|
|852||Patricia Mordini||Madrid||Spain||Jun 12, 2014|
|851||Sara Martí Roca||Murcia, Murcia||España||Jun 10, 2014|
|850||rosa dominguez||benicasim, castellon||españa||Jun 08, 2014|
|849||Jocalyn Clark||Dhaka, Dhaka||Bangladesh||May 31, 2014|
|848||Alexander Loewen||Germany||May 27, 2014|
|847||Emma Riambau||Torredembarra, Tarragona||Spain||May 24, 2014|
|846||Mariano García||Spain||May 21, 2014|
|845||Ventura Francés Peñataro||Petrer, Petrer, Alicante, Spain||Spain||May 20, 2014|
|844||ELENA FERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ||la laguna||Spain||May 16, 2014|
|843||yurena morera||la laguna, canarias||Spain||May 14, 2014|
|842||Maria Plata||Madrid||Spain||May 14, 2014|
|841||Mercedes Abella||Spain||May 14, 2014|
|840||Miguel Diaz||España||May 14, 2014|
|839||Raquel Ibañez||Madrid, madrid||Spain||May 14, 2014|
|838||José Knobel||Barcelona, Barcelona||Spain||May 14, 2014|
|837||FRANCISCO TORRALBO||madrid, madrid||españa||May 12, 2014|
|836||Carmelo Angel Mendoza Guzmán||Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas||España||May 10, 2014|
|835||Enrique Rodero||Madrid, Madrid||Spain||May 10, 2014|
|834||Cocina Martinez||Luarca, Asturias||España||May 09, 2014|