Principles of Economics - Health Supreme NewsGrabs Friday, 15 October 2010
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Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef, a Right Livelihood laureate, was recently interviewed by Amy Goodman...
... economists know nothing about ecosystems. They don’t know nothing about thermodynamics, you know, nothing about biodiversity or anything. I mean, they are totally ignorant in that respect. And I don’t see what harm it would do, you know, to an economist to know that if the bees would disappear, he would disappear as well, because there wouldn’t be food anymore. But he doesn’t know that, you know, that we depend absolutely from nature. But for these economists we have, nature is a subsystem of the economy. I mean, it’s absolutely crazy.
What a Scientist Didn't Tell the NY Times on Honeybee Deaths
A cheer must have gone up at Bayer on Thursday when a front-page New York Times article, under the headline "Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery," described how a newly released study pinpoints a different cause for the die-off: "a fungus tag-teaming with a virus." The study, written in collaboration with Army scientists at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center outside Baltimore, analyzed the proteins of afflicted bees using a new Army software system. The Bayer pesticides, however, go unmentioned.
What the Times article did not explore -- nor did the study disclose -- was the relationship between the study's lead author, Montana bee researcher Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, and Bayer Crop Science. In recent years Bromenshenk has received a significant research grant from Bayer to study bee pollination. Indeed, before receiving the Bayer funding, Bromenshenk was lined up on the opposite side: He had signed on to serve as an expert witness for beekeepers who brought a class-action lawsuit against Bayer in 2003. He then dropped out and received the grant.
The spice of life: Curry’s main ingredient has more to offer than good flavor
Along with giving curries and other spicy Asian dishes a bright golden color and peppery flavor, turmeric has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine to treat a host of ailments, like upset stomach, arthritic pain, cuts and bruises.
Mahtab Jafari, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UC Irvine, has discovered that the main active ingredient in turmeric may have even greater health benefits. In a study published in Rejuvenation Research, she and Korean researcher Kyung-Jin Min found that curcumin extended the lifespan of fruit flies by up to 20 percent, while improving locomotion and having tumor-prevention properties.This brings to mind an earlier article on my site about how Heinrich Kremer MD explains the anti-cancer properties of turmeric: Cancer: The ATP-Photon Hypothesis
'Objections' to Vitamin C Therapy?
In massive doses, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) stops a cold within hours, stops influenza in a day or two, and stops viral pneumonia (pain, fever, cough) in two or three days. It is a highly effective antihistamine, antiviral and antitoxin. It reduces inflammation and lowers fever. Administered intravenously, ascorbate kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Many people therefore wonder, in the face of statements like these, why the medical professions have not embraced vitamin C therapy with open and grateful arms.
Probably the main roadblock to widespread examination and utilization of this all-too-simple technology is the equally widespread belief that there must be unknown dangers to tens of thousands of milligrams of ascorbic acid...
DARK CURTAIN: THE RISE OF AUTISM IN AMERICA
Autism spectrum disorders are devastating neurological and biological disorders, typically diagnosed in children between 18 months and five years of age. Increasingly, we are being told that autism is a genetic-based disease. A new case of autism is diagnosed every twenty minutes. More children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders this year than cancer, diabetes, Downs Syndrome and AIDS combined. Yet autism receives less than five percent of research funding among all childhood illnesses.
Pfizer depression drug ineffective, may be harmful: study
Pfizer's antidepressant reboxetine is an "ineffective and potentially harmful" drug and published data on it overestimates the benefits and underplays the risks, a study by German researchers said on Wednesday.
In a review published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) found that nearly three quarters of the data on patients who took part in trials of reboxetine was not published until now -- a factor they said underlined the urgent need for mandatory publication of all clinical trial results.
Behind Bars? FDA May Prosecute Pharma Execs
“It’s clear we’re not getting the job done with large, monetary settlements,” [FDA deputy chief for litigation Eric] Blumberg told the conference, according to Bloomberg News. “Unless the government shows more resolve to criminally charge individuals at all levels in the company, we cannot expect to make progress in deterring off-label promotion…If you’re a corporate executive or are advising a corporate executive, now is the time to comply. That conduct may already be under the criminal microscope.”
US Army suicides and psychiatric drugs
"Are We Giving Our Soldiers Drugs That May Make Them Kill Themselves?"
More troops are dying by their own hand than in combat, according to an Army report titled "Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention." Not only that, but 36 percent of the suicides were troops who were never deployed.
