Originally Posted by WereBear
I'm not saying a bunch of corporate types sat down at a big mahogany table with Dr. Evil at the head of it and decided to degrade our food supply and make us sick, while coming up with dangerous drugs to treat us, and make money at both ends.
It wasn't planned.
But it sure did turn out that way. Because their ultimate goal is to medicate every being on Earth, right up to the eyebrows.
Yeah, it turned out that way. Not saying that's the goal, but there's a fine line between evil and keepmyjobism. Consider the real risk of low BP - faint, fall, injury, death. With other substances, like heroine for example, we'd call this an overdose. Don't know how it progressed elsewhere, but here we used to blame the user, now we know it's due to an inconsistent, unknown, unreliable dose. The user would get what he always gets, believe this amount is safe, but in fact it's 10-100x his usual dose, a fatal dose - overdose, death. Obviously, that's bad business, so there's a sort of rule to ensure a consistent dose to keep customers alive, so they keep coming back, so the profit keeps coming in, everybody happy, in spite of being an illegal substance for the most part. There's also the aspect of transmitted diseases, so here in Montreal we got several services, like free syringes and sterile water, free condoms, etc, all provided by non-professional volunteers - i.e. not doctors - people like you and me. In contrast, the real risk of low BP is handled - sometimes poorly - by genuine medical docs with a decade of higher education.
It's got nothing to do with evil, it's a sort of atmosphere that surrounds the whole thing. Maybe "do no harm" acts as a license to do exactly that, in a twisted way, interpreting it instead as "I can't do harm". Conversely, "profit first" ensures that customers stay alive, and considering the real risks of those substances, relatively safe otherwise.
In this case, recommendations for BP numbers are lowered, maybe with good intentions, maybe as if it could do no harm, but still with keepmyjobism in the background. Now put profit first. Suddenly, the real risk of low BP gets in your face. When a customer faints, falls, and dies, it's bad business. The dealer - doctor - ensures that he does not sell - prescribe - BP meds to this customer - patient - when this risk is acknowledged first, but most importantly when it's established for this specific customer, i.e. when there's no actual high BP cuz of white coat syndrome for example. Think of all the various interventions for high BP, now think of it as a single substance, like heroine is a single substance where we consider only the dose. So here, BP meds - as opposed to a few minutes of meditation for example - would be highest and most dangerous dose, with easy risk of overdose. White coat syndrome and the like, that's the factor that makes the dose inconsistent, unknown and unreliable, likely to result in overdose.