Placebos Are Getting More Effective

· Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.
www.wired.com - Placebos Are Getting More Effective
Merck was in trouble. In 2002, the pharmaceutical giant was falling behind its rivals in sales. Even worse, patents on five blockbuster drugs were about to expire, which would allow cheaper generics to flood the market. The company hadn't introduced a truly new product in three years, and its stock price was plummeting.
In interviews with the press, Edward Scolnick, Merck's research director, laid out his battle plan to restore the firm to preeminence. Key to his strategy was expanding the company's reach into the antidepressant market, where Merck had lagged while competitors like Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline created some of the best-selling drugs in the world. "To remain dominant in the future," he told Forbes,
"we need to dominate the central nervous system."

His plan hinged on the success of an experimental antidepressant codenamed MK-869. Still in clinical trials, it looked like every pharma executive's dream: a new kind of medication that exploited brain chemistry in innovative ways to promote feelings of well-being. The drug tested brilliantly early on, with minimal side effects, and Merck touted its game-changing potential at a meeting of 300 securities analysts.
Behind the scenes, however, MK-869 was starting to unravel. True, many test subjects treated with the medication felt their hopelessness and anxiety lift. But so did nearly the same number who took a placebo, a look-alike pill made of milk sugar or another inert substance given to groups of volunteers in clinical trials to gauge how much more effective the real drug is by comparison. The fact that taking a faux drug can powerfully improve some people's health—the so-called placebo effect—has long been considered an embarrassment to the serious practice of pharmacology.
Ultimately, Merck's foray into the antidepressant market failed. In subsequent tests, MK-869 turned out to be no more effective than a placebo. In the jargon of the industry, the trials crossed the futility boundary.
It's not only trials of new drugs that are crossing the futility boundary. Some products that have been on the market for decades, like Prozac, are faltering in more recent follow-up tests. In many cases, these are the compounds that, in the late '90s, made Big Pharma more profitable than Big Oil. But if these same drugs were vetted now, the FDA might not approve some of them. Two comprehensive analyses of antidepressant trials have uncovered a dramatic increase in placebo response since the 1980s. One estimated that the so-called effect size (a measure of statistical significance) in placebo groups had nearly doubled over that time.
It's not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It's as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger.
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Wake Up Call / Remastered - 2008

New World Order Documentary

Humans Working Along Side Aliens at Area 51

UFO California - 09.11.2009

"Captured with a digital camera along highway 41 near Lemoore, CA. September 11th, 2009."
- Caption by original uploader whose account is now deleted.

Starship(?) Skips OnThe Sun

Starships On SOHO

Scientists confirm superheavy element 114

· Berkeley, CA - 09.29.2009
www.upi.com - Element 114
U.S. scientists say they have confirmed the production of the superheavy element 114, 10 years after a Russian group first claimed to have made it.
The researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, led by University of California-Berkeley Professor Heino Nitsche and and Berekely Lab senior staff scientist Ken Gregorich, independently confirmed the production of the new element, which was first published by the Dubna Gas Filled Recoil Separator group.
"This proves that the most interesting superheavy elements can in fact be made in the laboratory."

"People have been dreaming of superheavy elements since the 1960s, but it's unusual for important results like the Dubna group's claim to have produced 114 to go unconfirmed for so long. Scientists were beginning to wonder if superheavy elements were real."

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Politicians: Money well spent!

[The question by now should be: Does anybody care?]
fourwinds10.com - Politicians: Money well spent!
[House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while 'colleagues' Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night, as the House convened to vote on a new budget.
The guy sitting in the row in front of these two... he's on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.]
[Source: fourwinds10.com]

The Anti-protest

Alienevent LA - 11.14-15.2009

· Presented by New Hope for Humanity Group.
· A Project by Alienshift.
LIVE from Guatemala!
The 'Wisdom-Prophecy Convergence of 2012 and Beyond' with Wisdom Teacher Sri Ram Kaa, Angelic Oracle Kira Raa and special guest Mayan Elders' Elder Don German.
This powerful trio will appear via tele-conference to share the MAYA's true experience of these times and the times ahead.
Our galactic heritage is calling us and visionary pioneers Sri & Kira will share wisdom and revelations as to our next steps on the planet and how to navigate the energies that are presenting themselves now. Powerful Wisdom Keeper and Mayan Elders' Elder Don German has agreed to share LIVE the true unfoldment of the Mayan Calendar and how we can all participate in this great shift of the ages. Please note that Don German only speaks his native language and spanish; we will be interpreting as he shares! Gather your friends and spread the word, this is a truly powerful moment, the moment when all traditions can come together, transcend the boundaries of language, planet and origin and come together for the greater cause...the positive upliftment of our planet.
Mayan Elder's Elder Don German:
While many of the elders have begun to "westernize" and adapt the ancient ceremonies and teachings to appeal to greater audiences and garner personal gain, this humble and revered Elder has continuously and diligently held the integrity of the Maya and the Mayan calendar for decades.
A highland Maya of direct lineage of high priests, Don German continues to hold ceremony daily on behalf of the world and is unwavering in his dedication to assist our planet at a time of great transition.
This senior statesman of the Maya is the one whom the better known "westernized" high priests seek out when they are in need of their own ceremonies and purification from their travels.
When one is in the presence of Don German one can only describe the gift as "a sublime marriage of ceremony, clarity and true spiritual connection."
Don German knows that we are at the great moment of the reunification of the Eagle and the Condor and through this knowing he is sharing his wisdom without holding back. Beyond the seeking of fame or fortune, his message is simple yet profound: Remember who you are and live together in peace!
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La desobediencia civil - crisiseconómica2010

La desobediencia civil - www.crisiseconomica2010.com
por Juan Trigo
Gandhi ganó la independencia de la India inspirando y poniéndose al frente de la desobediencia civil generalizada.

Eran otros tiempos y otros sistemas sociopolíticos, donde los centros de poder estaban aún muy compartimentados y perfectamente diferenciados. Hoy la mentira ejerce bajo una bandera global, por ejemplo la del G20, y las redes de poder no conocen fronteras; todos sus resortes están interconectados.
La desobediencia civil es una forma de rebeldía que consiste en rehusar el disfrute de las comodidades en las que se apoya el poder para lograr nuestra sumisión. No se trata de atacar violentamente la gran mentira que sostiene la sociedad del consumo, sino simplemente y en silencio, dejar de consumir compulsivamente, como hacemos todos los días para calmar nuestra ansiedad.
No creo el la revolución colectiva, porque en definitiva acaba substituyendo unos codiciosos por otros, sino en la revolución de las conciencias porque su único objetivo es la conquista de grados de libertad individual.

Esta crisis pasará siguiendo el ritmo de las fluctuaciones de la economía mundial. La pregunta que me formulo es: ¿Pasará también la conciencia, ahora numerosa en la gente, de haber descubierto el engaño y volverá a quedarse dormida, o por el contrario quedará esa voz en nuestro interior insistiendo en el “abre los ojos”?
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