For a new perspective on conflicts of interest with regard to the
pharmaceutical industry and health campaigning charities I invite you to
put the name of one such charity and the words "pharmaceutical
sponsors" into your favourite search engine's searchbox. - I typed
asthma.org.uk pharmaceutical sponsors
into my searchbox and I was led to a page about a publication by The Stationery Office, viz.
The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry: Fourth Report of Session 2004-05By Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Health Committee, Health Committee Parliament Great Britain House of Commons.
Whoever the actual people were who wrote this publication, they were clearly aware that the drug industry's sponsorship of charities is not motivated by philanthropy, but by greed, in the hope and expectation of increasing the sales of their drugs, and thereby increasing their profits. You may draw your own conclusions from that, as I do mine. It leads me to conclude that the advice given on the websites and in the literature of some at least of the major health campaigning charities, such as AsthmaUK, DiabetesUK, British Heart Foundation and others, may not really be in the best interests of the patients/sufferers they ostensibly serve. I hold in mind that we are constantly assured that business companies must act in the interests of their share-holders. So if I wanted to help people suffering from asthma, I personally would advise them to cut down on salt and salty food as this would improve their health in many ways. It would reduce excess fluid retention and thereby reduce excess weight, one of the risk factors for asthma, It would reduce high blood pressure if they had high blood pressure. It would reduce breathing problems. - And very importantly, if they had gained a lot of weight from using prescribed steroids for their asthma symptoms, it would speedily reduce that weight gain and the other serious adverse effects of prescribed steroids.(See my webpage about prescribed steroids.) What I would definitely not do is donate to AsthmaUK... - I don't donate to drug company profits.