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No more free lunches

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1155

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Re: A hungry student's view

It saddens me that a person with the ethics and compassion of "hungry
student" has been programmed into thinking that what developing nations
need is cheaper, safer drugs. The most clever thing that the drug
companies have done is to make the people who want to be healers believe
that drugs are what healing is all about.

There are small clinics in South Africa and Mozambique that are
successfully converting HIV+ patients to HIV-, and TB and bilharzia are
very successfully treated by what has become known as "alternative"
medicine. The suppression of herbal and homoeopathic medicine began in
1911. Before that homoeopathic medicine was regarded as "orthodox" in
North America. The financial arrangements that nowadays exist between
doctors and drug companies are just a symptom of a much bigger problem in
world health.

Competing interests:
I am an author who promotes non pharmaceutical types of medication.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 April 2006
Wendy Lydall
Emerald, Australia, 3782