By Kathleen Sharp

"Blood Feud opponents A Civil Action for most sensible non-fiction booklet of the previous twenty years." — John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling writer of Damage

Procrit appeared like a biotech miracle, promising a golden age in therapy. constructed within the Nineteen Eighties via Amgen and certified to the pharmaceutical mammoth, Johnson & Johnson, the drug (AKA Epogen and Aranesp) quickly generated billions in annual revenue—and nonetheless does. In 2012, international well-known bike owner, Olympian, and travel de France champion Lance Armstrong was once banned from expert biking on doping fees for utilizing EPO (the blanket identify for the medicine Procrit and Epogen), leading to an international controversy approximately abuse, vast pharmaceutical businesses, and the lies and inaccuracies referring to performance-enhancing drugs.

Mark Duxbury used to be a J&J salesman who as soon as believed within the blood-booster, surroundings checklist revenues and successful corporation awards. Then Duxbury began to examine unsavory truths approximately Procrit and J&J's company practices. He used to be fired and filed a whistleblower swimsuit to warn the public.

When Jan Schlichtman (A Civil Action) discovered of Duxbury's campaign, he signed on. Now, he's scuffling with on behalf of melanoma sufferers and for each American who trusts great Pharma along with his lifestyles.

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Not, however, among very many scientists, since the more potent LSD was by then available and could be taken without the preliminary physical distress of peyote. Synthetic mescaline has been available since 1920, but this psycho-chemical, suffering from the bad and false impressions about peyote, was not widely used in experimental work in the United States until the advent of LSD, psilocybin, and the other new synthetic psychedelics. Some mescaline research of importance was accomplished in Europe in the first decades of this century; but it is only with historical aspects of peyote that we here have been concerned.

The society, in their view, errs in not making the psychedelic substances more easily obtainable—so, one is justified in obtaining the drugs from black market sources. As regards Drug Movement motivation. Dr. Richard Blum, who has made extensive studies in this area, comments: "The movement is composed of people who have taken LSD and/or other hallucinogens and see in these drugs a tool for bringing about changes which they deem desirable. The emphasis is on the enhancement of inner experience and on the development of hidden personal resources.

Members of control groups (used in two of the studies), treated identically but without psychedelics, showed similar improvement in only twenty-three per cent of the cases. These results were achieved in most instances with a single drug session; and the subjects, as in other, similar studies, frequently attributed their improvement to increased self-awareness, self-acceptance, religious feeling, and reorientation of values. 15 Good results have also been achieved, for example, at hospitals in British Columbia and Maryland, where some twenty-five per cent of the alcoholic patients were reported totally abstinent or much improved after LSD therapy.

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