Big Pharma now "owns" and controls nearly all university medical research funding


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The pharmaceutical industry has been heavily scrutinized in the past for trying to buy and influence the favor of medical professionals like doctors. But now that flat-out bribery has gotten harder to pull off, the industry has found more insidious means of keeping their fingers in the pot: Funding medical research at the university level. Why spend all that time and effort trying to persuade an established healthcare provider, when they can just win the favor of young professionals to-be? Big Pharma’s influence on university medical research simply cannot be ignored — especially when they’re the ones funding most of it.

As The Daily Sheeple recently revealed, Big Pharma’s funding of university research has been on the rise for the last 30-some-odd years. Ever since the 1980’s, pharma has provided more funding for research than the NIH has given grants. Back in 2011, Big Pharma outspent the NIH on medical research funding by eight billion dollars.

Big Pharma secures its future by influencing the young

Funding medical school research efforts gives the pharma industry multiple opportunities to not only influence the outcome of said research, but to influence the attitudes of students as well. A study from 2011 has shown that the more interaction students have with Big Pharma, the more favorable their views of the industry are. As the researchers from Harvard wrote in their conclusion:

Undergraduate medical education provides substantial contact with pharmaceutical marketing, and the extent of such contact is associated with positive attitudes about marketing and skepticism about negative implications of these interactions.

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In other words, the more contact medical students have with Big Pharma, the more likely they are to view the industry in a positive light. And perhaps more importantly, the less likely they are to believe that the industry is corrupting them. This notion is corroborated by survey data, which showed some disturbing results.

Students overwhelmingly admitted that they believed research and materials provided by Big Pharma are likely biased. However, this belief did not prevent them from also saying that information provided by pharma reps was a “valuable part of their education.”

Gifts, funding and more buy support from students

Ironically, many students also feel it is appropriate for them to accept gifts from industry reps — yet many also say they won’t be influenced by pharma’s presence, even though their peers might. The cognitive dissonance is strong here, folks.

Research has shown that doctors who get gifts — even just a meal — from pharma reps tend to have different prescribing practices than those who do not. Do you think the same would apply to students? The team found they do view the industry more favorably when they have more contact with pharma hacks.

The Harvard team also found that over the years, medical students’ contact with the pharmaceutical industry has been on the rise. Two recent studies found that 100 percent of medical students had contact with a pharma representative on at least one occasion.

In 2008, AMSA (American Medical Student Association), collaborated with The Pew Charitable Trusts to come up with a “conflict of interest scorecard.” Less than 15 percent of schools got an A or B — which means the remaining ~85 percent of schools had a detectable level of conflict, thanks to Big Pharma.

In addition to maintaining a high level of interactions with students, Big Pharma is one of the primary sources of funding for medical research — how is that not a major public health issue? Big Pharma creates drugs for their own gain, and little more. Independent science is truly integral to actually protecting the health of the people, yet this kind of discreet corruption is happening at universities around the country.

Learn more about what’s real and what’s fraudulent at FakeScience.news.

Sources for this article include:

TheDailySheeple.com

NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov

HealthNutNews.com

ProPublica.org

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Federal Court Proves Gov’t Loyalty To Big Pharma, Rules CBD Has No Medical Value

The United States hemp industry was dealt a major blow on Monday after the federal U.S.  9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency to list cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, which is a non-psychoactive cannabis derivative, as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

The hemp industry brought a lawsuit against the government in 2016, when the DEA issued a “clarifying rule” that claimed CBD was an illicit drug, due to it being a byproduct of cannabis flowers. A report in the Denver Post explained:

Represented by Denver-based cannabis law firm Hoban Law Group, the Hemp Industries Association and other hemp businesses challenged the DEA’s rule and alleged the agency overstepped its bounds by essentially scheduling substances — notably cannabinoids — that were not classified as illicit in the Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, they argued, the hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD, or cannabinol, are protected under state laws and Farm Bill provisions.

The rule could be misinterpreted by other federal and local agencies, lead to unlawful product seizures and chill a booming multibillion-dollar hemp products industry, Hoban attorneys had said.

The DEA countered by claiming that they had simply provided clarification to existing law, stating that their move “makes no substantive change to the government’s control of any substance.”

Rather than acknowledge the distinct difference between industrial hemp, which contains virtually no psychoactive properties, and THC-laden marijuana that produce strong psychoactive effects, the DEA argued that CBD is made from the flowering parts of the cannabis plant, and cannabinoids “are found in the parts of the cannabis plant that fall within the … definition of marijuana, such as the flowering tops, resin, and leaves.”

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the DEA had the authority to clarify CBD as a “marijuana extract,” but CBD producers vowed to appeal the decision.

We will be appealing, and we will be funding that appeal,” said Michael Brubeck, CEO of Centuria Natural Foods and a plaintiff in the case. Centuria was joined in its challenge by the Hemp Industries Association.

In the decision, the three-judge panel said the plaintiffs had failed to take the opportunity to comment during the DEA’s rule-making process, thus nullifying the majority of their challenge to the classification.

Additionally, the court said the rule was not in violation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), which contained industrial hemp provisions that defined hemp as cannabis sativa L. plants with less than 0.3 percent concentration of psychoactive THC.

“The Agricultural Act contemplates potential conflict between the Controlled Substances Act and pre-empts it,”the judges wrote.

Attorney Bob Hoban, in a statement on Wednesday, said his clients are weighing whether to request a rehearing due to concerns about the safety and security of those who make and sell hemp extracts, including CBD.

