Allopathic medicine is all about treating the human body as if it were a bio-chemical organic machine with cogs that happen to get jammed from time to time. What passes for mainstream medicine now is little more than an attitude that hardly anything is physiologically interconnected; granted, very detailed study of certain biological processes will reveal a natural system of harmonious order, but the problem I am emphasizing here is the prevailing notion that doctors only need to treat the symptoms, and not the causes, of illness. Western medicine has artificially limited itself to the exclusive tools of drugs and surgery.
I couldn’t even get to the first page before being appalled, for right inside the front cover is an introductory letter from Janet Woodcock, the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research under the United States Food and Drug Administration. This FDA bureaucrat not only complained about how patients collectively suck major donkey balls with regards to practicing “good medication adherence,” but also stressed to doctors about the importance of diligent reporting to their centralized database in order to improve “drug safety:”
As they say in the transportation security area, “If you see something; please say something!”
Actually, the Department of Homeland Security’s Orwellian snitch-friendly slogan is, “If You See Something, Say Something,” but I guess it’s close enough for government work.
Miss Woodcock’s “safety-mongering” aside, I was rather quite disappointed with this book overall. The vast supermajority of this reference work lists the pharmaceutical manufacturers alphabetically, and then within those sections, the name-brand pharmaceutical drugs are then listed alphabetically as well. Even though it was claimed on the Contents page that Over The Counter (OTC) medications were listed, I absolutely could not find them anywhere, not even in the back of the book. So, if you only buy store-brand OTCs in an attempt to cut your personal expenses, the Physicians’ Desk Reference is completely unhelpful.
Probably the only utility this book has that makes it not completely useless (besides solely focusing on name-brand pharmaceuticals) is that at the beginning, it lists each of the corporations that make up the Big Pharma oligopoly under the “manufacturers’ index.” The more noteworthy cartel members are:
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
6 West Belt
Wayne, NJ 07470
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company & Gilead Sciences, LLC
333 Lakeside Drive
Foster City, CA 94404
One Merck Drive
P. O. Box 100
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Obviously, there are a lot more, but you get the picture.
The Physicians’ Desk Reference will work for you primarily if you were prescribed a name-brand pharmaceutical by your run-of-the-mill medical doctor. Otherwise, you’re better off checking Wikipedia for the pharmaceutical ingredients you’re taking, or even perusing the articles on NaturalNews.com and EarthClinic.com for the unique options that alternative medicine can offer you. The nicest thing I have to say about the Physicians’ Desk Reference is that (at a hefty 3,151 pages) it is the best paperweight I’ve ever used, so I guess that counts for something, right?