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News With Views

by Dr. James Howenstine

March 6, 2005

Working stealthily BIG PHARMA has rapidly pushed Codex Alimentaris in Europe that will eliminate the free choice Americans now have to purchase vitamins, herbs, minerals, homeopathic remedies, aminoacids and nutritional supplements.

This elimination of all competition for the pharmaceutical industry will produce an enormous increase in the already exorbitant profits earned by the pharmaceutical firms. Of even greater significance the lack of free choice to stay well by taking effective nutritional substances will promptly be followed by a sharp increase in illnesses that will only be treated in the future with pharmaceutical drugs.

Heartland Institute

by Phyllis Schlafly

March 1, 2005

Big Brother is on the march. A plan to subject all children to mental health screening is underway, and the pharmaceutical firms are gearing up for bigger sales of psychotropic drugs.

"Mental health diagnoses are inherently subjective and social constructions ... Many thousands if not millions of children would receive stigmatizing diagnoses that would follow them..." Like most liberal, big-spending ideas, this one was slipped into the law under cover of soft semantics. Its genesis was the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFCMH), created by President George W. Bush in 2002.

Alliance for Human Research Protection

by Gardiner Harris

February 12, 2005

The tension surrounding a crucial federal drug advisory committee meeting, reached a boil when Senator Charles E. Grassley charged that federal drug regulators intended to suppress an important study.

The panel has been convened to discuss whether Celebrex and Bextra, heavily selling arthritis pills from Pfizer, hurt the heart and are worth their potential risks. But top officials of the Food and Drug Administration have forbidden Dr. David Graham, a drug-safety officer at the agency, to discuss before the panel a large study of that very question, said Dr. Gurkirpal Singh of Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Graham's co-author.

Stop The Drug War

February 11, 2005

Hard-core heroin users began lining up this week in Vancouver to participate in a pioneering study where researchers will provide them with free heroin.

The study, known as the North American Opiate Maintenance Project (NAOMI), won final approval Monday from Health Canada. Moving quickly, researchers this week began the process of selecting 158 participants, 88 who will receive free heroin and 70 -- the control group -- who will get methadone. The NAOMI project is slated to expand to Toronto and Montreal later this year. In all, some 450 heroin users will participate in the one-year pilot project. At the end of the study period, the doses of heroin will tail off. The study is designed to see whether heroin is more effective than methadone in getting users who have proven resistant to other therapies to quit using. While similar projects have taken place in Switzerland and the Netherlands, the NAOMI project marks the first attempt to provide heroin maintenance therapy to drug users in North America.

Consumer Affairs

February 8, 2005

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against 48 pharmaceutical companies alleging that for more than a decade, the drug makers fraudulently published inflated prices for prescription drugs -–

forcing government programs and Illinois Medicare consumers to overpay hundreds of millions in drug costs. At least 19 other states have brought similar actions against major drug companies, most recently Alabama, which sued 79 drug companies last week.

lewrockwell.com

by Rep. Ron Paul, Md

February 7, 2005

We've all heard the words democracy and freedom used countless times, especially in the context of our invasion of Iraq. They are used interchangeably in modern political discourse, yet their true meanings are very different.

George Orwell wrote about "meaningless words" that are endlessly repeated in the political arena.* Words like "freedom," "democracy," and "justice," Orwell explained, have been abused so long that their original meanings have been eviscerated. In Orwell's view, political words were "Often used in a consciously dishonest way." Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language. As a result, Americans have been conditioned to accept the word "democracy" as a synonym for freedom, and thus to believe that democracy is unquestionably good. The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system, but also by their writings in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere. James Madison cautioned that under a democratic government, "There is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual." John Adams argued that democracies merely grant revocable rights to citizens depending on the whims of the masses, while a republic exists to secure and protect pre-existing rights. Yet how many Americans know that the word "democracy" is found neither in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, our very founding documents?

Washington Post

by Elizabeth Williamson

February 1, 2005

NIH study: Risk-taking diminishes at age 25

A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25, a finding with implications for a host of policies, including the nation's driving laws.

The research has implications beyond driving: Attorneys cited brain development studies as the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether juvenile offenders should be eligible for the death penalty. The court is expected to reach a decision by midyear.

The Bay City Times (MI)

by Jeff Kart

January 21, 2005

Hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage have poured into the Saginaw River in recent weeks, and E. coli bacteria levels have been beyond what the state considers safe for public health.

But no public health advisories have been issued by the Bay County Health Department. Local officials say that's because it's winter, and they don't consider the dirty water to be a public health concern, since people aren't likely to be swimming in the river or coming into contact with the water.

PBS Now

January 21, 2005

In America one-in-six children born every year have been exposed to mercury levels so high that they are potentially at risk for learning disabilities and motor skill impairment and short-term memory loss.

In February 2004, a new analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that "about 630,000 children are born each year at risk for lowered intelligence and learning problems caused by exposure to high levels of mercury in the womb," nearly double the previous EPA estimate.

Fairfax Digital (AU)

January 18, 2005

Scientists have developed a simple eye test that can diagnose hyperactive children. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects up to 7percent of school-age children in Britain and the condition can prove hard to diagnose.

Researchers from Brunel University in west London have come up with a 10-minute test to identify children likely to need special attention because of ADHD. The Pavlidis test involves children looking at a spot of light on a computer screen and following it with their eyes as it moves in different patterns.

      
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