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Colloquial Rants and Reasoning:End Civilization as we know it Part 3

Updated on May 6, 2015
Statue of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, holding the symbolic Rod of Asclepius with its coiled serpent
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Part 3 Medicine

Medicine

The pharmaceutical industry fits well within the moniker of predatory business. Sure, pharmaceuticals have improved and in some cases extended the lives of millions, but they have destroyed countless others. Often, prescription drugs are grossly under tested and dangerous side effects are not known until long after the drugs are widely prescribed. Class action lawsuits will not repair the damage wrought by these products or restore the lives they have taken. The industry fights these lawsuits and when it loses, rewards to the plaintiffs are mere drops in the Olympic sized swimming pools of big pharm profits.

Far worse than the dangers of under tested drugs is the toll of addictive pharmaceuticals. Accidental death from prescription drug overdose has quadrupled in less than a decade. Often these drugs are erroneously prescribed by doctors who either receive kickbacks from the industry, are too lazy to deal with their patient’s ailments or both. Those users who are not prescribed the drugs usually get them from people who are, so whether these products end up in their intended hands or not, the industry profits. The stigmatized status of addicts in society is no match for the industry’s lawful (not ethical) business practices. Poisoning consumers becomes more of a calculated business risk than a crime. This brings me to my next point.

Are healthy people fiscally healthy for the medical industry? Sure, there needs to be a positive impact on customers for the industry to thrive, but if we were all healthy, there would be little need for the industry. How is it right for someone to go bankrupt because the got sick or had an accident? Where is the humanity in draining a sick and possibly dying persons life savings and then some, leaving nothing to bequeath? How is it ethical to put a price on health at all?

I think civilization as we know it should end because within civilization medicine is an industry. I think it should end for cancer. Cancer, in some ways touches the lives of nearly every person on Earth regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or nationality yet we allow companies to profit off causing it and then it cost money for the research and development of treatments and cures. Nations should be uniting with extreme urgency to save Grandma, Grandpa, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, Husband, Wife, friends, neighbors, etc. etc. with all they can muster, without a price tag , but we don’t. We adhere to the monetary system, the system of civilization above the survival of our loved ones and ourselves. The resources are there. The knowledge is there. But, apparently someone has to pay. Someone has to profit. This system does not work for us, we work for it.

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    • Rod Rainey profile imageAUTHOR

      RodneyBlaec Rainey 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Yes, I’ve heard of so many alternatives to chemo therapy here recently; I read that if your body’s ph level is balanced, it’s impossible to get cancer and eliminating meat and dairy products from your diet can significantly reduce your risk and help to cure it if you already have it. http://www.pcrm.org/health/medNews/two-new-studies...

      I’ve also read this is highly beneficial for those suffering from MS. There’s been a growing buzz around treating cancer with cannabis oil too (wouldn’t it be something that is illegal nearly everywhere).

      There is indeed hope, but these alternatives cannot come to light fast enough for those dying and the ones who love them. I find it neat that someone would comment on this hub today; my grandmother starts chemo therapy today. I asked her if the doctor mentioned alternatives or changing her diet. She said no so I told her what I read, but I am no Dr. and most my family thinks I’m crazy so will she listen? (fingers crossed) I should edit this hub to include these things I’ve been reading about. Thank You so much for taking the time to read and leave a comment, conradofontanilla. Have a wonderful day!

    • conradofontanilla profile image

      conradofontanilla 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      There is hope to end the reign of profit oriented pharmaceuticals on cancer. Free radical theories of disease is now licking cancer and other diseases within this class. Next generation prevention methods, treatments and cures will use a new paradigm of medicine.

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