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"Just Say No" to Pharmaceuticals


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Anne
- 2369 days ago - wearechangeaz.com
Gwen Olsen enjoyed a successful, fast-paced career as a pharmaceutical sales rep working for such healthcare giants as Johnson & Johnson, until several experiences began awakening her to the dangers lurking in every American medicine cabinet.



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Past Member (0)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 2:28 pm
Thank you, thank you thank you, Anne for posting this! I have been telling people that it is obvious the pharmafias want to keep people sick but alive and dependent on their drugs but I couldn't prove that. It's just that all logic and 'circumstantial evidence' (like the burying of real cures) point to this. It is so good to come across this. I shall be buying her book!
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 2:55 pm

I am MASS EMAILING this to my friends.

I had some problems getting to the video. If others do, go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AazObF_pHSU&eurl=http://wearechangeaz.com/2008/04/03/just-say-no-to-pharmaceuticals/

THANK YOU, SARA!
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:23 pm

Oh, (dimwit me) Anne -- YOU MOST OF ALL!

Thank you!
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:27 pm
Thanks *C* my lovely friend and Anne for this article, real important for people to know the dangers, this is noted. I cannot tell people enough about the dangers of pharma drugs, the companies want all people on them to profit, they don't care about the consequences.
NO TO PHARMAS..I totally agree.
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Catman P. (919)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:32 pm
This is the most important TRUTH about big pharma I have ever seen. Please send this to everyone you care about to help save lives. Their poisons killed the love of my life and perfect soul mate. Don't let them murder your loved ones.
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:37 pm

Catman, thanks for endorsing this truth! PLEASE, EVERYONE, SEND THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:39 pm

NOT ONLY ARE YOU BEING USED AS A GUINEA PIG . . . AND YOUR LIFE IS BEING FURTHER ENDANGERED -- BUT, THEY ARE MAKING YOU POOR TO PAY FOR IT!!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:45 pm
Thank you Anne. Carole a big thank you for e mailing me this. I am sending to friends and my sister...noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:46 pm
Tnx for posting Anne, it's about time, that the world wakes-up !
Please also read an article about children, and babies being used for medical experiments:
http://www.care2.com/news/submitted?saved=699535
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 3:54 pm

True story:

My roommate's mother was in ill health. Each morning, I took her diabetic reading, and was in charge of a plethora of medications. One of them wss for bone density, once a month.

Each month, when I gave it to her, she became severely ill, to the point of wishing she were dead. In exasperation, I took it upon myself to QUIT the (expensive) medication, then I contacted the doctor's office.

My question? "Why does an 88-year-old woman need this?"

Response from doctor (after months of this anguish): "You're right. Discontinue,"

She died a few months later.
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:01 pm
This is a very important video - a must see and listen to what Gwen has to say about the current state of medications in this country. Big pharma and the FDA are complicit in the drug world today. They are only interested in your money, not your health.

TY, Just "C".

 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:03 pm
Whoops...

TY, Anne for the news and TY, Just "C" for forwarding this.
 

Richard Lewis (1518)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:05 pm
First, I would like to thank Anne. I've been against depending on meds for a very long time. Here's another side of the coin for those who take anti-depressants. Just consider is it truly worth taking?


http://www.outlookcities.com/psych/


Thanks Carole, I'll be sending this out in my next mailing.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:05 pm
Very true, Jim! And thank you, Anne! My M.D. starts writing prescriptions before she even stops talking ... and I fight with her constantly ... "I'm not taking any prescription drugs" ... I use acupuncture and herbs, tai chi and yoga, meditation and qi gong ... our bodies have the power to heal themselves, they don't need to be poisoned or shocked with chemicals.
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:24 pm

I am convinced that phamaceutical companies (in collusion with doctors) are KILLING people (and charging high prices to do so, with impunity).
 

Elisa M. (93)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:24 pm

Thanks Anne
TY Carole for the forward.

A few years ago, both my parents were presribed medications, for "various illnesses". In the last few years, both of my parent's health has been on the steady decline. "New illnesses" have now emerged. My mother had suggested to her doctor that maybe the pills were making her worse. He dismissed her queries. Of course, try PROVING the medication your taking is making you sick with other illnesses!!

THAT SAID, although I do believe Pharma's are in the business to make money, lots of it, please remember THERE ARE illnesses that DO REQUIRE MEDICATION. Don't play doctor, and STOP taking your medication [if you are taking any] because you saw this video.

 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:28 pm

In some cases, that may be true, Elisa. But, I question the vast majority -- especially when so many are recalled.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:36 pm
TY CAROLE, I TALK ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME,I KNOW A FORMER DRUG REP.THAT ALSO QUIT.YES THIS VIDO IS A MUST SEE PEOPLE RELI ON THERE,I DO TAQKE SOME MEDS. BUT SAY NO!THEY GET MAD AS HELL BUT I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON...........
 

