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.
|689||Andrea Mangiagalli||Milan, Milan||Italy||Dec 03, 2013|
|688||Margaret Oldfield||Toronto, Ontario||Canada||Nov 08, 2013|
|687||Dennis Durand||Spring Lake Park, MN||USA||Nov 05, 2013|
|686||Sandra Crashley||Gisborne, Poverty Bay||New Zealand||Nov 03, 2013|
|685||Georgia Opheim, MD||The Dalles, OR||United States||Oct 23, 2013|
|684||Mark Ryan||Richmond, VA||USA||Oct 23, 2013|
|683||Julian Treadwell||Bath, Somerset||England||Oct 23, 2013|
|682||Kemi Tomobi||Oct 22, 2013|
|681||Shan Shan Wu||Georgia||USA||Oct 22, 2013|
|680||Marin McCutcheon||New Orleans, LA||USA||Oct 19, 2013|
|679||Arif Uddin Uddin||Toronto, Ontario||Canada||Oct 16, 2013|
|678||Leigh Clary||Oct 10, 2013|
|677||Cecilie Hilmer||Berlin, Berlin||Germany||Oct 08, 2013|
|676||lorenzo bellotti||marzabotto, bologna||Italy||Oct 07, 2013|
|675||Zachary de Silva||Melbourne, Victoria||Australia||Sep 23, 2013|
|674||Paula Fletcher||UK||Sep 12, 2013|
|673||tyteca olivier||liège||Belgium||Sep 11, 2013|
|672||Perrine Seron||Liege||Belgium||Sep 11, 2013|
|671||Elsie Truter||Rotorua, Bay of plenty||New zealand||Sep 10, 2013|
|670||Maureen Davy||UK||Sep 08, 2013|
|669||Amit Banerjee||Perth||Australia||Sep 08, 2013|
|668||Martín Cañás||La Plata||Argentina||Sep 08, 2013|
|667||Eugenia Tarzibachi||Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires||Argentina||Sep 07, 2013|
|666||Cynthia Rossetti||Cape Coral, Florida||United States||Sep 07, 2013|
|665||Brunhild Kring||New York, New York||USA||Sep 07, 2013|
|664||Fernando Comas||Cangas de Onis , Asturias||Spain||Sep 07, 2013|
|663||Jesus Cabra||Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real||SPAIN||Sep 07, 2013|
|662||Peter Gøtzsche||Sep 07, 2013|
|661||P Gardiner||Wales||UK||Sep 07, 2013|
|660||Nicole Jamison||Sep 06, 2013|
|659||Paul Pezzack||Cardiff, Wales||UK||Sep 06, 2013|
|658||Amanda Gillispie||Huntington, WV||United States||Sep 06, 2013|
|657||Elaine Billings||Ilion, New York||United States||Sep 06, 2013|
|656||Nicola Simmersbach||Sep 06, 2013|
|655||Beverley Thorpe||Tain, Ross-shire||Scotland||Sep 06, 2013|
|654||Adele Framer||San Francisco, CA||United States||Sep 06, 2013|
|653||Judy Segal||Vancouver, BC||Canada||Sep 06, 2013|
|652||Kathryn Egan||Edmonton, Alberta||Canada||Sep 06, 2013|
|651||Susan Mahler||Larchmont, New York||USA||Sep 06, 2013|
|650||david healy||United Kingdom||Sep 06, 2013|
|649||Heather Guidone||Atlanta, GA||USA||Sep 05, 2013|
|648||Michele Tringali||Milano, Lombardia||Italia||Sep 05, 2013|
|647||Mary Anne Hardy||Derwood, MD||USA||Sep 03, 2013|
|646||Lisbeth Sandal Kortegaard||Hoejbjerg||Denmark||Aug 08, 2013|
|645||Maurizio Pilia||Bolzano, Bz||Aug 05, 2013|
|644||Lisa Colantuono||New York, NY||USA||Aug 05, 2013|
|643||amelia beltramini||milano||Italy||Aug 04, 2013|
|642||jakil maria cristina||palermo, palermo||italy||Aug 04, 2013|
|641||Claire Moran||Brisbane, QLD||Australia||Aug 02, 2013|
|640||Lesley Mitchell||Manchester||UK||Aug 01, 2013|