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Marketed Drugs Have No Value

MDC says, The Most Marketed Drugs Have The Least Therapeutic Value !!!

The pharmaceutical industry spends a lot of money on getting doctors and patients to buy their products. Americans are probably most familiar with those TV and radio commercials that end with the long list of side effects narrated in super-speed, but may not realize that their doctors are getting their own special brand of marketing, too. If that sounds suspect, it should. Two studies from the U.S. and Canada show that the drugs that pharma companies spend the most time promoting to doctors have the leasttherapeutic value.

All The Better To Sell You With, My Dear

Here’s something that might feel a little weird: your doctor has probably gone to lunch with a pharmaceutical industry representative, and the rep probably picked up the check. Some hospitals and medical programs forbid the practice, but for those that don’t, doctors routinely receive free meals, drinks, and small gifts from pharma reps hoping to increase their sales. Companies in the U.S. are required to report every payment to doctors of $10 or more. According to Open Payments, the online database of those reports, pharmaceutical companies spent $8.2 billion in 2016 promoting drugs to more than half a million physicians. (You can use the tool yourselfto see what your own doctor has been paid.)

And this kind of promotion works. Studies show that doctors who are allowed to accept these gifts are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs, even when cheaper generics are available. That’s why two studies, an American one published in the British Medical Journal in May 2017 and a Canadian one published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in September 2017, are so troubling. They found that the most-promoted drugs were the least likely to be therapeutically valuable — or, as the BMJ study defined it, “effective, safe, affordable, novel, and represent a genuine advance in treating a disease.”

What kinds of drugs are we talking? In the U.S., the top three most heavily promoted drugs were Eliquis, an anticoagulant that can reduce stroke risk in some patients, and Bydureon and Invokana, two drugs for type II diabetes that are formulated to lower blood sugar. Invokana was also among Canada’s most promoted drugs, along with the blood-pressure drug Coversyl and the asthma/COPD medication Breo Ellipta. All of them were rated as having little therapeutic value, and not representing anything new in the pharmaceutical market.

The Greater Good

Of course, this does make sense. A revolutionary, must-have drug sells itself. “If a genuinely innovative drug becomes available that significantly advances patient care … this information might be expected to spread rapidly among clinicians,” the authors of the BMJ study write. “Conversely, a ‘me-too’ drug with minimal benefit over previous treatments in a class with generic alternatives … might need robust promotion to facilitate its use.”

This doesn’t suggest that the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical reps is a sign of corruption. After all, many drugs are useful, and doctors don’t necessarily have time to constantly research every new drug out there. As a 2017 editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association pointed out, “In the United States, there is no formal approach to educating physicians about new drugs. In the absence of such a system, physicians must either find information about new therapies from other sources, such as by reading or attending meetings, or accept information from pharmaceutical representatives.”

It does mean, however, that patients should be vigilant and educated about their own care. Research what pharmaceutical companies your doctor and doctor’s office have had contact with. When your doctor prescribes a drug, ask if there are effective generic alternatives. The more information you have, the better off you’ll be.

source: curiosity

Beware of Another Scam Website

chuck-close-posterMDC sends a warning about a SCAM website called PosterShop with a site url of Wallpart.com.

Artists and photographers are up in arms over a website that is selling cheap posters and prints of their work, without their knowledge or permission. Called the Poster Shop and located at Wallpart.com, the site is tied to an incomplete address in Sydney, Australia, its phone number follows a British format, its packages ship from China, and according to Kotaku the domain was registered by a man named Sergo Zuikov, who lives in Moscow. It has been the subject of many articles and forum discussions warning artists and would-be buyers of its shady ways, and a petition calling for the site to be shut down has garnered over 62,000 signatures.

Wallpart.com’s administrators, apparently anticipating the backlash, have provided a dedicated copyright violation claim form that some suggest is the entire point of the site, which is nothing more than an elaborate phishing scam. “This is actually the main purpose for the site’s existence — they completely anticipate artists being upset about their work supposedly being sold, so they developed a system to exploit those who complain,” the blog Peter & Company writes. “Various pieces of malware and other malicious code have been found embedded throughout their pages at different times. … These people are pure scam artists, plain and simple. Avoid them at all costs.”
In other words, Wallpart.com is intended to enrage artists in order to prompt them to provide contact and other information. A quick search of the site reveals that, indeed, posters of virtually any image on the internet can be purchased from the site. A photo of the rapper Coolio scrubbed from Wikipedia? Check. A shot of the Centre Pompidou taken from France’s official tourism site? Check. A photo of Hyperallergic editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian and senior editor Jillian Steinhauer giving a talk in Baltimore taken from the blog BmoreArt? Check. More insidious than the selling of images from Wikipedia and tourism sites — or Flickr’s short-lived fiasco of selling prints of Creative Commons images uploaded by its users — is that Wallpart.com threatens the livelihood of people who make a living from their images: artists and photographers.