Naomi Dutch (73)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:40 pm
Thank you for posting this. Im against using any Pharmaceuticals, primarily becos of the millions of animals they choose to test them on when it's a proven scientific fact that these tests do not work. So they not only kill humans but they also kill animals and no animal deserves to also be used as a literal GUINEA PIG for anything.
 

Gimme Brains (3)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:45 pm
Has anyone seen the documentary Money Talks: Profits before Patient Safety? As well as the movie Side Effects?
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:48 pm

Thank you, Gimme.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMX2Z5oy_Zs
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:50 pm
Thank you Anne, for this very important post, and C...for forwarding to me. i concur w/the above comments. i will PO, everyone needs to see this!!
 

charles mclachlan (1675)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 4:58 pm
noted, ty littlewing for the forward, and thanks carole and anne.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 5:11 pm
I'M ALSO A TARGET,BUY THE DR'S AS I HAVE CRONIC PAIN,THEY WANT TOO PUSH PILL'S I WON'T TAKE THEM.LAST MONTH I TOOK ONE PILL IT INTERACTED WITH MY OTHER MEDS,I COULD HAVE DIED...........
 

Mary Zoglio (169)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 5:18 pm
NOTED AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KNOW ABOUT THIS....
 

Mary Riley (937)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 5:19 pm
Thanks Anne for the post. Thanks Carole for the notice.
I cannot remember how many years I have been screaming about this.
Would you believe that we have John D. Rockefeller to thank?
 

Ikey Galacticca (284)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 5:52 pm
WPPM.ORG recognizes that most prescription drugs have side effects and therefore could be dangerous to some people who take them because of their diseases or sicknesses.

However, we will not outrightly condemn the pharmaceutical companies because some of the drugs they manufacture could have fatal adverse effects to some people.

Our stand is based on the fact that peoples' reactions to some drugs are not the same.

Some people take certain drugs and feel well and do not suffer any adverse effects while others do.

What we encourage pharmaceutical companies to do is to strive to inform doctors and the general public about the adverse effects of any of the drugs so that both the doctors and their patients could make educated and intelligent decisions about taking or not taking them.
 

Karen M. (176)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 8:11 pm
I almost wanted to applaud at the end. I want her to go into politics, if it doesn't change her too much! I am a big believer in Naturopathic Medicine. An excellent, well-trained Naturopath can do wonders. They are the specialists in natural medicine. They are becoming more and more sought after (which is why traditional medicine, armed by the pharm industry, is reproducing Naturopaths research and publishing it as their own.)
 

Penelope P. (222)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 8:58 pm
Good work Ann noted
 

Penelope P. (222)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 9:28 pm
One other thing though . Here in Australia some years ago I attended an alternate health conference com camp at a place called Bredbo. There they were bruiting the same message. They were also hoping to start the OZ equivelent to Findhorn on a plot of land on which the conference was held, So everyone who went to it had a ticket in thast sort of co-operative too.

The ticket holders slept under canvas they had brought themselves and circulated by dat amongst various stalls and tents where various treatments were being demonstrated,
It was a huge affair.
Unfortunately the people there started getting sick - one thing they got in large doses were huge ulcers that no treatment there could cure.

Most of the people at the camp ended up going down to the capital and seeing someone in the conventional hospital emergency center. There I found that the syndrome was known as the Bredbo desease and was cured in 24 hours by the pharmecueticals I recieved there.

From this experience I would warn against dismissing pharmeceuticals entirely.

Actually Bernard Shaw in "The Doctors Dilemma" makes it pretty clear that
a doctor has a vested interest in the continuation of any desease so that desease maintenance is part of the medical dilemna - The Chinese4 solved that undert Mao by having barefoot doctors- who were klargely paramedicals who were paid for the amount of people who remained healthy in their area.

There is a parralell problem that teachers and lecturers have that Shaw also pointed out- Anyone who really knows a subject can teach it in very little time but teachers get paid by the hour
 

Eyes O. (411)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 10:10 pm
Thank you Anne for this informative video. I in fact DO condemn the pharmaceutical industry because they know exactly what they are doing and in fact "hide" needed information from the public "knowing" about the adverse side effects, and do it "knowing" that it is killing people, and do it for MONEY!! Countless years has been spent trying to get them to com clean to no avail. Someone above doesn't seem to have the slightest clue about how they work, and how much time and effort has gone into informing the public about the evil behind the mask. Do your homework!! This video will go on 15 web-pages to bring the truth to the public, and what many of us have known for "decades" now. How many people have lost their lives?? How many?? COUNTLESS HAVE NEEDLESSLY DIED!!! MANY SHOULD BE IN PRISON FOR THEIR CRIMES!!! WHAT ABOUT OUR CHILDREN!!!
 