“Though we appreciate the court’s finding in favor of the legitimacy of the Farm Bill’s hemp amendment, we are still disappointed with the court’s findings that the final rule does not interfere with lawful, hemp-related business activities, as even 29 members of Congress confirmed in their Amicus Brief to the Court,” Hoban wrote. “Given the pervasive confusion and irreconcilable conflicts of the law that have led to product seizures, arrests and criminal charges against those involved in the lawful hemp industry, the petitioners believe that the final rule must be invalidated, absent the court clarifying and further resolving these conflicts and their severe consequences.”

Interestingly, an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in mid-April approved the first pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD) medicine to treat severe epilepsy. In a unanimous decision, the committee voted to recommend GW Pharmaceuticals drug Epidiolex for approval.

There is a clear movement afoot to take a natural product like CBD oil and turn it into an FDA approved drug—something that clearly has the potential to limit the access people have to a natural medicine. Motherboard reported last year on the drug industry lobbying for legislation that would outlaw CBD oil by classifying it as a drug.

The report also noted that “corporate lobbyists in more than 20 states are currently pushing to make sure the pharmaceutical industry has the only legal supply of CBD.” Thus, it appears the Big Pharma takeover of CBD is well underway.

Last month Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would also remove the product from the federal government’s schedule of controlled substances while authorizing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden and Rand Paul.

Forward-thinking lawmakers in cannabis-friendly Colorado have already passed a bill to regulate hemp products, including CBD, like food products. The bill currently awaits the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper.

via:

thefreethoughtproject

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“Medical Kidnapping” – The Tragic Death of Baby Alfie Highlights The Growth of Medical Tyranny



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Below is a post sent to me by Brian Shilhavy, Editor, Health Impact News, I am posting it here with permission.  

The tragic medical kidnapping story of Alfie Evans and his resulting death in the U.K. has been widely published in both the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media as well as in the alternative media.

As a leading publisher of medical kidnapping stories, we have received numerous emails asking us why we have not covered this story.

The reasons we have not previously covered this story are:

1. The story is already well-published, and we have nothing to add to what has already been published. We get numerous requests every day to help people with similar tragic stories right here in the U.S., more than we can possibly address, and most of which are never published in the corporate-sponsored media. Should we take away our time and resources helping these families here in the U.S. to cover this story in the U.K.??

2. While this story is being spun as a tragic rare event that only happens outside the U.S. in places like the U.K., the fact is that this story is being repeated every single day right here in the U.S.

So it begs the question: why are similar stories happening right here in the U.S. not getting the same kind of media coverage?

Medical Kidnapping Every Day in the U.S.

The primary issue raised by the British Baby Alfie story is not a political one regarding the merits or dangers (depending on your political point of view) of socialized medicine, but one of medical tyranny and freedom of choice – the freedom for individuals and families to make their own medical decisions.

The tyrannical view that the State and medical authorities are the best ones to make these decisions is a problem well-documented right here in the United States. Dare to disagree with a doctor’s medical diagnosis of your child, or simply request a second medical opinion, and you risk losing custody of your child today in the U.S.

Here are two articles right here in the U.S. that we recently covered, where the State took over custody of a sick child, against the will of the child’s parents and family, and the child died:


The Articles:

Medically Kidnapped Baby Scheduled for Execution TODAY!

Formerly Healthy Girl with Rare Genetic Disorder Dies After Being Medically Kidnapped in Georgia


Where is the public outrage for these American families who suffered the same thing that the parents of Baby Alfie suffered?

Medical Kidnapping: A Threat to Everyone in the United States

Since launching MedicalKidnap.com in late 2014, we have published numerous stories where parents lost custody of their child or children, simply because a medical professional deemed them unworthy parents.

Medical kidnapping is defined as the State taking away children from their parents and putting them into State custody and the foster care system, simply because the parents did not agree with a doctor regarding their prescribed medical treatment for the family.

In some cases it is as simple as telling a doctor you are going to seek a second opinion on a suggested medical procedure, and then you end up being charged with “medical abuse” and losing your children.

Medical kidnapping is part of the larger problem of State-sponsored child kidnapping.

State-sponsored kidnapping is where the State steps in and decides that they know what is best for a child or group of children within a family, and then removes the children without any formal charges being brought against the parents. The parents lose their children immediately, often without any warrant being issued by a judge.

They are assumed guilty by social services of something worthy of losing their children, usually with no formal charges filed in a court of law and no trial by a jury of peers as is afforded by the Constitution of the United States of America.

They must spend significant resources to try and get their children back from a family court system that is cloaked in secrecy with little to no accountability.

Sometimes the parents are able to get their children back, but sometimes they do not, and the children are adopted out. Even in the instances where the children are allowed to return home to their parents, they are severely traumatized.

To read more of an overview of this problem as it exists in the U.S. today, see:

Medical Kidnapping: A Threat to Every Family in America Today

Why is Medical Kidnapping Allowed in the U.S.?

That families lose their children every day due to medical kidnapping or state-sponsored kidnapping is a fact that cannot be denied, even though a majority of the American public may still be largely unaware of this problem.

So let’s look at some of the reasons why this problem exists.

Children are Needed for New Drug Trials

The U.S. federal government has mandated drug research with children. The need for children to participate in drug company research is high, and the temptation to overstep parental rights to force children to participate is great. Researchers publicly admit to using money and other rewards to obtain participation of children in their drug trials.

Organizations that advocate for the rights of parents to make decisions regarding their children’s healthcare are finding that foster children in CPS custody are being enrolled in drug experiments without parental approval. State Child Protective Services are enrolling children in drug experiments without parental approval or court orders.

