Joined: 25 Jul 2005
Location: Romford Essex
|Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:06 am Post subject: Pharmaceutical Industry: Farming people all over the world
|Shocking Facts About the Pharmaceutical Industry
'Big drug companies have been accused of putting profits above patients, spinning false PR campaigns and more. Here are some of the most shocking facts about the pharmaceutical industry.'
Read more ...
Big drug companies have been accused of putting profits above patients, spinning false PR campaigns and more. Here are some of the most shocking facts about the pharmaceutical industry.
The price of drugs is increasing faster than anything else a patient pays for: The prices of the most heavily prescribed drugs are routinely jacked up, sometimes several times a year. Some medications have a mark-up of 1,000 percent over the cost of their ingredients.
Your doctor may have an ulterior motive behind your prescription: Drug reps often give gifts to convince doctors to prescribe the medications that they represent. These drug reps usually have no medical or science education.
Pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than research: Almost twice as much!
Guilty of Medicare fraud: Pharmaceutical companies are being tried in federal courts as a result of their exploitation of Medicare. AstraZeneca had to pay more than $340 million in penalties for coaching doctors to cheat Medicare.
The combined wealth of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies outweigh GNP of sub-Saharan Africa: In fact, the combined worth of the world’s top five drug companies is twice the combined GNP of that entire region.
Americans pay more for prescription meds than anyone else in the world: $200 billion in 2002 alone.
"New" Drugs aren't really new: Two-thirds of “new” prescription drugs are identical to existing drugs or modified versions of them.
Drug companies are taking advantage of underdeveloped countries to perform clinical trials: In developing countries, government oversight is more lax.
For more shocking facts, click the link below.
* Nursing Online Education Database March 27, 2008
What Type of Cookware Do I Recommend?
The Teflon, aluminum, stainless steel, or copper cookware you use to prepare your food may be hazardous to your health. Now you can cook healthy and delicious meals at home with our magnificent new cast iron cookware.
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
According to Corporate Watch, Fortune magazine has declared the world’s biggest drug company, Pfizer the “fifth-best wealth-creator” in America.
The question is: who benefits from this “creation of wealth”? It’s certainly not the Americans who pay a thousand percent markup for the drugs Pfizer pumps out.
Americans pay far more for their drugs than any other nation. Take this, for example: according to PricewaterhouseCoopers fascinating report, Pharma 2020: The Vision, India spends $420 per diabetic patient per year. The U.S., in comparison, spends an average of $10,844 per year per patient.Their report also states:
“The current pharmaceutical industry business model is both economically unsustainable and operationally incapable of acting quickly enough to produce the types of innovative treatments demanded by global markets. In order to make the most of these future growth opportunities, the industry must fundamentally change the way it operates.
Some of the major changes PwC anticipates for the industry are:
* Health care will shift in focus from treatment to prevention.
* Pharmaceutical companies will provide total health care packages.
* The current linear phase research & development process will give way to in-life testing and live licensing, in collaboration with regulators and health care providers.
* The traditional blockbuster sales model will disappear.
* The supply chain function will become revenue generating as it becomes integral to the health care package and enables access to new channels.
* More sophisticated direct-to-consumer distribution channels will diminish the role of wholesalers.
Now, some of this has an encouraging ring to it, such as shifting the focus from treatment to prevention. Other “predictions” are far more menacing, including the development of more sophisticated direct-to-consumer distribution channels for drugs.
People are Waking Up to the Truth About Health
Fortunately, more people are waking up to the illusion and deception of the drug industry as a whole, and starting to clearly see the truth. Last year’s PricewaterhouseCoopers' report cited a declining trust in the reputation of the mega-pharmaceuticals.
The main reason is because the public is absolutely right in their estimation that drug companies manipulate or suppress negative clinical trials, promote their toxic products for unapproved uses, and focus on developing drugs that are no better than older ones.
This is yet another indication that my vision to reconfigure and reform the deadly state of conventional health care in America is getting closer to becoming a reality. So keep up the good work folks. But please be aware, the battle has merely begun… Each of the 25 facts listed in the article above constitutes a problem within the system that needs to be changed or abolished.
Physicians must also, en masse, come to the realization that what they are doing is going nowhere. This may be one of the most difficult areas to change, as the pharmaceutical industry has devised a highly effective system of indoctrination and very specific psychological techniques to bamboozle physicians. Doctors usually believe they are immune to persuasion tactics, and drug reps know just how important it is to maintain that illusion – which is why it works so well.
Consider for a moment the in-depth report published in both The New England Journal of Medicine and PLoS Medicine, which admitted that pharmaceutical sales reps are trained in tactics that are on par with some of the most potent brainwashing techniques used throughout the world!
The idea that reps provide some kind of valuable, informative service to physicians is total fiction, created and perpetuated by the drug industry, to keep this deadly, but profitable, scheme going.
Poison For Profit
Another shocking fact that few consider is that virtually every major pharmaceutical company has a corresponding branch that creates the toxins and poisons that contribute to the chronic diseases their drugs and medical devices treat.
So these huge transnational companies profit not only from the sale of products such as pesticides, herbicides and GM crops, but also from the symptoms and chronic illnesses that they can trigger.
The vast majority of chemicals found in pesticides and other products undergo little or no testing for chronic, low level exposures and for chronic health effects, effectively creating a circle of destruction and double profits.
Below is a list of such chem/pharm companies:
Aventis (herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, GM food)
Monsanto (herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, GM food)
BASF (herbicides, fungicides, pesticides)
Merck Research Company (precursors for pesticides and neurotoxins)
Dow Chemical (industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals)
Make no mistake about it. The drug companies are incredibly powerful, and overcoming their influence over your life will take a mammoth effort.
