In the end, the most important critics of these research results, of the research designs etc. come from this field itself., I don’t find it constructive to throw the baby out with the bathwater and to claim that the whole EBM is nonsense.
Because then the pharmaceutical industry could sell us any bullshit. And that and to which degree pharmaceutical research is under public pressure in the meantime, well that reaches as far as the criticism of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm or of other renowned institutions which themselves also have to live off pharmaceutical contracts – this also shows that there are, in a way, interests involved which substantiate that public domains are also no longer prepared to believe every nonsense.
If you remember, when introducing so-called new medical drugs in the Federal Republic of Germany we developed new study designs, which seemed to be plain and harmless, and which are in favour of the pharmaceutical industry because lobbyism played a role in legislation. However, when looking back, it clearly shows that the allegedly “new” medical drugs, to a large extent, are neither new nor better acting than the older ones.
Obviously, the marketing and non-publication of many studies has to be criticised. You know that in the meantime the requirements have become more stringent as a result of this criticism. The public domains, the health insurers, and whoever else is sitting at the table will have to think about how they set limits to these activities also due to the cost situation.
In any case, a society is well-advised to keep open to alternatives; this is better than getting involved in monopolies. Many things go wrong in conventional medicine and in the pharmaceutical industry. You have described that very well and we can really be glad that there are alternatives which are of increasing importance. With good practice, acupuncturists have succeeded in proving what they can achieve and thus they have obtained public recognition in certain fields. Nevertheless, this is a sign indicating that our “healthcare system” is also able to integrate such alternatives.
Siegfried Letzel: Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts in this interview. We wish you all the best and much success for your future work.
(Translation by Martha Greiner-Jetha, certified translator and homeopath)