A behind-the-scenes look at medical education

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Today, I’m going to take you on a little behind-the-scenes tour of what really happens with medical education and Big Pharma from my perspective as a community physician. Sometimes I forget that not everybody understands this, since many of my friends are physicians.

Doctors get continuing medical education (CME) through events like lectures and conferences. CME is necessary because many physicians practise for 30 or 40 years, and medicine is changing continuously, so they cannot rely on their medical school training, which might have happened in the 1960s. Doctors are required to get a certain number of hours of CME every year. You might imagine that doctors learn from unbiased experts dedicated to learning. Actually, nothing is further from the truth. The dirty little secret is that virtually all CME is sponsored heavily by Big Pharma giving them huge influence over what information is presented to doctors.

Every single level of CME has been corrupted by $$$. Let’s start at the bottom.

In virtually every hospital in North America, there are lectures called ’rounds’. They happen in every specialty and almost every single day, mostly at lunchtime. What a great idea. Doctors would spend lunchtime teaching each other the intricacies of their specialty. Sorry, no. Most doctors don’t prepare a full hours worth of lecture topic. Most are too busy to spend an hour listening a the lecture anyway. So, the friendly drug rep from Big Pharma helpfully gets lunch for everybody. Free lunch! That helps bring in the audience, but it doesn’t help the fact that they still need a speaker.

Once again, the drug rep is able to produce speakers! Big Pharma hires doctors to give lectures. Of course, these doctors are still don’t produce their own talk, so luckily, Big Pharma also makes the entire slide kit with full notes so all the doctor needs to do is parrot the words written for him. He only lends his name to give these lectures the sheen of respectibility. You can be sure that these ’rounds’ always support the use of more and more medications.

The standard rate in Canada to give one of these talks is $1500 for a single hour of work. Very lucrative, even if it means you need to intellectually prostitute yourself. Of course, there is no shortage of doctors willing to give these talks. Some doctors give talks several times per week.

Next, there are the dinner lectures. These, once again are helpfully organized by the Big Pharma drug reps. They invite local doctors to hear an ‘expert’. Once again, the doctor selected is ‘conveniently’ provided with the entire presentation to give like a trained monkey – delivering the exact message Big Pharma wants. Who are these doctors selected to speak? The ones that prescribe the most drugs, of course. So, they have no problem giving these talks because they already believe it. It’s essentially a giant infomercial.

According to regulations, these dinners are not supposed to be lavish. They should be the equivalent of cafeteria meals. Does that happen? Not a chance in hell. These dinners are held at the fanciest restaurants available. Of course, it comes with wine and a 3 course dinner, which normally would cost about $150 per person. The speaker gets $1500 for one hour.

I must confess here. I have given a few of these talks, but have only done 1 in the last five years, because it was a journal club specifically requested by my friend. However, I only present my own slides and I do not accept any restrictions on what I say. I stopped giving these lectures because I was just disgusted. The doctors in the audience were mostly interested in eating and clearly not even listening. It was awful. The money is good, but my soul paid the price.

The next place a doctor might expect to get CME is through conferences and other symposia. Often these are arranged through official sounding organizations – usually something like ‘Canadian Association of Superior Medical Knowledge’ (does not really exist). The public, of course, thinks these are legitimate organizations. The doctors know full well that these are puppet organizations funded by multiple drug companies. This allows them to pay salaries to physicians to do little other than be the figurehead –  always from a prominent university to give the organization a respectable veneer. You know, science director, medical liaison etc.

They organize one or two day conferences at hotels which usually includes about 6-8 hours of lectures full of ‘experts’. These conferences, if you had to pay for hotel space and speakers would normally cost about $500 per person to put on. However, doctors usually only pay $25 for two days of lectures and this includes breakfast, snack and lunch! With a wink, they are usually free.

Sad to say, these are, once again, thinly disguised drug infomercials. Almost all of the speakers are university doctors, who know a good payday when they see it. I attended one of these many years ago. Two prominent university professors presented about diabetes. “There is a wonderful treatment that lowers weight, blood pressure and blood sugar with no side effects. It’s called exercise.” Oh, this sounds promising.

He then spent the next 59 minutes of his 60 minute lecture talking about … drugs.

The very next speaker, who writes the Canadian Diabetes guidelines said “The first, second, and third line treatment of diabetes is lifestyle, lifestyle, and lifestyle”. Oh, this sounds promising. She then spent the next 59 minutes of her 60 minute lecture talking about … drugs. Oh, what drug whores.

