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  1. Congress wants to limit access to science

    Congress wants to limit access to science

    How can you expect to make informed decisions about your health if you're denied access to the latest research -- or, even worse -- if the science you ARE given access to has been cherry-picked by those with financial investments in it?

    The simple, obvious answer is, you can't.

    Yet there's a bill in Congress right now that aims to do just that.

    The Research Works Act (HR 3699) would prevent any research from being circulated online without the consent of the publisher and the study authors -- even if YOU paid for the funding with YOUR tax dollars.

    Instead, you'd need to pay AGAIN to read the research results. Talk about double-dipping!

    This new law would reverse the giant step forward that occurred in 2008, when U.S. law determined that studies funded by the National Institutes of Health should be published for free in an online government database.

    The publishers even have one full year to sell the journals before the research papers are posted on PubMedCentral, the free archive site.

    Sounds reasonable, to me... So what more do they want? They want more money, of course.

    One major journal publisher, Elsevier, turned a profit of $1.16 billion in 2010 alone -- and YOU paid for that billion-dollar business. Here's how:

    Along with funding the actual research, you pay for the peer review process. The scientists who do those reviews are technically "volunteers" -- at least as far as the journal is concerned. But most of them do the work while on the clock at their day jobs in universities and research centers funded by... you guessed it... you.

    It doesn't end there. Once a study gets published, you pay again -- because most of the subscriptions are bought by those same taxpayer-funded universities and research centers.

    That means you paid THREE TIMES for the publication of a single study!

    And now, in the ultimate slap in the face, they want you to pay AGAIN just to read the study results!

    Enough's enough. If you're paying that much and that often, you deserve to see what you've bought.

    Visit the Alliance for Natural Health's Web site to find out how to let your lawmakers know that "Research Works" doesn't work for you.

  2. Who your doctor's really working for

    New disclosures disclose too little

    It's a matter of fact that docs who take cash from drug companies prescribe meds differently. OF COURSE they favor meds from the firms that pay them. OF COURSE they're more willing to use those drugs off-label. OF COURSE they're more likely to prescribe them willy-nilly.

    But even if your doctor doesn't reveal who he's in bed with, his partner is going to have to fess up. Because under new disclosure rules kicking in next month, drug companies will be forced to reveal every payment and gift they make to docs.

    That includes not just money for consulting and/or speaking on behalf of a drug, but it also includes those notorious travel and entertainment expenses -- like, say, an “informational session" held on a beach in Waikiki.

    Even small expenses -- lunch with the doctor, or bagels for his receptionists -- will need to be reported.

    It's a step in the right direction, but you're still going to have to do your part. Because if you expect to see these disclosures where they might actually help you, like posted on the wall in the waiting room, you've got another thing coming.

    Instead, they'll be put online in a government database, which means you'll have to look into your doctor BEFORE you see him -- quite a challenge if, say, you've been taken to the hospital and you're being treated by doctors you've never seen before.

    In those cases, you'll still have to guess. You can start by looking at the logo on his pen. And that gives me an idea: Who says docs need to wear white jackets or scrubs anyway?

    Let's give them some new attire: a jacket with the logos of all their corporate benefactors sewn into it.

    It works for NASCAR drivers.

  3. How docs sell you out

    If you're a doctor and your New Year's resolution is "make more money," a leading medical Web site has some ideas for you -- and all you have to do is sell out yourself, your practice, your patients, and your fellow doctors.
  4. Another win in the battle against fluoride

    There's finally an issue powerful enough to force communities to think twice about water fluoridation -- and it's not the decades of science that prove beyond all doubt that this toxic waste can rot the brain from the inside. It's money.
  5. More pain, no gain

    The feds say 116 million American adults -- or 40 percent of us -- are suffering from chronic pain... and it's costing us a ridiculous amount of money.
  6. (Don't) put your money where your mouth is

    Researchers from BioCote -- a company that makes antibacterial products -- carried out swab tests on ATM keypads and public toilets, and found similar levels of pseudomonads and bacillus bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, in both.
  7. Top doc busted for being on Big Pharma payroll

    More and more, that oath is being thrown out the window, and drug company payola is taking its place.
  8. The truth about vaccine defenders

    Finally, the mainstream media has started to follow the trail of pennies to the source of the vaccination issue.
  9. Big Pharma protects its profits by attacking your rights

    Big Pharma protects its profits by attacking your rights.
  10. Marine families suffer from tainted water

    It looks as if contaminated water was the cause of cancer and birth defects in the children of Marines based at Camp Lejeune, NC.

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