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Pain advocates petition for support of FDA Commissioner
Supporters argue that restricting pain medication will not reduce opioid addictions

"There is a real epidemic of abuse of prescription medications in this country,"
said Paul Gileno, Founder and President of the U.S. Pain Foundation. "However, further restricting access to necessary treatment for people with pain will do little to address the problem of preventing, identifying, and treating individuals with addiction disorders," Addiction is a disease, removing pain medications from pharmacies won't prevent addicts from getting high.

(Middletown, Conn...) This week, the U.S. Pain Foundation and more than a dozen patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Sectary of Health and Human Services voicing their unequivocal support of FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

The letter was sent in response to recent calls for Commissioner Hamburg to step down from her post. Anti-Opioid organizations such as "Fed Up" have been [...]
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Pedantic Hogwash

Posted on September 29, 2014 with 0 comments
Read some stunningly disappointing posts on the facebook page"Unity Leaders Concerned About The Unity Movement" attacking new thought music and musicians. No constructive analysis, just (to use their own words) ”pedantic….. hogwash”. As the old saying goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies?!In my 25 years of involvement in the Unity movement, I have rarely encountered such petty, negative comments, particularly directed against new thought music and musicians. The 3 involved in making and/or supporting these personal attacks sounded more like trolls on a progressive political site than Unity “leaders". They also sounded like they must start each day by sitting on an air hose.

US to provide $75M to expand Ebola Care Centers
I’m sure that some could find a way to criticize this, but I’m proud of us (the US) for donating $75 million for 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. Nurses in Liberia are wearing rags over their heads to protect themselves but many health care workers have died as the death toll there reached 1,900. It is a horrible disease with nightmarish symptoms which can include bleeding, usually from the eyes, internal bleeding, and people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum.
More people have now died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic than in all previous outbreaks combined (1,590, according to the WHO). Other donating nations include China and Nigeria. “No one, even outbreak responders, (has) ever seen anything like it,” said WHO’s director general Margaret Chan at a UN press briefing. “With this international response, coordinated response, [...]
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heroes all around us

Posted on September 8, 2014 with 0 comments
Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster
Note that healthy Nat. Institute of Health workers are volunteering for the first human studies of vaccine effectiveness. There are really are heroes all around us!

Tell the Senate: Overturn Citizens United

"Corporations and the ultra-rich shouldn’t be allowed to buy our elected officials by spending unlimited amounts of money influencing elections. Pass Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United."
I signed the petition- please join me and sign, too!

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