Perhaps you think that things are better at the major universities. Sorry, that’s not really true either. The people who are promoted in the university hierarchy are not those that are the most intelligent. No, it’s those who bring in the most research dollars. Of course, it’s extremely difficult to get funding from governments. Instead, it’s far easier and far more lucrative to get drug company funding for research. This is often in the form of endowments and endorsed chairs.

What happens to all the money you donate to ‘support research into diabetes’? Well, most of it goes toward paying for fancy hotels, fancy meals and fancy trips. Oh, of course, they can’t call it that. Instead, conferences are held in swanky hotels in far-away places. Why do most doctors go to the ‘European Conference on Amazing Medical Knowledge’? (does not really exist). Let me tell you, it’s not to get amazing medical knowledge. Hell, that’s available online for free in your underwear.

No, the main purpose is to visit Paris, or Copenhagen, or Barcelona. You take the research dollars donated in good faith and spend several thousand of them to go to Spain. You listen to one lecture and spend the next 3 days going to the fanciest restaurants you can find – all for research, of course. I know. The research budget is used to pay for airfare, hotel and meals. Of course, you usually meet up with drug reps for even fancier meals. I did this 20 years ago, when I was a student at the University. Everybody knows the game. Except you, that is.

Too harsh? Well, let’s think about this logically. Consider the hundreds of millions of dollars raised for diabetes and breast cancer and heart disease and so on. What do we have to show for it? Almost all of the drugs developed for all disease are performed by drug companies.

All of the funding ever done at the universities adds up to a giant zero. While you might imagine that doctors and academics at major universities are immune to the influence of Big Pharma, you’d be exactly wrong. These institutions are on the take on a massive scale. They don’t simply take a few dollars here and there, they take millions of dollars.

The University of Colorado, for example, received $1 million from Coca Cola in order to establish an advocacy group that, surprise, surprise would downplay the risk of sugar. You, as the public would have assumed that this opinion exonerating sugar was coming from academic physicians who have thought long and hard and researched day and night about the best diet. You would have been exactly wrong. Their opinion, backed by the name of a prestigious university, is for sale to the highest bidder. These same doctors and researchers are always the ones talking about how you can’t trust all the opinions on the internet. Turns out, the last person to trust was them! Dr. Blair from the University of Colorado was busy blaming the media for the obesity crisis when he was taking blood money to fuel the crisis. They returned the money, but only when it was exposed in the New York Times. Otherwise, we would have been reading opinions that we believed were honest ones from university professors, but were nothing more than paid infomercials.

Conflicts of interest

The list goes on and on. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics received $1.7 million from Coke. They represent the dieticians of America. Do they have our best interests at heart? No, you can’t bite the hand that feeds you. So sugar is fine and calories are the problem. Yes, because eating 100 calories of sugar and 100 calorie of broccoli are equally fattening. Right.

Coke has spent $120 million since 2010 to fund research. Research that will undoubtedly show that sugar is not to blame for obesity. This makes the few bucks the community doctor makes seem like chump change. $120 million dollars! And then the academics will bleat on and on about how we must follow evidence based medicine when the entire evidence base has been corrupted by commercial interests.

Dr. Sievenpiper

Consider the case of Dr. John Sievenpiper. He is one of the most outspoken, staunchest defenders of dietary sugar. He is constantly in the media defending sugar. Oh, it turns out he receives money from the Corn Refiners Association!  In his paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine defending, you guessed it, sugar, here’s his list of conflicts of interest.

So be careful who you listen to. There’s a lot of paid infomercials out there that you don’t even know about. Ultimately, you must decide who to trust based on their message, not their titles. Your life, very literally, depends on it.

2017-10-14T21:36:20+00:00 65 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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leavemealonegoaway
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Absolutely 100% bang on. I used to attend a few ‘drug dinners’, but I usually ignored the (usually droning) ‘speaker’, so little harm was done. No more..they are boring and I learn zero (since I tend to daydream during the parts where ACE inhibitor A is .0005% ‘better’ than ACE inhibito B). A few years ago (1990’s),Pharma used to take us docs golfing to promote their stuff. What happened was 3 male doctors and one ridiculously perky female rep wearing obscene shorts would ‘golf’–premium course, free beers of course. Her job was to parrot her brand name (it may as… Read more »
Pete
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Dr. Fung, You are the MAN!

Heather
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Yes he is!! Always telling us the truth ??

Shannon
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You’re speaking truth to power!

