Would you believe a Lie? Seeing Through a Mirage – Daily Bread – 03/04/2014


Take from a lie its power to deceive and it becomes nothing, for its very being depends upon its ability to mislead.  A lie must have two willing accessories – one who is willing to be deceived: one who is willing to deceive – the victimized and the victim; if either is wanting, the lie can do nothing.


Mary Baker Eddy
Blue Book  by Richard Oakes


Is Big Pharma Addicted to Fraud?

Is Big Pharma Addicted To Fraud?
7/29/2013 @ 4:13PM


Chinese authorities announced they were investigating GlaxoSmithKline  and other pharma companies for bribing doctors, hospitals and government officials to buy and prescribe their drugs. Glaxo is accused of using a Shanghai travel agency to funnel at least $489 million in bribes.


Then the New York Times revealed last week the alarming news that an internal Glaxo audit found serious problems with the way research was conducted at the company’s Shanghai research and development center.


Though Big Pharma’s practices in China are grabbing headlines, not much about them is truly new. Those tactics – the use of payments disguised as speaking and consulting fees, luxury travel, sex and numerous other inducements to expand sales of prescription drugs — are marketing techniques homegrown in the U.S.  They simply have been exported to emerging markets.


. . . pharma, which has paid more than $30.2 billion in civil and criminal penalties to the US and state governments and continues to face more allegations of wrongdoing.



Doubts about Johns Hopkins research have gone unanswered, scientist says


The Washington Post


. . . more than 2,000 retracted biomedical papers and found that 67 percent of the retractions were attributable to misconduct, mainly fraud or suspected fraud.



You have a lot of people who want to do the right thing, but they get in a position where their job is on the line or their funding will get cut, and they need to get a paper published,” said Ferric C. Fang, one of the authors of the analysis and a medical professor at the University of Washington. “Then they have this tempting thought: If only the data points would line up . . . 


Fang said retractions may be rising because it is simply easier to cheat in an era of digital images, which can be easily manipulated.


By , Published: July 19, 2012

The Washington Post


For years, a trio of anemia drugs known as Epogen, Procrit and Aranesp ranked among the best-selling prescription drugs in the United States, generating more than $8 billion a year for two companies, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. Even compared with other pharmaceutical successes, they were superstars. For several years, Epogen ranked as the single costliest medicine under Medicare: U.S. taxpayers put up as much as $3 billion a year for the drugs.



Last year, Medicare researchers issued an 84-page study declaring that among most kidney patients, the original and largest market for the drugs, there was no solid evidence that they made people feel better, improved their survival or had any “clinical benefit” besides elevating a statistic for red blood cell count.


It was a remarkable finding of futility: While drugmakers had seen billions in profits over 22 years, much of it from taxpayers, millions of patients had been subjected to dangerous doses that might have had little advantage.



The multibillion-dollar rise and fall of the anemia drugs illustrates how the economic incentives embedded in the U.S. health-care system can make it not only inefficient but also potentially deadly.


“It was just so easy to do — you put this stuff in the patient’s arm, and you made thousands of dollars,” said Charles Bennett, endowed chair at the Medication Safety and Efficacy Center of Economic Excellence at the University of South Carolina and one of the critics of the use of the drug in cancer patients. “An oncologist could make anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000 a year from this alone. And all the while they were told that it was good for the patient.”


It wasn’t just the drugmakers who were advocating for the drugs, either. On Capitol Hill, the nation’s dialysis clinics, which were receiving as much as 25 percent of their revenue from using the drugs, were sometimes a key ally of the drugmakers.


For those who have lost relatives who had been given the drugs, only doubts remain: What killed their loved ones — the disease or the drugs they took to treat it?







Seeing through mirages

By Cate Vincent

From The Christian Science Journal – December 18, 2013


Ahead of us on the highway, we saw a car in trouble. It had been raining that week, and we slowed down when we saw the car drive straight into a flooded area of the highway. “What do we have in the trunk to help them?” I anxiously said to my husband. “Do we have tow ropes?”

I immediately began to devise a plan of towing the car to safety with our little Volkswagen. Then I began to laugh. My husband and I shook our heads at how daft it was that we had not recognized the “flooding” ahead as simply a mirage. There was no water on the highway—no matter how many ropes I pictured we’d need.

Mirage is a useful concept to keep in mind when our eyes are telling us something evil exists and has power.

One definition of mirage is, something that appears real but is not. This is a useful concept to keep in mind when our eyes are telling us something evil exists and has power. We learn in the Bible, “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But what about sickness, pain, fear, lack? Are they part of God’s “very good” creation? They certainly appear real to our senses. But Christian Science teaches that these ills, like all evils, are illusions. They can’t be real because God, who is wholly good, did not create evil of any sort.

What gives a mirage its seeming reality is a belief in it. Forgetting the spiritual facts, we may get swept up in a false scenario and experience the belief as if it were real. I’ve been grateful that as I study Christian Science, I learn more and more about challenging the validity of evil in whatever form it appears, rather than going along with the false belief, because the outcome of seeing through the illusion is healing.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts” (p. 86). Later in the book, she instructs: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously” (p. 392).

As we “stand porter,” we see that healing in Christian Science is characterized by faith in God’s goodness, and the assurance that man exists now in His divine presence, under His all-powerful law.

Because Christian Science is based on the Bible, we become familiar with the examples Christ Jesus gave us as guidance for what we can accomplish—right here, right now.

Once, in Capernaum, a military commander humbly asked Jesus to heal his suffering servant. Jesus told him, “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee” (Matthew 8:13). The text goes on to say that the servant was healed in that very hour. It’s likely that the centurion asked for Jesus’ help because he believed Jesus could, in fact, help his servant.

When we face challenges of any sort, we can learn to see God’s presence right where evil seems to be, and healing can follow.

When we face challenges of any sort, we can learn to see God’s presence right where evil seems to be, and healing can follow. For example, years ago, when my daughter was eight, she came to me one evening, and holding her hands out in front of her, she showed me that they were covered with warts. The warts had been an issue for a period of years, and now my daughter didn’t want to look at her hands anymore. We spent some time declaring her freedom from any blemish, and talked together about her clear, pure, beautiful being—her true being. We addressed the situation decisively through prayer.

It was summertime, and we were at a summer camp for Christian Scientists. When it was time for my daughter to go back to her cabin, we parted by saying that we’d each pray to know God’s work is perfect, and that included her as an idea of God. The next morning at breakfast, she came bounding up to me with her hands held out in front of her again. Only this time, there was not one wart on them. She was demonstrating her God-given freedom, her true, lovely self. She was experiencing what she believed. She had undoubtedly, in her own sweet, childlike way, been firm in her faith that “Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies,” as Mrs. Eddy promised (Science and Health, p. 162).

As we become stronger in our conviction that God alone is always present and governs our lives, we can trust that mirages—whether they’re beliefs in the absence of Truth or patches of “flooding” on a stretch of highway—are not real. No tow ropes needed!



One thought on “Would you believe a Lie? Seeing Through a Mirage – Daily Bread – 03/04/2014

  1. Max

    BEAUTIFUL! and just what I needed to read this evening. THANK YOU ROB and/or whoever else posted this 🙂

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