“I received the first email alert about my art on Wallpart.com from Thomas Smetana, founder of 12by15,” said Joseph Nechvatal, an artist and Hyperallergic contributor. “12by15 has produced a t-shirt with me using one of my images and texts. Thomas told me that the image we used was popping up on Wallpart.com — because they ripped the image for my shirt off of his 12by15 site … I hope people understand that what they are buying, if they receive anything at all, is a shitty unsigned poster and not a work of art by me.”
Because the site pulls in any image associated with shoppers’ queries, searching for “Joseph Nechvatal” will not only turn up images of the artists’ work, but also photos of him from various blogs, images that accompanied his writing on Hyperallergic, and other tangentially related images, all available for purchase as posters. And the same is true of virtually any artist who has a website, has been photographed at an event, or had their work posted on Instagram. Search for “Carla Gannis,” for instance, and you’ll find not only images of the artist’s hugely popular “Garden of Emoji Delights” artwork, but also photos of her at openings, profile photos, and a slew of seemingly completely unrelated images.

“The most popular work of mine showing up on Wallpart.com is in fact a mash-up of Unicode characters and a classic work of art authored by a 16th-century painter. I find that ironic,” Gannis told Hyperallergic. “Stranger, photos of me at events are showing up there, for sale, and I have no idea who would want to pay money for these photos? Especially when they can download any of these photos directly from Google and print them out on their printer, but again who wants a pic of me at an art opening to hang on their wall either way? Seems unlikely. Thus I imagine there is a back story to Wallpart.com, something nefarious and unethical, or a conceptual prank? I’m not sure. The site seems highly unoriginal, if it’s an art stunt or a real business.”

 

source: hyperallergic

 

Scam at Battery Park City Authority

Nice work if you can get it!

MDC has reported on the fraudulent run Battery Park City Authority in the past and supports the diligent reporting by BatteryPark.tv.

Honchos and even freshly recruited executives at Battery Park City Authority got double-digit raises — as high as 29 percent — this year.
Robert Nesmith, who was hired in just 2013 and is the public authority’s chief contracting officer, saw his pay bumped 26 percent from $95,000 to $120,000.

Assistant treasurer Luis Garcia’s pay surged 29 percent from $116,290 to $150,000 ; Controller Karl Koenig got a 25 percent hike from $120,000 to $150,000; and John Tam, the director of information technology, saw his salary go up 20 percent from $100,000 to $120,000.

Some lower-level employees also saw their paychecks fatten, one by 60 percent.

Of 32 workers who received raises this year, the average increase was 14 percent, according to data obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information request.

“These salary increases were well deserved and were the result of either promotions, or reflected increased responsibilities as a result of the Battery Park City Authority’s recent reorganization,” said Shari Hyman, the BPCA’s $225,000-a-year president and COO. Hyman claimed the authority’s current operating budget dropped to the lowest it has been in over a decade.
The authority oversees 92 acres of state-owned land in lower Manhattan and the businesses, parks and some 8,600 residential units there.

MDC says, the staff combined with the whole authority needs to be dismantled .

Source: ny post

Electric Company Scam

MDC says, your electric company has been scamming you for years. In New York City , we have CON Edison for electric delivery. The marketing really got us, I should of had common sense when writing a check to something that begins with “CON.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today responded to changes to the nuclear waste fee. Effective tomorrow, the fee will be zeroed out to 0.0 mill per kilowatt hour of electricity generated and sold. In November, a federal court ordered the Department of Energy to submit to Congress a proposal to zero out the nuclear waste fee “…until such a time as either the Secretary chooses to comply with the [Nuclear Waste Policy] Act as it is currently written, or until Congress enacts an alternative waste management plan.”

Shimkus stated, “Ratepayers have poured billions of dollars into the Nuclear Waste Fund over the past 20 years, but there has been little progress on a nuclear waste solution. And under this administration, we have gone backward. The court was right to zero out the fee until DOE begins moving forward on a real nuclear waste solution rather than the department’s current ‘pie in the sky’ strategy. The court also acknowledged that the secretary ‘still declines to carry out his basic statutory obligation.’ To get our nuclear future back on track, the secretary simply needs to carry out that obligation and restart Yucca Mountain. Short of that, I am glad this annual theft of $750 million from electricity consumers has finally come to an end.”

BACKGROUND: Since 1983, electricity consumers have contributed to the Nuclear Waste Fund in return for the DOE developing a permanent disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain. The Nuclear Waste Fund has a balance of over $34 billion and earns about $2 billion in interest each year.

