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Breaking the Silence: Do Vested Interests Stifle Medical Discussions?

16 February 2023

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Big Pharma controls the mainstream medical narrative, corrupting research and the integrity of scientific journals.

Previously, we examined the story behind UK Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra’s call to ‘stop the shots’.

In this follow-up piece, we explore potential factors stifling open discussion by medical professionals around this important issue. There are two broad categories: blind spots and roadblocks.

Blind Spots

All vaccines are safe, therefore these vaccines are safe. This is something we have all heard before.

One of the biggest blind spots is the foundation of apparent ‘universal vaccine safety’ upon which this new technology rests. Dr Aseem Malhotra admits that even he ‘could not have expected or conceived of the possibility that these vaccines, these new vaccines, could cause harm’.

Assumptions were made. Malhotra explains:

‘Vaccines… have got this special place in medicine, they’re untouchable. (They’re) “only good”, so don’t even go there. Combine that with the fact the regulator approved it, and the fact (these vaccines were) originally invented… by smaller groups of scientists. (Pfizer and Moderna) just scaled it up. So, there was the benefit of the doubt here.’

However, no drug, medication or intervention is completely safe. Not even vaccines — why else would vaccine injury compensation schemes exist around the world?

In addition, these mRNA products are not like every other vaccine that we’ve seen. Just ask world-renowned virologist, immunologist, and mRNA technology developer, Robert Malone.

With any new technology, caution is paramount and the focus should be on demonstrating that benefits outweigh harms. For this to happen, the ingredients are time (usually around decade for new drug development), and an attitude of ‘prove to me it’s safe’ rather than ‘prove to me it’s unsafe’ — the inverted reality we currently seem to have.

Corruption and Cover-Ups

There is also a widely held assumption that pharmaceutical companies have our best interests at heart. They don’t.

A medical colleague recently stated, ‘Oh, I don’t think (insert drug company name here) would do anything like that!’ I was gobsmacked. My colleague was talking about a member of the industry well known for corruption and lawsuits resulting in convictions that run to the billions.

In the case of the Covid mRNA injectables, reports of compromised data integrity, attempts to withhold raw data (for 55 years!), and data reanalyses raising serious safety concerns, have done nothing to convince us otherwise.

Malhotra agrees:

‘I find it difficult to believe that scientists at these companies didn’t know what that data showed… and the harm it would do. But (the companies) are not interested in that because they are legally protected from liability of injury. The legal obligation … of pharma companies is to profit their shareholders. Ethics don’t mean anything to them.

‘Big Pharma and Big Corporations often behave, in the way they conduct their business, like psychopaths: deliberately deceiving others for profit with callous unconcern for the safety of others. This is essentially what we are seeing.‘

Another misunderstanding is the idea that the government provides a current, individualised, and unbiased source of medical information.

Government information is generally slow to appear, impersonal (for the patient in front of you), and driven by fiscal and political motives. Every year doctors are issued with pages of ‘guidelines’ aimed at populations, not individuals, presenting a minefield for the discerning doctor and the patient in front of them.

Some doctors have come to rely heavily on guidelines. In this over-litigious and over-regulated space, guidelines present a safe, and easy, way to practice for time-poor professionals. The by-product of this is there is a less perceived necessity for doctors to seek the evidence for themselves, combined with a mindset that ‘if I stick to the guidelines all will be well’.


‘In answering why aren’t more doctors speaking out, (partly it) is that most doctors are not aware that the vaccines are causing all these harms,’ says Malhotra.

‘If you are not aware of a possibility of something causing harm or a side effect, then you never diagnose it. You will miss it.

‘The WHO endorsed an official list of potential serious adverse effects when the vaccine was rolled out and the list is huge.

‘Doctors have not been aware of these (potential) side effects and so they are not diagnosing. They are looking around for other causes when people are having heart attacks and (they are) not even thinking of the vaccine.’

The co-director of Coverse, an Australian organisation run by, and for, those who have suffered a significant adverse reaction following their Covid jab, says this is a vicious cycle:

‘If the doctor doesn’t think (something) is caused by the vaccine, they may not report it… By not reporting it, the government doesn’t have the full picture, so they don’t put out safety notices and then doctors don’t know that they should be looking out for it, so they don’t report it.’

Information Overload

There is also an ongoing information war.

