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Now You Can Find Out If YOUR Doctor Is Being Bribed by Big Pharma
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By Dr. Mercola Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars to influence, “educate,” and entertain doctors around the world. According to ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” website, which you can use to find out if your doctor accepts money from the drug industry, 1,630 companies have made payments to more than 681,000 doctors, totaling more than $3.5 billion. You can also find out if your doctor receives payments from Big Pharma by visiting OpenPaymentsData.CMS.gov. This site has tallied nearly $6.5 billion in payments since 2013. Drug companies have long tried to influence doctors’ prescribing habits by paying them for research activities, speaking and other “consulting,” or offering gifts of free meals and travel. However, it hasn’t always been possible to find out what gifts your own doctor might be accepting. The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, went into effect in 2013. For the first time, the Act requires drug and medical device makers to collect and disclose any payments of more than $10 made to physicians and teaching hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in charge of implementing the Sunshine Act, which it has done via its Open Payments Program. You can easily search the site to find out what (if any) payments your doctor has received, along with the nature of the payments. Many Doctors Believe They’re Not Affected by Drug Company Freebies It is the rare physician who has not been given something by a drug company at some point during his or her career. Many physicians have regular contact with the drug industry and its representatives. One study found physicians began interacting with pharmaceutical reps in medical school and continued at a rate of about four meetings a month. A New England Journal of Medicine study also highlighted the prevalence of physician-industry relationships, noting that “most physicians (94 percent) reported some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.” This included: Receiving food in the workplace (83 percent) Receiving drug samples (78 percent) Reimbursement for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing medical education (35 percent) Payments for consulting, giving lectures, or enrolling patients in trials (28 percent) Despite these cozy relationships, many physicians believe they’re immune to the effects of free food, free travel, and speaking gigs that essentially amount to free money. They understand there’s a conflict of interest there, but employ a number of psychological dynamics, including denials and rationalizations, to justify the relationship. According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, in order to resolve their state of cognitive dissonance, the physicians: Avoided thinking about the conflict of interest Disagreed that industry relationships affected physician behavior Denied responsi [...]
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The DEA’s Own Website Proves The War On Drugs Is An Epic Failure
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Submitted by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org, This summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) demonstrated its incompetence and exposed its archaic ideology on more than one occasion. First, in defiance of public opinion, the agency announced it would continue to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug, meaning the plant will continue to be categorized as one of the most “dangerous” drugs in America. Then, the DEA announced it would schedule kratom’s active ingredients in the same Schedule I category, even though the increasingly popular Asian herb, like cannabis, could potentially help curb the nation’s current opiate addiction epidemic. To some Americans, these two actions demonstrate just how hopelessly out of touch the DEA is. But the agency’s ineptitude isn’t limited to misguided and stubborn decisions to ban plants. It’s actually out in the open for all to see on the DEA’s own website. The DEA’s “Top Stories of 2016” page, which contains a selection of press releases the agency has issued throughout the year, is intended to highlight the valiant efforts of DEA agents in the fight against drugs. But a simple analysis of the headlines reveals just how little the DEA has done to achieve its goals. Here’s a sampling of their top stories: “Rogers Man Sentenced to Maximum of 20 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking” “Overdose Investigation Leads to Heroin Distribution Charges” “Over 65 pounds of heroin recovered from truck axle in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Two arrested” “Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to 12 Years Prison” “Colombian Narcotics Kingpin Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 35 Years in Prison for Massive Cocaine Conspiracy” “Cumberland County, New Jersey Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Conspiracy” “Two Brothers Charged with Distributing Heroin Involved in Overdoses” “Owner of String of Marijuana Stores Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison” “Major Takedown Leads to Indictment – Seizures of Over Half Million Dollars in Heroin and Cocaine” At first glance, it appears the DEA is doing a bang-up job. Look at all the bad guys they’ve caught! Can you believe they seized half a million dollars worth of scary drugs in one mission? Bless the men and women in uniform who fight to keep our children safe! At second glance, however, one might begin to wonder why, nearly fifty years after the Drug War’s inception in 1971, the DEA is still struggling to contain the flow of illegal drugs in the United States. Search for yourself. Perform a simple Google query on drugs seized by the DEA and law enforcement agencies around the country. You’ll find that seemingly every day, shipments of cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, and other drugs are seized by government agencies. Traffickers are charged with crimes and, to be fair, significant quantities of drugs are removed from the [...]