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– See more at: http://energycommerce.house.gov/press-release/shimkus-comments-nuclear-waste-fee-cessation#sthash.nVbZFa4X.dpuf

Natural Cures ain’t Natural

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MDC has mentioned about certain frauds, and here is another fresh one to enjoy.

A federal judge on Monday sentenced TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau to 10 years in prison for bilking consumers via infomercials for his best-selling weight loss book.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman blasted the 50-year-old Trudeau before the sentencing, saying that for decades he “steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain.” Guzman called Trudeau “deceitful to the core.”

Minutes before, Trudeau apologized to the court and said he was a changed man. Trudeau has been jailed since November, when jurors convicted him of criminal contempt for defying a 2004 court order barring him from running false ads about the book. Despite the order, Trudeau aired the infomercials at least 32,000 times, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors had said they could think of no comparable case of someone cheating people so brazenly, and they had said Trudeau deserved a sentence of at least 10 years. Defense attorneys said Trudeau deserved no more than two years.

Trudeau touted his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About,” in commercials that often employed news-interview formats. He’s sold millions of other books under titles such as “Natural Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About” and “Debt Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”

As legal scrutiny intensified over the years, Trudeau claimed the U.S. government was out to get him, and he accused agencies and other vested interests of conspiring to suppress low cost, common remedies to diseases, including cancer.

His weight-loss book, which once topped best-seller lists, was the focus of the criminal conviction and a related civil case brought by the Federal Trade Commission, in which Trudeau was ordered to pay a $37 million judgment.

Trudeau said he couldn’t pay the civil judgment because he’s broke. But the FTC noted Trudeau spent lavishly in recent years, including $359 on two haircuts. Trudeau claimed not to know where $100,000 in gold bars that he bought had gone.

He sold more than 850,000 copies of the weight book, generating $39 million in revenue, prosecutors say. But his lawyers have argued it can only be said 67 buyers were defrauded because that’s how many complained to consumer protection agencies.

Prosecutors in the criminal case skewered Trudeau in one recent filing, calling him an “uncontrollable huckster” who would likely even endeavor to defraud fellow prisoners while behind bars.

In a response, the defense called that “overblown and unfair.” They also contended the harm to any one person would have been less than the cost of the $30 book, so no one can claim the “defendant’s actions shattered lives.”

Bordetella Scam

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MDC says, if you are a dog owner please research your veterinarian. Just like your local doctor offering the flu shot, please read the fine print. These are all financial medical instruments utilized for revenue without any proper testing .

Bordetella or Kennel Cough is commonly required by boarding kennels and veterinary hospitals. These vaccinations are delivered to a staggeringly large percentage of dogs and the reason is not to protect your dog: the reason is to protect these facilities against liability.

The proprietors who push for these vaccines may be assuming more liability than they can handle and the stakes are very high. The truth is, the vaccines are not only ineffective but they are far from safe. Yet they are routinely given to combat a self limiting disease that amounts to as much danger to your dog as the common cold does to you.

What is interesting is that when you bring your dog to the vet for his Bordetella vaccination, he will have already been exposed to the natural flora: all animals are exposed to both Bordetella and Parainfluenza prior to vaccination. It makes little sense to vaccinate an animal for something he has already been exposed to.

There are at least forty agents capable of initiating Bordetella so vaccination might appear to be prudent if it weren’t for the fact that only two of these agents are contained in the intranasal vaccine. This poor percentage truly makes the Bordetella vaccine a shot in the dark. The lack of efficacy is well summarized by noted immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz: “Kennel Cough is not a vaccinatable disease”.

Despite the lack of any real effectiveness, the Bordetella vaccine is routinely given and touted as safe, especially in the intranasal form. Make no mistake however: the dangers and misinformation surrounding this seemingly innocuous spray are just as tangible and frightening as any other vaccination. A major problem with the Bordetella vaccine is that it is part of a combination vaccine. Unbeknownst to most pet owners, the Bordetella intranasal spray also contains Parainfluenza (the vaccine for which is not surprisingly, just as ineffective as Bordetella). The problems with the Parainfluenza portion
are threefold.

First, there is a real danger of dangerous immunological overload when vaccinations are offered in combination. Second, like Bordetella, most dogs have already been exposed to Parainfluenza, making the necessity of vaccination questionable. Third, the Parainfluenza vaccine is just as ineffective as the Bordetella vaccine because the vaccine does not provide antibody against Parainfluenza where it is most needed: on the mucosal surfaces.

