So, Tamiflu doesn’t work. If you are surprised, perhaps you have not kept abreast of the steady media drip-feed that has reported on the murky, avaricious practices of Big Pharma. There is now incontrovertible evidence that the hallowed ‘Evidence-Based Medicine’ that forms the blueprint of virtually all modern biomedical interventions is fundamentally corrupt. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the recently published Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare by Peter Gotzche. Be sure to note that this text is not been written by some flakey ‘alternative medicine’ agitator – the author is co-founder (and current director) of the Cochrane Collaboration itself, the organisation that currently represents the undisputed pinnacle of evidence-based scientific medicine. The Tamiflu debacle clearly shows that Big Pharma cherry-picks the best research to publish (which goes to inform the ‘evidence-based’ treatments provided by the NHS) … and hides the rest. Looking beyond the fury that such corruption incites – and the associated damage and suffering inflicted on an unsuspecting public – it seems absolutely clear that it is high time we levelled the playing field on which the power/money/corruption of Big Pharma has an unfair – and undeserved -advantage over those of us practising other kinds of intelligent, effective – and in most cases morally decent – medicine (in my case acupuncture and Chinese medicine). Don’t get me wrong: this does not damn all biomedical treatment, or medical doctors for that matter (many of whom have clearly been deceived and manipulated themselves). But it does mean that any individual who becomes ill may need to think beyond their innocent trust in the treatment provided by this evidence-based system … because in some – perhaps many – cases the treatment will be based on shaky and corrupt evidence.