Using drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA cannot happen without parental approval, and insurance companies will not cover the treatments. But when a child is removed from their home and put into state custody via foster care, parental approval is no longer needed, and the child’s medical needs can be billed to Medicaid.

Many of the medical kidnapping stories we have covered involve children with rare medical conditions, which would be coveted by medical researchers developing new drugs.

In a letter written by Sharon Schuldt to the House committee that examined clinical drug testing on foster children, she gave us a serious warning. She wrote:

There was horrific disregard for humanity that took place in World War II Germany, some of which started out being directed toward the weak and vulnerable, in orphanages and hospitals, but then was directed to millions who lost their lives in the concentration camps.

A society does not just lose their regard for human life overnight. It is a step at a time downward, and soon that society slips further and faster downward.

Many vowed, ‘Never Again.’

We in the U.S. cannot and should not be allowing access to our children for medical research. There is no argument that justifies it!

To read more on this topic, see:

Medical Kidnapping in the U.S. – Kidnapping Children for Drug Trials

Covering up Medical Malpractice by Blaming the Parents: Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy Psychiatric Diagnosis

Over the years there has been a growing epidemic of parents claiming to have been falsely accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP). Many of these parents state that they were only accused of suffering from the condition after they reported that they believed that their child had suffered a vaccine injury.

MSBP is a diagnosis given to a parent or caregiver to describe certain aspects of their behaviour. This behaviour usually includes subjecting what appears to be a previously healthy child to unnecessary painful tests or medical interventions, such as scans, x-rays, and surgical procedures, to gain the attention of the medical profession. In DSM-5, the diagnostic manual published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, this disorder has been renamed to Factitious disorder. This “disorder” is routinely used by Child Protection Services to take custody of children away from their parents.

Dr. Helen Hayward-Brown is a medical anthropologist/sociologist who completed her doctorate on false and highly questionable accusations of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships with the Social Justice and Social Change Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, in addition to her teaching and advocacy work.

In a 2015 interview with Tammi Stefano of The National Safe Child show, Dr. Hayward-Brown stated:

I did my doctoral research in relation to false allegations of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. That’s an allegation which is made – it’s a label that is given to mothers who allegedly are harming their children in the medical context in order to get attention, and very often this label is assigned to parents where children have an undiagnosed illness or there’s medical controversy over the particular illness the child may actually have, and in some cases there are what I call “bad faith allegations” where the allegations are made to protect medical practitioners against medical negligence claims.

What actually happens in many of these cases, in about 70%, the mothers pick up that there’s been some kind of medical error. Sometimes they’ve made a complaint, sometimes they’ve actually started legal proceedings, but as soon as that happens, very often the parents find that that’s what they’re labeled in and that discredits the mother.

It also means that if the child is removed from the family then the family can’t get a second opinion with what’s going on with the child’s health.

Very often [with] doctors who are making this type of allegation… there is a certain arrogance involved, because their belief is, “if I don’t know what’s wrong with this child then there’s nothing wrong with the child” and of course that ignores the fact that that particular doctor may not know everything. Just because he doesn’t know what’s wrong with the child doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong with the child.

And then of course you have the issue where a lot of mothers are very well educated these days… they’re very motivated to understand what’s going on with their child. In some cases I know that there are very intelligent mothers who often know almost more than the medical practitioners about a particular disease or illness that a child has. (Full Interview here.)

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy – A False Diagnosis to Blame Parents for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths?

World Renowned Medical Anthropologist Compares Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Labeling to Witch Hunts

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Label Destroys Families – Covers Up Vaccine Injuries

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy – The Psychiatric Diagnosis Used Against Parents to Remove Children from Their Home

The New “Child Abuse Specialist” Pediatrician: Looking for Abuse Where None Exists

 I do not think that you can get a fair child abuse trial before a jury anywhere in the country… I do not care how sophisticated or law smart jurors are, when they hear that a child has been abused, a piece of their mind closes up, and this goes for the judge, the jurors, and all of us. …we do not care whether it is the right individual or not.

Somebody should be punished for this heinous crime. –Abner Mivka, Former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals/District of Columbia Circuit

Judge Mikva’s assertion, that child abuse might affect jury verdicts, is used to illustrate “generic prejudice.”

But it’s not just judges and juries that are prejudiced. Child abuse pediatricians, doctors, their institutions, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the entire system of Child Protective Services (CPS), and law enforcement are all too often guilty of generic prejudice as well. As thousands of innocent families increasingly become subject to heinous accusations of child abuse by pediatricians and doctors, the tragedy of false accusations and convictions is increasing.

However, the medical and child protection system’s lack of impartiality is just the tip of the iceberg. More shocking are the many ways in which the medical profession and its child abuse pediatric specialists hide stereotyping, arrogance, abuse of authority, and twisted “science” when they claim to “diagnose” child abuse – which is, in fact, a legal allegation, not truly a medical diagnosis.

With agonizing slowness, as families’ stories are told, some are finally beginning to look more closely and question the assumptions on which child abuse pediatrics are based.

For more information on Child Abuse Specialists, see:

Are New Pediatric “Child Abuse Specialists” Causing an Increase in Medical Kidnappings?

Child Abuse Pediatricians: An “Ethically Bankrupt” Profession that Destroys Families

Kidnapping Children for Sex: The Pedophilia Problem in America Few Want to Discuss

One of the biggest reasons children are seized from their families and put into foster care is related to not just medical kidnapping, but state-sponsored kidnapping in general, and it involves funneling children into known pedophile trafficking rings right here in the U.S.

