Removing the Profit From Our Pills: The Case for a Public Pharma System | Common Dreams Views

The development and distribution of life saving and health promoting pharmaceuticals should be a public utility run for community benefit. Instead the powers that be have handed it over to for-profit monopolies. Already many new drugs are discovered at taxpayer expense (via the VA and NIH). They are then handed over, for a pittance, to Big Pharma. Who set prescription prices so high that many of us have to choose between taking our medication and heating our homes in the winter.

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Removing the Profit From Our Pills: The Case for a Public Pharma System | Common Dreams Views

Any American who has paid the price of a patent-protected medicine knows the core flaw in the U.S. prescription drug system: our elected leaders have handed over control to profit-hungry corporations. And for-profit corporations gonna for-profit, as the kids would say. That is especially true when the corporations are gifted with long-term monopolies on life-essential medicines, which gives them the leverage to set take-it-or-leave it prices that net billions in revenue extracted from all of us.

It doesn’t have to be this way. That is the message of an exciting new report, Medicine for All: The Case for a Public Option in the Pharmaceutical Industry, by Dana Brown, director of the Next System Project of the organization Democracy Collaborative. “We can displace corporate power over our health and lives by moving toward a democratic, publicly-owned pharmaceutical sector…

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Hidden History: the Old World Legacy of Syphilis

The Syphilis Enigma

Directed by Amy Bucher and Christopher Salt (2001)

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This documentary reports on a forensic paleontologist’s investigation into the origins of syphilis. For 500 years, history has blamed Native American women, who allegedly transmitted it to Columbus’s crew members in 1493. Recently a fourteenth century skeleton from Hull (England) called this 500-year-old into question. European paleontologists began a search for pre-Columbian evidence of the disease and also found it human remain from ancient Greece and Pompeii.

Why, then, do ancient New World remains also show evidence of syphilis? The current hypothesis is that Native Americans suffered from a milder variety of the illness with airborne transmission via saliva droplets The European version, in contrast, was only transferred via sexual contact and, in most cases, was fatal (unless sufferers died from plague, smallpox or cholera first).

 

 

In UK, Labour Party May Legalize All Drugs Including Cocaine, Cannabis, and Heroin

British Labour Party proposing royal commission to review independently all drugs legislation and policy to address related issues of public health.

Openhearted Rebellion

The move would spell a dramatic
reversal of its decades-long war on drugs in favor of a public health approach.

ByElias Marat, The Mind Unleashed

(TMU) — The times are changing when it comes to drug prohibition and the war on drugs, and that’s just as true in Europe as it is in the United States.

And now, in the United Kingdom,
rising drug deaths along with greater tolerance and open-mindedness toward
substances like cannabis are stirring talk of a reassessment of the British
drug laws—including the legalization of such drugs as cannabis, cocaine, and
heroin.


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Regenerative Agriculture: Farmer Makes Farm Prosper with Age Old Soil-Saving Technique

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This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content


Our soil is under threat.

It’s estimated that we’ve got just 60 years of topsoil left, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost every year.

With most of the food on our plate dependant on soil, its declining health is a major issue.

[…]

On his own North Dakota ranch, Brown started encouraging cover crops and avoiding tilling were he could – and has seen a boost in soil health. Farming in this way comes big benefits too – regenerative agriculture could deliver up to $1.4 trillion in increased crop production, without using any more land.

Failure to act isn’t just bad news for our food system, though. Loss of topsoil leads to more wildfires, droughts and floods – and accelerates climate change.

The 5 principles

As a result, Brown has developed 5 principles to mitigate the loss of top soil.

1. Minimise mechanical or chemical disturbance

2. Armour the soil

3. Promote diversity

4. Leave living roots in the soil

5. Use animals as nature intended

[…]

via This farmer used an age-old technique to save his soil and now his farm is prospering — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

California Poised to Be First State to Provide Free Medication Abortions to College Students

The bill was created in response to a 2015 student-led movement called Students United for Reproductive Justice at University of California, Berkeley.

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The law will benefit the students at public universities in the state, who are predominantly people of color and may face geographic and economic hurdles to obtaining the medical procedure.

California is the first state to pass legislation that provides medication abortions free of charge to all students at its public universities.

Hands holding a red sign that reads, "Stop the war on choice."

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Freedom in Sight for Mumia Abu-Jamal?

