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[According to some experts, the American Healthcare system is on the brink of failure.] We certainly are in a health care crisis, ... If we had set out to design the worst system that we could imagine, we couldn't have imagined one as bad as we have.

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Patients may postpone getting needed effective treatment, because they are instead relying on alternative remedies that haven't been tested, ... The second danger is that they may actually be harmful.

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[Many drugs are prescribed outside their official recommendations, she says. Neurontin, for example, was initially approved only for epilepsy. But, after a slow start, it grew to become a $US2.3 billion ($3 billion today) blockbuster for its owner, Pfizer, in 2003.] About 80 per cent of the prescriptions were for unapproved uses - conditions like bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, hot flashes, migraines and tension headaches, ... In fact, Neurontin has become a sort of all-purpose restorative for chronic discomfort of almost any type - yet there is almost no good published evidence that it works.

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I think it's scary, ... Doctors and patients have come to believe that prescription drugs are more effective and safer than they probably are.

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Since 1994, any herbal remedy sold as a dietary supplement -- no matter what their real purpose -- the FDA has no authority over them,

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The more research we have, the better, ... Those treatments that are found to be effective will, believe me, be incorporated in the mainstream.

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There cannot be two kinds of medicine.

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