But there are concrete steps you can take to combat the drug companies' self-interest, save yourself loads of money, and improve your health so you can avoid unnecessary drugs in the first place.
Ten Steps to Reduce Your Pharmaceutical Expenses Now
Take charge of your own health now instead of handing it over to the drug companies.
How do you do that?
You can start by using the Internet to locate non-drug alternatives to your health challenges. Many start with my site as it has more than 150,000 pages to help you understand more about how you can improve your health without drugs or surgery, through simple lifestyle modifications.
These are the basic tenets of optimal health that have always remained permanent truths, regardless of what marvels modern science comes up with next:
1. Eat a healthy diet that’s right for your nutritional type (paying very careful attention to keeping your insulin levels down)
2. Drink plenty of clean water
3. Manage your stress
5. Get plenty of appropriate sun exposure
6. Limit toxin exposure
7. Consume healthy fat
8. Eat plenty of raw food
9. Optimize insulin and leptin levels
10. Get plenty of sleep
If you want to further understand how corporations and government manipulate science and the media by preying upon the public trust -- and how to protect yourself -- I highly recommend the book "Trust Us, We're Experts."
One of the primary purposes of Mercola.com is to provide you with the insight to protect and defend yourself from these major corporate interests (as well as the government they've purchased). I’ve committed myself to providing you with practical and straightforward advice and suggestions on how to optimize your body to prevent disease, reach your optimal weight, and live longer.
Trustworthy Freedom Fighter
Joined: 12 Nov 2005
|Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:10 pm Post subject: Global Food Code
Organic Food and Natural Medicines under Threat
The Global Trade Mission for Food and Medicines (Codex Alimentarius)
On 25/26/27th April, Totnes Civic Hall will be host to The Alternative View, an international event convened specifically to raise awareness of the threat posed to organic foods and natural medicines by global regulations being drafted behind closed doors, on behalf of large corporate interests.
The continued availability of natural, herbal and homeopathic medicines is being threatened throughout the world by carefully drafted legislation, which is slowly but surely finding its way on to the statute book. Unless we wake up to what is going on it will be too late and the only medicines available in Europe and ultimately world wide, will be products of the pharmaceutical companies.
Further proposals are being prepared that will require all imported food to be irradiated (ostensibly to prevent disease spread) while at the same time allowing unimpeded market access to unlabelled genetically modified products.
“For many people this agenda is so outrageous, they cannot believe such goals are achievable,” says event organiser Ian R Crane. “Yet, this may be the reality as soon as December 31st 2009”.
Codex Alimentarius, the mysterious yet all-powerful instrument of world governance, is a global commission set up in 1963 by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) to develop standards, guidelines and codes of practice in relation to foods and medicines. Its stated objective is to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair trading practices and promote the coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations. It is now integrated within the WTO (World Trade Organisation) whose power is such that all signed up governments are required to implement its directives without need for parliamentary scrutiny. Working with and dominated by multinational interests, this strange creation is preparing global regulations that will negatively impact on the health and well being of the world's people.
The EU Food Supplements Regulation introduced last year was conceived by Codex. It has been adopted by the EU and is already being implemented in several countries. As a result many effective and long used herbal remedies can no longer be sold. It will also be illegal soon to sell certain herbs as food – they are equated with illegal drugs.
Confirmed speakers at The Alternative View include:
Phillip Day – Author & Chief Executive of Credence Health Food Products
Dr. Robert Verkerk – Chief Executive: Alliance for Natural Health
David Icke – Author & analyst of the Global Political & Economic Agenda
More Information: www.thealternativeview.co.uk
Ticket Hotline: 01803 840 069
Press Contact: Ian R. Crane
Tel: 01626 355 857 or 0779 151 8740 - Email: email@example.com
1) Ian R Crane has set up a Codex Awareness Initiative to raise awareness of these issues to the threats posed to Natural Health & Natural Medicine
1). Breathing Space Magazine: www.breathingspace-magazine.com
2). Further information on issues relating to natural medicines are available from the Alliance for Natural Health: www.anhcampaign.org
3). Biodynamic Agricultural Association is a UK based charity set up to promote biodynamic farming, gardening and forestry - a unique organic approach which is increasingly recognised throughout the world as being one of the most sustainable
forms of agriculture in existence: www.biodynamic.org.uk
4). Greenlife Health Food Store – Totnes: www.greenlife.co.uk
5). Positive Health Magazine – www.positivehealth.com
Trustworthy Freedom Fighter
Joined: 13 Jan 2007
Location: Westminster, LONDON, SW1A 2HB.
|Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:45 pm Post subject:
|How to Stop Your Doctor Killing You
By Vernon Coleman
Publisher: European Medical Journal
Publication date: 11 Sep 2003
4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 out of 5
Most helpful reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the reviewer below I'm a doctor and the vast majority of what Vernon Coleman says is painfully true. When I first saw it on the coffee table at work I got cross - knee ...
- Dr. J. Foxlee
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a doctor and I have to admit that I started to read this book expecting to be angered. But I was not. It's all true. I'm sorry to have to admit. If more doctors read it ...
- michael h
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the book, it gives a great deal of help to those who need medical advise especially what questions to ask when seeing your doctor. I purchased this copy for a friend as ...
- PAUL ALLEN
'Suppression of truth, human spirit and the holy chord of justice never works long-term. Something the suppressors never get.' David Southwell
Martin Van Creveld: Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother."
Martin Van Creveld: I'll quote Henry Kissinger: "In campaigns like this the antiterror forces lose, because they don't win, and the rebels win by not losing."