A New Model of Economics for Christmas

A New Model of Economics for Christmas Vitality Magazine December-January 2010/2011 By Helke Ferrie “It is assumed that the momentum for change must come from outside the situation, rather than from the self-reflection and creativity of those within the situation to restructure their own patterns of interaction.” From Elinor Ostrom’s  speech when receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize for...

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The Intelligent Revolution

THE INTELLIGENT REVOLUTION How Citizens, Scientists, and Even Politicians are Saying No to Healthcare Fraud BY HELKE FERRIE Vitality April 2010  “He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back – that’s an earthquake.” Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller Saying No! is a social responsibility none of us may safely...

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Vitamin D

VITAMIN D Nature’s Magic Bullet by Helke Ferrie Vitality June 2009 “Can you imagine what would happen if a drug company came out with a single pill that reduces the risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, PMS, SAD, and various autoimmune disorders? There would be a media frenzy the likes of which has never been seen before!  Well, guess what?  Such a drug exists … it is the...

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Big Pharma Update

BIG PHARMA UPDATE The Sick Get Sicker as Legal Drug Pushing Puts Profits Before the Health of Patients By Helke Ferrie Vitality May 2009  “No doubt, one day our children’s children will learn in school that in the early part of the 21st century tens of thousands of people died every year after taking unnecessary drugs… They will learn that there were no effective laws to protect people...

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A Look Back at 2008 International Developments, Revelations, and Challenges to Come in Canada

A Look Back at 2008 International Developments, Revelations,and Challenges to Come in Canada By Helke Ferrie Vitality December 2008 “Work on what has been spoiled has supreme success.” I Ching, Hexagram 18 (Chinese Book of Change – circa 5,000 years BCE) For medicine, 2008 brought some true progress, astonishing revelations, and the initiation of huge challenges for 2009. It’s easy to...

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Understanding Drugs

UNDERSTANDING DRUGS By Helke Ferrie Vitality Magazine March 2008 Street drugs kill about 20,000 people a year in North America, but prescription drugs kill about 700,000 annually, making legal drugs the leading cause of death. Drug side effects cause 8.8 million hospitalizations annually, or 28% of all hospital admissions. Prescription drugs and street drugs are both designed for symptom control....

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