NEJM and censorship

Before you click  to post a comment on a website like the New England Journal of Medicine, I suggest that you copy, paste, and save it in a draft email. Because there’s a good possibility that your comment will never show up.

I posted the comment below on Tuesday of this week, which is still awaiting a moderator’s approval. What do you think, is there something offensive in my comment? Something to fear? How many other pain patients are silenced in the comment sections?

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1507136#t=comments

I think it’s tragic that more doctors won’t stand up for pain patients — and for medical science, which not only says that 16,000 overdoses out of tens of millions of opioid users is not an epidemic, but also that opioids are only dangerous to an extremely small patient population. In fact, chemotherapy drugs (and many others) are dangerous to a larger percentage of patients than pain medications.

As a 30-year intractable pain survivor, I thank my lucky stars, every single day, that I was able to overcome my addiction to the medical industry. (Not that I had much of a choice.) Having to depend on doctors to help me manage the constant pain was a waste of both time and money. What do doctors really know about pain, unless they’ve experienced it themselves? And even then, with the opioid war, what treatments can they offer? Pain patients have had their fill of antidepressants and other off-label medications.

I think the medical industry should thank PFROP for helping to destroy its reputation and causing patients to distrust doctors, and vice versa. And I want to thank Mother Nature for providing an alternative to being treated like a drug addict and criminal.

5 thoughts on “NEJM and censorship

  1. Not surprising, really. The majority of medical sites and blogs are heavily censored. They are completely immune to any insights or criticism from us mundanes..the planet’s ultimate echo chamber. After all, they are scientists, and we are not, so what could they possibly learn from our collective 7 trillion plus man-hours of experience living with pain that they can’t learn from a pharma rep or a “study” engineered by the CDC or PROP?

    You have only to look at the quality of available “treatments”and the absurd lengths to which entrenched financial interests in the medical system are willing to go to stretch reality to see just how beneficial the dominance of “science” over empiricism has been for us.

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    • I can’t remember, are you a Dr. House fan? I’m recalling the episode where House had a patient who suffered from the genetic mutation which kept her from feeling pain. I miss House…

      I’m very wary of these new drugs. It can’t be good to turn off your body’s alert system, even if it does give you some relief. Opioids block pain signals, but as far as I know, they don’t turn them off. That’s for drugs like anesthesia. And drugs like ketamine, which can work for chronic pain in low doses. (I learned about ketamine from Dr. House.) But these drugs can’t replace opioids. That’s just… illlogical.

      They think these new drugs will be less addictive. (Obviously, they don’t know any drug addicts, as all drugs can be addictive.) And after these drugs come out, we’ll have a whole new slew of side effects to deal with.

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      • Heck yeah, I’m a House fan. I think I remember that episode. They pulled a parasite out of her intestine without anesthesia? So weird – the thought of not feeling any pain.

        They’ll try to make a drug for anything before they think about consequences. Eyes on the $$$.

        We run a program on our computers called folding @home. It uses the CPU and gpu to help process data from medical research. The last batch we finished in November had to do with sodium and potassium channels as they relate to Alzheimer’s, cancer, and neuropathy. Interesting coincidence with the timing of the article. Maybe you can blame me if the drug gets approved. 🙂 I’d rather use my PC for SETI to see if I can find my husband’s real family 😉

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