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Sick but not silenced  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1989_Healthsharing_Vol_10_No_2_Spring.pdf

This article discusses illnesses of the immune system and the prevalence of viral, bacterial and chronic diseases. Criticizes allopathic medicine for over prescribing anti-biotics. Explains Candidiasis as it relates to women's health. 

 

   

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Published: 1989
Digital conversations about women, gender and violence in social and new media  
http://ywcacanada.ca/data/publications/00000049.pdf

Brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women: Study of the impact of social media and new communications technologies on violence against women and girls. Outlines why new and social media platforms are so attractive to women end users, how they present dangers and can contribute to violence against women in the digital sphere and real life, and the ways in which new and emerging platforms can offer digital spaces for intervention, violence prevention and community building.

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Published: 2011
Legal drug-pushing: how disease mongers keep us all doped up  
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/legal-drug-pushing-how-disease-mongers-keep-us-all-doped-up/255247/

Argues that pharmaceutical companies increase consumer demand for more screening and medications by manipulating our fear of suffering and death. 

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Published: April 2, 2012
‘Get with the Program!’: pharmaceutical marketing, symptom checklists and self-diagnosis  
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21835526

Reviews and analyzes disease awareness campaigns sponsored by pharmaceutical companies that use self-diagnostic tools. Uses the example of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to discuss how the marketing of self-diagnosis can change the patient into a consumer to achieve the aims of drug companies. (Abstract only)

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Published: July 26, 2011
Sex, lies & pharmaceuticals: how drug companies plan to profit from “female sexual dysfunction” (webinar)  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/42776

Drug assessment specialist Dr. Barbara Mintzes looks at the ways women’s sexual difficulties are being repackaged as symptoms of a disorder called “female sexual dysfunction” in order to feed a marketing machine that promises to “cure” it. Dr. Mintzes and Ray Moynihan co-authored the book, Sex, Lies, and Pharmaceuticals.

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Published: 2010
Losing control: the story of hospital work  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1982_Healthsharing_Summer.pdf

This article illustrates, through a historical overview, how our concerns as patients are inseparably linked with the structure of hospital work and the well being of workers. Proposes a united and creative front in the battle to end the dehumanization of patients and workers. 

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Published: 1982
Ask your mother  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1983_Healthsharing_Fall.pdf

This article shares the story of Diethylstilbestrol, commonly known as DES, a drug introduced in the forties to prevent miscarriage. Identifies harmful effects on daughters and sons of women who took this drug.

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Published: 1983
In poor health: women in pharmaceutical advertising  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1986_Healthsharing_Vol_7_No_2_Spring.pdf

This article explores the portrayals of women in medical advertising. Illustrates how pharmaceutical companies use negative stereotypes of women in order to sell drugs to doctors. Impact on women's health and quality of care. Ethics of drug advertising. 


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Published: 1986
Side effects: a dramatic prescription  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1986_Healthsharing_Vol_7_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article introduces the community theatre production of Side Effects, seen by nearly 10,000 women across Canada, a play about women’s experiences in the health care system.  Illustrates the valuable role this production played.  Major portions of this article are based on the Side Effects Final Report, written and compiled by Barbara Lysnes of The Great Canadian Theatre Company, and on quotes from personal feedback from audience and direct quotes from the Side Effects script.  

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Published: 1986
Unsafe by any name  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1986_Healthsharing_Vol_7_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article discusses how the marketing of controversial drugs in developing countries demonstrates the power and priorities of the pharmaceutical industry. Example highlighted: Estrogen-Progesterone combination drugs. 

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Published: 1986