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Monday, 14 October 2019

BREAST CANCER. Why is it that conventional medicine does not understand that HRT is a significant cause of this? Who protects patients from harmful drugs?

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer!
  • Conventional medicine has known this for a long time, but they continue to prescribe these drugs to female patients.
Medical science has known this for a long time. In July 2002, research indicated that HRT can increase the risk of breast cancer (and heart disease too), and the test results were so alarming they were immediately halted. Many thousands of women came off the drug as a result, at least 50% of those who had been taken them.

Then, in 2003. the University of Texas recorded a 7% drop in breast cancer rates, and a 12% drop in women aged 50 to 69. This was reported in USA Today, 14 December 2006; and New York Times, 15 December 2006). And according to a BBC News report, 15th December 2006, UK researches also measured a drop in breast cancer cases. Professor Valerie Beral, director of Cancer Research UK's Cancer Epidemiology Unit, was reported as saying that there had also been a drop in breast cancer incidence in women aged 50-64 between 2003 and 2004.

So medical science discovers that HRT causes breast cancer. Then it discovers that rates of breast cancer reduces when less HRT is prescribed.

So why is it that the magazine 'What Doctors Don't Tell You' (WDDTY) have had to tell us that 'HRT causes 1 in 20 breast cancers'? (2nd October 2019). Surely our doctors already know this. They should have known it from 2002, and even earlier. Apparently it was using a Lancet article as the source of this information (The Lancet, 2019; doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31709-X). 

               "HRT is twice as risky as doctors feared...."


               "The risk is greatest .....if it's taken for five years, say researchers from Oxford University. They estimate that one in 20 cases of breast cancer in the UK are caused by the drug..."


               "And women need to know the risks persist for 10 years afterwards... they don't disappear the moment they stop taking HRT, which has  been the common perception."


               "HRT prescribing  has been steadily rising over the last 10 years or so, with some studies downplaying health risks...."


               ".....but the Oxford researchers say it is vital to turn back the dial to the early 1990's when the dangerous of the drug were first discovered".

The answer to all these "why's" is that medical science has little or no influence

  • on the pharmaceutical industry (which controls most medical science)
  • on the conventional medical establishment (which is supposed to be evidence led)
  • or on doctors (who are supposed to be 'science led').
I have recently blogged on the current crisis with Opiate drugs, which have caused serious disease, withdrawal symptoms, and death for many - yet doctors to prescribe more of these drugs, year on year.

It is clear that medical science has little or no influence over conventional medicine, or the drug prescribing practices of our doctors.

The MIMS article, dated 4th September 2019, tacitly confirms this when it states that MHRA, Britain's drug regulator has asked doctors to "discuss (this) new (sic) information on breast cancer risk with women at their next routine appointment. Is this really a sufficient or adequate response to a drug doctors have known to cause breast cancer for over 30 years? Drug regulation is supposed to protect patients from dangerous drugs. Is a chat, some time in the future, a sufficient response to women in danger of contracting breast cancer? There is, it is stated, "no need for urgent action".

Isn't there? Just how dangerous does a drug have to be to our health before doctors are obliged to take urgent action? How dangerous does a drug have to be now before it is banned?
But "women who use, or are planning to use, HRT, should be aware of these 'new' (sic) findings when considering their HRT."

These are NOT new findings. This is NOT news. It is history that is regurgitated every few years, a piece of information that will probably never acted upon, soon forgotten, and brought up again in a few years time. So if women don't know this by now it is because their doctors have not told them, or they have downplayed the information. I have written about this subject, many times, during the last 10 years.

The only possible conclusion is that both medical science and drug regulation are mere charades. Neither safeguard patients, you and me, from drug harm. Conventional medicine does not pay attention to its findings and directives - when they are negative - or when it has no alternative to the drugs that have been found to harm us.

I suspect that I will be writing about this again, when conventional medicine discovers yet again that breast cancer is caused by HRT!

Friday, 11 October 2019

CONTROLLING BLOOD PRESSURE. The dangers of blood pressure drugs, and the creation of illness

Conventional medicine is obsessed with blood pressure, especially high blood pressure. It is, doctors tell us, connected to heart disease, so they go to great lengths to ensure that our blood pressure falls within some narrow pre-determined parameter.

