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Major Pharmaceutical Company Wants To Block Access To Clinical Trial Data Of Their Drugs In Fear of Profit Loss

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abbiveAbbVie (recently split off from Abbott Laboratories), maker of Humira, and InterMune, maker of Esbriet, have filed a lawsuit against the European Medicines Agency (the European equivalent of the FDA) to block access to clinical trial data on the benefits and harms of their drugs, claiming that these vital facts are “trade secrets” whose release would harm their profits. Medical researches have been denied to clinical trial information.

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Of course, when a drug causes cancer, release of clinical data information could potentially harm the profits of the company that makes it. Humira, a drug that is quickly becoming one of the best-selling drugs in the world, mainly because of the marketing techniques used by AbbVie, causes cancer.

Here’s one of their ads – don’t forget to feel bad about your plaque psoriasis.

The FDA warning label on Humira warns of increased risk of “Lymphoma and other malignancies” including “a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma” that “often results in death,” along with “increased risk of serious infections leading to hospitalization or death, including tuberculosis (TB), bacterial sepsis, invasive fungal infections (such as histoplasmosis) and infections due to other opportunistic pathogens.” Since the FDA is pretty slow on the uptake of actually putting adverse effects of drugs on their warning labels, I’ll mention that, in addition to Lymphoma, TB and other infections, Humira is also linked to the following:

  • Leukemia
  • Skin Cancer
  • Candidiasis
  • Kaposi’s Sarcoma
  • Histoplasmosis Cryptosporidium

All of which can lead to death.

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No wonder AbbVie wants to hide their data from their clinical trials. The data from their clinical trials is undoubtedly incriminating. And of course it would effect sales if people knew about the risk of cancer and death associated with this drug.

Though the effects of these drugs are horrifying, they are on the warning label, and thus aren’t newsworthy (though they should be, we all should be having fits over what these dangerous drugs are doing to people). What is newsworthy is the fact that AbbVie and InterMune are trying to block access to information about their drugs. This truly is an atrocity. Not only is AbbVie going to make a drug that maims and kills people, but they’re going to block access to the clinical data that describes what happened to the drug’s victims and how it happened, presumably so that they can lie about it, and, worse, Researchers won’t have access to the data and therefore they won’t be able to learn from it.

To hide information is an affront to science and the scientists who are trying to do research into the safety and efficacy of medicines. It is an affront to Doctors who are trying to make the best, informed decisions regarding medicine that they prescribe. It is an affront to Patients who have the right to informed consent before any pharmaceutical is administered or medical procedure is done. Informed consent is a bedrock of medicine, and thus it is an affront to medicine. Informed decisions are even a foundational principle of capitalism, so it is even an affront to capitalism, the thing that AbbVie and InterMune claim that they are trying to optimize. It is an affront to democracy as information is needed in order to hold those in power (sadly, corporations) responsible. Most importantly, it is an affront to the truth.

While the lawsuit is pending, ALL requests for AbbVie’s and InterMune’s clinical trial data, that were to be released on demand, are being denied until the suit is resolved. While I hope that the European courts will decide in favor of transparency, openness and truth over corporate profits, AbbVie and InterMune are benefiting in the meantime. It’s a pretty good bet that they’ll keep several hundred lawyers employed stopping up the system indefinitely, as they’re getting exactly what they want just by filing the suit and delaying.

This sets a horrible precedent in countless ways. It shows that transparency and truth are optional for big pharmaceutical companies, that optimizing profits is not only more important to these drug manufacturers than truth, transparency and safety, but that optimizing pharmaceutical company profits is also something that the European Medicines Agency is willing to protect; that truth, informed consent and access to complete information is something that is optional if a company has enough money, power and lawyers; that consumer protection rules and regulations can be obstructed simply by filing a law suit, etc.

Even though this suit is going on in Europe, don’t for a second think that it doesn’t effect those of us in North America. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released more data to North American researchers than to anyone else – so it already is a North American issue. The FDA make much less data available than the EMA, so the only way U.S. Activists or Researchers can access full data-sets is through the EMA. So, this legal action is blocking Americans right to know as well as Europeans. Also, if a big, powerful, rich, American corporation can manipulate the release of information in their favor by tying up the courts with absurd litigation in Europe, you can certainly bet that they can do it here.

An affront to truth and democracy anywhere is a fight that is worth fighting, especially when the truth that is being hidden is something that effects whether humans live or die.

What should be done about this?

First, AbbVie and InterMune should drop their suit. Here’s a petition encouraging them to do so –

https://www.change.org/petitions/richard-gonzalez-of-abbvie-and-daniel-welch-of-intermune-drop-your-legal-action-blocking-access-to-ema-clinical-trial-data

Second, the European Medicines Agency should continue to release information while the suit is pending. In stopping the release of clinical trial data they are effectively letting AbbVie and InterMune win before the battle is even fought in the courts.

Third, there should be some screaming about this. The media has been close to silent about this and it’s a failure on their part. Access to information is vital for journalism too, so journalists, get on this.

If AbbVie and InterMune’s suit and their line of thinking that their profits are more important than free access to information for patients, researchers, doctors, etc. is as offensive to you as it is to me, you can certainly join me in writing letters to political leaders, media outlets, etc., asking for outrage. I also took all money out of stock funds that could even possibly be invested in AbbVie or InterMune…. just a suggestion.

Post Script –

A huge thank you needs to go out to those at RxIsk.org RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening), Johanna Ryan, Dr. Derelie (Dee) Mangin and Dr. David Healy, author of Pharmagedon. Here are some posts on the topic at hand –

http://davidhealy.org/welcome-to-the-humiraverse/

http://davidhealy.org/stacy-london-what-not-to-take/

http://davidhealy.org/abbvie-petition-drug-hazards-are-not-trade-secrets/

Additional media sources –

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-11/abbvie-sues-eu-regulator-to-block-clinical-trial-data-release.html

http://www.pharmalive.com/transparency-abbvie-sues-ema-over-trial-data

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2013/03/11/abbvies-humira-focus-of-lawsuit-over.html

 

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needless acupressure is often used on children.


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