Big Pharma conspiracy theories involve a shadowy, gigantic cabal of drug companies that control everything we do related to health. According to a number of natural health proponents and conspiracy theorists, pharmaceutical companies invent new diseases just to sell drugs for them, suppress natural cures for real diseases, bribe doctors to prescribe drugs, and kill anyone who gets in their way.
While some conspiracies about pharmaceutical companies are far-fetched nonsense, others have some truth to them. Numerous drug companies have been fined by the US government, had to initiate massive recalls, and even been responsible for patient deaths. But many natural treatments have lead to death as well - leaving a vast middle ground.Here are some seriously disturbing pharmaceutical conspiracy theories. Vote up for the ones that are most unsettling.
Multiple states have sued pharma companies alleging that the addictive properties of opioid pain medication, which has caused an epidemic of addiction and overdose over the last decade, have been suppressed. These suits allege that companies knew these drugs were highly addictive and didn't work the way they were supposed to for many patients, but gave doctors incentives for prescribing them.
Oxycontin patent holder Purdue has been accused of knowing the drug could easily be ingested in ways other than their patented time-release method, and of not conducting proper clinical trials on it.
One common theory among Big Pharma watchers is that the drug industry either invents or re-brands illnesses simply to make money selling medication for them. Everything from restless legs and statin deficiency to ADHD and the dreaded "low T" has been singled out as diseases that didn't exist until a drug company had created a cure for them.
Some of these drugs have actually been proven to have either no effect or be harmful - lending some truth to this particular conspiracy theory.
You don't have to look hard to find websites that sell miracle cancer treatments that Big Pharma doesn't want you to know about - everything from cannabis to coffee enemas to magnets. Only a few renegade doctors are sharing the truth about these cures, while the pharma industry works hard (or even kills) to keep them unknown so they can push harmful drugs.Unfortunately, most of these "natural cures" have never been studied in any satisfactory way, and some have even proven harmful to cancer patients. If natural compounds could cure cancer, pharmaceutical companies would make untold millions turning them into cancer treatments. Furthermore, if they were truly being suppressed, nobody would know about them in the first place.
One important way the pharma industry is said to control how and when people take medication is through medical journals and scientific research. Alternative medical practitioners have accused pharma companies of hijacking medical journals and using them as nothing more than marketing pamphlets for new drugs - a process called "ghostwriting."
They also believe most drug studies and trials are funded by drug companies themselves, who give researchers financial incentives to approve their drugs and hide side-effects.