Carol
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All I can say is…thank you Dr. Fung for all you do. Truly.

Gin
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Thanks Dr. Fung for this honest and unbiased report on what really goes on in the medical world.

Paula Story
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Once again, you prove to be our hero! Thank you for saving my life and the lives of so many. You have the courage to step out and tell the truth, There aren’t enough words to say how we love and respect you for it.

Ramakanth
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Thank you so so much for what you are doing through this website! Hats-off to your guts to talk about these things so openly! I am learning a ton from you. Thanks once again!

Lena
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Dr. Fung, you are my Hero!!!

Jin
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Using Doctors authority to sell products which harm us and keep us reliant on them. Operating the most profitable industry on earth. Their sheer audacity is absolutely breath taking.

Juliet Chin
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Hats off to you, Dr Jason Fung. My sincere gratitude and admiration for you is evergreen. I am on my way to reversing T2, all thanks to you. I pray that God bless you and yours.

Steve
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Well done again Dr. Fung. One thing about the Internet is regular folks can share info and find out the truth for themselves. Posts like this one and others will get the truth out.

Your post tells the hard truth about the system. I’d assume few doctors have the integrity to share their honest thoughts. I’d also encourage you to see Dr. Peter Attias TED talk about changing his views on patients with diabetes. One of the most powerful talks I have ever seen. You and he are my heroes! Thanks again!

Eli
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So frustrating. So sad. And yet, the truth is finally coming forward, and it is through academic research, peer-reviewed journals, brave thinkers (like yourself), and brave patients (like myself) who educate themselves and are now educating our doctors.
My GP, impressed with my reversing diabetes without medication, now has received links to your youtube series, and hopefully some of his other patients will get better care. Most doctors are good intentioned and want to be of help, and I am sure the tide will turn.
So lets keep working! (I’m glad to think of myself as a junior partner…)
Thanks again.

Amy
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Funny how when you say this it is credible and accepted, but when I say the exact same thing only without personal experience to reference, I’m called a conspiracy theorist. I wholeheartedly agree with you, conspiracy theories and all?

David
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There are a few problems with the criticism of “that’s a conspiracy theory!” 1) It’s always implied that if you believe in one conspiracy you believe in all of them, and therefore you’re a 9/11 truther. No, you can believe in some conspiracies and not others. 2) Some conspiracies actually did happen in history which proves the point. For example, Bell Labs suppressed the commercial development of the recording machine because they worried it would undermine the telephone. Around the same time, the Nazis blamed the opposition for the burning of the reichstag. 3) Some of these things are actually… Read more »
Wenchypoo
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I am too. I play along with it, and buy myself a warehouse-store-sized roll of tinfoil and say it’s “for making hats”. The last roll I bought lasted me 6 months–the cooking around here is more hot and heavy than the conspiracies.

Zofia Warenik
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Wow Dr.Fung! I love the way you say it as it is instead of pussy footing around a topic. And, of course,you have hit the nail on the head yet again. I have been an RN for 46 years and over the years have becoming more and more disillusioned with health care and the fact that, despite all the so called “advances” in medicine, people are unhealthier than ever before. The rates of obesity and the resultant issues with that, e.g.,Type 2 DM have skyrocketed and especially amongst our native Canadian population. Years ago when I worked in northern Labrador… Read more »
Joan Day
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no wonder so many love and respect Dr. Jason Fung…thank you for putting peoples health first…and not being afraid to take on Big Pharma, and exposing the dirty secrets ..we love, and trust what you do is what you believe is best for us…

corrie
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It’s so disheartening ! It’s as if there is no hope. Doctors cannot be objective after years of this onslaught. Whom can we trust ? Regular folks trolling the internet (me) “finding out the truth” as Steve puts it (above) can just as easily be mislead, misdirected and end up misinformed. There is still controversy about the low-carb theories… Each side presents “evidence” which I must consider to determine veracity. But I am no authority on chemistry or biology or any science.

Zoe
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Corrie There is hope yet! I think we ALL have to become responsible for our own health and take a pro-active approach. Prevention has long been known to be better than cure! Unfortunately the health $$ are not going into health promotion -that has long gone by the wayside and the results are obvious to see…. The days of doctors being up in their ivory towers have long gone -thank God! We have a great resource called the internet where we can do our own research. I am constantly amazed that patients do not question what their doctors tell them… Read more »
Raymond Brisebois
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Although I have come to be increasingly aware of the depths to which greed, corruption and blatant conflict of interest infects the “health care” industry, I must say I am gobsmacked to the max at the extent of nefarious behaviour as outlined in this very significant article by Dr. Fung. We can not only hope and pray but actively agitate for change towards not only curative health but, more importantly, towards solid, science-based strategies for effective preventative medicine via the potential but still unawakened power of social media. For Canadians, this means flooding the federal Minister of Health with requests… Read more »
Kate Miller
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Gobsmacked! A great word!