Marian E. (152)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 11:15 pm

While I agree that a large number of the meds pressed upon us may in fact create more problems than they fix, there are certainly some problems that must have medical help. I caution that we not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Thank you.
 

Marian E. (152)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 11:17 pm

She did state "disorder". Not disease.

Thank you again.
 

Melissa Chapman (284)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 11:32 pm
http://www.pcrm.org/
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 4:05 am
My brother is handicapped, my mother suffers from very high blood pressure and osteo pathia, my father has neuro pathia and I am diagnosed with major depression. The drugs did / do help me personally to stay funcional BUT - within limitations - they are not designed to make you happy - but functional, meaning you still will have to watch your diet, exercise and in general persue a healthy lifestyle.
I have phased out the drug for a year and started again, as symptoms of depression reacurred.
These type of drugs though need to be closely monitored and eventually changed as our hormone levels etc change as well. Feedback between the doctor and the patient is very necessary.
When starting on anti depressants patients are usually given some form or tranquilizers as the anti depressant might cause even panic attacks, shaking, agitation etc. Your doctor will know what is "normal" and what not and will phase out the tranquilziers over time.
Prozac has been linked to suicides and manic episodes. Abuse, self medication and drug happy doctors do put patients in dire danger. Without those drugs not all people would still be around - inlcuding me - with the drugs some might not have died either.
Drugs can not "cure" depression, they are only a crutch so the patient can help themselves.

We must realize that there are no miracle cures, no easy way, no overnight solution - the right way is to know yourself, your body and live in moderation no matter what you do or think. The pharma industry advertises their drugs like miracle potions and candy - that is their criminal condut in phase of the potential dangers these drugs can pose.
 

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Sunday April 6, 2008, 4:55 am
Noted Thanks to Richard for posting, Good story Anne. Well said Isabella.
 

Alf I. (246)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 5:15 am
It's all part of the population control plan so shut up, be stupid and take your pills or wake up, take responsibility for your health and stop believing doctors are Gods.
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 5:26 am
I would just like to share, a long time ago, my grandmother used to give us natural herbs and medicines from the Earth, they helped then. I know there are a lot more diseases out there now, however, we still can go natural as opposed to taking all these pills that most doctors want to shove down our throats to put a bandaid on the real occuring problem that lies beneath. Many people die that way, you need to treat what the underlyiing problem is, and it doesn't always have to be with pills. Check your doctors out, or get 2nd opinions..believe me. I am truly against Pharma companies, sorry..they do more harm then good..pumping out more pills each year, with a new name on them..no..no way will I take them. And noone knows what they will do to different systems in people. That's like playing Russian Roulette, no thanks. Do your homework, they are greedy mongrels. Even getting children, our children now to take their drugs. Too many children in the USA that don't need to be on them. They just need to be loved. The School systems throw most of the parents into a tizzy because the teachers don't do their job, and care enough about the child, so the parents resort to putting their children on Adderal, or Prozac, or drugs that most adults take, this is wrong! Children should not be on drugs! And the elderly, the pharmas use them to for guinea pigs, I feel for all of these people. They just want to be out of pain.
Many blessings to all in the Universe.
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 5:27 am
Pharmaceutical companies are BUSINESSES. Businesses are IN business to make MONEY. There is no money is CURING illness and dis-ease, only in the continuing treatment of it. We are conditioned to accept that modern medicine helps us. It does NOT. We start off in infancy with VACCINES. Vaccines CAUSE illness that later will 'need' medicines to treat and the vicious cycle begins.
YOUR health is in YOUR hands.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 5:46 am
very very noted and get tjis
i must order th emdication to slow down alzheimers early stages for my lother
FROM CANADA WHO ORDERS IT FROM T HE LAB IN INDIA WHICH IS INSPECTED BY THE STUPID FDA OF THE UNITED STATES
THE MEDICATION IF ORDERED IN T HE UNITED STATES WOULD BE DOUBLE THE PRICE
IT ALREADY IS HUNDREDOF DOLLARS
 

Carolyn Daley (56)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 6:50 am
We must all examine very closly the consequences of taking medication versus not taking it in every case . I am very skeptical of medications. I go on the internet to hear what other users have to say before making any decisions.
 

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 7:58 am
TY "C" for the forward and Anne for the story!
I wanna new drug! :) Just kiddin!!!
 

LL A. (33)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 8:06 am
Noted! and Video Watched!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 8:58 am
Newsweek 2007:
There are no magic bullets in the fight against cancer: that's the first thing every responsible scientist mentions when discussing a possible new treatment, no matter how promising. For decades, research has emphasized the differences among the many kinds of cancer, their origins in the complex interplay between genes and environment, and the development of ever more sophisticated and tightly focused therapies. Everyone knows that cancer will not be cured the way antibiotics cure a staph infection.

