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Wyeth Losing in Court

| March 31, 2011

As I blogged previously, the National Institutes of Health Women’s Health Initiative Study (launched in 1993-95) had to be shut down in 2002, when it became clear the women in the Premarin/Prempro arm of the study were experiencing an unacceptably high rate of breast cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia ( The massive negative publicity […]

Wyeth Stocks Soar While Women Die

| March 29, 2011

Six Decades of False and Misleading Marketing Estrogen, a hormone regulating the development and function of the female reproductive system, was first discovered in 1925. In the 1930s, the drug company Wyeth developed a process (viewed as barbaric by animal rights activists) to extract conjugated estrogens from the urine of pregnant mares. They patented their […]

Menopause: Made in the USA

| March 27, 2011

Historically 80% of Premarin and Prempro sales have occurred in the US. Even in the US, the cessation of menstruation is a non-event in 75% of women, producing no physical symptoms whatsoever. In fact, most languages and cultures have no word for menopause. In Chinese medicine, so-called menopausal symptoms are considered a manifestation of an […]

Wyeth and the Multibillion Dollar Menopause Industry

| March 25, 2011

(this is the first of several posts regarding the “corporatization” of the US health care system – and its harmful effects on human health) I have blogged previously about the ingenious – and deadly – strategy by pharmaceutical companies and other corporate interests of inventing fictitious illnesses to market highly profitable drugs that allegedly “treat” […]

I’m Okay, Thanks

| March 23, 2011

I’ve been at WOMAD for the last three days collecting signatures on a Green Party petition opposing government plans to privatize four of New Zealand’s state owned energy companies. Most people sign – well aware of the sad and embarrassing results of earlier privatization exercises (including the bank and railroad that failed and had to […]

Obama’s Neoliberal Stance on Charter Schools

| March 21, 2011

Of the last five presidents, Obama has clearly been the staunchest ally of the school privatization movement. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Our first black president has already clearly established his neoliberal credentials, in expanding Bush’s war on terror into Pakistan, Yemen and Libya and increasing his predecessor’s measly $700 billion in Wall Street […]

The Charter School Industry – Part II

| March 19, 2011

Should We Allow Conservative Philanthropists to Run Our Schools? A final source of charter school funding is the New Schools Venture Fund created in 1998, which hosts funding by conservative-leaning mega charities, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walmart family foundation. Why do millionaires and billionaires donate hundreds of millions of […]

The Charter School Industry – Part I

| March 17, 2011

“Charter schools were a movement, but now charter schools are an industry. They have lobbyists – they walk around in thousand-dollar suits, some of them.” -  Dan Gaetz, Florida freshman senator (R) and former Okaloosa school superintendent (see No Child Left Behind George W. Bush was the first to authorize federal funding to stimulate […]

The History of the School Privatization Movement

| March 15, 2011

The Neoliberal Goal to Privatize All Public Services Neoliberal Republicans and Tea Partiers (and now Barack Obama and Department of Education director Arne Duncan) give lip service to improving achievement levels for students in inner city schools. However instead of improving funding to these struggling schools, the one intervention supported by statistical research, they continue […]

The War on Public Education

| March 13, 2011

(As a child and adolescent psychiatrist for 30+ years – and a teacher for two years before that – I have special reason to be concerned by the recent attack on teachers unions and public education in general.) Given increasing school closures and teacher layoffs in many states, moves by Congress and state legislation to […]