To say that there have been no cures in over 50 years is simply not correct. Many childhood leukemias and about 80% of lymphomas are now curable with mixed chemotherapies and even bone marrow transplants developed since the 1970s. Prior to that they were 100% fatal. A wide range of antibiotics have come on line in recent decades to address mutations in bacteria, which would have proved fatal to millions. The anti-virals are also fairy new and can clear up or reduce things like shingles and herpes. Smallpox was entirely eradicated within the last 50 years, worldwide. It was just over 50 years ago that polio vaccine was introduced, and polio used to kill or cripple tens of thousands of kids in the US alone every year. As for autoimmune diseases, which all seem to have at least some genetic factor, that's not going to be "curable" until we learn to test for genetic tendendies and manipulate genes either in utero or at birth. I really don't have any problem with a drug company making a buck off my current prescription for 6mp and using that money to fund research in genetic engineering, which a lot of them are doing.
I suppose we could just tell the pharma companies to go pound sand and go back to the era, which includes parts of the 20th century, when all doctors had to offer for even a simple pneumonia was a cold compress and the number of the local funeral home.
Honestly, I really can't buy the suggestion that the entire medical establishment wants people to be sick. They make money from cures, a product people are -- not -- dying to buy. Good for them.
Post Edited (yellowfin43) : 3/12/2009 8:59:03 AM (GMT-6)
Ah yes, radio waves and secret metals . . . and tinfoil hats . . . and masked medicine men shaking gourd rattles.
Please people, does anyone really believe that the drug companies have clandestine cures for everything hidden in a shadowy vault somewhere but refuse to reveal them? If they had them they would sell them . . . it's not like curing a disease is a one-time thing. There will always be a newly diagnosed case of Crohns somewhere, every day, for which the mythical cure would be prescribed. Same is true of every other illness or condition. And if they really had a secret cure for cancer, they'd market it in a minute because every cancer patient thus saved would be a future customer for everything from aspirin to blood pressure meds.
I have known people who worked in medical research. They all, without exception, would love to be the one to find the cure for anything and win the Nobel prize and make a zillion dollars from the patent rights. But at bottom they also feel they are doing a real service to humanity, and i agree with them. Final thought: There is no vast international secret cabal controlling anything . . . it makes a fun Tom Cruise movie, but in the real world it does not exist.
As someone who has been in both the military and law enforcement I am very aware that people do really crummy things to each other, but I have also seen the amazing extent that people will go to to do wonderful things for each other (and those I hope really are the silent majority).
Just your paranoid, but very cautiously optimsitic mod.
I will find a way or make one. –Phillip Sidney 1554-1586
All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.
The Bucket List- Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others?
Make sure your suffering has meaning…
Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 3/12/2009 10:48:24 AM (GMT-6)