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Monday, April 02, 2007

GSK

I used to see news stories from India and China, where local entrepreneurs would
buy used infected disposable syringes from hospitals. Then they would get
farmers to wash them with tap water, vacuum pack them and resell them to
pharmacies. I have also read about children dying because such entrepreneurs
would sell chalk pills labelled as antibiotics.

The recent news in New Zealand has really shocked me. I always thought NZ would
be safe from these dangers, but similar things are happening here! And it is not
some crazy uneducated farmer who is misleading us, it is a giant pharmaceutical
multinational multi-billion dollar company who is providing vaccinations to NZ
children, medications for asthma, depression, hepatitis, smoking cessation and
more.






GSK http://www.gsk.co.nz/ has been selling Ribena advertised as a health drink,
containing heaps of vitamin C. Two NZ school girls found that it contained
no traces of vitamin C. Furthermore, it has more sugar than Coca-Colla. Isn't
this clashing with GSK's slogan "do more, feel better, live longer"?

Is Ribena the tip of the iceberg of GSK lies or is it
really a little mistake? One of the medicines produced by
GSK is the very popular anti-depressant Aropax
(paxill). Reports reveal that GSK had knowledge that aropax was dangerous for teenagers and yet was promoting the drug to doctors as a safe medicine in adolescence and childhood (see
video). Furthermore, GSK downplayed the risks of withdrawal symptoms from aropax and withheld results from their own studies(video).

If pharmaceuticals are so mean, why don't the doctors warn us?
Cochrane collaboration is a group of specialist reviewing medical research, and
it is recognised to be the most reliable source for evidence-based medicine. In
2006 Dr. Peter Gøtzsche, director of the Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen compared
studies funded by the pharma industry and reviews done without support of
pharmaceuticals. He recommends ignoring ANY research funded by drug companies.
This is quite a statement to make, isn’t it? And Dr. Gøtzsche does not talk
about advertising by pharmaceuticals, he talks about research published in
peer-reviewed journals.

What are the conseqences of this court case against GSK? A fine of NZ$217,500.
This does not look very serious against 61 billion turnover of GSK. To compare
that to an average NZ income of $31.720, this would mean a fine of $0.0001131!
1 percent of a cent!

It's not a secret that a story like this would have been silenced in no time in
many other countries. It would have never reached the court in the first place.
It makes me proud and happy that in New Zealand a couple of school girls can
pinch a giant.


Related links:
Cochrane collaboration: Do not trust pharmaceuticals + Cochrane about
Acupuncture


NZ Herald: Schoolgirls' study nabs food giant

Friday, March 23, 2007

How to stop worrying and to be proactive- part one



Imagine a very large circle. You are in the middle. The floor is laid with rocks. Your task is to clear rocks of as much area as possible.

There smaller rocks that you can lift are in the centre. And as you move away from the middle the rocks become larger and at a certain distance from the centre they are so large you can't lift them. Draw a second smaller circle there.

Now everything within the larger circle is your concern (in your mind you have to clear all those rocks). And the smaller circle is also within the area of your concern, but it also called circle of your influence.

There is no use trying to lift the rocks you can't lift. There's no use to even spend time sweating about them. The trick is to identify those large rocks in your way so that you can focus on the tasks you're in control of.

Effective people spend most of the time within the circle of influence.
And when you spend more time within circle of your influence, it will become larger, and the circle of concern (and no influence) smaller.

[To be continued]

Adopted from Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.


Worry or anxiety is a normal emotion, as long as it doesn't dominate your mind. Anxiety is a problem if it is out of proportion and can not be justified by your situation. If you suffer excessive anxiety you may need to see your doctor, or you may consider acupuncture. Acupuncture releases endorphins and reduces anxiety. It increases night time melatonin levels and helps you to have a healthy, vibrant and restoring sleep.

Monday, October 23, 2006

How Sunscreens Can Damage Skin and Cause Cancer

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

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