In a 2015 interview with filmmaker Sean Stone, Tammi Stefano of the National Safe Child group stated that she discovered, and the Los Angeles Times confirmed, that 1000 “convicted sex offenders” had been given a “green light” by CPS to become “approved foster parents” just in Los Angeles County.

In 2017, Health Impact News reported the story of how a 2-year-old girl in Arizona was removed from her family and put into a foster home where she was repeatedly raped and sexually trafficked.

We were only able to report on this story because a district attorney brought charges against the foster parent who was arrested. The state-approved foster home was located in the military town of Sierra Vista, Arizona, the home of Fort Huachuca.

David Frodsham, a former commander with the Department of Defense in Afghanistan who was discharged from duty due to “sexual harassment” behavior and an assessment by the military that he had an unalterable personality disorder, somehow was approved by the state of Arizona to be a foster parent.

Since his arrest, another one of his foster children has turned 18 and is now suing him for $15 million for running a pedophile ring out of his foster home.

Surprised that these kinds of heinous crimes are happening here in the United States? Our sources tell us that this is the tip of the iceberg on this problem, but unless it makes its way into the legal system, we cannot publish it.

For more information on this topic, see:

Arizona Child Removed from Loving Family and Placed into Foster Care Where She was Repeatedly Raped – then 80% of Body Burned

Arizona Foster Care System Revealed as Pedophile Ring: Former Foster Child Tortured for Years Sues for $15 Million

Child Sex Trafficking through Child “Protection” Services Exposed – Kidnapping Children for Sex

Follow the Money: Child Trafficking Through Foster Care and Adoption Services is BIG BUSINESS

Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoption are a huge business – to the tune of billions of dollars.

Many allege that federal funding is the root of the problem with state-sponsored kidnappings, and that the real incentive is perpetuating a lucrative business employing hundreds of thousands of people, not protecting children. States need to make certain quotas of children put into the system to tap into massive amounts of funding.

The 1974 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), or the “Mondale Act,” is the federal law that birthed Child Protective Services (CPS) as we know it today. This law created a new lucrative revenue for the states via federal funds to remove children from their homes based on “child abuse,” and place them in foster care. CAPTA mandated abuse-reporting by certain professions and at the same time gave them complete immunity from criminal prosecution or civil liability, even if their allegations were completely erroneous.

After the bill passed, Mondale himself expressed concerns that it could be misused. He worried that it could lead states to create a “business” in dealing with children.

Then, in 1997, President Clinton passed the “Adoption and Safe Families Act.” The public relations campaign promoted it as a way to help abused and neglected children who languished in foster care for years, often being shuffled among dozens of foster homes, never having a real home and family.

In a press release from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services dated November 24, 1999, it refers to “President Clinton’s initiative to double by 2002 the number of children in foster care who are adopted or otherwise permanently placed.”

Seventy-five percent or more of children being removed from their homes is due to “neglect.” But are children really being neglected, or is it the “opinions” of social workers that these children were being deprived intentionally of necessities of “adequate” food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision, when in fact, the family was just poor?

The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR), writes in Who is in “The System” – and Why:

Out of every 100 children investigated as possible victims of abuse, three are ‘substantiated’ victims of all forms of physical abuse, from the most minor to the most severe, about two more are victims of sexual abuse. Many of the rest are false allegations or cases in which a family’s poverty has been confused with neglect.

The current “Child Protection Services” is not primarily about rescuing children from homes where they are being abused, but it is about deciding, according to their own standards, who is a good parent and who is not, and receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to traffick children.

For more information on this subject, see:

The U.S. Foster Care System: Modern Day Slavery and Child Trafficking

Child Kidnapping and Trafficking: A Lucrative U.S. Business Funded by Taxpayers

From Child Protection to State-sponsored Child Kidnapping: How Did we Get Here?

The Current “Child Protection” Child Trafficking System is Beyond Reform

Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer may have known more about state-sponsored kidnappings than any other politician in the United States before she was murdered in March of 2010.

Her published report, The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services, was the basis for many lectures and interviews she gave on the topic. She claims the report caused her to lose her Senate seat in the Georgia State Senate, but she stated:

However, there are causes worth losing over.

This cause was so big, however, that there are some who believe she lost more than just her job. They believe she lost her very life. She believed the system was too corrupt to be reformed. See:

Senator Nancy Schaefer: Did her Fight Against CPS Child Kidnapping Cause her Murder?

Molly McGrath Tierney, the former Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, gave one of the most insightful TEDx talks about the problems with the “Foster Care Industry” – an industry where children become a commodity that profits doctors, lawyers, judges, social workers, advocates, and other organizations, an industry that can only exist by taking other people’s children, an industry that damages the very children it purports to be helping. She goes on to explain the trauma inflicted on children by the foster care industry, saying:

… we’re digging a wound so deep, I don’t believe we have a way of measuring it. This dismantling of families – it has enormous consequences.

Kids that grow up outside of families – they don’t master the things that can only be learned in that context, like who to trust, how to love, and how to take care of yourself, and that frankly does more damage than the abuse and neglect that brought the kid to my attention in the first place.

The removal of children from their homes with no charges brought against the parents, and against the wishes of the children, is almost always unconstitutional. And yet, once those children are removed and put into the system, it can take months or even years for the parents to get them back, even if they prove their innocence, while the state collects massive funds while they are in custody.

