July 7, 2023 3-5PM ET

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Novo Nordisk bought prescribers over 450,000 meals and snacks to promote drugs like Ozempic Novo Nordisk spent $11 million on meals and travel for thousands of doctors last year, federal records show, as part of its push to promote Ozempic and other weight loss-inducing diabetes drugs. The pharmaceutical company bought more than 457,000 meals to educate doctors and other prescribers about its portfolio of drugs known as GLP-1agonists, according to the newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nearly 12,000 prescribers had food paid for by the company more than a dozen times last year. More than two hundred recorded more than 50 meals and snacks paid for by the company. One doctor, who is a frequent speaker for the company, recorded 193. Novo is currently promoting five GLP-1 drugs — Victoza, Saxenda,Ozempic, Rybelsus, and Wegovy. The lion’s share of meals purchased by the company were to push Ozempic and Rybelsus specifically; nearly 85%of the 457,000 meals listed one of them as the primary topic discussed. Of these drugs, only Wegovy and Saxenda are FDA-approved for weight loss, while the others are approved for treatment of diabetes, but all are often prescribed for weight loss off-label. All told, the meals cost Novo $9 million. It’s common for pharmaceutical companies to meet with doctors — often over lunch or coffee — to discuss their drugs. In a statement, NovoNordisk said that “providing modest meals to healthcare professionals …and staff members as part of an informational presentation or discussion –typically during the workday at the healthcare professional’s office – is a standard pharmaceutical industry practice” and that the company follows a code of voluntary guidelines governing pharmaceutical companies’ interactions with doctors, as well as an internal compliance program that ensures it follows all relevant laws and regulations.

Special Guest Dr. B Ruedlinger

From hair biz to science wiz, Dr. B.’s rags-to-riches story is sure to captivate and inspire you. 

As a young wife, mom, successful hairstylist, and salon owner (alongside her beloved family partners), Dr. B. had escaped the awkwardness of her adolescence and had all she’d ever wanted: husband, kids, friends, a little house with a white picket fence, a dog, and a great job. But she felt the deeply rooted conviction of unfinished business.

With the support of her family, friends, clients, and great mentors, Dr. B. went all in on her scientific pursuits, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering (2017), Master of Science in Chemistry (2018) and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences, Bioelectrics (2021). Her academic and research ventures provided her with a strong foundation in the sciences, the awareness of discipline specific terminology, as well as practical, conventional and non-conventional, clinically relevant applications. She attributes her accelerated success to her unique communication style in cross-functional, interdisciplinary, and otherwise dynamic collaborations.

While many viewed her pursuit as unattainable, with “all the responsibilities, burdens, and baggage” of raising a family, maintaining her business, and serving her clients, Dr. B. wouldn’t hear of it, saying “it was never going to be a this OR that, it was always an AND.”  Ironically, today, she would tell you that it was because of her faith and “all her responsibilities, burdens, and baggage” that she gained the entrepreneurial, business, and soft skills for overcoming the odds and creating the blueprint for innovation discovery through dynamic conversations.

WWE legend Hulk Hogan drops 40lbs ditching beer, eating organic food He’s one of the greatest wrestling stars for an entire generation, and now at the age of 69, Hulk Hogan has changed his eating habits to live a healthier lifestyle. The wrestling hall of famer recently did an interview with Men’s Health Magazine, a fellow Hearst publication, from his home in Clearwater Beach, Florida, and said his diet used to consist of a breakfast that featured “twelve fried eggs, two hamburger patties, oatmeal, and lots of butter.” Today Hogan said a majority of his intake is water and organic foods. “I wasn’t educated in terms of quality of food,” Hogan told Men’s Health. “Or quantity. I was just hungry all the time.” Hogan said he’s down 40 pounds and is weighing in at 269, a weight he said he hasn’t been at since high school. Now his meals are very health conscious with a breakfast that includes a “couple yogurts, a banana, and organic coffee,” and a lunch and dinner that has “chicken or steak or sashimi.”

Question of The Day!

I have a question about statins prescribed in the case of someone with fatty liver who is taking metformin. His doctor says the statin will protect his compromised liver from damage from metformin. First time I’ve heard this one. I am providing him (dear son-in-law) with the scoop on statins, but don’t know what reference to buy & share to best reverse the fatty liver and I trust you and your team’s advice on this subject. Son-in-law is having life and relationship and career-affecting side effects from the statin ☹
Thank you,
Jennifer Horstmann

Hour 2

Special Guest – Michael Boldin

We Landed a Major Blow Against the Censorship Leviathan Courts rarely release rulings on federal holidays, but no doubt to drive home the point about how important this case is for our constitutionally guaranteed liberties, Judge Terry Doughty released on Independence Day his 155-page ruling on our request for a preliminary injunction against the government’s censorship regime.  The entire document is worth reading for those who want to dig into the details, but in short, he granted nearly all the provisions in our request, placing strict limits around any communication between government officials and social media companies. If such communications continue, they will be subject to subpoena in our case and could implicate the actors in criminal liabilities for violating the injunction. One naturally wants to believe that an issue one is involved in is of world-historical importance. But as the judge himself wrote in the decision, “If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history.” That, my friends, is a strong claim, but as I have previously argued, an entirely accurate one. As former attorney general of Missouri, now senator Eric Schmitt, told journalist Michael Shellenberger, “It’s shocking. The level of coordination between senior government officials and senior social media executives is astounding. There were direct text messages from the surgeon general of the United States to senior Facebook officials saying, ‘Take this down.’ It’s just un-American.”

