To All My Readers: A Happy Easter Sunday 2014!

Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way (album: Are You Gonna Go My Way, 1993)

Lyrics Are You Gonna Go My Way

Wikipedia: Are You Gonna Go My Way (song)

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Some other Documentaries and Television Reports about the Cynical Marketing Tactics of “Big Pharma”

Another interesting and rewarding documentary on the cynical marketing tactics of drug companies is “Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety” directed by John Ennis and Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau. This documentary was released in 2006.

Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety” explores the ethical and societal implications of the fraudulent schemes and practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

This documentary features interviews with investigative journalists, medical professionals, former pharmaceutical sales representatives, and others. These experts talk frankly about the pharmaceutical influence as it relates to consumers, physicians, research, the FDA and Capitol Hill.

There is a website in the WWW that includes a lot additional information about this documentary “Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety“.

A really good and straight television report on the fraudulent schemes and practises of the pharmaceutical companies titled “Drug Money” was presented in August 2010 in the current affairs programme “People & Power” of Al Jazeera English.

I saw another documentary about the same subject (the pharmaceutical companies and their cynical marketing tactics) released by Gary Null in 2006 titled “Prescription for Disaster“.

But I didn´t really like this documentary, because it was not only criticizing the pharmaceutical companies for their ruthless marketing tactics, but is was also advocating so called alternative medicine and nutritional additives (dietary supplements like vitamins) as a therapy for dangerous illnesses like cancer.

I don´t really believe in this all this alternative medicine stuff, though some of those alternative medical techniques like for example chiropractic can sometimes be useful as an additional therapeutical method to standard academic medicine.

I believe in evidence based academic and scientific medicine. And a healthy life style sure is very important preserving one´s health (healthy food, sports, no or little alcohol, no smoking, of course no drugs too, etc.) but I don´t believe that dietary supplements are necessary if you are eating enough healthy food on a daily and regular basis.

Gary Null (born 1945) has made a lot of movies about health and health care related subjects (see the list with his movies in the Internet Movie Database) but this guy might be a quack.

Stephen Barrett´s Quackwatch includes 13 files about or mentioning Gary Null.

So I don´t recommend this documentary, though some of the facts that are presented here are in accordance with the facts serious critics of the pharmaceutical companies are presenting too.

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Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs (2006)

Yesterday night I watched an interesting and rewarding documentary about the schemes and dubious practices of “Big Pharma” in the USA titled “Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs

This documentary was produced and edited in 2006 by Ronit Ridberg in cooperation with the “Media Education Foundation“.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs” pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose how illnesses are used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain.

Focusing on the pharmaceutical industry‘s often fraudulent marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer advertising (mainly television ads) glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment.

This documentary features interviews with Dr. Marcia Angell (Dept. of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Former Editor New England Journal of Medicine), Dr. Bob Goodman (Columbia University Medical Center; Founder of “No Free Lunch), Gene Carbona (Former Pharmaceutical Industry Insider and Current Executive Director of Sales, The Medical Letter), Katharine Greider (Journalist; Author,The Big Fix: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Rips Off American Consumers), Dr. Elizabeth Preston (Dept. of Communication, Westfield State College), and Dr. Larry Sasich (Public Citizen Health Research Group). 

A transcript of this documentary can be found online (PDF) in the WWW.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Retrospective (1995)

Austin City LimitsStevie Ray Vaughan: A Retrospective (1995)

Wikipedia: Stevie Ray Vaughan  (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990)

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Peter Lehmann zu den Ethikproblemen in der Psychiatrie

Peter LehmannEthikprobleme in der Psychiatrie – Lange Liste der Verstöße, in: praxis wissen psychosozial – Zeitschrift für psychosoziale Pflege, Heft 16 (1. Quartal 2014), S. 36-39.

Gratisdownload:

http://www.antipsychiatrieverlag.de/artikel/recht/pdf/ethikprobleme.pdf 

Literaturangaben: 

http://www.peter-lehmann.de/document/ethik2014.htm

Peter Lehmann macht in diesem Artikel deutlich, dass trotz berechtigter Kritik das Thema Ethik in der Psychiatrie immer noch stiefmütterlich behandelt wird. Eine erschreckende Bilanz.

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (in Chinese 艾未未:道歉你妹; official title in Taiwan 艾未未:草泥馬) is a 2012 documentary film about Chinese artist and civil and political rights Ai Weiwei, directed by American filmmaker Alison Klayman.

Director Alison Klayman received a special jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for the film, which also opened the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on 26 April 2012.

Ai Weiwei is not only a famous artist, but also a civil and political rights activist living and working in the communist People’s Republic of China.

Ai Weiwei´s life was not always easy since he started with his work as a civil and political rights activist and he already had a lot of troubles and confrontations with the Chinese authorities.

I watched that movie some days ago and I can really recommend it. The movie is well done and gives a good inside into Ai Weiwei´s personal life, artistic work and his work as a civil and political rights activist.

Ai Weiwei is a funny and clever guy and usually manages to present his political message with humour and irony.

See as an example for this Ai Weiwei´s version of the South Korean world wide hit song of 2012 “Gangnam Style“.

Psy Frenzi: Chinese Activist Ai Weiwei welcomes `Gangnam Style´ in Handcuffs 

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