Sickly Profits: The Capital Enterprise of Cancer Treatment
The Dollar Diagnosis
No one wishes to hear it, the devastating diagnosis that one may have cancer. For many, the word cancer is synonymous with extensive suffering, debt, and an eventual death sentence. It is estimated 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. Cancer we know is characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body. Many factors can lead to ones disposition to develop cancer, however, some are genetic and involve internal factors, others external. Often ten years pass between exposure to external factors and detectable cancer so early diagnosis is crucial in any treatment. Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immune therapy, and targeted therapy (drugs that interfere specifically with cancer cell growth).
The American Cancer Society purports that the substantial proportion of cancers can be prevented but does not mention the triggers of most cancers are market perpetuating traps for the consumer. For instance, they claim cancers could be effectively prevented by changes in consumer behavior that include tobacco and alcohol use, obesity and UV exposure. The truth in these cases is that these causes are also the most highly advertised, unhealthy and addictive consumer traps in North American society promoted by the same market economy that profits from cancer treatments. Some highly addictive examples include; smoking, night clubs or drinking, fast food and sun tanning beds. Needless to say they are not mentioning the exposure to carcinogens through food, products and the environment that make corporations also liable. One hundred years ago, one had a 3% chance of contracting cancer, now that chance is 40% where over half of all people who contract the deadly disease will perish from it.
In one poll, over 70% of people agreed Pharmaceutical companies put profits before people.
Addictive cancer triggers and essential products are designed by corporations to be unhealthy and even addictive along with the aggressive reinforcing marketing campaigns that bombard the public from every angle. Then they are surprised that the public lays a victim of whims, weaknesses and over the counter self-medication and coping habits. It is unethical, it is not socially conscious, not exactly illegal, but do buy at your own risk.
Physicians and researchers, who also profit from lethal cancer treatments and sickness deflect blame for social pressures and programming and put it solely upon the cancer patients. The bottom line is, however, profitable corporate triggers of cancer actually lead the public to corporate cancer treatment systems specifically, the profiteering pharmaceutical corporations and medical community. You the consumer and patient (mouse) are funnelled from one cat trap to another cat trap in a government condoned corporate maze and ultimately while emptying your bank account along the way, they say your unfortunate fate is entirely your fault. How noble of them to come to your rescue.
The mediators of lethal cancer treatments are powerful highly financed corporate lobbyists with deep pocketbooks that ensure political policy and financing proliferate corporate profiteering and it is a deliberately perpetual cycle. Another mediator, is the pharmaceutical sales machine that offers few effective but costly treatment options that are priced, based on how much more life they offer. You pay for what you get, if you can afford it and if you are not properly insured, you don't get the best. If you are under public health insurance, you get whatever they decide to give you. Don't disagree! They are the salesmen backed by the Ph.d's.
Dr. Glidden, a licensed Naturopathic physician (ND) delivers a brilliant insider's expose' on the differences between MD directed pharmaceutical medicine and ND directed Wholistic medicine. He pulls back the curtain on how and why your MD operates, then uses over 2 decades of clinical experience to provide examples of clinically verified Wholistic solutions to common medical conditions. What an eye-opener! This book is destined to create real social change as to how medicine is practiced in the United States. If your health is going from bad to worse and you are looking for safe, effective and affordable Wholistic medical advice, do not overlook this gem. It is just what the doctor ordered...
Surviving the System
According to the World Health Organization, the global pharmaceuticals market is worth US $300 billion a year, a figure expected to rise to US $400 billion within three years. The 10 largest drug companies control over one-third of this market, several with sales of more than US $10 billion a year and profit margins of about 30%. Six are based in the United States and four in Europe. It is predicted that North and South America, Europe and Japan will continue to account for a full 85% of the global pharmaceuticals market well into the 21st century. Companies currently spend one-third of all sales revenue on marketing their products - roughly twice what they spend on research and development.
Over 124 billion is spent on purchasing cancer treatments and cancer is the most costly disease to treat per person. Importantly, 85% of cancer basic research is funded through taxpayers' money; drug companies spend only 1.3% of their revenues on basic research, net of taxpayers' subsidies of company research and development costs. This is effectively subsidizing corporations that then turn back on the public and mark up drugs with exorbitant prices, blame it on the cost of development as well as supply and demand. Drug companies recoup their portion for research and development within the first five years a drug is on the market. They also only hand out samples in our market or freebees to the odd third world country because effectively they receive tax exemptions for it anyway. Prices and profit always come before people. It appears as an economically oriented selective genocide.