It is 'medicine by numbers'. The patient may not feel ill, and may have no symptoms of illness. But doctors know best, and antihypertensive drugs are, they tell us, essential for our health.

So what happens next? The patient takes the drug prescribed by his/her doctor - and he/she does get ill! Really ill!

Blood Pressure Drugs - cause dangerous intestinal problem
The journal Circulation (2019: 140: 270-9) have published research undertaken at Imperial College, London, which found the calcium-channel blocking drugs, antihypertensives, increases the risk of diverticulitis, a disease that affects about 65% of people over 85, and can be life threatening. The researchers suspected that the drugs interfered with the ability of intestinal muscles to push food through the gut.

Of course, antihypertensive drugs were already known to cause many more side effects...
  • Diuretics are known to cause dry mouth, weakness, diarrhea, hypotension, nausea, headache and stomach upset.
  •  ACE inhibitors are known to cause diarrhea, headache, joint pain, fever and chills, troubled breathing and jaundice.
  • Beta blockers are known to cause fatigue, dizziness and weakness.
  • Calcium channel blockers are known to cause weight gain, swelling in the lower legs, feet, or ankles, constipation, tiredness, irregular heartbeat, coughing, problems with breathing or swallowing, nausea or stomach discomfort, and numbness or tingling in the feet or hands.
So, given that the patient did not feel ill when first given these drugs, it might be expected that he/she will feel ill after taking them. Moreover, the new evidence that calcium channel blockers causes diverticulitis, has only been discovered many decades after they were first prescribed! There may be many more side effects that doctors don't know about.

So, does this mean that doctors will apply more constraint in prescribing antihypertensive drugs in future? On the basis of "First, do no harm"? Will they be more circumspect in giving patients, who do not feel, and probably not ill, these drugs?

Absolutely not! 

The Lancet reported on 7th September 2019 that the latest UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance, published on 28th August, has recommended that antihypertensive drugs should now be offered to people younger than 80 years with blood pressure reaching of 140/90 mm Hg and above, and a 10% or greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years. The Lancet concludes that

               "This reduces the 2011 NICE guidelines of a cardiovascular risk level of 20% or more."

In other words, with one stroke of a pen, conventional medicine has significantly increased the number of people who will now be expected to be prescribed antihypertensive drugs. Medicine by numbers, that is, giving drugs to patients who feel well, has been increased.
  • So will this increase the number of patients who will develop diverticulitis, and the other known side effects of these drugs?
Yes, of course it will. This is what conventional medicine does - all the time - with all its prescriptions! Doctors prescribe drugs to well people knowing they have side effects that will cause illness. Then they will treat the new illness with more drugs to treat the side effects; and then even more drugs to treat the side effects of each new drug.

This is how conventional medicine creates illness, how they make us sick, why we never get well, why our health gets progressively worse, why chronic disease is now running at unprecedented, epidemic levels.

Learn more about how conventional medicine creates illness and disease by clicking on this link.

Monday, 7 October 2019

ENDOMETRIOSIS. Another unexplained epidemic of a disease with no known cause? Or just another disease caused by conventional medicine with no treatment?

Endometriosis is another disease that is currently running at unprecedented epidemic levels. The website of Endometriosis UK states that 1 in 10 women in Britain now suffer from the condition, that it has become the second most common gynaecological complaint, that 10% of women, worldwide, now have endometriosis (about 176 million women in total), that the condition is the cause of 30%-50% of all infertility, and that it costs the UK economy about £8.2 billion in treatment, loss of work, and other healthcare costs.

Moreover, Endometriosis UK says that it can take up to 7.5 years from the onset of symptoms for women to get a diagnosis, and also that its cause continues to be 'unknown', and that 'there is no definite cure'. To regular readers and followers of this blog this will NOT come as a surprise - a serious disease, frequently dismissed by doctors as a 'woman's problem', its origins unknown (which is always suspicious), and no treatment (which is common with conventional medicine).