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Prison Radio | September 16, 2019

Freedom is now in sight. New evidence, recently found, and suppressed for decades could be the key to relief for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Joe McGill and Ed Rendell, trial prosecutor and DA, respectively, manipulated evidence and framed Mumia Abu-Jamal for first degree murder in 1982.

Six boxes of undisclosed case files labeled “Mumia Abu-Jamal” were found in a furniture closet last December by new DA Larry Krasner. Here is the exculpatory “Brady” evidence that was inside:

  • A letter from a witness demanding his money.
  • Memo after memo to and from Joe McGill tracking the open cases of another key witness.
  • Handwritten notes on original files, closely tracking the race of jurors.

Now we know that for 37 years the District Attorney’s office actively lied. They scrubbed clean every single document production, during multiple appeals, for years. It is cliché and almost predictable: evidence “lost” in a storage closet for 37 years by evil absent-minded hoarders.

Make no mistake- this evidence would have directly challenged the only “witnesses” at trial who identified Mumia Abu-Jamal as the shooter of officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981.

The testimony of these two witnesses was compromised, something the jury was kept from knowing. One witness had as many as 35 prior convictions and 4-5 open cases. Now we know the DA was monitoring those cases very closely asking to be advised when they were in court. The other witness to the shooting was driving a cab on a suspended license and was on probation for throwing a Molotov cocktail into a school for pay. The jury never heard this. This information certainly would have challenged prosecutor Joe McGill’s statement to the jury that they had nothing to gain from lying. Remember this is a jury who asked for re-instruction on the charges and were wavering on a finding of 1stDegree Murder. Remember Albert “I am going to help them they fry the nigger” Sabo, was the judge. And Alfonso “I retired with full pay and was indicted” Giordano, a commander, was the highest ranking officer on the scene that night.

On July 3rd, 1982, this was not an open and shut case. The petition to the Superior Court also raises the reinstated appeal issues from the Castille decision handed down by Judge Tucker. These include claims of improper jury selection (Batson Claims), ineffective assistance of counsel, and errors of law made by the court in previous appeals.

Every time you see Joe McGill in the courtroom or at an FOP event, or you see Ed Rendell at a party or a campaign event, remember this- they were stepping on the scales of justice from the beginning.

Mumia came within 10 days of being executed because of this misconduct. I was there. I got that call from the strip cell. Mumia had nothing but an orange jump suit, a half a sheet of paper and the cartridge of a pen (so he could send another prisoner as a proxy to the law library). Before and after his two death warrants he was held in solitary confinement on death row for decades!

Fast forward to 2017: Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker admonishes the District Attorney to produce all of the requested material from their files. Finally, having no faith in their review, he demands that they deliver all of their files to his chambers. There he found documents revealing the bias of PA Supreme Court Judge Castille that the DA had somehow “missed”  – or willfully suppressed. After all that, in 2018, newly elected DA Larry Krasner* comes across six boxes of original trial material labeled “Mumia Abu-Jamal” in a storage closet. A week later they find hundreds of more boxes in that “storage cavern” […]

*[In April 2019 Krasner withdrew his objection to Mumia’s appeal to the Pennsylvania supreme court: see The Intercept]

via Freedom in Sight for Mumia Abu-Jamal?

MEDICINE WHEEL: ‘Scurvy of the Bone’, Osteoporosis & The Healing Powers of Vitamin C

Studies have shown that elderly patients who fractured bones had significantly lower levels of vitamin C in their blood than those who haven’t fractured. Bone mineral density- the thing that the tests measure, is higher in those who supplement with vitamin C, independent of estrogen level.

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Source – drsuzanne.net

“…When vitamin C is low, just the opposite happens. Bone cells that degrade bone called octeoclasts proliferate, and bone cells that lay down mineral and new bone called osteoblasts are not formed. Studies have shown that elderly patients who fractured bones had significantly lower levels of vitamin C in their blood than those who haven’t fractured”

Osteoporosis Is Scurvy of the Bone, Not Calcium Deficiency – By: Suzanne Humphries, MD

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”~Proverbs 17:22

It saddens me to see older women diagnosed with “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis” listening to their doctors and taking supplemental calcium and even problematic drugs called bisphosphonates. These are irrational, dogmatic, harmful approaches to the problem of degrading bone as we age. In my time practicing nephrology and internal medicine, I saw numerous patients suffering from vascular disease while taking the recommended…

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