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In the first half, Dave Schrader (email) welcomes veteran police detective, Robert Snow, who during a hypnotic regression, experienced a vivid awareness of being alive in three separate historical scenes. Remaining skeptical, he began to investigate with the intention of disproving reincarnation. However, what he discovered was the opposite-- solid evidence that he lived a former life as Carroll Beckwith, a 19th-century American artist. Followed in the second half, by former President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research, Tricia Robertson, who'll share stories from her extensive casebook that deal with a wide range of phenomena that provide evidence for survival after death.

6-10pm PT, Art Bell: Somewhere in Time returns to 6/20/96 when Luba Brezhnev, niece of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, revealed how she was hounded by the KGB.

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Date: Thursday - November 25, 2004
Host: George Noory
Guests: Dr. John Abramson

Dr. John Abramson, a clinical instructor at the Harvard Medical School, discussed his book Overdosed America, which explains how the American health care system has been hijacked by pharmaceutical companies searching for increased profits.

Abramson said drug companies have infiltrated all legitimate sources of medical information, allowing them to produce "the knowledge that makes us believe we need their products." He estimated that 70-80% of medical journal articles are strongly influenced by commercialized drug interests. According to Abramson, research sponsored by pharmaceutical companies is five times more likely to show a given drug favorably.

As an example, Abramson cited a study conducted by drug manufacturer Merck of its own arthritis medicine Vioxx. He claimed Merck knew in 2000 that Vioxx increased heart attack and stroke risk in patients taking the drug, and caused 21% more serious complications than older rival drug Naproxen (sold under the name Aleve). Despite their findings, Merck spun the results and heavily marketed Vioxx to consumers until numerous Vioxx-related cardiovascular complications forced them to recall the drug, Abramson reported.

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