If there were a magic bullet, though, it might be something like dichloroacetate, or DCA, a drug that kills cancer cells by exploiting a fundamental weakness found in a wide range of solid tumors. So far, though, it kills them just in test tubes and in rats infected with human cancer cells; it has never been tested against cancer in living human beings. There are countless compounds that can do the same thing that never turn into viable treatments. But DCA has one big advantage over most of those: it is an existing drug whose side effects are well-studied and relatively tolerable. Also, it's a small molecule that might be able to cross the blood-brain barrier to reach otherwise intractable brain tumors. Within days after a technical paper on DCA appeared in the journal Cancer Cell last week, the lead author, Dr. Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta, was deluged with calls and e-mails from prospective patients-to whom he can say only, "Hang in there."

Still, Michelakis may be onto something important. "The work is very interesting, from a conceptual standpoint," says Dr. Dario Altieri, director of the cancer center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. DCA is a remarkably simple molecule related to acetic acid, better known as vinegar. It acts in the body to promote the activity of the mitochondria, the cellular structures where glucose is oxidized to provide energy; its main pharmaceutical use has been to treat certain rare metabolic disorders. But the mitochondria have another function: they initiate apoptosis, the fail-safe process by which cells with damaged DNA destroy themselves before they can do damage. This goes on continually in the body. But when a cell turns cancerous, it begins processing glucose outside the mitochondria; the mitochondria shut down, and the cell becomes immune to apoptosis-immortal, until it kills its — own host. Researchers have assumed that the mitochondria in cancer cells were irreparably damaged. But Michelakis wondered if that was really true. With his colleagues he used DCA to turn back on the mitochondria in cancer cells-which promptly died.

Remarkably, Michelakis isn't even an oncologist; he's a cardiologist who was studying pulmonary hypertension, a deadly condition in which the cells lining the walls of the blood vessels in the lungs inexplicably proliferate. His research suggested that DCA could help that, too, but the possibility that he might be on the track of a treatment for cancer was too tempting to pass up. One of the great things about DCA is that it's a simple compound, in the public domain, *and could be produced for pennies a dose*.

But that's also a problem, because big drug companies are unlikely to spend a billion dollars or so on large-scale clinical trials for a compound they can't patent. So Michelakis and his colleagues Stephen Archer and John Mackey, with the support of the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board, are embarking on the process themselves, hoping to interest foundations or private philanthropists in underwriting their research. (The Web site for anyone interested in helping is http://www.depmed.ualberta.ca/dca/ .)

They have one advantage: because DCA is already in use, they can combine Phase I trials, meant to establish safety, with Phase II, which look at whether the compound actually works. The first subjects, says Mackey, will probably be patients with breast, lung or colon cancers that have recurred after initial treatment-in other words, people without much hope of a cure. He would like nothing better than to offer them some hope. But again, he warns, in cancer, there are no magic bullets.

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 10:08 am
Sahra S.

No sorry to say there are no magical bullets - yet, when a patient reads promises of cures, or even just remission, arrest or delay .... they will run - if they still can.
I am only 48 years old, my friends are in my age group, it saddens me that within the last 2 years only I - we have lost 5!!!!!! to cancer.
At one point and time my friend, now a widow, said to me "You know Isabell, if you would tell me that spinning around my heals 5 times in a row, everytime I walk out my door would by Jani some more good time, I would do it". Later on she told me she would, just to make his pain bearable. Then a month later we hoped he could die and be relieved.
When the time approached, the nurses asked if they should sedate him, as many patients cry out in desperation, not letting go - she said no - sat with her husband and held his hand. He looked at her one more time ....

Only one year elapsed from the time the cancer was found - it was during a programmed yearly check-up for his stomach. At the age of 51 the cancer was progressing very rapidy, seemingly by-passing all known treatments, while maintaining the blood work at a child like level ....
They tried anything. Nothing.

One day they saw a doctor on TV who lectured about the positive effect of chewing olive tree leaves. That it would cure or at least benenficially influence ... they hopped and prayed - nothing.

My outcry to all of you is: Don't give up hope. Don't give up on yourself. believe in the power of your mind - look at the animals how they cure. Embrace your affliction as a part of you, it will change all your thinking and empower you to fight your affliction.
AND
Never ever stop any treatment for potentially life threatning ailments without prior talk with your doctor.
Always get a second or even third opinion (if it is serious).
Discuss alternative treatment with your doctor.
Ask to implement alternative and supportive treatment.
Change your life style.

Hypocratus stated that only those who were willing to change their lives, should be treated, as without it there could be no cure!

Think about it - when you lite yet an other cigarette, while you cough. Think about how long it took to proove that cigaretts are leathal.
Think about contaminants.
Think about depleted uranium

Nothing in this world exsists without it's counterpart. Light - dark, pain - joy .... live in harmony.
 

