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As with most things the truth lies somewhere in the middle...

I agree with you that Adams exaggerates and twists the truth. Like AJ, he probably does more harm by causing further polarization in the population on these issues.

The polarization I see here reminds me of the old "nature vs. nurture" debates in graduate school where people will jump to one or the other side of the issue and argue until they were blue in the face. But at the end of the day, we are a product of both our genes and our environment.

As a research professor in a medical school with over twenty years of research experience, I have slowly come to realize that most of western disease results from poor diet and exposure to industrial toxins. As a result, most of the medications we have today merely treat symptoms and often lead to other medical issues because they do not address the causes. So, I can empathize with those who may distrust the medical industry.

However, this situation is largely NOT due to some grand conspiracy among doctors and most employees of pharmaceutical companies. I know because I have worked closely with both for years and the overwhelming majority are good honest people who truly believe they have the patients best interest. I can't say the same about corporate CEOs and investors mainly because I do not know any personally.

The real problem in my view is corporatism and planned obsolescence of products, both of which plague all sectors of our markets not just medicine. Until we come together to face and address those issues, we will just keep alienating one another.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds. - Bob Marley