Maher Sees a Lesson in Smith Death

Maher Sees a Lesson in Smith Death
Posted by CN Staff on February 11, 2007 at 07:09:15 PT
By Terry Armour
Source: Chicago Tribune 
USA -- We happened to catch up with Bill Maher on Friday--the day after former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida. Maher and other comedians have mined a lot of laughs out of Smith and her status as a self-made celebrity. "I think we should take a moment of silence as comedians and say `Thank you' for this woman because she did give us years and years of material," Maher told us when we caught up with him in Los Angeles.
Then Maher, who begins his fifth season of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" this Friday, cut through the circus of the wall-to-wall coverage of Smith's death. Not one to shy away from controversial comments, Maher believes Smith's death highlights the serious issue of the dangers of prescription drugs. Police on Friday confiscated different types of medication from Smith's hotel room, but the cause of her death was not yet known."If you want to find something in this that's meaningful, it's a good time to make the point that people in this country die from prescription drugs," Maher told Armour & Co. "I think that's what it was. I think that when you're 39 years old and you turn up dead ... it's probably because of drugs. In this country, as long as your name is on the little bottle, you're cool. Marijuana has been tested exhaustively over the last 30 years--just by me. I don't remember anybody ever dying from that. But that's illegal, and whatever she was doing is cool because it's a pharmaceutical drug."Terry Armour co-hosts "The Stan and Terry Show" at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday on WCKG-FM 105.9.Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author:  Terry ArmourPublished: February 11, 2007Copyright: 2007 Chicago Tribune CompanyContact: ctc-TribLetter Tribune.comWebsite: Justice Archives
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Comment #10 posted by mayan on February 11, 2007 at 20:39:19 PT
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on February 11, 2007 at 19:35:15 PT
Canada to be Invaded by Drug Czar John Walters (Pinocchio)... Again! photo.
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Comment #8 posted by John Tyler on February 11, 2007 at 13:01:23 PT
side effects
Here is an interesting tidbit of info I found out recently. The drug you see advertised on TV for “restless leg syndrome” is the same one used to treat Parkinson’s disease only at higher doses. It is also prescribed for other ailments. At the higher dosage level it also causes hallucinations and delusions. Which is kind of weird if you are not expecting it. My elderly mother in law was being given this stuff and was coming up with all kinds of nonsense. She thought her nursing home was a cruse ship. She said there were cats in her room. She had been watching “Wife Swap” and thought she was going to have to live with one of the TV families. We though she was suffering from dementia until one of the doctors told us about the side effects
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on February 11, 2007 at 12:26:30 PT
comming up on c-span dir tv ch 350
Dennis Kucinich
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 11, 2007 at 10:13:59 PT
Cannabis is Good Medicine
Study Links Natural Brain Substances Similar To Marijuana With Parkinson's Treatment***February 11, 2007 Som Patidar - All Headline News Staff Writer
Palo Alto, CA (AHN) - Stanford University Neuroscientists have found some natural brain substances that could be used to treat Parkinson's patients. The U.S. researchers found that a shortage of marijuana-like 'endocannabinoids' can knock the system out of balance to produce the characteristic tremor, rigidity and other mobility problems of Parkinson's disease patients. The hope is that if the same sorts of things are going on in human brains that maybe by using some drugs that boost levels of endocannabinoids it can alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's disease. That is what researchers found occurred in mice, the study's lead author Robert Malenka said. The findings of the study are published in recent issue of journal Nature. Copyright: All Headline News
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Comment #5 posted by goneposthole on February 11, 2007 at 08:52:32 PT
prescription medications
A friend of mine was doctoring for bad knees and arthritis for about five years. The doctor was prescribing Celebrex and Lipitor. He never seemed to be getting any better, albeit he regularly saw the physician in four month intervals. He missed an appointment and never went back to see the physician. He stopped 'using' the Celebrex and Lipitor both. Guess what? He feels better since he stopped using the 'medications.' Prescription drugs are 21st century 'snake oil,' pure, plain and simple.Don't take the 'purple pill.' Make a trip to Ganjastan and ingest the cannabis through your lungs or stowmatch. It must be done. The alternatives are deadly.
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Comment #4 posted by Dr Ganj on February 11, 2007 at 08:46:06 PT
Acetaminophen & Hydrocodone
Amazing this is legal (Vicodin) & cannabis sativa is schedule I.
When will we finally see real change in this thoroughly
discombobulated country?
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Comment #3 posted by TroutMask on February 11, 2007 at 07:48:37 PT
"Marijuana has been tested exhaustively over the last 30 years--just by me."I'm going to use that one myself.-TM
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 11, 2007 at 07:38:44 PT
EJ, I Agree
I won't take any over the counter pain medicine that has Tylenol in it. I had a very young employee (mid 20s) years ago that had a bad back and took pain medicine from the Doctor to treat it. Her liver shut down. She had to have a liver transplant. She never drank alcohol or took any substance other then what the doctor prescribed.I hope your wrist heals ok. I broke my wrist from a fall from a horse back in the early 90s and mine only bothers me when I do a lot of typing.
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on February 11, 2007 at 07:24:24 PT
Let me tell you what I learned
I broke my wrist recently, so I've been spending a fair portion of my time around the offices of orthopedic surgeouns and physical therapists.They have these beautiful, detailed posters showing the anatomy of various physical problems in the bones and joints. How the knee works, how the wrist works, how arthritis works, different types of fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, all that.And guess what -- each gorgeous full color poster is also an advertisement for Vicodin or one of its cousins.I can't take Vicodin because I can't tolerate Tylenol. That stuff can be liver toxic even in the recommended dosage.That really threw the doctors for a loop. It's like, if you can't take Vicodin, they forget what else exists for pain relief. Vicodin has taken over the medical profession. NO wonder so many people are hooked on it, and so many of them end up needing liver transplants.
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