. (0)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 11:09 am
noted,and thank you very much
 

Eduardo R. (46)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 11:43 am
Hi there.. it's crazy how pharma is doing biz and money with our health!!! I'm sending it 2 my friends...
 

Mary Halwa (119)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 11:47 am
Watched the video and noted ! Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
 

James Waldie (11)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 2:55 pm
I watched the video and have left a comment there the lady is absolutely correct I have had a few health problems over the last 20 odd years and I have a lot of pills to take in a day which make me feel ill with all there side affects. I have 3 members of my family who are psychiatric nurses and they all say that I 'am prescribed junkie I 'am sick and tired of it The Pharmaceutical Companies are holding our Governments and are holding us to ransom as our Governments are putting pressure on our Doctors its all wrong we should be allowed to have Alternative Therapies.
Jim W
 

Kat H. (303)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 3:19 pm
Various members of my family have and are being treated for depression. I am as well and it has taken a long time to see any results at all from the supposed good that comes out of being medicated. Recently my brother started exercising and eating better and he claims this really has made a world of difference. I think depression as a whole has become an out of control epidemic. It's so much easier to go into the doctor and have her whip out her prescription pad then it is to oversee a patient getting into counseling to determine if there is in fact a real need for drugs. I personally think a lot of people want that crutch and in fact don't really need to take anything at all. I do know there are people that do need some help and especially those with bipolar. We need to just face the cold hard facts that life is hard and can and usually will get you down and we must all find ways of coping with this instead of popping a pill. I have been weaning myself off of my medication and have been trying to gather facts on if I want to continue with antidepressants.
 

David Gould (155)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 4:47 pm
As a long term consumer of many tablets that apparently 'keep me alive' this video certainly raises many good points. people with chronic conditions know they are never going to 'get better' so that is not the issue. It is whether the med will give a better quality of life or even prolong that life. There are arguenments about these things. However there exists also the fact that firms will 'adict' people to their products which may not be effective as claimed.

Two conclussions for me.
a) always discuss meds with the doctor and question what the benefits are likely to be or the consequences if not taken.
Remember to feedback to the doctor before self removal from a drug. Again discussion can reveal the doctor's agreement for cessation...but not always.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 6:22 pm
I couldn't agree more. My physio/pharma-phobia keeps me from having anything to do with Western medicine. I look for healers, not pill-pushers. So many people take the drs. as the word of God. I know too many people whose lives have been devastated by modern medicine. I do Just say no to drugs.
 

Pamela Mendoza (126)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 6:32 pm
You have my full attention, I beleive that a lot of people are so depended on drugs it is one of the largest problems I have ever seen. The chemical companies are getting rich on it. The insurance companies are getting rich on it. We are not getting any better from it. And most people are atticted from it. People are robbing, and killing for them. I will pass this on.
 

Mary M. (20)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 6:32 pm
Thank you Catman for passing this important information on.
 

Elisa M. (93)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 8:06 pm

FreeSpirit Running, I just wanted to respond to your last comment. I agree that small children especially, should not be medicated. I think you are correct in saying, as well to get a second or third opinion. Often times, people do get, three very different opinions. I think that was a really good point.
 

Denice G. (45)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 8:56 pm
Thank you for posting this video. This is important to all of us and our loved ones. noted
 

Eyes O. (411)
Monday April 7, 2008, 12:33 am
Consult your Doctor? Doctors and Medicine in general left "HEALTH" many years ago for the quick and easy "PILL". For a "General Practitioner" to be prescribing "Psychotropics" in the first place, without and background in "Psychology" is plainly WRONG!!! Do we have Auto Mechanics working on the Space Shuttle? Doctors are "trained" drug pushers and the LAST on you should seek advice from because of the conflict of interest. When they give you a "pill", you HAVE TO COME BACK...right? THEY are also in "business"!! Cures make NO MONEY!! Isn't anyone in this thread getting it?

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On PDUFA, Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies, Clinical Trials, and Advisory Committee Conflicts. Click here to read the summary.

Representative Markey questions drug industry lobbyist
During a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) questioned PhRMA representative, Dr. Caroline Lowe, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, about PhRMA’s opposition to Markey’s proposal for a stronger FDA drug safety system.

How did your Senator vote on drug safety?
The Senate heard drug safety legislation and amendments over several days, with record votes on reimportation, conflict of interest, stronger post-market review and much more. Take a look at your Senator's voting record.

Putting patient safety first & fixing our drug safety system
Recent controversies surrounding the safety of highly advertised, blockbuster drugs have eroded Americans’ trust in our drug safety system.

Battle for drug safety moves to House floor
A March 2007 Consumer Reports national poll found that more than 60 percent of Americans agree that the Food and Drug Administration and Congress have failed to adequately protect them from harmful prescription drugs.

Text of S. 1082 Senate Drug Safety Bill
S.1082 Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by Senate)

Further Actions Needed to Improve FDA's Postmarket Decision-making Process
GAO found that FDA lacked clear and effective processes for making decisions about, and providing management oversight of, postmarket drug safety issues.