When the pandemic started, so did the daily government-endorsed updates in my email and in-tray. Added to this, as the vaccines rolled out, was an information stream from professional, regulatory, and ‘pharma-funded’ doctors’ media. It was relentless.

It is hard not to drown in all that info and instead choose to do individual research rather than be spoon-fed. Many doctors are working so hard, they simply don’t have the time. Malhotra agrees:

‘The chair of the BMA, when I spent two hours on the phone with him last December said, “Aseem, nobody seems to have critically appraised the evidence … most of my colleagues are getting their information on the vaccines from the BBC.”’

Understanding ‘the science’ is not straightforward. If a doctor does undertake individual research, it’s important they understand the current landscape of the literature. It’s a long story, probably best summed up by Lancet editor Richard Horton:

‘The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue… science has taken a turn towards darkness.’

There are many drivers of this problem, but front and centre is (you guessed it), the ‘pharma elephant’ in the room. Pharmaceutical interests are responsible for much of the funding for research grants and academic institutions, and also influence the journals in which such research is published.

A doctor also needs to have the ability to critically appraise the evidence in a way that they can then communicate it to patients. This takes time and expertise. Many end up relying on the regulator (for example the TGA) to give them the information (read: guidelines, see above) in the way that they
should communicate it.

But even this path is subject to potential pharmaceutical influence, as highlighted recently in the British Medical Journal: ‘Of the six regulators, Australia had the highest proportion of budget from industry fees (96 per cent).’

Finally, if a doctor can critically appraise the data, they may become afraid to go against the establishment or to speak out, due to likely censorship and pushback.

Malhotra surmises,

‘As you narrow it down, you end up with only a handful of people that 1) can critically appraise the evidence; 2) can articulate it, and; 3) have the platform to do it. That then becomes a very small number of people.’

So how do we move from here?

Stay tuned for the next instalment addressing this very question.

‘We are up against a juggernaut in terms of the capture of the medical establishment and media, repetition of “safe and effective”, and the gaslighting that’s gone on,’ summarises Malhotra.

To break free will not be easy.


Originally published at The Spectator Australia. Photo by Maksim Goncharenok.

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  1. Kim Beazley 16 February 2023 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Yet another article overflowing with misinformation from figures like Aseem Malhotra and Robert Malone, both of whom are proven over and over during the past two years to be sources of misinformation, if not fraudulent, claims relating to the COVID vaccines. Yet they refuse point blank to publish articles pointing out these and other facts which so clearly refute them.

    So here are some of the refutations of their false claims:

    I could add to these literally hundreds of studies and data analyses from all around the world which, given first their independence and second their diversity, are beyond question, especially when you find such a correlation of results and conclusions, all of which serve to prove that these people are peddling false information, and therefore false information which is being offered up here as indisputable fact.

    This brings to mind James 3:10-12, 17-18:

    “from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way. Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, bear olives, or a vine bear figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh…But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, free of hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

  2. Kaylene Emery 16 February 2023 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Absolutely “ breaking free “ will not be easy and we are on the front line. However we have as our leader our Lord Jesus Christ and how many Bible verses come to mind if we allow this truth to filter in.
    Thank you Julie I am so privileged to be alongside you and others in the trenches.
    May God continue to grace us through His word.

  3. Stephen 17 February 2023 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Again a decent open debate with doctors and scientists from both sides so that data and science can be tested…seems fair as there are many new articles and peer reviewed papers to be considered.

    • Kim Beazley 17 February 2023 at 10:19 am - Reply

      That’s right. As I said, literally hundreds of studies and data analyses from all around the world which, given first their independence and second their diversity, are beyond question. And in relation to issues such as those raised here, especially the issue of vaccine induced adverse effects there is such an overwhelming uniformity in the data collected from billions of doses from all parts of the globe. We know what they are, and we know their frequency.

      But in relation to the kind of claim raised by Dr Phelps, I agree we need to know that the system for reporting such occurrences needs to be as transparent and supportive as possible. As there has never been a medication, let alone a vaccination, which doesn’t present extremely rare adverse reactions, and many in the past have been at the same kind of rates for the same kind of reactions, then equally we should not be unduly focusing on these vaccines now as being unusual in that regard. Neither response is constructive. The kind of accusatory finger pointing by the likes of Dr Sladden here, which does NOT reflect the things that Dr Phelps expressed, is hardly conducive to encouraging transparency and clarity from AHPRA.

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