The unprecedented suicide rates are accompanied by an unprecedented rise in psychoactive drug rate among active duty-aged troops, 18 to 34, which is up 85 percent since 2003, according to the military health plan Tricare. Since 2001, 73,103 prescriptions for Zoloft have been dispensed, 38,199 for Prozac, 17,830 for Paxil and 12,047 for Cymbalta says Tricare 2009 data, which includes family prescriptions. All of the drugs carry a suicide warning label.
I lost ten years of my life as a middle class, NHS sponsored drug addict
Philip Robinson was 25 when he went to his GP with mild depression. The pills he was prescribed changed his life, turning him into a 'zombie-like' addict — just one of the 1.5 million Britons whose lives have been ruined by prescription drugs. Here, with extraordinary candour, he reveals how he battled to get his life back.
Mental health is not determined by genes
When the map of the human genome was presented to the world in 2001, psychiatrists had high hopes for it. Itemising all our genes would surely provide molecular evidence that the main cause of mental illness was genetic – something psychiatrists had long believed. Drug companies were wetting their lips at the prospect of massive profits from unique potions for every idiosyncrasy.
But a decade later, unnoticed by the media, the human genome project has not delivered what the psychiatrists hoped: we now know that genes play little part in why one sibling, social class or ethnic group is more likely to suffer mental health problems than another.
Patients and doctors are being misled by published data on medicines
The drug reboxetine is, overall, an ineffective and potentially harmful antidepressant, according to a comprehensive study of the evidence published in the British Medical Journal today.
The study also shows that nearly three quarters of the data on patients who took part in trials of reboxetine were not published until now, and that the published data on the drug overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms of treatment - all underlining the urgent need for mandatory publication of all clinical trial results.
How to brand a disease -- and sell a cure
To brand a disease is to shape its public perception in order to make it more palatable to potential patients. Panic disorder, reflux disease, erectile dysfunction, restless legs syndrome, bipolar disorder, overactive bladder, ADHD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, even clinical depression: All these conditions were once regarded as rare until a marketing campaign transformed the brand.
Once a branded disease has achieved a degree of cultural legitimacy, there is no need to convince anyone that a drug to treat it is necessary. It will come to him as his own idea.
Missing clinical trial data: setting the record straight
Comment by Vince Boehm:
Here is an alarm bell. It is highly unusual for a major medical publication such as the British Medical Journal to publish an editorial of this kind, but the situation is dire and not necessarily confined to the specific drug involved. Reports of this sort on other medications have been appearing recently with disconcerting frequency. All this has been raising the horrifying prospect that the entire safety and efficacy system that medicine and the public has relied on for more than a hundred years may be in jeopardy.
Public confidence must be restored.It is apparent from the evidence presented here, the manufacturer concealed an astounding 74% of the data in their trials, keeping only the good parts and hiding all the bad things about this product from the regulatory bodies involved. Reboxetine is an antidepressant drug used in the treatment of clinical depression, panic disorder and ADD/ADHD, developed by Pharmacia (now Pfizer), sold under trade names Edronax, Norebox, Prolift, Solvex, Davedax or Vestra. According to a meta-analysis of 12 new-generation antidepressants, reboxetine was no more effective than a placebo, was "significantly less" effective, and was less acceptable, than the other drugs in treating the acute phase treatment of adults with unipolar major depression. Reboxetine is licensed worldwide in over 50 countries, but not approved for sale in the U.S.. The no-nonsense German regulatory agency termed this stuff a "potentially harmful antidepressant”.If the system is broken, we all have to worry.
We all have to be concerned that we are getting valid information on all medications, especially your moms heart meds.The FDA assures us that there is nothing wrong with the meat and milk of cloned animals - that we can safely consume them. ISIS scientists are of a different opinion. They describe the cloning process used (somatic cell nuclear transfer) and point out that it is a very haphazard process. The cloned offspring does not have the traits of both cell donating animals, and many of the cloned animals are either sick or die prematurely.
Just what one should be eating for good health...
Seed market controlled by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont
Since the mid-1990s just five biotech giants - Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont - have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate our access to seeds.
Philip Howard from Michigan State university, who has produced a unique visual to illustrate this growing concentration of power in the hands of a few companies, says the takeover of the seed market has been 'dramatic' and that it is getting harder for farmers to find alternatives.
In the US for example, where 90 per cent of the soybeans grown are genetically-modified varieties, many conventional farmers have had difficulty obtaining non-genetically modified seeds to plant.
A patent gives a company exclusive rights to sell and develop a new invention. In the case of patents on plants and genes it grants them temporary monopolies and bans farmers from saving seeds, forcing them to buy new seeds from the company each year or pay a license to use patented seeds they have saved.
US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life'
Hal Lewis: My Resignation From The American Physical Society – an important moment in science history
Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Here is his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society.
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