AI Poses Serious Threat to Humanity, Experts Claim Will AI wipe out mankind? Could it create the “perfect” lethal bioweapon to decimate the population? Might it take over our weapons, or initiate cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, such as the electric grid? According to a rapidly growing number of experts, any one of these, and other hellish scenarios, are entirely plausible, unless we rein in the development and deployment of AI and start putting in some safeguards. The public also needs to temper expectations and realize that AI chatbots are still massively flawed and cannot be relied upon, no matter how “smart” they appear, or how much they berate you for doubting them. George Orwell’s warning The video below features a snippet of one of the last interviews George Orwell gave before dying, in which he stated that his book, “1984,” which he described as a parody, could well come true, as this was the direction in which the world was going. Today, it’s clear to see that we haven’t changed course, so the probability of “1984” becoming a reality is now greater than ever. According to Orwell, there is only one way to ensure his dystopian vision won’t come true, and that is by not letting it happen. “It depends on you,” he said. As artificial general intelligence is getting nearer by the day, so are the final puzzle pieces of the technocratic, transhumanist dream nurtured by globalists for decades.

Google Says It’ll Scrape Everything You Post Online for AI Google updated its privacy policy over the weekend, explicitly saying the company reserves the right to scrape just about everything you post online to build its AI tools. If Google can read your words, assume they belong to the company now, and expect that they’re nesting somewhere in the bowels of a chatbot. “Google uses information to improve our services and to develop new products, features and technologies that benefit our users and the public,” the new Google policy says. “For example, we use publicly available information to help train Google’s AI models and build products and features like Google Translate, Bard, and Cloud AI capabilities.” Fortunately for history fans, Google maintains a history of changes to its terms of service. The new language amends an existing policy, spelling out new ways your online musings might be used for the tech giant’s AI tools work. Previously, Google said the data would be used “for language models,” rather than “AI models,” and where the older policy just mentioned Google Translate, Bard and Cloud AI now make an appearance. This is an unusual clause for a privacy policy. Typically, these policies describe ways that a business uses the information that you post on the company’s own services. Here, it seems Google reserves the right to harvest and harness data posted on any part of the public web, as if the whole internet is the company’s own AI playground. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

White House cocaine found near Situation Room, despite reports Officials conducting the White House cocaine inquiry have updated the location of the powder’s discovery, stating that it was found near the White House’s West Executive entrance, rather than the previously reported West Wing. Investigators said the bag of powder was found between the foyer and lower-lower level lobby in the West Executive entrance. This location is situated one level below the main West Wing offices and shares the same floor as the Situation Room. It’s near the area where some vehicles, like the vice president’s limo and SUV, are parked. The White House is not only facing security concerns due to the incident, but it’s also causing distractions from Biden’s focus on the economy this week, despite the White House’s assurance of taking this matter seriously. The White House press office still hasn’t answered questions regarding the investigation. The response remains limited to stating that the substance was discovered in a “highly traveled area.” The Secret Service is leading the investigation. Former President Trump has insinuated a possible connection to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, citing his frequent presence at the White House and history with drug addiction.

Subway faces backlash over ‘distasteful’ sign referring to the Titan implosion A sign on a franchise of America’s most popular sandwich chain was taken down after it made light of the Titan submersible tragedy. On Saturday, Timothy Mauck, of Brooklet, Georgia, posted a photo of the sign outside a Subway sandwich shop in nearby Rincon that reads, “Our subs don’t implode.” The sign refers to the five people who were killed aboard OceanGate’s Titan submersible after it imploded tens of thousands of feet below the surface of the water. The submarine was on a voyage to see the wreck of the Titanic before it lost contact with those above water on June 18 and went missing for four days. After the wreckage of the submersible was found, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed all five passengers’ deaths on June 22, saying debris found was consistent with a “catastrophic implosion.” Reaction to the image has mostly ranged from utter disbelief to anger. “That’s just wrong,” commented one Facebook user. “This is tacky to say the least. In Rincon, GA. Be better Subway,” someone else tweeted. “@SUBWAY this is at your store in Rincon, GA. Not only is it distasteful, it’s just sad. Do better,” tweeted another person. When reached for comment, Subway confirmed it was aware of the sign and say it has spoken to the franchise about it.

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