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Doctors Misdiagnose Flu

The lamestream media told you:
Doctors do not diagnose most cases of flu in children, according to Stephanie Nano of the Associated Press (7/6/06). Doctors fail to diagnose most cases, "depriving them of medicines" that could help them. Four out of five children are victims of such poor diagnoses.

Many of the children did not even have a diagnostic test, according to a federally funded doctor at Vanderbilt U. who ran the study. About a third of the children would have been candidates for a medicine that eases symptoms if given early, the researchers said.

Two of the researchers acknowledge getting support and fees from the medicine makers.

Although only one per thousand young children are hospitalized with the flu, the researchers calculated that 56 per thousand, and as many as 122 per thousand, could be hospitalized in a mild flu season.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
I'm getting tired of pointing out that self-serving medical advice, that recommends research at great public expense, drugging, hospitalizing, and treating people for simple or common ailments that routinely heal themselves, deserves greater scrutiny than it is getting from the "news" media.

If the doctors numbers are taken seriously, drug company sales in this area will increase by at least 56 times. That's a lot of money even by government standards.

"News" media everywhere, complaining mightily about a slip in its credibility, could look at its predilection for reporting anything the medical industry reports, without any healthy skepticism, criticism, logic, common sense, independent research, contradictory opinion, contrary medical studies, financial assessments, concerns for self evident silliness, or the vast army of critics the medical community has unwittingly mobilized.

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