Jim Hightower: HERE
Sales over science, profit over people, greed over need
The great American medicine show, a spectacle of deceit, manipulation, and flimflammeryButterflies waft across a beautiful field of spring flowers. A delightful young family bicycles joyously down a country lane. A couple on a park bench leans sensually into each other. A 40-something woman's face radiates with both perfect beauty and internal happiness. "All's right with the world," is the message... as long as you've taken your dosages of Lunesta, Celebrex, Cialis, and Botox.
Welcome to medicated America, where the fix for every problem--from incontinence to erectile dysfunction, stiff joints to mood swings, weight gain to wrinkles-- is just a prescription away. Thus the beautiful images, stirring music, attractive actors, and soothing words in the omnipresent, multibillion-dollar kaleidoscope of drug advertising by Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and other giants of Big Pharma--all pitching their particular brand-name nostrum directly at us hoi polloi (the industry spends a fourth of its income on ads and other promotions, nearly double its expenditures on research and development). The corporate come-ons typically conclude with a phrase that has achieved cliche status in America's vernacular: "Ask your doctor if 'Suprema Wundercure' is right for you."
This common antibiotic could kill you
Nearly everyone has taken azithromycin at some point -- and if you've been given a "Z-Pak" yourself, be glad you survived the experience! New research shows azithromycin and other antibiotics in its class can increase your risk of serious heart problems and even death from heart problems.
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The idea is to THINK here folks... That is your thought bomb for today!
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