Wealth Gap

Not Getting What You Paid For

The Commonwealth Fund reported last year:

The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity. In this edition of Mirror, Mirror, the United Kingdom ranks first, followed closely by Switzerland

While UK residents averaged $3,405 per year on healthcare costs (the second-lowest, trailing only New Zealand), Americans paid $8,508 per year. And yet Commonwealth ranked the UK as number 1 for healthcare, and the U.S. dead last … 11th out of 11 industrialized nations…

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/03/u-s-pays-healthcare-industrialized-nation-ranks-worst-healthcare.html

“Double Secret Probation” Becomes Reality

Wikileaks has released the “investment chapter” of the new secretive TPP “trade” deal dated 20 Jan. 2015.

The agreement stipulates that it must remain completely secret for 4 years AFTER it goes into effect.

The chapter details how it creates “an unaccountable supranational court for multinationals to sue states” if the laws or regulations of those states infringe on perspective profits of the multinational corporations.

These courts will actually be tribunals of three unelected corporate lackeys serving at random as judge, prosecution and defense attorneys. Basically a corporate kangaroo court which will always side with the multinationals.

Nations signed onto the agreement will effectively cede their own sovereignty and legal system to the rule of these three corporate cronies.

The implications are staggering….

https://willyloman.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/tpp-investment-chapter-released-by-wikileaks/

U.S. Coordinating Saudi Attacks On Yemen

The White House has confirmed today that they are in contact with the Saudi Arabian government, and coordinating with them on the ongoing attack and pending invasion of Yemen.

The scope of US involvement in the war is still being fleshed out, but for now, President Obama has authorized the Pentagon to provide “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudis, according to National Security Council officials…

http://news.antiwar.com/2015/03/26/us-confirms-involvement-in-coordinating-saudi-attack-on-yemen/

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Yemen is one of many examples of what happens following lawless US intervention.

Obama waged drone war on Yemen throughout his tenure – indiscriminately killing many hundreds of defenseless victims, mostly civilians.

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine, Yemen is a cauldron of violence and instability threatening to spin entirely out-of-control.

In January, Houthi forces ousted US-backed Ab-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s regime. They took over the presidential palace.

They extended control to other parts of the country. Last year, Obama ludicrously touted Yemen as a success story.

Saying US strategy “of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

US interventionist strategy created violence, instability and chaos in both countries – much like virtually elsewhere else Washington intervenes lawlessly…

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/26/violence-and-chaos-in-yemen/

 

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Drug Rep Comes In From The Cold

An ex-pharmaceutical sales rep has come clean after fifteen years of being in the drug pushing business. In her powerful book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen explains why she left her lucrative career selling drugs for some of the biggest names in the business – Johnson and Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories. Now she passionately advocates against the pharmaceutical industry, their unethical practices, and the hundreds of thousands of lives they lead to the grave. Gwen’s eyes were opened through a gradual course of tragic events.  

“It was an awakening process, a spiritual and consciousness process where I started observing what was happening, what some of the drugs were doing, the misinformation, the disinformation. I was being encouraged to minimize side effects when I talked to doctors. I started to realize that these patients were literally being tortured by the drugs,” states ex pharmaceutical rep Gwen Olsen. “There is no such thing as a safe drug,” she reiterates.

Her book unveils her experience selling pharmaceuticals and the dirty secrets the industry doesn’t want anyone to know. Olsen explains that when drugs hit the market, no one knows even 50 percent of the side effects associated with the drug. Doctors are convinced of the drug’s effectiveness and their patients literally become test subjects or lab rats for the pharmaceutical companies. Olsen even confesses, “We were being trained to misinform people.”…

http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/ex-pharmaceutical-rep-comes-clean-reveals-horrors-of-western-medicine/127466

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It’s well known that taking a prescription drug will put a person at risk of side effects. Most of the time, these are pretty mild, ranging from fever to vomiting and stomach problems. Unfortunately, those weren’t the side effects one Atlanta woman experienced after taking her own prescription pills.

When 24-year-old Khaliah Shaw was given three sets of pills to treat her bipolar disorder in December 2013, she didn’t expect one of them to cause severe rashes. About a month after she began the drug regimen, her skin developed a rash, and the skin on her lips started to come off, she told Fox Atlanta. She said a visit to the emergency room only led to a flu diagnosis, but two days later, she woke up with blisters and severe pain. “By the time I left my house, my skin was on fire,” she said. “I was crawling out of my house, I couldn’t walk. It got really bad, really fast.”

The drug that caused the reaction is an anti-seizure medication known as lamotrigine — the generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Lamictal. Its purpose for Shaw would have been to prevent the recurrent depressive episodes that characterize bipolar disorder. But it backfired instead.

She was diagnosed with Steven Johnson syndrome, a rare disorder that begins with flu-like symptoms and progresses into rashes and blisters. Essentially, the top layer of skin dies and sheds. The condition has damaged her skin — permanently causing white and pink splotches — taken away some of her hair, and made it difficult to see in bright or dark light.

You can learn more about her story by watching the Fox Atlanta video below…

http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/bipolar-disorder-drug-lamotrigines-side-effects-cause-rare-steven-johnson-syndrome-326892