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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
08-21-2007, 09:45 PM,
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
One week before Michael Moore’s hotly debated documentary Sicko was scheduled to open, Mark H. Rachesky, M.D. -- the founder and president of MHR Fund Management LLC -- purchased 33.4 percent (over 40 million shares) of Lions Gate stock.

Lions Gate (along with Weinstein Co.), the company distributing Sicko, had planned to release the film in over 1,600 theaters across the United States in June 2007. However, one week prior to the release (the same week that Rachesky made his purchase), the number was reduced to 400 theaters.

While this could be mere coincidence, some are questioning whether Rachesky’s stock purchase was made for controlling interests in Lions Gate. Typically, for a shareholder to gain major influence on a company, he or she would need to purchase at least 51 percent of the shares.

However, in certain instances an individual can maintain control with just 33.4 percent of shares… which is the exact amount that Rachesky purchased.

Further, Rachesky is involved with a number of health care companies who stand to be impacted by Moore’s provocative film. Rachesky is:

On the Board of Directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
An investment broker for NovaDel Pharma, Inc.
The beneficial owner of Medical Nutrition USA, Inc.
The Director of Neose Technologies, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company
An investor in Emisphere Technologies, Inc., another biopharmaceutical company
Sicko examines the financial and medical struggles of Americans to get proper health care, and chronicles the experience of a group of World Trade Center rescue workers who travel to Cuba to get medical care, for free.


The Zetetic August 4, 2007






Ever since Sicko was released, it has been pounded by criticism. Some claim that the rescue workers in the film got “VIP treatment” in Cuba while others say Moore was “fudging the facts.”

Clearly, there is a lot at stake when it comes to a film threatening to expose some of the pervasive problems in the U.S. health care system, and it would not be a stretch to assume that a big player in the pharmaceutical industry would attempt to limit viewers’ access to the film, as the article suggests.

If you have not yet seen Sicko, I would highly recommend it, as it provides an excellent introduction to the flaws plaguing the U.S. health care system.

I don’t, however, agree with Moore’s solution, which is essentially for the U.S. government to pick up the tab. What is wrong with this solution?

Most illness in this country is NOT acute trauma (where a government-paid system may make sense) but rather chronic degenerative diseases. If the government took on the costs of theses diseases, the country would likely become bankrupt rather quickly.

Remember, the United Sates is already paying more than $2 trillion a year for “health care,” -- and that’s without paying these extra costs.

What’s even more important, though, is that the majority of chronic illnesses could be prevented and treated if the country returned to preventative medicine that treated the cause of disease -- and valued nutrient-rich foods and exercise over artificial and often dangerous pharmaceutical products.

Please, rather than waiting for a change in the health care system to make you healthy, gain the vigor you deserve now by Taking Control of Your Health.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles...e-of-sicko.aspx
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08-21-2007, 10:11 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-21-2007, 10:19 PM by solar.)
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
Though "not a fan" of the movie WHAT THE BLEEP ...

... I've wondered if that movie encountered similar "suppression" of distribution, and, mainstream "discrediting".

The very last scene of the movie has the main character (without consulting her physician) flamboyantly throwing away her bottle of anti-depressants ...

... which she had been visibly consuming throughout the movie.

Considering how much money is made in profits from the sale of anti-depressants ...

... this scene apparently upset the global pharmaceutical cartels.

There were even movie reviews that accused the movie of being irresponsible ...

... not for its "new age" rhetoric, but for this very last climactic scene.
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08-22-2007, 03:35 AM,
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
Read it a little closer. I said I'm not a hugh Moore fan, the movie was indeed excellent.
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08-22-2007, 04:28 AM,
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
i saw this film a week or so ago and i am more happy than ever to not be in the USA...recently i have been going to see HEAPS of different doctors for an undiagnosed neurological disease and can only wonder at how much i would owe them all by now or what my medical insurance company would be saying to me...part of my treatment was an extended course of IVIG products which i am told was REALLY expensive in the states...it was over $7000 per course and had 7 a day for 6 days....add that up....and this was given to me on the off chance it might help...which it didnt sadly....but the hospital wanted to try and i didnt complain one single bit...reading in other forums of ppl in the states with diagnosed conditions which this treat WILL help in all likelyhood but it has been denied by thier insurance....some govt programs DO help people...glad to be Australian:)
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08-22-2007, 04:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-22-2007, 05:43 AM by solar.)
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
Quote:Read it a little closer. I said I'm not a hugh Moore fan, the movie was indeed excellent.
I never questioned your like/dislike of SICKO, hilly7 ! :o

I just stated that I wasn't a "fan" of the movie WHAT THE BLEEP.B)

And your post was indeed excellent ...:)

... I do appreciate you initiating this informative thread !;)
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08-22-2007, 05:47 AM,
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
Quote:
Quote:Read it a little closer. I said I'm not a hugh Moore fan, the movie was indeed excellent.
I never questioned your like/dislike of SICKO, hilly7 ! :o

I just stated that I wasn't a "fan" of the movie WHAT THE BLEEP.B)

And your post was indeed excellent ...:)

... I do appreciate you initiating this informative thread !;)


My bad, Sorry.
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08-24-2007, 08:57 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-24-2007, 09:00 AM by burtlancast.)
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
Quote:I don’t, however, agree with Moore’s solution, which is essentially for the U.S. government to pick up the tab. What is wrong with this solution?

Most illness in this country is NOT acute trauma (where a government-paid system may make sense) but rather chronic degenerative diseases. If the government took on the costs of theses diseases, the country would likely become bankrupt rather quickly.

Remember, the United Sates is already paying more than $2 trillion a year for “health care,” -- and that’s without paying these extra costs.

Moore is perfectly right to want the governement to get involved in health care as long as it is done the same way as in other industrialised countries.
Americans get bankrupt when too sick even with insurance, that s a barbary in itself and any system is better than this situation.

As far as chronic degenerative diseases are concerned, stop dreaming.
Medecine has been in bed with chemical drug compnies wich supplies his patients. The only way to prevent these diseases is to stop chemicals additives and pesticides and come back to organic farming, and nobody is interested in having healthy citizens, the medecine branch the least.

The health problem won t be resolved with a magic bullet anytime soon, but Moore s solution is the first step in the right direction.
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08-25-2007, 02:03 AM,
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Drug Companies Suppress Wider Release of Sicko
I had to actually go back and read where the quote come from which was part of Dr Mercola's quote. I kind of agree with him just because I don't trust our government. Of course the 2 Trillion show be an easy fix, quite killing everybody in other countries. Still, I'm sure they would give us great stuff like viruses, mandated vaccines and more. In other countries it seems their governments 1/2 way listen to the people, here in our country they do too, only it's the people with power and money, not the general population. Maybe it's just me but I don't trust the medical field here in the USA, like everything here it's greed driven. Most our doctors here take the economic oathe.
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