The symptoms of endometriosis can be easily outlined:
  • Pain caused by extreme menstrual cramps in the abdomen, lower back and pelvis
  • Excessively heavy and abnormal menstrual flow
  • Pain whilst urinating or defecating, especially during the monthly period, often with bloody stools and urine
  • Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Discomfort caused by sexual intercourse
  •  Infertility
But this symptom description fails to get close to describing the pain and distress that many women with endometriosis have to endure.

Today (7th October 2019) the BBC have highlighted the suffering and plight of many women in an article, 'Endometriosis. Thousands share devastating impact of condition'. More than 13,500 women took part in BBC research that reveal the devasting effective of endometriosis.

               "Half said they had had suicidal through, and many said they rely on highly addictive painkillers. Most also said endometriosis ... had badly affected their education, career and relationships."

As a result of this research, MP's are now to launch an inquiry into women's experiences of endometriosis. 

Yet just as this BBC research failed to asked the most pertinent question, it is equally unlikely that an MP's inquiry will ask them either.
  • What is the cause of endometriosis, and why is does the cause remain unknown?
  • Why do doctors routinely dismiss endometriosis, and take so long to diagnose it?
  • Why does conventional medicine have no effective treatment for the condition which has become more common during the last 70 years beyond 'highly addictive painkillers'?
The answers to these questions are too sensitive for the conventional medical establishment to deal with properly. For so many reasons they cannot afford to take part in any discussion, or allow any insight into the subject. Why?
  • When a disease has reached epidemic levels, and still continues to increase, the cause can usually be found in the 'side effects' of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. I have written about this many times before. Female hormones have been the subject of considerable interference by conventional medicine, not least with the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). So is it any wonder that endometriosis has become such a major problem for conventional medicine?
  • The reticence of doctors to acknowledge the existence of endometriosis perhaps owes much to some kind of inner (but unacknowledged) guilt that the drugs they have prescribed in the past might have caused the problem. In addition, doctors are also aware that whatever the condition is, however it is diagnosed, they have no effective treatment to offer to their patient anyway.
  • So doctors have nothing to offer - except for 'highly addictive painkillers'. In my recent blog (about opioid painkillers) there is a widespread understanding that doctors prescribe, and over-prescribe these drugs, which lead to addiction and death, because they have nothing better to offer.
Conventional medicine likes to present an image of competence to its patients, of a profession that is overcoming illness and disease. Yet everywhere it is failing, and not just with endodemetriosis. All chronic diseases that are now running at epidemic levels, including allergy, arthritis, autism, ADHD, cancer, COPD, dementia, diabetes, et al; there is a familiar story:
  • no known cause
  • no effective treatment
So patients continue to suffer, and are allowed to continue suffering. They are diseases which (we are told by our doctors) are 'untreatable'.

Homeopathy has been blessed by a whole series of exceptional female homeopaths, particularly over the last century, who have recognised that menstrual and menopausal problems, and endometriosis too, are serious issues for women, and they have not dismissed them as 'untreatable' as so many conventional (male) doctors have done. They have developed the use of a range of homeopathic remedies that are now known to tackle these 'female' problems - both safely and effectively. 

Yet beware. Women will not hear this from the NHS, from their doctors, from their MP's, or from the BBC - they will have to discover this for themselves!

Women who suffer from endometriosis can start here to compare homeopathic and conventional treatment for endometriosis.

So it is not necessary to continue suffering the excruciating pain of endometriosis. Indeed, getting rid of that pain is as close as a consultation, or perhaps a series of consultations, with a homeopath, whose task will be to match you up with one of the remedies mentioned in the above article. It's not always a simple or straightforward task, but it is one that homeopaths are doing every day with women whose lives have been devastated with endometriosis for years.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

THE OPIOID SCANDAL. The drug that is killing millions. And what are our doctors doing about it? They increase prescriptions!

The Opioid Scandal has been running now for many years. These dreadful pharmaceutical drugs are addictive. And they have been killing millions of patients throughout the world.
  • If any other industry was causing this type of devastation, for so many years, action would have been taken years ago.
So what is the conventional medical establishment doing in response to these awful drugs?


A study has found that English doctors have been using an ever-increasing amount of opioid drugs, gabapentin, pregabalin and oxycodone, during the last five years (2013-2018) - quite regardless of the burgeoning crisis, and the epidemic levels of addiction and death caused by them.

