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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Medical Doctors may be Hazardous to your Health

Slowly we are waking up to the fact that medical doctors are influenced by big pharma, hence whether they know it or not, they are not necessarily in your health's best interest.

Medical Doctors may be Hazardous to your Health

Today’s doctors-in-training are learning how to think critically and clearly about the need for — and potential dangers of — any drugs they prescribe. And surgeons only operate if they are physically and mentally able to make sure they will not be putting their patient in any danger, right? Unfortunately, two new papers show that those assumptions are wrong. In fact, they reveal critical reasons why mainstream medicine can be a danger to your health and even threaten your life.

Bottom line: med students are being taught through a hidden curriculum devised and carried out by Big Pharma (and allowed by medical schools) to push the prescribing of their drugs. Meanwhile, countless surgeons are operating and sometimes harming patients because they are impaired by fatigue and lack of sleep.

Here are the facts. Medical students in the United States are being bombarded with the pro-drug propaganda of pharmaceutical companies– and the students are exposed to this throughout their education, even in the years before they have clinical experience treating patients. According to research led by Kirsten Austad and Aaron S. Kesselheim from Harvard Medical School just published inPLoS Medicine, it turns out the drug giants have created what the Harvard researchers have dubbed a highly influentialhidden curriculum
that pushes doctors-in-training into accepting and promoting Big Pharma’s prescription drugs and other therapies.

The enormous and ongoing contact with drug companies is associated with medical professionals developing positive attitudes about the marketing of prescription medications. Moreover, the med students are not developing any healthy skepticism about potential negative implications of the drug pushing techniques — or the drugs themselves.



Inflation SHOCK: Food prices surging at highest rate in 21 years

There is no inflation. Why on earth would you want to protect your wealth in an inflation protected zero counter party risk asset like silver and gold?


Inflation SHOCK: Food prices surging at highest rate in 21 years

U.S. food-price inflation may top the government's forecast as higher crop, meat, dairy and energy costs lead companies including Nestle SA, McDonald's Corp. (MCD) and Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFMI) to boost prices.

Retail-food prices will jump more than the U.S. Department of Agriculture's estimate of 3 percent to 4 percent this year, said Chad E. Hart, an economist at Iowa State University in Ames. Companies will pass along more of their higher costs through year-end, said Bill Lapp, a former ConAgra Foods Inc. chief economist. The USDA will update its forecast today.

Groceries and restaurant meals rose 2.4 percent in the four months through April, the most to start a year since 1990, government data show. During the period, rice, wheat and milk futures touched the highest levels since 2008, and retail beef reached a record. Yesterday, J.M. Smucker Co. announced an 11 percent price increase for Folgers coffee, the best-selling U.S. brand, after the cost of beans almost doubled in a year.

"It's going to be a tough year" for U.S. shoppers, said Lapp, who is president of Advanced Economic Solutions, an agriculture consultant in Omaha, Nebraska. "You're looking at an economy where a lot of consumers are under some serious pressure from food and fuel costs."

Even after a drop in commodities this month, seven of eight tracked by the Standard & Poor's GSCI Agriculture Index are higher than a year earlier as adverse weather damages crops, rising demand erodes inventories and a weak dollar boosts demand for U.S. exports. Corn futures are up 98 percent, wheat gained 67 percent, raw sugar advanced 44 percent, and rice jumped 25 percent.



Trade Update on Silver

Full Disclosure, I sold some PSLV at these levels. Since I use margin, I am now only 130% long PSLV. I took some off the table and plan to take a little more off if silver hits $40. The reason is that just in case silver decides to retest $33 or $35, I'd like to have some dry powder available to buy more.

My new phyzz arrives tomorrow. Trade paper silver. Accumulate physical silver.