by SixWise.com
14 September 2005

If you’ve ever received a free sample of a prescription drug from your doctor, chances are you were happy to get it. It saved you money and the time of going to a pharmacy, at least for the short-term.

But did you ever wonder why your doctor had a free sample to give you in the first place? Was it truly the best option available?

That free prescription drug sample is just the tip of the iceberg. Drug companies spend $12 billion to $18 billion each year marketing directly to physicians and residents. And they start even before students even enter medical school.

What’s influencing your doctor’s decision on which drug to prescribe?

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Psychiatric Drugs: Chemical Warfare on Humans

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Interview with Robert Whitaker
http://www.newstarget.com/011353.html

The following is a Street Spirit interview with Robert Whitaker, author of Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. It is reprinted here with permission from the Street Spirit in Oakland, California. The interview is conducted by Terry Messman, editor of Street Spirit.

Investigative reporter Robert Whitaker, author of the groundbreaking book Mad In America, is now pursuing a fascinating line of research into how the mammoth psychiatric drug industry is endangering the American public by covering up the untold cases of suffering, anguish and disease caused by the most widely prescribed antidepressants and antipsychotic medications.

Whitaker exposes the massive lies and cover-ups that have corrupted the Food and Drug Administration’s drug review process, and co-opted research trials in order to spin the results of drug tests and conceal the serious hazards and even deadly side-effects of brand-name drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Zyprexa.

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Food additives in ice cream

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Date of Publication Oct. 2004
http://web.ask.com/fr?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.annieappleseedproject.org%2Fcanoilrap.html

Ice Cream, Anyone?

The average American consumes 24 quarts of ice cream every year. He thinks he is only eating cream, sugar, and vanilla. But he is actually putting a lot of very strange things into his body.

There are over 1,400 flavorings, stabilizers, colors, and emulsifiers available to the commercial producer of ice cream.

Unfortunately, ice cream manufacturers are not required by law to list the additives used in making their product. As a result, most ice creams are synthetic from start to finish.

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News Target Insider
Posted July 21, 2005 PT
by Dani Veracity

Most people know about the massive sugar intake in the United States. Despite the warnings of dental and healthcare professionals, the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year. However, not everyone knows about the hand the sugar industry, or "Big Sugar," has in nutrition guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Fewer still know of sugar companies' stronghold on U.S. import taxes, which puts $1 billion in excess profits into the pockets of American sugar barons. While the white stuff doesn't seem as dangerous as tobacco, the two industries employ similar political and research tactics to keep the dangers of their products out of the minds of the public.

Obesity claims more lives and drains more of the healthcare budget than smoking. Obesity is linked to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. It inflates healthcare costs by 36 percent and medication costs by 77 percent. Not only are people suffering from the negative effects of sugar; they're paying big money to be treated for these debilitating diseases that result from it.

Given the obvious stress on hospitals, the U.S. Surgeon General has urged the nation to cut back on sugar and fats. Dr. Meir Stampfer, professor of epidemiology and nutrition (see related ebook on nutrition) at the Harvard School of Public Health insists that "any plan dealing with obesity has to take on sugar."

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August 24 DC Protest Against the FDA- What's Everybody Mad About?

Approving and marketing lethal drugs, while concealing the results of studies that reveal deadly side affects, should be a jailable offense.

by Evelyn Pringle

(see original here)

This conduct is not due to mistakes, it is representative of by now an all too familiar pattern of criminal behavior by top officials within the nation's top regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry.

This year Eli Lilly, was made to pay nearly $700 million to settle charges that it did not warn consumers that the drug, Zyprexa, could cause diabetes, which resulted in grave injuries and death to 100s of people, but nobody was charged with a crime.

Ellen Liversidge will be at the DC rally. She lost her son due to Lilly's crimes and she's none to happy about the fact that as part of the settlement, the plaintiff's attorneys agreed not let the public know about the extent of Lilly's wrongdoing. 



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A Bibliographic History of the Health Freedom Movement

by Martin J Walker

(thanks to Louise of Zeus Information Service who forwarded this excellent essay)


Growing rapidly over the last twenty five years, the Health Freedom Movement (HFM) is essentially a movement struggling to give individuals freedom of choice in treatments and practitioners the right to practise other than allopathic therapies. At the moment both these areas are constrained by monopoly interests which deny choice by using the criteria of professionalism and profit for dispensing health care. Dominating this system and its denial of choice are the pharmaceutical companies, some of which have incomes as big as small nation states and all of which compete ruthlessly for control of the citizen's body.