Indeed, a Public Health England review found that about 1 in 4 adults are now being prescribed addictive medicines.

And in case English doctors were not aware of what they were doing, the research was outlined to them in their own E-magazine, Pulse, on 18th November 2019. So what was the conclusion of this research?

               "The experience of the prescription drug misuse epidemic in the US should serve as an early warning to England’s NHS and prompt action to better understand the underlying explanations for the increases in prescribing, and the variation in prescribing rates between GPs and between CCGs."
  • So there is no advice to doctors to stop prescribing them.
  • There is no move to ban these drugs - because of the harm they are causing.
Instead, there is some sympathy for the doctors.

               "... the study highlighted that GPs are limited with options for chronic pain treatment.'

This is an admission that conventional medicine not only uses dangerous pharmaceutical drugs - but that it HAS TO prescribe these drugs - BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO USE. Doctors have to use them - they have no better or safer alternatives. As the GP magazine Pulse admits in its article, when it comes to addictive painkillers, doctors "are between a rock and a hard place'.

And so doctors will continue to be allowed to prescribe them. Imagine any other industry that was causing harm, and allowed to continue causing harm! We have nothing better to offer you than this, we know it will harm you, but we are prepared to give it to you! It is quite an amazing situation.
  • the Hippocratic principle "first, do no harm" is jettisoned
  • there is an admission that the 'precautionary principle' has no place in conventional medicine
And the mainstream media, as usual, remains quiet. It is not interested in patient harm, in the deaths being caused by conventional medicine. We are not being told about the full enormity of this situation. All the media does is to regularly and routinely tell about new medical breakthroughs, that will change our experience of this, or that disease.

And so what is happening? Political parties, in the lead up to a General Election, are desperately trying to out-bid each other in promises to spend more and more on the NHS = conventional medicine = more pharmaceutical drugs = more pain relief = more opioid drugs!

And this is a vote winner! The promises of increased expenditure on conventional medicine is wanted, demanded by the public - largely because they not not know or fully understand the harm that it is doing to them. Doctors don't tell them. The NHS doesn't tell them. Political parties don't tell them. Governments don't tell them. The media doesn't tell them.

So patients are left in almost total ignorance, accepting the drugs and vaccines given to them by doctors as they don't believe doctors would knowingly or willing harm them. But they are.

The study itself says this

               "Prescription drugs can cause iatrogenic harm in the form of misuse, dependence, and poisonings. In the US, the opioid crisis is a serious public health problem and was driven in part by increasing opioid prescriptions. In the UK, rates of opioid ..... use are known to be increasing, with a corresponding increase in reports of related harms, such as mortality and morbidity. It is necessary to investigate these trends further, and whether deprivation is driving increased rates at a GP practice population and CCG level."

Surely more than investigation is required! Action needs to be taken, and if 'first do no harm' is genuinely taken seriously by the conventional medical establishment these pharmaceutical drugs should be BANNED forthwith.

And instead, the NHS should start looking towards natural medical therapies, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, acupuncture, eta al, to step into the breach that has been caused by the monopoly it has given to conventional medicine over the last 70+ years.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Measles. A threat to our health?

Run for cover! The conventional medical establishment is busy warning us about the threat of a new measles epidemic. The headline says it all!

Measles admissions increase by two-thirds in the last year.

Such an increase must be serious. The nurses say so. The doctors say so. And the figures comes from NHS Digital, in their 'Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity Report'. So it must be true. Run for cover!

The WHO has announced that Britain can no longer considered 'measles free'. And our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has highlighted the action needed to halt the spread of the disease - to promote vaccination. UNICEF figures, we are told, has found that 527,000 children missed the first dose of the MMR vaccine between 2010 and 2017. Dreadful!

So it's unvaccinated children that are the problem, even though we are not told what percentage of the cases were vaccinated and unvaccinated. This is just an assumption, an implication, that the problem lays with unvaccinated children - but no facts, no figures. Yet there is sufficient evidence that this assumption is just not true. Check the following links, all of which indicate that it is NOT just unvaccinated children who have been contracting measles in recent 'epidemics'.

