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HEALTHCARE WITHOUT THE GUESSWORK
WHEN IS PROVIDING information about drugs a form of education? And when is it advertising and marketing? Those questions have been raised in a number of articles in The New York Times, including recently in "Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines' Fast Rise," (August 20, 2008). More than once the Times has pointed out the link between drug companies' payments to doctors for giving what are described as informational or educational speeches to other doctors about a specific drug, and the physicians' tendency to prescribe it to patients. Asked if they see a connection between receiving the payments and prescribing the drug, doctors generally tend to say that the money does not influence them. Could there be some influence from these payments?
Such opportunities to earn sometimes thousands of dollars place strong temptations on those who are in a healing profession. Despite the potential influence, they need to maintain clarity about their role as healers rather than as advocates for products or for experimentation with medications that may not be approved for the use to which they are put. "Physicians, whom the sick employ in their helplessness, should be models of virtue," observed Mary Baker Eddy, in her seminal work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. "They should be wise spiritual guides to health and hope" (p. 235).
with contributions from ANDREA DEVERGIE, MISSY WILLIAMS, KAY ROLLAND, ELEANOR CARTWRIGHT
The healing power of spiritual medicine
MAIKE BYRD, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Ron Orozco, Elizabeth Oates, Clarissa Oon
THE TRUE ALTERNATIVE TO MATERIAL MEDICINE
BY NATE TALBOT
A SAVING MESSAGE
BY CATHERINE BAKER
THE APPLICATION THAT HEALS
BY LYNN G. JACKSON
A spiritual view of a political agenda
BY ROSALIE E. DUNBAR, NEWS EDITOR
BY TIM DIXON
SAVED FROM DANGER IN THE FOREST
BY RAM RAMAKAR
ALL THINGS MADE NEW
HOPE FOR THE LONELY HEART
IS THERE EVER AN UPSIDE TO HURRICANES?
FREEDOM FROM PERSISTENT BACK PAIN
TWO QUICK HEALINGS
HEALING OF A FACIAL TIC
VALERITA ANGUNU-BEAMBE with contributions from GUILLAUMETTE KOUMOU ABOKI