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Why Hillary Clinton’s nickname is ‘Bride of Frankenfood’
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(NaturalNews) When she actually makes public appearances and isn't coughing or fainting, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton loves to pretend to be some kind of political outsider who sides with the people. But she's so in bed with special interests -- and has been for... [...]
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Unilever megacorporation rushing to buy out small organic companies
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(NaturalNews) There must be a new motto in Corporate America: 'If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em and then beat 'em.'That's one way to explain why mega-corporations like Unilever are scrambling to purchase all the hip, green start-ups, so they can control the world (or at least a... [...]
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Immunotherapy Could Bring Cancer Treatment Breakthrough   bbc news
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Shocking new study shows chemo kills half of cancer patients, not cancer itself
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(NaturalNews) A new landmark study found that up to 50 percent of people who receive chemotherapy are killed by the treatment, not cancer itself. For the first time, researchers from Public Health England and Cancer Research U.K. examined the numbers of cancer patients who died within... [...]
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Oyster recall: Salmonella contamination forces Canadian company to recall oysters
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(NaturalNews) Hopefully you weren't planning on having a romantic oyster dinner anytime soon. Despite their reputation for being an aphrodisiac, oysters may not be the best choice for any upcoming dates you might be planning.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently detected Salmonella... [...]
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Is a megaquake about to hit the United States?
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(NaturalNews) According to experts, it is almost inevitable that the "big one" – a mega earthquake – will rock the United States shortly. While Los Angeles or San Francisco along the San Andreas Fault are certainly prone to the devastating effects of mother earth, many... [...]
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Dr. V.C. Raveendren, speaks about Oral Cancer and treatments | Manorama News
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Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat), can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Dr. V.C. Raveendren, speaks about Oral Cancer and treatments. Kerala Can campaign. The official YouTube channel for Manorama News. Manorama News, Kerala’s No. 1 news and infotainment channel, is a unit of MM TV Ltd., Malayala Manorama’s television venture. Manorama News was launched on August 17, 2006. The channel inherited the innate strengths of the Malayala Manorama daily newspaper and its editorial values: accuracy, credibility and fairness. It raised the bar in Malayalam television news coverage and stands for unbiased reporting, intelligent commentary and innovative programs. MM TV has offices across the country and overseas, including in major cities in Kerala, Metros and in Dubai, UAE. Subscribe us to watch the missed episodes. Subscribe to the #ManoramaNews YouTube Channel https://goo.gl/EQDKUB Get #ManoramaNews Latest news updates http://goo.gl/kCaUpp Visit our website: www.manoramanes.com http://goo.gl/wYfPKq Follow #ManoramaNews in Twitter https://goo.gl/tqDyok Watch the latest #ManoramaNews News Video updates and special programmes: https://goo.gl/63IdXc Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #Nattupacha https://goo.gl/KQt2T8 Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #ParayatheVayya https://goo.gl/C50rur Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #NiyanthranaRekha https://goo.gl/ltE10X Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #GulfThisWeek https://goo.gl/xzysbL Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #ThiruvaEthirva https://goo.gl/2HYnQC Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #NereChowe https://goo.gl/QWdAg2 Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #Fasttrack https://goo.gl/SJJ6cf Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #Selfie https://goo.gl/x0sojm Watch the latest Episodes of #ManoramaNews #Veedu https://goo.gl/enX1bV [...]
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Your body is owned by the government: Hillary Clinton supports mandatory vaccines
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(NaturalNews) As the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announces their new plan to detain individuals and medicate them against their will, the government is stating very clearly: your body isn't yours. Individual rights no longer exist. You are our subject.This is the antithesis... [...]
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Radiation from Cell Phones may cause cancer (CNN News) ** MUST SEE **
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Video Credit - CNN news! This is a video on new reports from May 31st 2011 on Cell Phone causing possible cell phone cancer. All 3 CNN new reports are in this one video. Please rate video, comments and pass it on if you feel this info can help out friends and family! [...]
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Science links new autoimmune disease to aluminum adjuvants in vaccines
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(NaturalNews) A recent symposium on autoimmune disease that took place in France has brought to the world's attention a new disorder linked to the aluminum-based chemical adjuvants added to many childhood vaccines. Known as Autoimmune Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, or... [...]
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