What the NHS figures do reveal, however, is the numbers who are involved in this 'epidemic' 66% rise. The base figure was taken from 2017/2018, where the total was 198 cases!


Compare this figure with some real and ongoing epidemics of chronic disease which we face. I have outlined some of them here, describing their unprecedented, and ongoing rise - epidemics involving millions of people, not hundreds!

               * Autoimmune disease,
               * Allergy
               * Alzheimer's disease / dementia
               * Arthritis
               * Asthma
               * ADHD
               * Autism
               * Birth defects
               * Cancer
               * Heart disease
               * Chronic Fatigue / MS
               * COPD (Bronchitis)
               * Diabetes
               * Irritable Bowel, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis
               * Mental Health
               * MS
               * Osteoporosis
               * and others

So why this attention on measles? Is it justified? Or is it a means of deflecting attention away from these real disease epidemics that are making the lives of millions of people uncomfortable, unpleasant, and intolerable?

So should we be running from the treat of a measles epidemic?

               ".... that measles is nowadays normally a mild infection, and they rarely have occasion to give prophylactic gamma globulin".

This was, however, before the MMR vaccine was introduced! Doctors now have a vaccine to sell for the pharmaceutical industry. So suddenly measles has become anything but a mild infection! It is a threat to hundreds (sic) of children; alongside the unwarranted assumption that those in danger are children who have not been vaccinated!

So rather than running, in desperation, re-read a blog that I wrote in April 2013 about the measles outbreak in Swansea that year. It's the same old scare story! I concluded the blog by saying this - a statement well worth repeating in 2019.

               "..... the Swansea episode has been another example of a health scare, a panic created in order to sell more drugs and vaccines. If so, the Department of Health, the NHS, our GP's, and our national media, have all been complicit in yet another marketing exercise in favour of the Big Pharma drug companies."

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Conventional medicine discovers that pharmaceutical drugs are addictive, that they are over-prescribed to millions of patients, and that doctors have nothing better to offer

Public Health England (PHE) has discovered that some pharmaceutical drugs have been 'over-prescribed' resulting in millions of patients becoming addicted to them. The review it conducted found that half of the patients using these drugs had been taking them for 12 months or more.

Readers of this blog will not be too surprised about this. But the medical director of PHE was surprised, according to a BBC article, "Too many hooked on prescription drugs" which also appeared to be surprised at these findings. Their article was based on one by MIMS.

The conventional medical establishment, of which both PHE and BBC News belong, should not be surprised. They have been pushing pharmaceutical drugs for years, decades in fact, as positive, beneficial life changing treatments - without expressing, or even asking about whether there were concern about their side effects and their safety.

It is little wonder that patient are demanding this harmful drugs, that politicians are falling over themselves to spend more and more on them. Few people know any differently.

Even this BBC article continued to emphasise the importance of these addictive drugs, "they have many vital clinical uses and can make a huge difference to peoples quality of life" we are told! It's just that these doctors have prescribed them for too long, or longer than 'clinically appropriate', that the drugs would either have stopped working, or the risks outweighed the benefits. So it's the fault of the doctors, not the drugs.

So what are these 'useful' life-enhancing drugs that are so 'vitally important' to our health, but so misguidedly used?

Antidepressant Drugs. Now prescribed to 7.3 million patients - in England alone - in 2017-18.

Opioid Painkillers. Prescribed to 5.6 million patients.

Gabapentinoids (used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, and nerve pain). Prescribed to 1.5 million patients.

Benzodiazepine Drugs (prescribed for anxiety). Still prescribed to 1.4 million people.

Z-Drugs (or sleeping pills). Prescribed to 1 million people.

All these drugs have been causing patient harm for decades, and the conventional medical establishment continues to prescribe them - and apparently, over-prescribing them - to the detriment of patient health. Why?

Well, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampart, of the Royal College of GP's might have presented an answer to this question, perhaps in error. She is quoted (in the BBC article) as saying that doctors do not like prescribing drugs on a long-term basis, but were sometimes left with no choice.

               "What it indicates is the severe lack of alternatives".

