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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make money by answering a survey on your cell phone. Okay, perhaps this doesn’t rank up there with a classic “Mission Impossible” but who doesn’t want to earn a little extra dough re mi? Now, I’m not just someone who is praising the fun and benefits of iPoll. I’m actually an active survey taker. Honest. Recently, I completed my first, official, rocking Mobile Mission. Best of all, it helped me combat the dreaded “Standing In Line Bored Out of My Mind” syndrome. This is not something I’m proud to admit but if I see a line for anything, I’ll turn around and walk away. You can imagine how reserved seating at the movie theater has changed my life! Now, I never have to worry about being bored in a line because I can make money while standing there.
Full disclosure: I love me some surveys. Perhaps this has to do with my deep-seated need to have my opinion heard. When I got to a new place to eat, I like to share my restaurant review with my friends. Same for movies, TV and just about anything else I can recommend. We all have opinions, right? My love of surveys might also have to do with the fact that back in the day, I actually conducted telephone surveys for CBS News/New York Times. Because of that I have a soft spot for anyone who calls up asking for my opinion. I know they are reading from a script and I always tell them, “Relax, I’m going to take the whole survey.” That’s the trick with surveys; you have to complete them in order for them to register. You can’t just answer a couple of questions and drop out otherwise your opinion won’t count.
Let’s face it; we live in a pill-popping world. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. When struck with an ache, pain, cough, sniffle or sneeze we have a wide range of over the counter remedies at our disposal. For the more serious ailments, there is a vast array of pharmaceuticals that our doctors can prescribe. Spend time watching the local news and you’re sure to see ads for all kinds of medical conditions you never knew existed but are now a thing like “restless leg syndrome.” Yes, there’s a pill for that.
When you weigh suffering versus relief the concept of taking medication is a no-brainer. However, it takes many years for a medication to make it to our store shelves and pharmacies. Before that happens, there are clinical trials where the pills are put through their paces. Sometimes the guinea pigs used in medical studies are actual guinea pigs.
Yet, for human medications sooner or later there will be the need for human guinea pigs. How much of a need? In any given year, there are at least 10 million folks participating in clinical trials. Guess what? There are also big bucks to be had for becoming a test subject in a clinical trial. Read the rest of this entry »