Drug and health products industries invest $182 million to influence legislation
Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other health products spent nearly $182 million on federal lobbying from January 2005 through June 2006, a Center for Public Integrity study of disclosure records shows.

Grassley says FDA problems need sunshine, calls on Commissioner to reverse chill factor
Sen. Chuck Grassley said that statements by the Commissioner of the FDA discourage agency employees and scientists from speaking up about problems with the way the FDA monitors drug safety.

FDA witholds important safety information from its own advisory panel, Senator says
Sen. Chuck Grassley said the Food and Drug Administration intentionally withheld key information from its own advisory panel on the drug Ketek in January 2003 about the integrity of a pivotal clinical trial used to support the safety of the drug and dismissed concerns expressed by staff-level officials before the advisory panel meeting.

Improvements needed in FDA's oversight of direct-to-consumer advertising, new study finds
The government's investigative arm finds that drug company spending on DTC advertising—such as that on television and in magazines—of prescription drugs increased twice as fast from 1997 through 2005 as spending on promotion to physicians or on research and development. The agency also says that DTC advertising has contributed to increases in drug spending by prompting consumers to request the advertised drugs from their physicians.

Drug Reps per Physician
According to research from Health Strategies Group, “[t]he average primary care physician interacts with 28 sales representatives each week; the average specialist interacts with 14.”

When Clinical Trials Are Compromised: A Perspective from a Patient Advocate
Twelve years ago, a friend from my breast cancer support group went to court because her insurance company had refused coverage for a bone marrow transplant. Her first transplant had failed and her cancer was progressing again. The insurance company refused coverage for the second transplant on the basis that it was an experimental treatment. The judge, a cancer survivor himself, was clearly moved by her appeal, and my friend got her transplant. Six months later, she was dead—not from her metastatic breast cancer, but from treatment-induced damage to her bone marrow. Read more here...

Health industry practices that create conflicts of interest (PDF)
The current influence of market incentives in the United States is posing extraordinary challenges to the principles of medical professionalism.

Grassley, Baucus seek more details of drug company grant money (PDF)
The senators are concerned that sales and marketing personnel – rather than medical professionals – continue to award drug company money to medical specialty groups and patient advocacy groups to promote product use, especially off-label use.

Clinical trial registry analysis shows company secrecy continues
Some drug companies that have started to place information about their clinical trials in the nation's public registry still do not place enough meaningful information there, according to a new study by the New England Journal of Medicine.

New England Journal of Medicine chastises Merck for hiding data
Recent findings regarding inaccuracies in data in the report of the VIGOR (Vioxx Gastrointestinal Outcomes Research) study by Bombardier et al.1 that raise concern about certain conclusions in the article.

Drug companies manipulate research findings
Jennifer Washburn (author of University.Inc: The Corporate Corruption of American Higher Education) publishes original documents in the online magazine Slate supporting contentions that Proctor and Gamble ghost wrote research findings for its researchers and refused to allow researchers full access to the underlying data.

Female and Elder Consumers and Payers Sue Pfizer Over Deceptive Marketing of Lipitor (R) (PR Newswire Sept. 28, 2005)
Plaintiffs Allege Promotional Scheme to Boost Sales of World's Best-Selling Drug by Misleading Women and Seniors About Link Between the Drug and Heart Disease

Maine first state in nation to require public clinical trials
Groundbreaking law will help improve drug safety for all Americans

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s take on the FDA’s drug safety program
Asks tough questions during Consumer Federation of America conference

Pass legislation to force disclosure of drug info (PDF)
How can drugs approved by the federal government and heavily advertised sometimes do more harm than good?

FDA official's testimony about drug safety
"Vioxx is a terrible tragedy and a profound regulatory failure. I would argue that the FDA, as currently configured, is incapable of protecting America against another Vioxx. We are virtually defenseless."

FDA’s proposed changes to drug safety program
Agency responds to concerns with Vioxx and anti-depressants

Settlement sets new standard for release of drug information
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today announced an agreement that resolves charges that a leading pharmaceutical company concealed information about the safety and effectiveness of one of its drugs.


 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 4:47 am
Noted very interesting!
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Monday April 7, 2008, 4:48 am
My comment for my dear friend Ron, I so agree with you about doctors, my love, all that you said. I do not go to them because of the trust factor. So, I go homeopathic or natural. Love you for bringing that up with all of the other information, great post Ron..I know some people here think that their Doctors are their Gods, but they are only humans, and they make mistakes too, sometimes fatal. Thanks again for listening all..Peace.."dohiyi"
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 11:10 am
Anne without a doubt i commend you for this. Dam right just say no to drugs' silly us Reagan meant Pharmaceuticals , not illegal..lol

Please parents do not give your children any kind of pills, i urge you to look for natural alternative methods.