Indeed it is! Conventional medicine has no pharmaceutical drugs that work effectively, or are safe. Antidepressants, Opioids, Gabapentinoids, Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are the best they have. So what else can doctors do when faced with a patient? As I said in a previous blog, in 2016, the medicine cupboard is bare. All that is left is dangerous drugs that harm patients. Doctors have nothing else to offer their patients. Its pharmaceutical drugs that harm, or nothing. And it is difficult for doctors to admit that they have no effective treatment when their patients are sitting in front of them.

Indeed, the dilemma for doctors is underlined by the fact that doctors are quite willing to prescribe these addictive and lethal to children. WDDTY reported on a JAMA study in August 2019 that doctors are prescribing opioids to 60% of children who have a tonsillectomy. Would they do this - if they had an effective or safe alternative?

This is why conventional medicine is failing, and failing rapidly. The problem is very few people realise it. And no-one is prepared to say, even to admit that it is failing.

The medical director of PHE, Professor Paul Cosford, said that he wanted to make sure that patients are helped to access 'alternative treatments'. He does not mention what these alternative treatments are, but clearly they are not pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines - there are none - the medicine cupboard is bare!

So could it be alternative medicine? Natural medical therapies? Homeopathy? Naturopathy? Osteopathy? Acupuncture? He does not say.

But then it is most unlikely that this is what he is talking about. PHE, no doubt with the approval and connivance of Professor Paul Cosford, is even now trying to stop patients having access to natural medicine, and especially homeopathy. There is no evidence that they work, he says. And the NHS decided some two years ago that even the paltry amounts of money spent on these therapies is to be reduced - or preferably stopped altogether!

So PHE is faced with a dilemma. They have placed all their eggs in one cupboard. They have created a drugs monoopoly within the NHS monopoly. And the result is that millions of patients are now suffering, as PH have now (belatedly) discovered. And in pursuit of this pharmaceutical monopoly they have jettisoned any and all viable alternative medical therapies that might have come to their assistance.

So what are patients to do? Their only choice is to seek real, effective, safe alternatives for themselves, outside the NHS. Homeopathy has alternatives to antidepressant, opioid, gabapentinoid, benzodiazepine and Z drugs. The NHS (as sure as hell) does not want them.

But millions of damaged patients most certainly do!

Statin Drugs. Conventional medicIne still think they are so safe they can be sold without a prescription, regardless of the patient harm they are known to cause

Many people continue to believe that if a pharmaceutical drug can be bought at any pharmacy, over-the-counter, without a doctor's prescription, it must be safe. It would appear that this misapprehension is to be further enhanced in Britain - the NHS is planning to allow pharmacists to dispense high-dose statins without the need for a prescription.

I wrote about the dangers of over-the-counter drugs is in my blog "Pharmaceutical drugs on sale at the pharmacy are no safer" in January 2017. In this I discussed the dangers of drugs such as Alka Sultzer, Anadin, Beechams Powders, Benylin, Calpol, Dulcolax, Feminax, Gavascon, Lemsip, Nurofen, Rennies, Robitussin, Solpadeine, Strepsils, Voltarol, and Zantac.

Now, allowing Statin drugs to be sold over-the-counter, takes this another stage further. When first introduced patients were told that Stains were extremely effective, and entirely safe. THEY HAVE PROVEN TO BE NEITHER.
Indeed, I have written about the dangers of Statins many times over the years (go to the search bar above and type 'statins' to see these blogs). But in summary, the side effects now associated with these drugs are numerous and serious. They include:
  • cataracts
  • heart failure
  • pneumonia
  • nerve damage
  • muscle pain, muscle tissue breaking down
  • diabetes
  • prostate cancer
  • liver damage
  • kidney disease
  • memory loss (dementia?)

So are they dangerous enough to ensure that doctors monitor patients who take them? Apparently not, at least not as far as the NHS, and the conventional medical establishment, is concerned.

I can think of only two reasons for opening up the availability of these seriously harmful drugs
  • pharmaceutical profits.
  • doctors wanting to avoid the responsibility and blame of prescribing them.
Conventional medicine is not over-concerned with safety. The principle of 'first do no harm' has long been jettisoned by doctors. No amount of evidence of patient harm appears to have any impact on the sale and promotion of pharmaceutical drugs, regardless of the harm they are known to cause.