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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Find the Drug Dealer!

Courtesy: M. Adams, D. Berger
Gold mine for the pharmaceutical industry! The New York Times reports that according to new data from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" (A.D.H.D.) Here is another interesting data that is reported by Nature World News, which may raise some eyebrows:
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Epidemic ...  Isn't it? I would not be surprised if the next move by our guardian angels is to work hard on convincing the legislators and policymakers to make some miracle vaccine the pharmaceutical companies may have up their sleeves, mandatory for all children under the age of 95 :)  
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Here is a documentary entitled The Drugging of Our Children, produced by Gary Null (also see this and this), which dissects this topic a bit.   Joel Bakan, professor of law and author of very informative book The Corporation -- also see the documentary by the same name, I discussed earlier -- discusses his recent book Children Under Siege, in this segment, addressing some related issues that I think are definitely worth knowing about and thinking through.
Doctor Gabor Maté is a Canadian physician and author of several books including Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing Attention Deficit Disorder, When the Body Says No, Hold onto Your Kids, and The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, who specializes in the study and treatment of mental health and addiction.  In a recent interview with Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now!, Dr. Gabor Maté argues that too many medical practitioners seem to be ignoring that emotions can greatly impact both the development of stress-related illnesses and in their healing.  He also refers to the over-medication of too many children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder A.D.H.D. as :
Full transcript here
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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is nonprofit science advocacy group based in the US.  It was founded in 1969 by faculty and students of MIT to
protest against the militarization of scientific research and to promote science in the public interest.  Its website indicated that it has grown to an alliance of over 400,000 citizens and scientists,  In a recent report entitled, "Heads They Win, Tails We Lose: How Corporations Corrupt Science at the Public's Expense," the UCS studied the role of businesses in the political interference, manipulation, distortion, and suppression of scientific information needed to help guide the policy-makers.  The report argues that this influence affects not only the science used in decision-making, but also public opinion and the decision making process itself.  More in depth investigation of such interference can be found in the books by American author and investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston, in particular the trilogy: Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch, and The Fine Print.
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An invaluable resource for information about how corporations use public relations, misinformation, and spin to undermine the democratic process is the Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, and its various web resources, including Sourcewatch, ALEC Exposed, and their newest portal on State Policy Network.
It is sad to see that much creative effort around the globe is spent on trivialities and advertising to drive us all to be mindless consumers and continue shopping items that we often don't need in the first place.  Below is a very revealing talk on the subject of how sex has been increasingly used to make consumers out of the population.  The real sad is how these techniques are increasingly more pervasive in all forms of media targeting younger and younger audiences:

Morgan Spurlock's documentary entitled The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is looking at the pervasiveness of advertising from a different angle, and is certainly worth watching.  Interestingly, as you can see, there are creative efforts revealing the tricks of the spin masters and corporate advertisers, too.  As another very creative effort, check out the work of The Yes Men, who put their creative energies into what they call "impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them, and otherwise giving journalists excuses to cover important issues".
I started this post by a creative comic and it is fitting to end it with one, both courtesy of Mark Adams and Dan Berger,  Enjoy!
Courtesy: Mark Adams, Dan Berger,

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