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'Low Level' Toxins May Be Making You Sick

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Science of Low Level Toxicities


International Medical Veritas Association
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD

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It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low level toxicities on human health that has been, and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings.
Dr. Boyd Haley


One of the greatest alarm calls in human history has gone unnoticed for years and as such, the low levels of toxicities are moving higher. Even with the rising tide of reports of chemical pollution in human blood streams, among newborn babies and adults alike, we get reporters and medical officials dismissing concerns of chemical toxicity. The WallStreet Journal published last week, "For years, scientists have struggled to explain rising rates of some cancers and childhood brain disorders. Something about modern living has driven a steady rise of certain maladies, from breast and prostate cancer to autism and learning disabilities." The last thing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug and Food Commission (FDA) care to admit is that these increases are being driven by the rising tide of chemical poisons entering peoples' blood streams.

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Pharma: Side Effects Destroy 'Magic Bullet' Myth

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Don't we all look for that magic bullet when we are sick, or even just suffering from some ache or pain? "Here, take that pill and your headache will be gone" or "this drug will make your akne go away", not to speak of "prevention" of heart trouble by cholesterol lowering drugs or blood thinners. We are told what the pill will do for our condition, but not what damage it will do to our health in general. Side effects almost seem to have achieved the status of a state secret.

There is a jungle of drug side effects "out there" and little willingness by health authorities to even confront the thought much less do something about it. Why? Health has become a business model. Today’s Sunday Times magazine (UK) contains a truly excellent article from Rose Shepherd about the death toll from pharmaceutical medicines. Death of the magic bullet describes how reporting of side effects and evaluating the data meets comparatively little enthusiasm compared with getting drugs approved and on the market.

The business model requires "a market" for drugs. It also requires that competing intervention and prevention be impeded as much as possible. We see this in international legislative moves to "control" vitamins and minerals, and in efforts to keep any medicine alternatives firmly confined to the periphery of medical practice. Perhaps more people will gradually begin to connect the dots between the issues that Rose raises in the Sunday Times article and the growing moves to ban natural therapies that she described in her equally impressive “Nil by mouth” article in the Observer (UK) in February 2004.

(Thanks to Paul Taylor for the links.)

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has warned that aspartame, the artificial sugar substitute in most diet drinks, may cause cancer as reported in a three-year Italian study that found links to lymphomas and leukemias . But the CSPI communication goes on to advocate use of another doubtful sweetener - sucralose - to get off aspartame. Sucralose, also sold under the Splenda brand name, has its own problems of toxicity and is by no means an innocuous replacement for aspartame.

Although the CSPI has - with a delay of several years - come out now with a warning against the use of aspartame, Betty Martini charges that its executive director, Michael Jacobson, should have had the courage to do so long ago. She says the information was available since the time of the aspartame approval through political pressure called in by Donald Rumsfeld, former CEO of aspartame manufacturer Searle and now defense secretary.

Diet soda, which generally is sweetened with aspartame, has been shown to be linked to an increased incidence of obesity by Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio in a recent study. While Fowler is quick to point out that the link does not prove causation, the facts showed that the more diet drinks a person consumed, the higher was the likelihood of being obese.

Why can't we encourage people to just overcome their sweet tooth?

Perhaps it would help, but of course there is no money in that. We have the sugar industry, the chemical sweetener manufacturers and the processed foods and drinks industry making sure that does not happen. But people do pay the bill - some with their lives, others with suffering and illness, others simply with obesity, and all of them with their weekly grocery bills, not to talk about hospital costs that hit every one of us. Great system and real great advice by CSPI, which says it is defending consumers...

Read the CSPI announcement and Betty Martini's comments to CSPI's Michael Jacobson here:

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Orphans first, then kids whose parents wouldn't comply with the medication schedule ordered by the "New York Drug Adherence Program". Those were the guinea pigs for a forced regimen of drugging with experimental and often deadly "Aids drugs". From Thalidomide to AZT, the children were experimented on with every drug imaginable, and if they were unable or unwilling to swallow the medicines, or if they vomited too frequently, they were surgically implanted with feeding tubes directly into the stomach.

The scandal broke a year ago (see here and here), and the experiments were justified as "in the best interest of the children. This is hard to swallow, especially if considering the brutal insistence on compliance, regardless of the obvious "side effects". Now former staff of the Incarnation Childrens' Center run by Catholic nuns and some of the kids have come forward with their views of what happened.

Liam Scheff reports in the New York Press:

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