Other dangers associated with the Bordetella vaccine are obviously not far removed from the dangers associated with any other vaccination. Although Bordetella is a bacterial vaccine, we now know that bacterial vaccines present the same threat as Modified Live Vaccines. Modified Live Viruses from human vaccines are now known to become incorporated in the genes of the host and can shuffle, reassert, and reactivate thirty or more years after vaccination.

Bacterial genes are capable of the same activity, lurking in the genetic makeup, waiting to replicate and awaken. The intranasal Bordetella vaccine has
been known to activate a previously asymptomatic collapsing trachea and disrupt phagocytic activity which can progress to pneumonia. The toxins from the vaccine will also kill the ciliated lining of the trachea, creating a denuded area susceptible to anything coming down the windpipe. Perhaps collapsing trachea, irritable tracheas and pneumonias are all complications of Bordetella and the Bordetella vaccine.

Vaccination of any sort also elevates histamine which can promote cancer, chronic inflammation and loss of tolerance. In general, all vaccination creates immune dysregulation and is responsible for a vast array of pathology. The Bordetella vaccine can wreak havoc outside the body as well. Bordetella will shed from a vaccinated host for seven weeks while Parainfluenza will shed for a week. This means that every vaccinated dog is a walking dispenser of potentially damaging bacteria.

While the risk to other dogs is obvious, it should be of little concern to healthy dogs because Bordetella is generally a self limiting disease. What you might find surprising is that the shed bacteria is a risk to other animals…and to people. The reason we now have a feline Bordetella (and not surprisingly, a feline Bordetella vaccine), is likely thanks to the widespread use and subsequent shedding of Bordetella from vaccinated dogs to cats sharing the household. If this seems hard to imagine, consider how dogs first fell victim to Canine Influenza.

Canine Influenza was initially documented in racing greyhounds. It is worth noting that many of these dogs shared tracks with race horses: race horses who are routinely vaccinated with Equine Influenza. It is not a stretch to predict Bordetella will infect gerbils, hamsters and rabbits in the near future and it is with certainty that the vaccine manufacturers will be well rewarded with the continued fruits of their canine Bordetella vaccine.

Not surprisingly, humans are not left out of the equation. Ruth Berkelman MD (Former Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service) writes: “The potential for both exposure and for adverse consequences secondary to exposure to veterinary vaccines in humans is growing. Enhanced efforts are needed to recognize and to prevent human illness associated with the use of veterinary vaccines”. Dr. Berkelman noted that pertussis an whooping cough-like complaints in children followed exposure to Bordetella bronchiseptica from the Bordetella vaccine and it is no coincidence that Bordetella bronchiseptica and whooping cough pertussis are very closely related. Interestingly, the rate of whooping cough is highest in highly vaccinated populations.

Immunocompromised humans and animals are at an elevated risk of infection from these canine vaccines. There is a recently reported case of Bordetella bronchiseptica pneumonia in a kidney and pancreas transplant patient who had to board and subsequently vaccinate her dogs at a veterinary clinic while she was hospitalized. Vaccines contain contaminating agents including mycoplasmas which are also very communicable to humans and other mammals.

In the end, vaccination for Bordetella is at best fruitless and at worst, a pathetic fraudulence at the hands of veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers. It is up to you whether or not your dog receives this vaccination and that is not overstating the obvious. Sadly, most pet owners are aware of this but choose vaccination because they feel they are at the mercy of boarding kennels, training schools and veterinarians.

Source: Patricia Monahan Jordan is a graduate of the North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced conventional veterinary medicine for twenty years and founded six different veterinary facilities in North Carolina. Dr. Jordan has traced the paths of immunopathology to vaccine administration and uncovered the cycle of disease and the endless cycle of disease management that results from vaccine administration. Dr. Jordan can be reached at www.dr-jordan.com.

PEDICAB PREDATORS

 

Day and night around entrances near Central Park South and in a four-block radius, HAWKERS hawking RENTAL BIKES and PEDICABS, aggress everyone walking by hustling rentals.

From fifty-fifth street, on, small bike rental shops are dotting the area. Foreign tourists are accosted and sold a for five dollar story and without instructions and rules these tourists ride the sidewalks, and roam the paved paths of the park, all illegal ACTS, in the City of New York.

Overhearing a conversation it seems different foreign alien groups are setting up shop as if cutting out territories in thug like fashion. None of the area apartment houses, hotels, and condominium/coops, raise a voice of protest.

The Central Park Conservancy is absent ignoring the hassling of their visitors. Police are not interested in hawkers, nor do they cite the Pedicabs that line the streets around the Park entrances, blocking HYDRANTS, ignoring traffic rules. MDC says beware of the HAWKERS AND PREDATORS peddling BIKES and PEDICAB RIDES.

Beware of your Credit Cards, and be aware of the neighborhood people who really dislike people riding bikes on sidewalks.