Comments on: Hooked on drug ads, education collision in Hawaii, and the gas frenzy Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Boguseconomist Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:15:59 +0000 All this is old news. Corporations have bought the media, the Congress, the Supreme Court and almost everything else that’s for sale and will continue to do so. Citizen’s United has declared money equivalent to speech and has declared corporations people. Citizens are only valued as consumers and their privacy has disappeared.
The United States has been “crucified on a cross of gold,” but any old metal will do……


By: TheUSofA Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:31:11 +0000 Oh America. Eat what you like, do what you like, smoke what you like. Don’t worry, there’s a drug to fix it later. It may turn out to have potentially harmful side effects but don’t worry about.

Have heartburn? Still want to have five cups of coffee and that cigarette? Want to eat that burrito for lunch and spicy meal for dinner too? Worry not, there’s certainly a drug for it.

Change your eating habits? Be more healthy? Exercise? That’s just crazy and way too hard.

Zero emphasis on the obvious that would reduce healthcare costs in the long run and lead to a healthier population. Why would drug companies want that when they have doctors pushing drugs like candy? Or junk food and fast food companies for that matter.

Decadence, indulgence and can I get it right away?

By: Jeepgirl Sun, 22 Apr 2012 06:05:32 +0000 It is very important for all individuals to look up medicines that are prescribed for them. I have heart (which was first dtermermined as heartburn) and back problems. I have been given wrong mediciations and medications that conflict with what I take. I found out about this by looking up the interaction checker on different medical websites devoted to drugs.

Do not trust all doctors even if they know every single medication you take. There are severe interactions between most. Even your pharmacist may not know all of the meds you are taking.

As far as the television advertisements, I usually only watch the local news and then stick to the no commercial channels or on-demand shows. I get most of my news from Reuters and MSNBC on the internet.

As far as the education bonus, I agree with the fact that the funds should be pulled or teachers replaced if the education levels are not improving. Children need to be leaning more to compete as they get older, but to me, most of the problem is with the parents. Not the schools or majority of teachers.

Concerning the gas prices, our government should just set the price here in the states for oil and gas produced here and make it economical to own a car. Electrics are way out of my reach financially plus they will not cover the distance I need to cover. Only extra oil, gas and chemicals not needed in the U.S.A. should be sold on the world market after our reserves are stocked and tanks are full. The money the government has lost on Solydra alone would probably have been enough to clean up several of the older coal burning plants that have been shut down, causing coal jobs and many other jobs to go away.

Just my 2 cents, but it seems correct to me.

By: HeyYu Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:50:15 +0000 I have been diagnosed as having very high cholesterol for years since a med examination when I was in the USA Army, during WWII. This high cholesterol has been detected each time I have had blood tests over the years and cholesterol lowering drugs are often recommended. No, never take them.

Now, in my mid eighties, my blood pressure is normal, as some physicians have observed, “as good as would be expected in people half your age”!

This leads me to conclude that people are different. Yes, we should know this, but it’s so easy for the medical industry to place everyone in specific boxes and then solemnly conclude that we need the treatment du jour.

By: Overcast451 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:09:08 +0000 Drugs are profitable for many in this country. Only difference here is that these drug dealers are ‘blessed’ by the corporate-government alliance against the people of the US.

The others get beat up and jailed by the corporate-government thugs, for infringing on the profit ‘turf’ of the pharma companies.

Which that and the drug testing industry are the only real reasons things like Pot are even illegal.

By: therats69 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:01:56 +0000 Truly a pernicious situation.

I suspect Big Pharma is behind the push to raid marijuana dispensaries.

Most troubling is the terrible burden Big Pharma places on the country’s financial resources.

If as much money was spent on saturating the media with information on healthy eating and bodily maintenance, the “need” for Big Pharma’s snake oil would dissolve like aspirin in a glass of water.

Thanks to all contributors to this intelligent debate.

By: rm12 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:34:28 +0000 Advertising or the news—I don’t know which is the most obnoxious today. Have you noticed that there is very little news on the weekends? And the stars (the anchors), the news, and the holidays—not one present as a holiday approaches. In combination, it’s a “show” I have decided to skip. Somewhere along the way, the networks decided it was not about entertainment or education or reporting, but solely about profit. Address a certain demographic with what they think will sell and the saturate the time with both meaningless content and stupid, deceptive advertising. Approaching 70, I see seniors in nursing homes looking at television and feel an approaching deprivation too boring and painful to think about!

By: jeff81201 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 23:31:28 +0000 A whole lot of what BigPharma peddles is nothing but snake oil. It might be the 21st century, but the approval system cares little for safety or in-depth honest reporting of side-effects. A lot of the stuff is really dangerous and does at least as much (if not more) harm than good.

Eat really well. Exercise. Check out alternative and holistic remedies.

By: joemanjoe Sat, 07 Apr 2012 17:00:37 +0000 The drug companies run this country. It is ludicrous. This is why you can’t find affordable healthcare. Additionally, they market them to people and use them as Ginny pigs. You think you can walk-in into a doctor’s office and say give me this drug or that drug? It supposedly cures your current symptom but the side effects will kill you.
I have never seeing drug ads on international TV. And I lived all over the world. Only in this country!.