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Big Pharma and Diabetes

* Do all of our loved ones & friends KNOW ?
* Note taken from Health Sciences Institute e-Alert – Jenny Thompson – 12/7/16
Dear Reader,
For Big Pharma, the pot of gold isn’t at the end of a rainbow.
Instead, it can be found directly at the FDA’s doorstep!
But unfortunately, what will soon be bringing in the billions for drugmakers Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim looks like nothing more than a cruel trick being played on those with type 2 diabetes.
Because what this pair wants you to hear about its type 2 med Jardiance is far from the whole story.


A ‘cascade of adverse events’

When Jardiance was first approved over two years ago, I gave you the lowdown of why it’s a very dangerous drug to take if you have type 2.
First off, it’s part of an entirely new class of diabetes meds called SGLT2 inhibitors. They work by forcing your kidneys to excrete glucose in your urine. While that may sound easy, it’s not that simple.
Side effects include severe dehydration, which can lead to a drop in blood pressure. And that can cause dizziness and falls. Your blood pressure could even drop to a level that’s deadly.
Back when Jardiance was approved, even the FDA warned that if you’re taking diuretics (water pills) and happen to be over 75, you’re “more susceptible” to those risks.
Then, there’s the problem of the big increase in urinary tract infections this drug can cause, as well as yeast infections – and that’s both in women and men.
An expert called this method of blood-sugar control one that can trigger “a cascade of adverse events.”
But the drugmaking duo behind Jardiance are hoping all that’s history now. Because all they want you to hear is this: If you have type 2 diabetes and heart problems, Jardiance will help you live longer!
And that’s quite a claim – actually it’s the first time the FDA has ever allowed a drugmaker to say that about a diabetes med.
Stockbrokers and analysts immediately pulled out their calculators and figured that this absolutely amazingly wonderful money-making new claim will generate extra sales of close to two billion for Jardiance within the next ten years.
Think about it! Just a handful of words added to the hype for this med will put billions more into the pocket of these drugmakers. Of course, when it comes to sales pitches, being able to say your drug will help diabetics live longer is catching the brass ring if there ever was one.
Which brings me to the $64,000 question. How did the drugmakers come to that conclusion?
Well, at some point during the post-marketing safety trial Lilly and Boehringer were required to run, they decided to turn it into a trial that would allow them to make such a claim. Incredibly, the FDA went along with the plan and let them do basically whatever they wanted to.
And when the study was complete – ta-da! – they announced this amazing longevity find using a statistical magic stunt called “relative risk.”
Relative risk is a smoke-and-mirrors trick that experts have called a misleading way to exaggerate differences that “are either insignificant or do not even exist.”
But not everyone at the FDA bought it.
When this longer-life claim was analyzed by the FDA’s expert advisory committee, it just squeaked by with a vote of 12-11. And even those who voted for letting the drugmakers go with it had reservations. Many commented that they were not sure about using one single study to support such a claim.
Others were concerned that the way Jardiance supposedly prolongs life is still a big mystery.
And another said, “Good luck on figuring out what to do.”
Well, I can help you figure out what to do without using any statistical mumbo jumbo.
If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor wants you to try Jardiance, just tell him “no.” Instead, ask for other options that don’t put you in the crosshairs of serious side effects that aren’t relative, but very real.
To Your Good Health,
Jenny Thompson
Sources:
“FDA approves empagliflozin for reducing CVD death” Miriam E. Tucker, December 2, 2016, Medscape, Medscape.com

Enemies on the Left, False Friends on the Right – Part 13

“Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work within the system.” (Rules for Radicals) 

It is impossible to cover all the groups funded by Richard Mellon Scaife over a period of the last 50 years. So I’ve chosen only those organizations most people are familiar with, and those who are more prominent because of their donor’s largess.

Newsmax

The NewsMax.com website launched on September 16, 1998, with Christopher Ruddy serving as columnist and editor-in-chief. NewsMax’s founders include Kevin Timpy, Bruce Lonic, Lord William Rees-Mogg, National Taxpayer’s Union founder, James Dale Davidson, who for decades has promoted a Constitutional Convention, Admiral Thomas Moorer, Arnaud de Borchgrave, CFR member and Sun Myung Moon employee (deceased), and Michael Ruff. It’s Board members include former Secretary of State General and CFR member, Alexander Haig (deceased); former publisher of Forbes magazine, Jeff Cunningham; financial consultant, Alvin Hirsch; and a former executive of IBM Corporation, Robert Lohman.

In addition to the web site, the company publishes a monthly magazine, also called Newsmax. Newsmax is a competitor to WND and WJC, and was also heavily funded by Dick Scaife. Ruddy is the President, but Scaife owns 7.2% of the magazine.

An interesting aside is that Ruddy earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Fabian socialist London School of Economics, so he and Edwin Feulner have much in common. Since 1996, Ruddy has been Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Hoover Institute has been deeply involved in not only NAFTA, but promotion of Direct Instruction (B.F. Skinner) after the late distinguished historian, Antony Sutton, delivered on his contract with Hoover Institute to research and write his many books on U.S. aid to the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Ruddy is in good company at Hoover Institute with CFR members Condoleezza Rice, and George Schultz, along with CNP member and Heritage board member Edwin Meese, NAFTA’s Richard Allen, and education change agent, Chester Finn.

Ruddy also served as a representative on the U.S. delegation headed by Senators Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham to the NATO 44th Munich Security Conference.

American Enterprise Institute

AEI grew out of the American Enterprise Association (AEA), which was founded in 1938 by a group of New York businessmen led by Lewis H. Brown. AEI’s founders included executives from Eli Lilly, General Mills, Bristol-Myers, Chemical Bank, Chrysler, and Paine Webber. To this day, AEA’s board is composed of top leaders from major business and financial firms.

In 1954, William J. Baroody, Sr., became executive vice president of the association and changed its name to AEI. The institute is often cited as a right-leaning counterpart to the left-leaning Brookings Institution. However, the two entities have often collaborated: from 1998 to 2008, they co-sponsored the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies (now housed solely at AEI), and in 2006, they launched the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project.    So  crawling in bed with the enemy is obviously not a problem for AEI. AEI is the most prominent think tank associated with American neoconservatism, in both the domestic and international policy arenas. Former Trotskyite and neo-conservative, Irving Kristol, widely considered a father of neo-conservatism with William F. Buckley, was a senior fellow at AEI (arriving from the Congress for Cultural Freedom, following the widespread revelation of the group’s CIA funding – Link). Many prominent neoconservatives—including Democrat CFR/TC/UN Ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Democrat Ben Wattenberg, and Democrat,Joshua Muravchik. Muravchik was National Chairman of the Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL) from 1968 to 1973, and supported the majority of the Socialist Party of America in renaming the organization to Social Democrats, USA. These people spent the bulk of their careers at AEI.

AEI’s board is chaired by Tully Friedman. Current notable trustees include Arthur C. Brooks, who published a survey and analysis of “Gross National Happiness,” which we hear about as it relates to UN Agenda 21 Link. Then there’s Gordon Binder, former managing director and CEO of Amgen; former vice president Dick Cheney; and Daniel D’Aniello, cofounder of The Carlyle Group. Harlan Crow, is chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings, and a founding member of Club for Growth. Crow is also a close friend of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was Monsanto’s corporate lawyer. Link Crow is a member of the all-male Bohemian Club, and as early as 1997 had hosted Thomas as a guest at the group’s annual summer encampment: the Bohemian Grove.

Then there’s the Peter G. Peterson Foundation who gave a grant to AEI. And just who is Peterson? He’s the chairman emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He was also the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York between 2000 and 2004. Remember too, Peterson is a partner with the Scaife funded Club for Growth.

In an editorial in Newsweek, Pete Peterson describes his inspiration for starting the Foundation, and his goals:

“So I started looking at the lives of other billionaires. Almost all the ones I most admired were major philanthropists: Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mike Bloomberg, George Soros, Eli Broad—each with a passion to do good, each getting so much pleasure from giving their money away. I decided that’s what I wanted to do. But to which worthy cause would I direct my money?”

Guess who else the Peter G. Peterson Foundation gave a grant to? None other than the Heritage Foundation. The Peterson Foundation provided grants to six leading think tanks in 2011 to develop comprehensive proposals to address the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges. Link

Also on the board of AEI is Raymond Gilmartin, retired chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. who was director during the Vioxx scandal and sat on the board of Microsoft as well. And don’t forget their infamous Gardasil vaccine.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported AEI’s education policy studies headed by Frederick M. Hess who authored reports and other education projects and whose working group includes Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and Michael Feinberg, the cofounder of KIPP.

Scaife has funded AEI since 1963. Unbelievably, in 1964. he escorted Barry Goldwater on the Scaife family airplane to the Bohemian Grove retreat, the boozy and confidential gathering of neo-conservative, mostly wealthy men. Link

Other Scaife Funded Organizations

Among other right-wing organizations substantially funded by Scaife, besides Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute, are CNP member, Larry Klayman’s, Judicial Watch; (Judicial Watch is now headed by Tom Fitton) the Cato Institute; FreedomWorks (originally founded by CNP member and pro-amnesty supporter, Dick Armey); the American Legislative Exchange Council (see part 7); the Hudson Institute (2012-990); the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy (2012-990) (founded by Reagan’s CIA Director, William Casey, and an associate member of the State Policy Network which is a mini Heritage); CNP member, Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center (2012-990); James Dale Davidson‘s pro-Constitutional Convention, National Taxpayer’s Union (2012-990), Reason Foundation (2013-990), and the University of Chicago. Most of the above groups and foundations also received donations from the David Koch Charitable Foundation.

Scaife also gave to GOPAC, the political fund that helped make third waver, Newt Gingrich speaker in 1994. Gingrich says Scaife’s money laid the basis for modern conservatism (read that neo-conservative corporate fascism). And his money still flows, but some of these stats are from the mid 90s:

  • To the Heritage Foundation alone, $23 million between 1985-2010.
  • $1.22 million to the American Enterprise Institute ($9 million).
  • $1.40 million to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
  • $325,000 to the Cato Institute.
  • $575,000 to the Citizens for a Sound Economy, among others
  • The Free Congress Foundation, which used to run a conservative cable channel, received $1.9 million from 1994 to 1996.
  • Accuracy in Media got $675,000.

Scaife gave nearly $13 million over the last 36 years to Pepperdine University alone. He also donated enormous sums to Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, George Mason, John Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Rochester, Smith College, Southwest Missouri State, Stanford, Tufts, University of Chicago, U of Pittsburgh, U of South Carolina and U of Virginia. Most of these departments and chairs do not exist on scholarly merit or academic trends. Corporate America purchases them.

Later, he supported such varied conservative and libertarian organizations as:

By 1998 his foundations were listed among donors to over 100 such groups, to which he had disbursed some $340 million by 2002.

Scaife is identified with his contributions to neo-conservative and libertarian causes. However, he has also supported policy research groups which are not explicitly conservative, such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Scaife has also been a major donor to abortion rights advocates, including Planned Parenthood, giving “millions” to the organization. His mother, Sarah Scaife used to have Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, over to her house for tea. Needless to say, both Scaife and his sister Cordelia heavily funded Planned Parenthood.

Scaife’s Death

Here is the May, 2014, transcript of Glenn Beck’s tribute to his friend, Richard Mellon Scaife. Beck had spoken to him on the phone and found out he had been diagnosed with untreatable cancer, so he went to spend some time with him.

With the huge amount of funds available to Richard Mellon Scaife, it is a shame he funded those who were in bed with the left, without doing the research necessary to know just exactly what his money was accomplishing, or maybe he did. As a strong believer in tax funding of Planned Parenthood, one could never call Scaife an old-right conservative like Barry Goldwater. The Charlotte Observer said in 2003 that Dick Scaife had contributed to Children Requiring a Caring Community (now Project Prevention), which pays people addicted to drugs to be sterilized or receive long-term contraception. Link   Needless to say, Richard Mellon Scaife was not really a friend to old right conservatives.

The murder of 60 million innocent babies in their mothers’ wombs, and the euthanasia of our elderly in their last days, most certainly has lifted the blessing of God on America that existed for so many decades.   Remember God’s instruction through Moses in Deuteronomy where He said, “Choose Life!” Neoconservative Scaife certainly didn’t heed this warning.