Sunday, August 02, 2009

Senator Lyle Hillyard and the Loch Ness photography enigma

Many people is visiting this blog searching for this post I wrote about Senator Lyle Hillyard vacations.
The picture that was at the Senate site and the copy I had at this blog has disappeared but you can find this little image at Google's search. I have a copy of the photo but I will not publish it.
I'm writing this post to explain what has happened to those who come in search for the photography.

People are confused if it was a joke, the picture might be a photoshop, or if it's a real photography. I believe that explaining what it's really is about is better than deleting the picture and people are still discussing it at the Senate site where the photo was published without the picture now. The discussion is here.
I will take the opportunity to ask Senator Lyle Hillyard to pay attention at the severe harm psych medications are doing with US citizens and how terrible are US mental health hospitals.
There are lots of informations at Philip Dawdy's site Furious Seasons in case those who work for the Senator have a time to pay attention to this issue.
Senator Charles Grassley is already trying to make some change in the corrupt scheme medicine has became.
At this page of his site there is a good example:
July 9, 2009
Grassley, Kohl work to bring transparency to biomedical research funding

"WASHINGTON – Today Senators Chuck Grassley and Herb Kohl sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), urging the federal agency to take steps to increase transparency of federally funded biomedical research. NIH is seeking public comment as it considers changes to its disclosure policy, and the senators made specific recommendations related to both individual researchers and academic institutions who receive NIH grants."

"The senators suggested that researchers be required to report their outside income to the nearest $1000, and that universities be required to complete a plan to manage the researcher’s potential conflicts of interest. Finally, they maintained that both the disclosures and the plan be available to the public via the NIH website."

"For the past two years, Grassley and Kohl have collaborated to push for increased transparency in financial relationships between physicians and the drug, device and biologic industries. As part of that effort, they have championed the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (S. 301) to require these industries to publicly report payments and gifts to doctors. Recently, identical provisions to those in S.301 were included in the health care reform discussion documents released by the Senate Finance Committee. Similar provisions were included in the House draft bill as well.
Grassley is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance. Kohl is Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Below is the text of their letter to NIH."
Read the whole article here.


Marj aka Thriver said...

Just stoppin by to say hello, I'm thinkingof you and I wan you to know how proud of you I am for all the advocacy work you do and awareness that you raise. Kudos!

Ana said...

Thank you Mark!
Very kind of you. I'm glad to hear that because sometimes it seems we are doing too little.