Given what medicine has become since WWII, it seems our corporate overlords are running out of resources to feed on. Increasingly, they’re feeding on the physical and psychological health of their customers. Here’s a hint to those who are just beginning to wake up: you’re far better off doing your own research in alternative medical sites than resorting to the standard propfodder disgorged by the likes of webmd. This is not even about profits any more. The oligarchs have more money than they could possibly use in the foreseeable future. This is about social control and population control.
This is the twilight of an empire.
Late last year, Internet Brands, a company under the global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR & Co.) umbrella, announced its acquisition of WebMD Holdings. Purchase price: $2.8 billion.1,2,3 The company also bought the wellness company Nature’s Bounty Co. last year,4 and already owns a number of other health-related internet brands, including DentalPlans.com, eHealthForum.com, HealthBoards.com, AltMD.com and FitDay.com.5
“WebMD and Medscape are the market leaders in online health with unparalleled reach to consumers and health care professionals. Since its founding, WebMD has established itself as a trusted resource for health information. We look forward to delivering that resource to even more users, by leveraging our combined resources and presence in online healthcare to catalyze WebMD’s future growth.”
Herald Chen, head of KKR’s technology industry team added, “The combined portfolio of leading vertical internet assets will be a powerful one.” Indeed, according to Fast Company, “KKR is trying to corner the market on internet-based health information dissemination at a time when Googling random symptoms … has become … common practice.” A 2016 Google blog post describes how it generates its symptoms’ lists,8 acknowledging that searching for information on common symptoms can oftentimes lead to a descent into an information jungle fraught with frightening and rare health conditions.9
Virtual Doctoring Is All the Rage
In recent years, the internet and medicine have become increasingly intertwined, giving rise to “virtual medicine” and rampant self-diagnosing — a trend that largely favors drugs and costly, invasive treatments. Here are just a sampling of developments aimed at connecting consumers with various medical products:
Google has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), launching a depression self-assessment quiz which, like WebMD before it, funnels querents toward antidepressant drugs.10,11 Now, any time you use the search term “depression symptoms” in the Google search engine, you will find links to pages that purportedly help you “check if you’re clinically depressed” through self-tests or quizzes.While it may seem altruistic to raise awareness about mental illness, the “stop the stigma” campaign is actually funded and driven by the drug industry itself, under the guise of various front groups, of which NAMI is one. Nearly 75 percent of the organization’s funding comes from drug companies.12
According to PsychCentral, evidence also shows that drug companies have instructed NAMI to “resist state efforts to limit access to mental health drugs” and “how to advocate forcefully for issues that affect industry profits.”13
Google and other tech startups are investigating the possibility of assessing mental health problems using a combination of electronic medical records and tracking your internet and social media use…..
NAMI is the epitome of child predation. See: