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Why Big Pharma and Equipment Makers Block Alternative Treatment and Cures for Heart Disease
They have overpowered the consumer
The power of consumers must prevail
Theories of disease
There is an issue between the germ theory of disease and the free radical theory of disease. In the former, a germ, like Streptococcus pyogenes, causes rheumatic fever that results in rheumatic heart. In the latter, free radicals cause the benign tumor called atheroma that results in plaque of heart disease (I have a Hub “A Theory of Heart Disease That Insures Effective Prevention, Treatment and Cure For It”).
The germ theory is espoused by conventional medicine for what it calls non-communicable disease or degenerative disease. The free radical theory belongs in alternative medicine. Conventional medicine does not recognize free radicals as causes of disease. Alternative medicine contends that free radicals cause disease.
There is also a contention that conventional medicine stands in the way of licking heart disease as number one killer in the world. (I have a Hub “Why Is Heart Disease the Number Killer in the World?”). It is apparent that conventional medical industries support if not cajole conventional medicine in the stand that free radicals do not cause disease.
Executive power versus medical sense
This is a case where the executive power of medical industries espousing conventional medicine is overriding scientific medical sense. In this controversy, no one or no entity could be sued in court.
It would appear that the controversy will be resolved by scientific medical sense and market forces. That is, let the consumers patronize the method of prevention, treatment and cure that they find effective. However, consumers can be manipulated by means of information campaigns, sales pitch and the partnership between health maintenance organizations (HMO), and insurers. These can get big discounts from giant pharmaceutical companies. These can get big discounts from hospitals administering angioplasty and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In the United States, a HMO member cannot just to go a doctor or clinic of his/her preference if s/he wants HMO to pay for medicine and services. He must get prior approval from HMO even just a check up for hypertension.
In the Philippines, a law has been enacted that controls the erection of advertising billboard along highways. This is to protect the public from harm when the billboard topples over, especially during typhoons. Private advertising groups resisted this move insisting that they can police themselves. Philippine congress enacted the law just the same. Congress could enact such a law to protect a few bystanders or passers-by along highways, but it has not passed a medical malpractice law. Only medical ethics is in place in the Philippines where several practices can qualify as medical malpractice according to medical malpractice laws in the United States, for example. This is a case where market forces are remiss in protecting the consumers.
There is one way the government of any country with a medical malpractice law can be more aggressive in licking heart disease. It has only to enforce its medical malpractice law that has a provision that health professionals, especially those administering angioplasty and heart bypass surgery, must explain alternative methods of prevention, treatment and cure. In that case they are mandated by law to explain chelation therapy as part in getting informed consent for angioplasty or bypass surgery.
Similar to polio vaccine
The medical issue could be resolved in a similar manner as in the case of polio vaccine. Dr. Albert Sabin contended that only weakened poliovirus is effective for use in a vaccine against the bug. Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr. of Michigan University believed otherwise. Dr. Salk adopted the technology earlier pioneered by Dr. William Park and Maurice Brodie, a Canadian, using killed poliovirus. To the question of what kind of virus to use in the vaccine, whether killed or weakened, the research committee of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now March of Dimes) declared: whichever vaccine came out first as effective against polio will be offered to the public (Kluger, J. Splendid Solution, Dr. Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio. 2009).
The Salk killed-poliovirus vaccine was launched in 1955; the Sabin vaccine was used since 1961. However, since 2000 only the Salk vaccine has been administered in the United States. Reasons: the weakened virus in the Sabin vaccine can mutate into a virulent one and infect. Also, a vaccinated person can infect another person who had not been vaccinated.
Research on polio vaccine was financed by the March of Dimes a private foundation declared as such by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a polio victim himself. It would appear that no financing for research on free radicals can be expected from the government because it is advised by conventional medicine. Government gets advice from an entity that it had given license to do so; it does not get advice from alternative medicine that it had not given a similar license. It looks like the institution of Inquisition has come back in another skin. (The Inquisition imprisoned Galileo for life because he believed, owing to his telescope, that the earth revolved around the sun.) To conquer polio whose victims peaked at over 57,000 in 1952 in the United States, vaccination was administered nationwide.
The formula in making the Salk killed-polio vaccine was given to pharmaceutical companies for free because it was developed under the March of Dimes, a private foundation that charged no royalty. At least five big pharmaceutical companies in the United States were involved. Other countries got the formula for free.
It is agreed that heart disease has much more victims than that of polio worldwide.
Executive power of some pharmaceuticals and equipment manufacturers protect their investments from the encroachment of alternative medicine. If only the people knew, heart disease is so easy to prevent and treat and cure at very low cost.
If heart disease can be prevented by means of antioxidants like carrots, eggplant, broccoli, lettuce, currant, berries, heart lung machines will eventually land in museums. Yes, antioxidants can prevent heart disease.
If chelation therapy can reverse plaque, people with heart disease will go for infusion chelation therapy and cardiac surgeons will find their expertise obsolete. Yes, chelation therapy can reverse plaque.
If vitamin C can prevent and reverse plaque, the market for cholesterol-lowering drugs will shrink. Yes, vitamin C can prevent and reverse plaque.
Who should we save? Pharmaceuticals and equipment manufacturers or people with heart disease?
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