FACT

Pharmaceutical trade + Illegal drug trade both worth 7 billion dollars a year and that was two years ago

and guess who has their hands in both trades, yup you guessed it. The Penguin and the Marionette in the white house

Runsfeld and Tamiflu
US Military illegal testing on troops
Chemtrailling Morgellon's disease in Texas effecting 10k civilians

and all this can be yours with a nationalize health intiative, so i say no to socialize medicine

great work Anne at getting the word out, thousands of green stars and maybe even a few gold ones to...KUDO's
 

Annie J. (205)
Monday April 7, 2008, 11:27 am
Thank you Anne
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 12:03 pm
Anne, thank you so much for this most interesting story. It is about money and it is about keeping those who are dependent on meds, dependent always for the purpose of making money.

Your story was very powerful and it is a breath of fresh air for someone to finally say what the truth is.

Thank you again.
Nick
 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Monday April 7, 2008, 12:55 pm

this is me,..

30 pilss every day for 30 years, on doctors orders(all doctors)
for extreme bipolar2, my father killed himself for bipolar2, so I believed them.
-every day, lithium, seroquel, nozinan, lamotrigene, diazepam, ritalin,

oxy cohdone, codeine, (and more)thats what I ended up on, every day, ..

I.ve tried everything, believe me. also headaches, digestion, bowels,

and on and on.

Since last june 07 (10 months), I have not seen a doctor, I take no drugs

at all, but a few coffe's a day, lots of water, and lots of b6, and b12.

I'm now, completly healthy. (and fairly intelligent)

 

Gloria S. (27)
Monday April 7, 2008, 12:57 pm
noted and spread around , thank's finally someone to speak up about something I have always known.
 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Monday April 7, 2008, 1:04 pm

- every pill has many side efects, and every side effect,

has many more pills,..etc. etc, self generating revenue.

no pharma pill "cures" anything, they just change the symptoms,

and the body, and they actually rewire your brain(electrically).

- the b6 and the b12, block the intake, of aspartates and glutamates,

,.. which they put in all food, (exitotoxins), which basically, rewire,

and burn out brain cells.

I have done over 30 years of research on this, all kinds, including

practical experience(lots).

the damage is reversible,, totally, as Blue say, your brain, and body can

heal all.

Believe it, its all bull(pharmas)

 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Monday April 7, 2008, 1:17 pm

- all doctors, shrinks, and medical journals, told me, its an incurable, life long thing, and just take as much pharma drugs as required, to make me last as long as possible, till I killed my self.

ritalin= clinical speed,.. oxy codohne,= clinical heroin,

diazepam = clinical barbituates,

every time I went to the doctors, they would ask me if I wanted any more

drugs,the last 10 years, me and my wife, had our own prescrition

drug book, and we just looked up drugs ourselves, I would write down

the name, and he would give it to me.no question, ,, in addition to all

the other drugs.

try one for a month or 2, till I got right spaced out, go back,

try another... over, and over, and over, for 30 years.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 4:20 pm
The sad part is the doctors are convinced they are helping us
 

Bonnie H. (77)
Monday April 7, 2008, 7:01 pm
Anne,

Thank you so much for posting Gwen Olsen's potent data
and personal experience!This information is especially powerful
coming from a 15 year drug rep. WOW!
 

Mike S. (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 7:39 pm
GREAT ARTICLE, thanks for posting this.........
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 8, 2008, 7:47 am
Thank you so much Anne, for posting this important issue. Noted and forwarded.
 

Julianna F. (0)
Tuesday April 8, 2008, 1:11 pm
What you have to keep in mind with all of these things is that drugs DO help people, and no effective drug has no side effects. If it has no side effects then it probably doesn't do anything.

If your health professionals are truly looking after you then they should work with you to make sure the benefits of your medications outweigh the risks. With the aging population more people require more of their doctor's time, so doctors have less time for each person.

In response: explain vaccines, that help prevent people from becoming sick and have essentially eliminated several severe diseases from large portions of the world. And tell me how someone who is so depressed they can't get out of bed is supposed to exercise. Depression is admittedly a shaky subject, because NOBODY understands it, so you can't treat it in a straight forward manner.

If you are on medications that you feel are unnecessary PLEASE talk to your doctor or pharmacist about them. And please keep in mind that this article did not discuss all diseases or conditions, some of which WILL require medication for the rest of your life to prevent certain outcomes.