Jillm
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Raymond, actually I am not surprised at all. Read Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime how big pharma has corrupted healthcare by Peter Gotzsche. I watched a TV interview with an Australian brain surgeon, recently. He said another brain surgeon visited him and said he must stop doing these ‘difficult’ cases, because he is making other surgeons look bad. “Do you want me to tell patients their tumours are inoperable?” Yes. “Do you want me to lie?” Yes “Do you lie?” Yes, often. The interviewer was stunned.

Wenchypoo
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Just last week, I read an article that said diabetes drug invention has been stifled because people are keeping too tight a rein on their blood sugar! If you want to live with all your limbs and organs intact, ISN’T THAT THE OBJECT? According to the author, what we need is moderation of blood sugar, not complete and absolute control–why? Is Big Pharma THAT desperate to make solutions with no problems, and half-hearted ones at that? As we here know, the word MODERATION has no real meaning because it’s different for everybody. What the article really meant was “go ahead–eat… Read more »
honeycomb
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The old expression goes ..

“Free advice is worth exactly what you paid for it.” So people think because they paid a Doctor it must be worth something. Right!

I would add .. “Do your own research.” Which is why I love this site.

Sue
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When I had my first baby I just knew that something was wrong with the advice I was getting from my doctor, but of course you want to the do the “right” thing so I went along with what he said I should do. I ended up with an unnecessary c-section. I had him on a Sunday and low and behold, the c-section rate goes up dramatically on the weekends. (Maybe something to do with doctors wanting to get back to the golf course) My second child I found an excellent mid-wife and had my daughter at home. Since then… Read more »
SWOT
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Cracked: if drug companies were honest.. https://youtu.be/rbFYsYMA3No

Raul
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The article today makes me remember two good books 1) from Peter C. Gotzsche Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime : How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare and 2) from Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer and his book ON THE TAKE, you can find some videos from them in youtube

Thanks Doc for a good piece of writing, Thanks to the internet the message will be shared

Ott
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Hey Jason Fung, good article. Maybe you could do one about vaccine hoax too? Dr Suzanne Humphries talks about it: http://drsuzanne.net/dr-suzanne-humphries-vaccines-vaccination/

Sue
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I too have wondered what Dr. Fung’s thoughts are regarding vaccinations. When my son was three months old I took him for a “well baby check” (my one and only for both of my kids) and I expressed some concerns over vaccinations. My doctor told me that there was a 3 month old baby at our local hospital with whooping cough right now. I almost complied but stopped short, but I was scared to death! A friend told me that the doctor most likely lied. So I called the hospital (this was 28 years ago so you could get information… Read more »
Jerry
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Dr. Fung writes on a topic that our corporate media won’t touch. The 2nd paragraph sounds like a paste from Prof. Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients. The rest of this blog could have been taken from chapter 8 of Prof. Marcia Angells, of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to DO About It. And if you want to read about the consequences of this there is by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare. His book won the British Medical… Read more »
Jerry
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This page with the embedded links will be published at http://healthfully.org/rdt/. I though the links would have been posted, but they weren’t