For more information on this topic, see:

Does the State Ever Have a “Right” to Remove Children from a Home?

It’s Not Just Children: More Seniors than Children are Being Medically Kidnapped in the U.S.

Medical tyranny in the U.S. is not limited to children.

There are currently over 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, but there are 1.3 million adults in the U.S. confined in medical facilities against their will, who are appointed guardians by the State who oversee over $50 BILLION of assets of our nation’s seniors.

I don’t have the staff nor budget to cover all these stories, but we have published a few. See:

Adults Medically Kidnapped: 3X More than Children in Foster Care – $50 BILLION in Assets Seized

Conclusion: Families are Losing Their Children to a Corrupt System Here in the U.S. – We Don’t Need to Look at the U.K. to Understand This Problem

I am very glad that the public and the media were outraged over the injustice of Baby Alfie in the U.K., so much so that there were demonstrations in the streets protesting medical tyranny and standing up for parental rights.

But why is that not happening right here in the United States, where the problem is probably much worse?

America’s children are being kidnapped by the state every single day. They are being used for drug trials, they are being put into pedophilia sex trafficking rings, they are dying at the hands of medical authorities, and American taxpayers are paying BILLIONS of dollars to employ hundreds of thousands of government employees, from social workers, to psychologists and medical doctors, to attorneys and family court judges and workers who profit from this child trafficking system, and allowing it to continue.

What is it going to take to get the American public out into the streets to protest this gross injustice against our children?

 


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Big Pharma pays universities for most medical research in the U.S.

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In the past, collaboration between scientists in academia and pharmaceutical companies was relatively uncommon. However, lately there has been a growing interest in developing financial partnerships between these two sectors. The drug industry’s funding patterns for academic research has shifted from handpicked projects on investigation of the biology of disease to large integrated programs, with an emphasis on the development of therapeutic drugs and vaccines. In the last few years, pharmaceutical companies have also formed “science hubs” in bigger academic institutions to promote biomedical innovation.1

Some of these partnerships include GlaxoSmithKline at Harvard University, Pfizer at University of California, and AstraZeneca at University of Washington, etc.1 In fact, with the increasing financial ties between academia and the pharmaceutical industry, many drug companies have formed specialized divisions that are solely responsible for seeking research and development relationships with academic institutions.2

Universities Rely on Industry Money for Medical Research

Universities and other academic institutions are relying more on funding from the pharmaceutical industry.3 The driving force of this reliance stems from the need for large amounts of funding that may not be available from government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).3 A report in the British Medical Journal reveals:

An estimated 60% of biomedical research and development in the United States is now privately funded, and two thirds of academic institutions have equity ties with outside sponsors.4

That means that over half of medical research conducted at universities is done with funding that comes from the pharmaceutical industry.

Authors of a review published in Mens Sana Monograph explain:

This need for large funds is, moreover, coupled with the desire to acquire it without making a dent in one’s own pockets. The easiest way that can happen is getting an interested party to fund it, which has a big stake in the success of the entire venture. Hence, the pharmaceutical industry becomes a willing partner in the whole enterprise.3

Since the mid 1980s, medical research funding by pharmaceutical companies has surpassed the amount of grants awarded by the NIH.5 In 2011, the pharmaceutical industry spent $39 billion on research in the United States while the NIH spent $31 billion.5 An article in The Washington Post explains why pharmaceutical funding for medical research is a problem:

The billions that the drug companies invest in such experiments help fund the world’s quest for cures. But their aim is not just public health. That money is also part of a high-risk quest for profits, and over the past decade corporate interference has repeatedly muddled the nation’s drug science, sometimes with potentially lethal consequences.5

Academia-Pharma Ties Raise Conflict of Interest Questions

It is no secret that relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies has involved significant financial entanglement, consequently opening a debate on conflict of interest issues.4 Financial incentives provided by drug companies have influenced doctors to engage in inappropriate prescribing habits to promote the purchase and use of the sponsoring company’s drug, thus questioning the credibility of both parties involved.4

This same type of cozy relationship is now becoming prominent between academics and pharmaceutical companies. While financial relationships between doctors and drug companies has come under significant scrutiny, less attention is being paid to financial relationships between academics and the drug industry.4

There is enough evidence to document conflict of interest issues between academics in leadership positions and the drug industry. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals:

Almost every major U.S.- based pharmaceutical company in 2012-and nearly 40 percent worldwide-had at least one board member in a leadership position from a U.S. academic medical center, raising potentially problematic conflict-of-interest questions. The board members were compensated an average of $312,564 by the pharmaceutical companies, while concurrently holding clinical or administrative leadership positions at academic medical centers.6

The study’s senior author, Welld Gallad, MD, MPH points out:

[P]harmaceutical industry board membership by academic medical center leaders could lead to a different kind of potential conflict of interest, since academic leaders wield considerably more influence over research, clinical and educational missions than ordinary physicians or staff who may be targeted for gifts by pharmaceutical representatives.6

Dr. Gallad adds:

The public will have to decide whether these non-profit, and in many cases publicly funded, academic institutions can manage these potential conflicts with internal policies, or whether additional regulation is needed.6

Implications for Vaccine Related Research

A significant amount of vaccine related research is now being conducted at American academic institutions. Many universities now have their own vaccine research centers, with pharmaceutical companies funding many of the studies. Professors and other academic scientists who conduct these studies often also have personal financial relationships with vaccine manufacturers. This conflict of interest may or may not be revealed in the study’s original publication, depending upon the medical journal in which the study is published.