This entire thing really plays off of lack of knowledge and conspiracy theories without itself admitting to being one. So please take it with a grain of salt. Most health professionals did not get into their field with the intention of harm. The Hippocratic oath specifically forbids harm. And again, no effective drug lacks side effects.
 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Tuesday April 8, 2008, 1:18 pm

Julianna,. you are 21, I,am am 51, keep taking those pills for another 30

years, and you will see how "drugs DO help people" good luck :o)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 8, 2008, 1:48 pm
Julianna,

I agree with you - moderation in life is the answer. Medication does not substitute excersise, healthy diet and life style.
Also keep in mind that various foods or over the counter meds and supplements, as well as alcohol DO interfere with your meds. Especially psychopharmaca. DO NOT STOP them on your own account WITHOUT talking to your psychiatrist. You will go through withdrawel and you and yours could be in danger.

One more not St. Johns' Worth a herbal "mood enhancer" do often have side effects and should not be taken when consuming red meat as well as red wine. Aspirin (today generally synthetic) is a natural substance from the bark of the birch tree, but it can cause stomach ulcers and even stroke.
Digitallis is a compound used in heart medication but taken in excess is poisonous.
Please do not think that natural compound = not synthetic = good medicine. And synthetic medicine = bad medicine. In fact it is very often the opposite, as the synthetic compounds are more refind and stable, hence more controlable.

I must say I am surprised how many of us believe we are more educated than the doctors and nurses and chemists. One reacurring problem in my veterinary expirence is people not or wrongly administering the treatment prescribed!

Psycho drugs are one of the worst to experiment with. Scott you are lucky. You are an exeption and maybe you have fallen into the hands of a happy pill doc. Mine isn't. I have never been offered any pills or even asked if I wanted any.

I whish you all well and good health. My husband had on Monday a servere Asthma crisis - without the conventional medicine I don't know if he would still be alive today. I thank the doctor who helped and I am glad for the meds. HOWEVER we have already discussed how to maintain his treatment with less agressive drugs and life style.
 

Emad Ali (6)
Tuesday April 15, 2008, 8:55 pm
THANKS ANN FOR THE ENLIGHTEN VIDEO , WELL I HAVE DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW ...I WENT THROUGH THIS PROFFESION FOR 5 YEARS ,AND I HAVE STRONGE BELIEVE IN THE ROLE OF MED. REPRESENTATIVE AS GUIDE AND ADVOCATE TO NEW MEDICATION AND THERAPY AS WHOLE IN MEDICAL FIELD BUT THE PROPLEM IS QIUTE COMPLICATED NOT EASY TO RESOLVE , BIG PHARMA ARE SPENDING HELL OF MONEY IN PRODUCING NEW FORMULARIES AND PREPARATION OF NOVEL PRODUCTS THAT CONSUME CONSIDERABLE RESEARCHES COSTS AND MACHINARIES TO DEVOLOPE AND INVENT THESE PRODUCTYS THAT MOST ARE BIO AND SEMISYNTHETICS MEDICINES OF NATURE ORIGION BUT NOT ALL ARE FROM NATURAL COMPONENTSTO BE COMPLETELY SAFE AND IN THE SAME TIME THEY(BIG PHARMA) ARE IN HUGE COMPETITION TO EVOLVE THESE MEDICINES AND SELL IN MARKET ...OFCOURSE THESE PRODUCTS MIGHT NOT PASS THE RESEARCH QUALITY AND CONTROL IN 100% SUCCESS YEILD OR ABOUT THIS RANGE THEY LACK ENOUGH CLINICAL TRIALS AND RESEARCHES ,CAUSE THESE RESEACHES ARE MADE ON ANIMAL LABS NOT HUMAN THEY ARE IN SHORTAGE OF HUMAN DATA TO AVOID HUMAN FATAL CONSEQUENCES AND SIDE FFECTS THEY PUBLISH LEAFLET WITH THESE MEDICATIONS WITH SMALL WARNING BOXES OR NOTES UPON THE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS , EVEN THE CAUTION COMMENTYS DON'T NOT FIT WITH SCIENTIFIC BELIEVE AND RESULTS BESIDE ETHICAL STANDARD THEY JUST PASS TO CONSUMERS PATIENTS, WHAT I WANT TO SAY THAT THE RUSH FOR MONEY IS THE FIRST TARGET TO ANY COMPANY AND THE ETHICS OF WORK COMES NEXT , SECOND IS THAT THERE IS NO MIRACLE MEDICATION WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS AS LONG AS THESE MEDICINES COMES FROM CHEMICALS ...T
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 26, 2008, 6:06 am
Very interesting. Like any other business, they are in it for the money -- Thanks for sharing this Anne. I noted it.
 

Goddess Lozz (213)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 7:47 am
We are controlled by the big industries out there for profit!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 7:52 am
Excellent work everybody, the truth is spreading the scum will be exposed.
Im glad you all can see the crooked industries plans. I will look forward to their demise. It will happen, just a matter of time.
 

James Waldie (11)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 12:35 pm
The trouble is we are all little fish in a big pond.
Jim W
 

Manuel Duarte (1005)
Wednesday May 14, 2008, 9:15 am
Noted.Thanks Lorraine K.
 
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