yes, the Corona propaganda was not the first misleading one in medicine.
will send a second article about this controversial subject.
When I finished medicine at the end of the sixties there was a simple rule: [from the Internet]: In the 1970s, the rule of thumb for doctors was that as long as blood pressure wasn’t higher than the patient’s age plus 100, they were fine. When early studies on the effects of high blood pressure were published 50 years ago, Rahman explains, researchers were just trying to get subjects’ blood pressure below 160
For many years I have worked -more or less with this rule-but. I had to give up when the medical pressure became overwhelming and the propaganda mantra “Silent killer” was introduced to scare everyone[especially doctors]
It was clear for a big part, that the pharmaceutical industry discovered a very powerful mantra! Also honest to state here, that at the same time very powerful anti-hypertensives were discovered, some with “minimal side-effects”!
Cochrane review finds no proven benefit in drug treatment for patients with mild hypertension
BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5511 (Published 14 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5511
- Jeanne Lenzer
Treating patients with stage 1 (mild) hypertension has no benefit, a Cochrane review of studies conducted in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States has found.1
Data from four randomised controlled trials, involving 8912 patients with stage 1 hypertension (systolic blood pressure 140-159 mm Hg or diastolic 90-99 mm Hg, or both) and treated for four to five years, found that drug treatment did not reduce total mortality (risk ratio 0.85 (95% confidence interval 0.63 to 1.15)), coronary heart disease (1.12 (0.8 to 1.57), or stroke (0.51 (0.24 to 1.08)). Patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease were excluded from the study.
David Cundiff, one of the reviewers, said that he believes that the analysis should lead to dramatic changes in the way doctors treat mild hypertension, allowing patients to throw away their blood pressure pills and focus instead on far more effective as well as evidence- based approaches, such as exercising, smoking cessation, and eating a DASH (diet against systolic hypertension) or Mediterranean diet.
Cundiff told the BMJ that “in light of the negative results of the trials in the literature” further clinical …