I've been making my way through George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 for the past couple days. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world, government take over books (or movies for that matter), so I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Orwell has been called prophetic; there are evident parallels in the way society has moved since Orwell predicted tele-screens and government surveillance of citizens.
On webcast nights, I'll often field calls that come in for Doug. A number of questions usually start with, "I think I've got a problem that has something to do with fungus; what supplements should I be taking?"
Hardly a week goes by without a pharmaceutical drug being implicated in a widespread horrendous and unintended side effect. In many cases, pharmaceutical drugs are responsible for death, even when taken exactly as the doctors prescribe them. Such events certainly call into question the efficacy, tactics and scrutiny of the supposed watch-dog organization known as the FDA.
In one of the slimiest moves ever, Pfizer has gotten a chewable form of their cash-cow drug Lipitor approved for children ten and up in the European Union. The article released by the AP stated that the target audience included, but was not exclusive to, children with a inherited condition known has familial hypercholesterolemia.
As I drive to work every day, I pass no less than ten billboards advertising surgery for weight loss. Most of these type surgeries involve restricting the amount of food that is allowed into the stomach. By making patients feel full after only a few bites of food, they are forced to consume fewer calories, therefore allowing them to shed pounds.