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The Conventional Medical Paradigm
Science based medicine was heralded as the way of the future. If enough money was invested in research, if enough brilliant minds were applied to the science of pharmaceutical discovery, no disease, regardless of its current lethality, would be unconquerable. The popular viewpoint vastly exceeded scientific reality and continued to de-emphasize the importance of basic elements in nature to sustain life. If drugs could cure disease, then man could use comparable chemicals to alter food and enhance its flavor, give it unusual color and new attraction, and cause it to take on shapes and sizes never before seen. The day of junk food also arrived with the rise of the biochemical industry.
To maximize profit associated with pharmaceutical invention and novel foods, companies needed to obtain patents to ensure market exclusivity (monopolies). While the pharmaceutical industry studied all manner of compounds and their relationships to disease, none moved beyond the discovery phase unless they could be synthesized into new chemicals, ones alien to the human body. So synthesized, they could be patented and then marketed under government monopoly protection.
The excesses of pharmaceutical invention soon came to the fore as increasingly individuals were experiencing problems with the synthetic drugs entering the market. Safety concerns arose from medical practice but none were so pronounced as accompanied yet another marvel of synthetic invention: thalidomide.
In 1957 the German drug company Chemie Grunenthal invented and then marketed a drug it named Contergan. The active ingredient was thalidomide, which the company said was an effective treatment for anxiety, insomnia, gastritis, and tension. It was widely used by pregnant women to cope with nausea and morning sickness. Within months of its release in Germany cases began to appear of increased infant mortality and of births where children were afflicted with phocomelia (malformed limbs). Some 10,000 cases were eventually documented worldwide.