Concerns have been voiced about the pharmaceutical industry’s lack of transparency with regard to the development and side effects of FDA licensed drugs and vaccines and financial relationships with the medical profession, which promotes the use of those drugs and vaccines. It is logical to ask whether the public can trust the conclusions of vaccine research conducted by academic institutions heavily funded by vaccine manufacturers, which may incentivize researchers to steer research toward conclusions that suit the financial interests of those companies.

References

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2 Birnbaum M. Pharma and Academia: What We Have Here Is A Failure to Communicate. Cell Metabolism 2016; 24: 365-367.

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4 Moynihan R. Who pays for the pizza? Redefining the relationships between doctors and drug companies. 1: Entanglement. British Medical Journal 2003; 326.

5 Whoriskey P. As Drug Industry’s Influence Over Research Grows, So Does the Potential for Bias. The Washington Post Nov. 24, 2012.

6 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Ties Between Big Pharma and Leaders of Academic Medical Centers Raise Conflict-of-Interest Questions. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Apr. 1, 2014.

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Hair Loss in Women: Medical Reasons and More



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Male pattern baldness is not uncommon and can leave men feeling unattractive. But when women experience hair loss, the emotional impact can be devastating.

Hair is our crown and glory. It exudes attractiveness and is also attributed to health. A healthy, shining mane can also identify youth and beauty. However, just as skin changes during the passage of time, so does hair. The luster, color, texture, and diameter will transition and progressively deplete. Consequently, women will flock to salons and beauty product retailers for the quick cure. But when there seems no cure for the women whose hair continues to fall out, where can she turn for answers? Understanding what causes hair loss is the first step to finding a solution.

How Hair Grows

Everyone is born with hair follicles in place. These follicles produce hair. Healthy hair grows on the average of about 1/2 inch per month. The hair cycle, divided in three stages – anagen, catagen and telogen – affect the follicles.

In the first stage, also referred to as the growing phase (anagen), the follicle produces healthy hair. Hair can remain growing up to 6 years – depending on hair type, heredity, nutrition, gender, and age.

The second stage of the hair cycle is called the transition stage (catagen). During this stage the follicle stops growing hair and starts to deplete and is destroyed. This phase will last one to two weeks.

The third stage is the “resting” stage (telogen) and lasts about two to six months, depending on the factors mentioned above. When this phase ends the anagen stage starts again; a new hair shaft begins to form and grow alongside the old hair – forcing it to fall out. Fortunately, telogen only occurs on 10% to 15% of the human scalp at any one time. This explains daily hair shedding of about 100 strands a day while the entire head continues to have a full head of hair.

Hair Loss Defined

Hair loss occurs when the scalp starts to become visible, looks patchy, or the diameter of the hair looks thinner. Patchy bald spots are called alopecia. A good way to check to for hair loss is to observe the number the strands left in your sink after grooming your tresses. If the strands have increased significantly, or show more than about 100 strands with the hair bulb intact, there may be cause for alarm. Also, part the hair in several areas of the scalp to check for wider parts. The earlier this is detected the better the chances for corrective treatment.

Causes of Hair loss

There are many factors that affect hair loss in women. Trichologists believe that 1/3 of woman experience balding due to a heredity condition called androgenetic alopecia.

Androgenetic Alopecia is usually referred to as male/female pattern baldness. In men total balding from the front to the crown area may occur; in women the hairline usually stays intact and balding occurs on the side or crown area of the head. At any rate, the effects may be frustrating.

The excessive use of certain hair products such as permanent hair dyes, perms, as well as other types of hair products has been found to also cause damage to the hair. These products will gradually cause damage to the delicate hair follicles, leading to thinning hair. The timing is also important. If the hair was recently permed, do not use hair color immediately.

By the same token, certain hairstyles such as ponytails, cornrows, and pig tails can also cause hair breakage and even scar the scalp, especially when done on a daily basis. Other factors that cause hair loss in women are as follows :

  • Scarring of the Follicles. Inflammation can damage and scar the follicles. This condition is medically referred to as cicatricial alopecia. When the follicles become damaged it cannot produce hair and hair loss is permanent. Patrons with lupus often have signs of follicle inflammation – albeit trichologists continue to research what causes the inflammation.
  • Alopecia Areata. This condition causes a sudden loss of hair in patches on healthy individuals. Stress is the only culprit proven to cause alopecia areata. This condition is temporary and hair usually grows back in a few months.
  • Trichotillomania (hair-pulling). Individuals with this disorder habitually or compulsively pull out their hair. The cause is attributed to psychological factors but the reason is unknown.
  • Hormonal Changes. When hormonal levels in the body change, temporary hair loss may occur. For instance, after giving birth, most women will notice a significant amount of hair falling out. Aging women also experience a shift in their hormones and experience hair loss. Partnering with their doctors can help them incorporate the right supplements in their diets to treat the problem.

Treatments for Hair loss

There are many reasons why women lose their hair; hence there are many options for treating hair loss. The cosmetologist can suggest cosmetic options, such as wigs, weaves, and extensions. There are also products that fill in the balding area with keratin fibers– a hairlike substance that also acts as treatment for the hair area.

Topical treatments such as Minoxidil may be prescribed by physicians. More than half percent of women reported satisfactory results after using this treatment.

Finally, surgical options are available when all else fails. Hair transplants, hair plugs, and even scalp reduction surgeries are among them – ranging from $5000 to $20000.

Hair loss in women can be disappointing and frustrating. For this reason individuals will go to great lengths to reverse this condition. Fortunately, there are many opportunities available for beautifying the tresses again. Many women who experience hair loss are finding great solutions that work for them – and that can be very comforting to know.


