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History of medicine fact #40: Drug ads were illegal on television in U.S. until 1997

Selling prescription drugs to the general public is illegal, and even doctors cannot come to your home and sell you pharmaceuticals, yet television advertisements enter our home, usually between our favorite programs, and do exactly that. Since 1997, the United States government has allowed drug advertisers to tell you every reason you need their synthetic pills, but they only communicate a small portion of the side effects and dangers inherent in their use. The only obstacle to you ordering your prescription meds on the phone at that moment, or on line, is your quick visit to the doctor of your choice, and mentioning what you saw on television. In fact, drug companies can put ads on television for drugs with side effects which include heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding and suicide, but not one single organic food or NATURAL SUPPLEMENT can ever claim to prevent or cure disorders or disease, or the advertisers face jail time. This is how upside down healthcare in the United States has become.

Natural News salutes TV news prankster with the coveted 'Sum Ting Wong' award for outstanding journalism

Sometimes the best way to tell a story is to let the mainstream media journalists demonstrate what complete morons they truly are. No better example of this exists than the recent airing of Asiana Flight 214 pilot names by a Fox News affiliate KTVU of the San Francisco Bay area.

One hour of television makes children 50 percent likelier to crave soda

Television has a bad reputation among health-conscious people, and for good reason. This neutral broadcasting device, which could be used to enrich the culture of our planet, has long been used by self-serving corporations to promote unhealthy products and toxic values. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of commercials, where just about every unnatural food imaginable has been marketed to families as desirable and wholesome produce.

Iraq Redux: Top Ten Ways TV Networks Are Screwing Us Again

U.S television news is a danger to the security of the United States. First, it is so oriented to ratings that it cannot afford to do unpopular reports (thus, it ignored al-Qaeda and the Taliban for the most part before 9/11). Second, it is so oriented toward the halls of power inside the Beltway that it is unable to examine government allegations critically.

Government waste galore: Secret 'man caves' found in EPA storage warehouse where workers watch TV and goof off

At a time of record budget deficits it is beyond maddening to hear details of how the swollen, bloated federal bureaucracy continues to abuse the American taxpayer.

What if television news disappeared and we invented ourselves?

This article is dedicated to Bonnie Lange, my dear friend and publisher, who passed away last week. Bonnie was an unbound creative spirit who lived her life as a titanic vision. Leaving her physical form behind, she expands her vision, her life, her work, her ever-present joy. Much love, my friend...

Educational TV actually produces aggression in young children

Children who watch educational TV are more aggressive toward other children, according to a study conducted by researchers from Iowa State University, the University of Buffalo, and published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.