Disease Mongering

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With all the numerous diseases that exist in the world currently, one may think that they are enough already and that no one should add more diseases for humans to deal with. Sadly, this is not the case; there is a very influential and powerful industry deeply rooted in the society that works all through to come up with diseases and tries its level best to make us believe we are suffering from them. This paradox goes by the name disease mongering.

Lynn Payer a health-science writer first introduced the term disease mongering in 1992; she explained how various drug companies, doctors as well as insurers are making people feel sick. She added that it is about attempting to persuade healthy individuals that in reality, they are sick; moreover, for those who are sick to some extent, they are told that they are indeed very ill. Another name of this technique is corporate construction of disease because there is a lot of money raised out of cheating people about their health condition. Besides, companies that are knee-deep in this saga are pharmaceutical companies; they sponsor the description of new ailments and advertise them to consumers and prescribers.

History[edit]

In 1879, disease mongering became known with the creation of Listerine that was at first used as a surgical antiseptic. The product was named after Joseph Lister a well-known English surgeon after his first performance of an antiseptic surgical procedure. Later on, the two developers of Listerine Jordan Lambert and Dr. Joseph Lawrence started selling the concentrated form for two purposes; as a viable treatment for gonorrhea and as an effective floor cleaner. However, they began to advertise Listerine for oral care to quite a number of dentists in 1895; in 1914, Listerine was the first and only marketed over-the-counter mouthwash in the United States. In the 1920s, the creators of the mouthwash set up Lambert Pharmacal Company and since they were very certain they had pioneered a cure, all that remained was the disease. The need for a disease made them come up with halitosis; initially, halitosis was only a medical term which no person was aware of. Marketers were determined henceforth to advance Listerine as the appropriate cure for halitosis; they also said using the product will contribute to their success in work, marriage, and romance. Gradually, everyone throughout America had halitosis.


The only trick for this success was to exaggerate a regular, daily condition that if ignored, could diminish one’s chances of a successful and happy life. Consequently, people had to make an effort to purchase the product to avoid failure and social shame.


Normally, disease-mongering techniques take shape in the following ways; defining a type of ailment that is virtually non-existent, addressing a condition because of hormonal imbalance or a deficiency disease. Moreover, it also entails describing normal body functions and claiming that there must be something that is amiss that should be rectified as soon as possible. They say that many people are probably ‘suffering’ from the disease, making use of statistics specifically to blow up the benefits from the treatment, and mobilize doctors to twist the message. In addition, it is also a common practice to single out any common symptom that may be caused by anything and portray the symptoms as a likelihood of some serious ailment, and claiming that the treatment is risk free.

Currently, many healthcare overseers have made the public know examples of large pharmaceutical companies involved in disease mongering; in addition, they have discovered numerous fake illnesses. This should not be misconstrued that they do not exist; some of the illnesses cause problems for some individuals the only issue being, they are blown out of proportion with the intent and purpose of acquiring large profits. Examples of such diseases are female sexual dysfunction, social anxiety disorder, erectile dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), social phobia, restless leg syndrome, bipolar disorder, osteoporosis, and balding.

We should be concerned about disease mongering because it brings along a heavy psychological burden; most will think that they are sick when they are not. In addition to psychological costs, there are also financial costs including social and personal costs. A drawback of treating the ‘ailments’ using pharmaceuticals is, there is absolutely no healthcare system that will cover for the cost of drug treatment for risks that drug companies want to treat the masses. Disease mongering continues to thrive because of the powerful political, professional, and economic interests that badly want the technique to advance. As long as there are those diseases that are present in the imagination, overturning disease mongering will be challenging; there is an almost limitless amount of profits to be acquired. The only helpful way to avoid falling victims to disease mongering is staying away from messages that Big Pharma diligently tries to fuse into our minds.

Another widespread effect of synthetic and manmade diseases concerns human population control. Human population control is lowering birth rats of a particular population by means of contraception, disease, and abortion. For instance, the United States government advocates for human population control on a global scale to act as a hindrance to poorer nations from advancing to potential economic rivals.

The National Security Study Memorandum was published following the first extensive international population conference that took place in Bucharest. The main objective is to comprehensively expose the unethical and sickening agenda and the employed procedures of population control campaigns.

The major objective of the U.S government in promoting population movements is to continue to control its entrance and connection with less developed countries; the economy of the United States will need more quantities of minerals from these less developed countries. The government heavily relies on the social, economic, and political stability of countries supplying the minerals for a constant supply. In addition, reduction of population pressure by means of lowering the birth rates can heighten the possibility for stability and that is why population policy is important to resource mineral supplies to boost the economic welfare of the United States.