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One-third of American households can’t afford food, shelter or medical care

Nearly half of Americans have a tough time paying their bills, and over one-third have faced hardships such as running out of food, not being able to afford a place to live, or not having enough money to pay for medical treatment.

Those are some of the grim findings from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first-ever survey of financial well-being, released Tuesday.

The numbers parallel MarketWatch’s own State of the American Wallet dashboard, which tracks how Americans are faring financially with data that updates in real time.

The State of the American Wallet shows how Americans are saddled with mounting car loan and credit card debt and not saving enough money — even enough to cover emergency expenses. Meanwhile, people in the top 1% control a growing share of the nation’s wealth.

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After criminalizing the Bible and medical choice, California is now trying to outlaw home schooling


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If democrats had their way, every single young person in the country would have no choice but to go through the public education system, during which time they would all be indoctrinated with left wing, anti-conservative propaganda. They strongly believe in the idea that the state – not parents, but the state – should have more of a say in the upbringing of children. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the liberal state of California actually tried to pass a bill that could have done away with home schooling forever.

Initially scheduled to be heard on April 25 but ultimately pulled from the Education Committee’s agenda, AB 2926 stated: “This bill would require the Superintendent to establish a broadly representative and diverse advisory committee to advise the Superintendent and the State Board of Education on all appropriate matters relative to home schools, which the bill would define.”

Additionally, the bill states that, starting on or before July of 2020, the advisory committee would be required to made recommendations regarding the appropriateness and feasibility of proposed requirements on home schools, and would also require the Superintendent and state board to make recommendations to the Legislature and Governor regarding additional requirements on home schooling.

AB 2926 goes on to explain exactly what is meant by the term “additional requirements,” stating that they “shall include, but are not limited to, both of the following: minimum qualifications for home school instructors and additional content or curriculum standards.”

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It’s not exactly known what the bill means when it calls for “minimum qualifications for home school instructors,” but in the far-left state of California, one can only imagine. Will parents be forced to teach their children common core math? Will they be forced to teach their children that there are 64 genders instead of just two? Will they have no choice but to tell their kids that man is the sole contributor to global warming? The possibilities as to what is meant by “additional content or curriculum standards” are endless.

The truth is that in the state of California, individual liberty is quickly becoming nonexistent, and in more ways than one. Back in 2015, California’s legislature passed SB 277, which ultimately threatened to eliminate the freedom of parents to decide against vaccinating their children for personal or philosophical reasons.

At the time, Governor Jerry Brown’s office issued the following statement regarding the passage of SB 277 through California’s legislature: “The governor believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit, and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered. (Related: The state of California is now worried about coffee and browned foods as a new law requires cancer warnings based on “murky” science.)

But it’s not just the freedom to home school and the freedom to reject vaccinations for your children that’s under attack in socialist California; it’s also the freedom to practice religion. Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an “unlawful business practice” to participate in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertises or engages in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” This would mean that AB 2943 would threaten the sale of the Bible, considering the fact that the Bible condemns homosexuality and defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

For those who don’t live on the west coast, California should serve as a stark reminder of what happens when the government is allowed to grow in both size and scope without any limitations whatsoever. The late Ronald Reagan said it best: As government expands, liberty contracts.” Read Collapsifornia.com for more news coverage on the failed, collapsing socialist state of California.

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Patient in medical mask stopped under burqa ban in Austria

Doctors told the man, identified only by his first name, Valentin, to wear his mask at all times to protect his weakened immune system, the Austria Press Agency (APA) reported. Valentin said he was stopped on April 17.

“The first thing they asked me was whether I spoke German or whether I was foreign,” he told the Vice News Austrian website, as cited by AFP. “When I explained that I was from Vienna, things calmed down a bit. But then they went after my face mask.”

During a “pretty grueling procedure,” the man was forced to show the police his medication and blood test results on his mobile phone. He was warned that next time he would need a doctor’s certificate or would face an €80 (US$98) fine.

Valentin said he told his doctor about the incident involving the medical mask. “He just laughed and said it would be obvious to anyone why I was wearing it,” he said. Valentin added: “The whole thing was quite a stressful experience, but in the end, they believed me.”

Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer confirmed to APA that the man was stopped last week.

“Covering your face for medical reasons is an exception, and in such cases law enforcement officials must be given credible proof that the surgical mask is being worn for medical reasons,” Maierhofer said.

“This could be done with a certificate, but also by other means. Police can decide on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the matter was sorted out after a short discussion,” he added.

Austria joined France and Belgium in banning the burqa last year. The controversial ban on the wearing of Islamic face veils in public places came into effect in October, with other forms of face covering also prohibited. The measure received the go-ahead from both ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party (the SPO) and center-right Austrian People’s Party (the OVP). Under the controversial law, Muslim women found wearing a burqa and face veil could be subject to a €150 (US$177) on-the-spot fine.

The law is supposed to exempt people who cover their faces for medical or safety reasons, including hazardous weather conditions such as smog. Participants of street carnivals and other “artistic, cultural or traditional events” are also exempt, along with athletes requiring face-covering gear.

Critics said the law, which was only expected to impact the 150 Austrian Muslim women that wear burqas, in other words, around 0.002 percent of the entire population, proved to be a complete failure.

“If this law was intended as a contribution in the fight against conservative Islam, I can only say: ‘That didn’t work out well,’” police commander Hermann Greylinger, who reportedly considers the law to be “crap,”told the Austrian Profil magazine.