Debra Smith
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In the ’60’s, pharmaceutical companies sent samples directly to our home mailbox. My father was a physician, OB/GYN and family physician, and surgeon, but not a hypocrit. We had a big drawer in our kitchen filled with samples. I was a teenager then and I found some meds in there that are now controlled substances. Representatives, usually attractive women would show up at his office and try to see the doctors, interfering with scheduled appointments to leave samples, in the ’70’s when I worked at his office. They would only see them if they had samples that they could then… Read more »
Wenchypoo
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Some processed foods are labeled “heart healthy” (American Heart Association) and we dumb sheep throw them happily into our carts and bodies. Just yesterday, I had a friend brag about the yogurt she bought while out grocery shopping–she showed me the carton, and on the front was plastered “no sugar added” with the AHA symbol on it (of course). I turned it around to see the nutrition facts label, and found it had more carbs in it than soda has sugar. I then proceeded to teach my friend to look at the BACK label, and not the front when it… Read more »
Tatjana M.
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It’s good to hear that doctors used to practice a real medicine in the past! Today everything is written in national guidelines and recommendations , and physicians have to be “the followers” not the practitioners. Education about nutrition at medical school is poor, too (I studied medicine during ’90), low-fat and all-the-calories-are-the-same diet is still recommended. Everything I learned I did because I had a problem which nutritionist couldn’t solve. I even gained more fat after the diet and got hyperinsulinemia, I felt tired and fog-minded, my ankles started to ache every day… Now I am on gluten-free and LCHF… Read more »
Roger Bird
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Golly I was wrong!!! So, I’m standing in line at the grocery store and the clerk, who is completely innocent, says, “Would you like to contribute to . . . . . xyz. . . . . medical charity.” And I say, “Sorry, I disbelieve in their type of research.” Little did I know that the dollars, for the most part, aren’t even going for research. Many of those dollars are going to support various 5-star hotels in Europe. Well, at least I got the value of the contribution right, even if I got the flow of dollars wrong.
Jillm
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Roger, take a look at the salaries paid to the top people in medical charities. I get most upset when people knock on my door selling sweets to fund diabetes research.

Wenchypoo
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Read up on what happened to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer “research” drive. That was (as I recall) the first time the media actually got involved with charity fraud, exposing how the money goes to paying for ongoing fundraising activities and none for research. The campaigns were PERPETUAL and touched every corner of the universe. As it so happens, Susan Komen herself was a marketing guru, and knew how to market her disease. Too bad she didn’t think to market to market PREVENTION, isn’t it?

Roger Bird
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I do so hope that you-all will share at link to this post with your friends and other contacts. I am.

David
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In fairness, the best astronomy conference I’ve been to was in Sesto, Italy. 8:30am – 11:00am, talks 11:00am – 4:00pm, skiing, spa, swimming 4:00pm-4:30pm, coffee and cake, high-caffeine high-carb and high-fat lol 4:30pm-7:30pm, talks 7:30pm – 8:30pm, swimming, showering, sauna, sulfur bath 8:30pm -> dinner (Italians …) It looks really corrupt on paper but in practice I’ve never learned more at a conference. It was very specific to my field (which includes a lot of Italian scientists who have made a lot of contributions to the field and have every right to host conferences). In contrast, for conferences that have… Read more »
David
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I guess the biggest difference with astronomy compared to medicine is that there’s no equivalent to the drug companies. There is some early infestation from Christian groups (Templeton Foundation, etc) trying to promote “god and the universe” research but it’s currently a small infection proportionally.

The closest analogue might be climatology, which the petroleum companies are trying to infest. At this time they’ve succeeded in capturing a few climatologists, which is all they need for newspapers to present “both sides”.

Anna
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It’s a disgrace.
We were banned from attending a CME at my practice (Veterinary, NZ) because we were not retailing any products from the sponsor (because we choose not sell food to our clients which we believe contributes to the development of chronic disease).

Roger Bird
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If people would simply apply the implications of the theory of evolution (paleo thinking) to their buying of their dog food (and their human food), these kinds of dietary abuse against dogs would stop. It really isn’t rocket science.

roberta
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In case you are wondering why your physician won’t get behind your LCHF diet and IF protocol…

Great read. Many thanks to Dr. Fung!

Roger Bird
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So true. They never hear about it and they think that you and me and the rest of us are a bunch of nincompoops.

Wenchypoo
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The dirty little secret is that virtually all CME is sponsored heavily by Big Pharma giving them huge influence over what information is presented to doctors. The exact same thing goes for conventionally-practicing nutritionists and dietitians, only their CME is sponsored by fast food companies, as well as Big Food. You wonder why people are consistently misled about what consists of healthy food, and how many times we should eat daily? The sponsors of this mis-education want us to eat as much of their junk as often as we can…ANYTHING TO PROMOTE CONSUMPTION OF THEIR PRODUCTS!! And what happens when… Read more »
Roger Bird
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Thank you for that, Wenchypoo. Love your handle.

Cathy
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Thank you for this scathing article. It is brave to say the least. I would also add that there is a good place to donate money that is working to produce reliable science on nutrition and health and that is NuSI.org

TJtheGrouch
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Dear Dr. Fung:
As always, great post! I am a retired orthopaedic surgeon and I am sure that you have, maybe not saved, but certainly prolonged my life. Please, be careful! I am sure that you are going to wind up on some “harm” list, these bastards have money.

