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Dirty Medicine - The Handbook [Paperback]

Martin J. Walker
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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Slingshot Publications; First edition (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0956409318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956409317
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a follow-up to 'Dirty Medicine ' that appeared in 1993. Anybody involved in alternative medicine will be aware of direct and also subterfuge campaigns by powerful interests against them. Obviously in a pluralistic society other viewpoints will challenge and so it should be. If somebody invents a bizarre new form of therapy this should be looked at in a sceptical manner. However this book argues that 'scientific corporatism' is attempting to gain complete control in an anti-democratic and sinister manner. This book aims to give a resume of the most important players in these attacks. The book has a strong political component which argues that '20th century industrial capitalism' is inadequate to protect the public interest. Science is seen as taken over by vested corporate interests who are out to crush challenges to their ways of thinking.

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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
it is simple, names, events and how they are all connected. You wondered what labour and US corporation have in common, or how Lord Sainsbury and the Science Media Centre are connected or do certain professors and doctors profit from their statements... You heard about all these things and here is someone who gives you the name of the person you should "thank" for all the tax that's being wasted and the un-cured people in hospital while you donate in addition to your charities...

The data and it is all documented reveals a bottomless pit of big corporates, certain educated professionals and certain politicians are enjoying their lifestyles at our expenses; not to leave out media professionals.

What in particular impressed me was the fact of actually it being so few people who are responsible for the sheer gigantic proportions of damage caused and being caused as you read this.

The best bit is that now I can put a face and name to specifics, takes the generality out of the game, not all corporations, doctors, journalists and politicians are in it; just a few!!! - Let's start writing some Thank-You-Notes to the above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource 15 July 2011
The original 1993 version was the very first book I came across, many years ago, that blew wide open the shocking and dirty methods of big pharma. So I've never forgotten it and regret that it has been out of print for many years.

This version is somewhat different: the author describes it "as an extension and rework" of his original book. It is actually more of a resource than the original, which was essentially an exposé of some of the seamy side of big pharma. This new book, which pulls no punches, is mainly a listing of the many nasty and fraudulent individuals, companies, groups and institutions who make their living from sickness and death.

Many of the listings shame as well as name, through stories of shockingly dirty lies and deeds against those who seek to tell the truth about drugs and vaccines. The book exposes the mafia-type tactics by which big business, "science" and medical orthodoxy defend their products and profits against any and all "competition" - and the more truth told by those they victimise and the more truly healing the products of their "competition", the more vicious are the campaigns of bigpharma and their minions. It is a frightening overview of the history of the abuse of money and power by the corporate kleptocracy to bully the powerless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, lies and spin 22 Jun 2011
By Groucho
I now use this latest (2011) edition as my handbook for the defence of complementary medicine against scientific fundamentalism.
What Walker reveals is a complex web of interconnected interests between scientists, doctors, journalists, corporations and MPs. Using the tools of PR and spin they maintain a steady opposition to the growing popularity of Complementary medicine.
Starting with a personal story detailing the help he has received from holistic medicine he then looks at the history of the 'skeptic' movement and then looks at individuals and organisations that comprise the movement or are involved with them.
Finally he looks at the heroes and heroines who have and are resisting the 'skeptics' and gives pointers as to how to organise against them.
Although there is huge amount of detail here and many names, some of whom are familiar to me and many who aren't, Walker writes with a wry humour making it more readable.
The looming reduction in profits for the pharmaceutical companies and the potential of emerging markets in China and India where the use of low cost and low profit gentle and effective medcines are well-establised means this battle has a way to go.
For those of us in Complementary medicine who tend to work individually or in small groups and thus tend to be politically weak, this book will be of immense value in defining the threat and suggesting the cure. The future will definitely be interesting!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book written for idiots by an idiot 4 Jun 2013
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Over the past decade or so, Martin J Walker has self-published a bunch of books on the evils of Big Pharma. The latest one, which is an update of an earlier one, is entitled, `Dirty Medicine the Handbook' (DMTH). Its message, in a nutshell, is that every individual or organisation who dares to challenge or criticise alternative therapies and food supplements, together with anyone who recommends vaccination, is an agent of evil Big Pharma. Hardly original, I know. But kudos to Martin for his entrepreneurial spirit in finding a way to charge £15 for the privilege of reading him repeat what his target audience already believe to be true.

The unique selling point of DMTH is, as one reviewer here put it,

"It names the players, the committees, the organizations, the networks, the back room people and the front men and women who provide a distraction and tie up resources while the bricks are put in the wall."

OK, the second half of that sentence is gibberish but you get the idea. It names names and Martin's target readers have bought into his notion that knowing who their enemies are will help them in their endeavours to continue conning us into buying their soothing chit-chat and worthless cult therapies.

Apart from a heavy dose of the tired old `science as rival ideology' line trotted by anyone whose faith in anything from quackery to creationism is undermined by a wealth of scientific evidence, DMTH is a book of many delights. But I'll confine myself to giving an illustration of just how thorough Martin's research was:

Of Zeno, who advertises his blog as `the random thoughts of a skeptical activist', Martin writes,

"Should read virtual sceptical activist. Why would a scientific Skeptic be proud of writing about random thoughts?
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