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Software-powered medical diagnosis already more reliable than "subjective" diagnoses from human doctors


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British researchers have developed a new imaging technology for analyzing tumor biopsies. Furthermore, they claim their Digistain technology enjoys greater reliability compared to subjective diagnoses by human health professionals, according to an article in ScienceDaily.

The Imperial College London (Imperial) research team promised that their new method can reduce the subjectivity and variability often encountered when grading the current stage of a cancer. They published their findings in the journal Convergent Science Physical Oncology.

The biopsy procedure has been used to diagnose cancers for more than a century. In a biopsy, a sample of the tumor is taken, cut into thin slices, and stained with vegetable dyes.

Specialists view this H+E stained sample with a microscope; they’re meant to judge the severity of the cancer through visual observation.

This “grading” process serves as the primary basis for doctors to decide on critical treatments that could upend the lives of patients and their families. However, health practitioners who study the same slice arrived at the same analysis only around 70 percent of the time.

These conflicting subjective observations could result in over-treatment of patients. (Related: Another study finds Vitamin D reduces risk of cancer – by 20% or more.)

Digistain eliminates subjective human judgment from cancer diagnosis

In order to reduce subjectivity during tumor biopsies, the Imperial team developed Digistain index technology. It uses mid-infrared light to map out the biological markers for cancer in the tissue slice.

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The most important biomarker is the nuclear-to-cytoplasmic ratio (NC ratio). It can be found in many types of cancer.

“Our machine gives a quantitative Digistain index (DI) score, corresponding to the NCR, and this study shows that it is an extremely reliable indicator of the degree of progression of the disease,” asserted Chris Phillips, the study’s lead author and a professor at Imperial’s Department of Physics.

According to Phillips, Digistain relies on physical measurements instead of human judgment. This eliminates the element of chance in diagnosing the severity of cancer.

To test out their new technology, Imperial researchers performed a clinical pilot trial. They acquired two adjacent slices from 75 breast cancer biopsies as experimental samples.

Participating health professionals used the standard H+E stain protocol to analyze the first slice of the tumors. They also identified the tumorous section of the slice, which is called the “region of interest” (RoI).

The Digistain imager was used on the other, unstained slice. The resulting DI value was averaged over the RoI from the first slice. Subsequently, the results underwent statistical analysis.

“Even with this modest number of samples, the correlation we saw between the DI score and the H+E grade would only happen by chance 1 time in 1400 trials. The strength of this correlation makes us extremely optimistic that Digistain will be able to eliminate subjectivity and variability in biopsy grading,” reported Phillips.

Digistain will one day be able to diagnose any cancer

The NC ratio factor stems from the disruption of the reproductive cell cycle, when the nuclei of the cells are compromised by errant DNA. This origin makes it a common biomarker for numerous cancers, which is why Digistain specifically targeted it.

The Imperial researchers believed that Digistain can be applied to the diagnosis of any cancer. They also claimed that their imaging technology is affordable, easy to integrate into hospital laboratories, and simple enough for use by non-specialist staff.

“It’s easy to prove its worth by checking it with the thousands of existing biopsy specimens that are already held in hospital archives. Together these facts will smooth the path into the clinic, and it could be saving lives in only a couple of years,” Phillips said.

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Colonoscopy: Another Medical Scam That Does Not Prevent Cancer But Can Cause Death

The procedure known as colonoscopies as a prophylactic for colon cancer is a multimillion dollar industry. Every year, over 14 million perfectly healthy individuals age 50 and up, submit themselves to this invasive procedure hoping to detect  colorectal cancer. But is it really effective?

It’s a Painful and Dangerous Procedure

It’s actually far more dangerous—and potentially deadly—than they’d like to admit. According The Annals Of Internal Medicine’s report on colonoscopies, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) will be injured or killed by a complication related to this procedure. This figure is 22% higher than the annual deaths from colorectal cancer itself – the very disease the device was designed to prevent.

According to the Telemark Polyp Study I, colonoscopies actually increase mortality by 57% . For every person saved by a colonoscopy, 56 people suffer serious injury. A person can live for decades with colon cancer, but if the doctor punctures a hole in your intestine, you can die in a hurry.

It is very possible, and clinically proven, that you can be infected by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus); HIV; Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori,; Hepatitis B and C; Salmonella; Pseudomonas and Aeruginosa; Flu Viruses and other common bacteria such as, E. Coli O157:H7 and Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease.

Colonoscopy Does NOT Prevent Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, up until 2009 “…there are no prospective randomized controlled trials of screening colonoscopy for the reduction in incidence of or mortality from colorectal cancer.”

From an article in the New York Times, dated 2006; “The patients in all the studies had at least one adenoma detected on colonoscopy but did not have cancer. They developed cancer in the next few years, however, at the same rate as would be expected in the general population without screening.”

Another research study published in 2006 concluded that the screened patients in all of the studies developed colorectal cancer “at the same rate as would be expected in the general population without screening” in the next few years, even though all found polyps had been removed.

 

Colonoscopy is a Scam

It is a scam to make pharmaceutical industry and doctors rich. The AMA has conspired to make colonscopy screening a policy for preventative care when it is an unnecessary invasive procedure. Radiation levels from a single virtual colonoscopy are similar to the atomic bomb exposure in Hiroshima, even though, according to The National Cancer Institute: “Whether virtual colonoscopy can reduce the number of deaths from colorectal cancer is not yet known.”

A non invasive test known as a fecal immunochemical test is just as effective.

 

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