Bmillman
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Dr fung, I can’t believe the set balls you have on you to speak truth to power! I’m sure you have received covert support and overt push back from some your colleagues. I wonder, however if there has been any official or quasi-official sanctions you have received or if the powers that be have taken action? My own view is that that most doctors are real people who want to help others, but many believe that most patients won’t follow through or they can’t combat the huge marketing efforts of big sugar and big grain. I have found since going… Read more »
Karen Magill
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In June I went for my physical. My LDL is high (I have a fatty liver) and although my FBG is 6.3, it is down from last year. My doctor wants me on statins. We’ve had this discussion before and I have expressed my refusal due to the side effects. He was trying to convince me that the statins would lower my FBG, which he said was getting out of hand. He was so angry with me and said I was just anti-Big Pharmacy and he was angry that I was getting my information from the Internet. I am glad… Read more »
Tatjana M.
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I enjoy reading your blog and admire your effort to continuously write and share your knowledge! I’m pediatrician from Europe (Serbia), and I used to think that things are different in CME in Canada in USA. How wrong I was!!! The same is in Serbia and Europe, and at universities, too. There are some professors from medical school who still have their integrity and decency, but they will disappear soon… I work in small town, but nobody can stop me to think. My hospital, like many others in Serbia, hasn’t money to buy medical journals, but I use Serbian National… Read more »
Rich
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The Bible book of Daniel at Daniel 12:4 says the “true Knowledge” will become abundant in the last days. This not only concerns Bible prophecy but true knowledge of what’s happening in our world of the corrupting and dishonest things going on. People are being exposed as fraudulent and only get away with it for so long; God knows what’s happening and His purpose is to cleanse the earth of all wicked men, and that’s coming very soon. God is not a mean Creator, and there is no burning hell as some would believe. The Bible states that Jesus body… Read more »
Lib Flow
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Thank you for the fine article. I can feel your frustration from the words in your paragraphs.

Senga
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Dr. Fung, I have read your book The Obesity Code and I found I just couldn’t put it down. I am now telling anyone who listens to me to buy the book! I have watched you and a few others like you (Dr.Stephen Phinney is great too) on You Tube and I want to thank you for your honesty! My husband and I feel let down by the UK health service and our government but it is our own fault if we allow ourselves to remain ignorant. We are in our 50s and we are fasting and eating LCHF and… Read more »
Barbs
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Another wonderful article Dr Fung. Blowing the lid on big Pharma and how it’s trying to keep us all sick and on medication for the rest of our lives. Thank God for the Internet. Looking forward to your new book.

Dolorese Plante
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Senga, Same for my husband and I, the Obesity Code was a life-saver (literally)! My husband was type 2 diabetes taking 70 units of insulin a day. After two weeks following a LCHF diet, with intermittent fasting (and some longer fasting periods too), he discontinued his insulin. Now after 40 days, his blood sugar readings are now between 7-7.4 daily! Myself, I’ve lost nearly 20 pounds and feeling great, no longer have IBS symptoms or fibromyalgia pain! I’m frustrated with the medical community and perplexed to see so many MD’s acting as sheep for the Pharma companies. Neither my husband… Read more »
Steven
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Even more frightening now Monsanto and Bayern are merging !!!!

CTYonit
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I think I am your newest fan! Thank you for putting it all out there. I felt this way about big Pharm ever since watching my favorite movie of all time–The Fugitive. I sure hope folks in the medical field read this and look inward to see what they can do to make a change.

Sara
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Shame on them!! Prostitutes are more useful for the society than these bastards.
I wish there were more doctors like you.

Pablo5
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My father was a mining engineer taught in the late 1940’s before plate tectonics was discovered and proven in the 1960’s. He said there were completely different explanations for everything geological, mountain formation, volcanoes, earthquakes..etc. Kind of similar to what Medical Doctors are going through, realizing that their education is maybe all wrong.

Dolorese Plante
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Dr Fung,
You’re my hero! Keep on telling the truth.

Rosemary
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Thanks again, Dr. Fung, for your straightforward insight and practical style. It’s sad, disgusting and horrifying that people are dying everyday because of Big Pharma and Big Food. I follow you and read everything you write – just finished your FASTING book and it really is the best resource of it’s kind. Like Sara says above – I wish there were more doctors like you. Keep up the great and life-altering work.

MCE Conferences
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Thanks for sharing great article.

Katrina M Iannuzzi
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Excellent having to see you have resolve to stand up for the truth