While supply and demand can affect the cost affordability of pharmaceuticals, many cancer drugs are purposefully priced at up to a 5,000 % mark up especially in industrialized countries where most people still have trouble affording it.
It brings into question why there are not any socially conscious or non-profit pharmaceutical drug companies? There should be. Should there be profiteering on human suffering and essential health survival? One must also question what is a fair price for cancer treatment? Apparently, pharmaceutical companies were healthy and profitable a decade ago when cancer drug prices were on average less than $30,000 per year. Now, many treatments are at $100,000 per year and with the substantial increase in cancer rates, this communicates greed and a lack of ethics on behalf of all who contribute to it. The drug companies know it, the physicians and nurses know it, we know it.
Regulating the profiteering and price monopolies drug companies have created would be a start. In the name of human health, more effective drugs and suppressed cures (and there have been some) should be permitted from other global nations instead of laws banning or hindering approvals that are heavily influenced by drug company lobbyists who 'influence' politicians to make laws in their favour. It all seems not simply unethical but immoral and appears to be unaccountable, selfish and illegal. These represent human rights violations on human health and implicates government and institutions who contribute to the political and economic climate that allow corporations to operate with little impunity.
On a final note, a 2004 published study that surveyed outcomes of cancer survival rates after 5 years communicated in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported widely used Chemotherapeutic Drugs failed 97% of the time. Physicians such as Dr. Glidden support this factual perspective in his book, 'The M.D Emperor has No Clothes". He begs to question, would you pay an exorbitant financial and personal price and suffer a debilitating toxic treatment proven to only have a 3% survival rate? Those who say any other therapy besides chemotherapy is quakery is normalizing this situation. It is not wrong to seek treatment, but realize the bias that you may be directed from accessing other treatments, drugs and alternative therapies that could be used in a combination approach to treatment. There are other therapies and research, however, it doesn't have the same propoganda machine that the current mainstream therapies possess. Simply, do your research.
In fact, in 2011 Canadian researchers found a simple cure for cancer and no one took notice. Researchers at the University of Alberta discovered that dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders, simply and effectively kills cancer. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects. This drug doesn't require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies. Canadian scientists tested this dichloroacetate (DCA) on human's cells; it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells and left the healthy cells alone. It was tested on rats inflicted with severe tumors; their cells shrank when they were fed with water supplemented with DCA. Because it cannot be patented and won't make them a profit, drug companies have ignored it. The same can be said of successful studies that support a natural compound called Capsaicin which promotes cancer mitochondria cell death. It can't be patented either. Research it.
- Worldwide, about 1 in 8 deaths is caused by cancer
- People aged 55 or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of ALL cancers diagnosed are present in men and women in this age group
- More than 40 children are diagnosed with cancer every day
- More than 90% of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking caused by chemicals that are used in the making of tobacco products
- Sleep deprivation is described as those who get less than 6 hours per day, and this demographic has an increased risk of colon cancer
- Skin cancer is diagnosed most often, and the number of cases is increasing every year
- Only a very small percentage of cancers have a genetic link (less than 5%), which is not what most "cancer experts" convey
- Researchers worldwide agree that at least 50% of all cancers are preventable
In My Experience...
In 1999, I suffered an aggressive rare brain cancer at 29 years of age called Astrocytoma. The fear that appeared in the faces of professionals I sought help from.when they witnessed how it metastisized, was virtually a death sentence in itself. With a combination of immune boosting fresh nutrition and high amounts of Capsaicin in my diet and rest, I cured my cancer in less than six months and have remained cancer free until now at 45 years of age.
My mother passed away from sepsis related to Chemotherapy treatment for Ovarian Cancer in 2007. She only had Stage 2 cancer at the time of her death. I often took the night watch at my mother's bedside during those months at the hospital in Palliative Care where night after night, body bag after body bag would be removed of the other patients on the ward who underwent Chemotherapy resulting in great suffering and an early demise. I would never wish that fate upon anyone. She couldn't benefit from my experience because of resistance by hospital staff and was being fed intravenously after chemotherapy. What I witnessed even the local newspaper editors could not publish. It is not quackery to desire the best nutrition, less suffering, better odds of survival and ultimately dignity during cancer treatment. Research and alternative scientific methods are out there, I am proof it can be done. Think differently.
A Mitochondria-K+ Channel Axis Is Suppressed in Cancer and Its Normalization Promotes Apoptosis and Inhibits Cancer Growth
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