You can’t wake people up through argument…

I try to practice what I preach; I’m not always that good at it but I really do try. The other night, I was getting hard-hearted, closed-minded, and fundamentalist about somebody else, and I remembered this expression that you can never hate somebody if you stand in their shoes. I was angry at him because he was holding such a rigid view. In that instant I was able to put myself in his shoes and I realized, “I’m just as riled up, and self-righteous and closed-minded about this as he is. We’re in exactly the same place!” And I saw that the more I held on to my view, the more polarized we would become, and the more we’d be just mirror images of one another—two people with closed minds and hard hearts who both think they’re right, screaming at each other. It changed for me when I saw it from his side, and I was able to see my own aggression and ridiculousness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Big Pharma: Medicating Our Nation’s Capitol With Big Money

great overview of the influence of big pharma on policy

Big Pharma

Having been a psychiatric nurse for the past 29 years, I have seen medication “trends” come and go. Yes, I did say trends. To me…medication prescribing in the industry has the same trend-like quality as you would see as, for instance, in the fashion industry. Instead of top clothing designers of the day dictating the current fashions of the day, in the world of medicine we see the top medication designers dictating how and what medications should be prescribed by our elite medical community. You may be wondering what I mean by my reference to “medication designers”. What I am specifically alluding to is a reference the leading drug manufacturing companies, aka “Big Pharma,” which have an extreme impact, not just within the medical community, but ultimately on our nation as a whole–down to each individual U.S. citizen.  This is all made possible by the influence Big Pharma has purchased…

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