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And there are proven cures. Medicine is a business and business hates competition of that magnitude. Big Pharma thrives on maintenance of disease (not health).
@lone77star, I agree that there are proven cures. We will have to agree to disagree on how they come about though. My father is currently in complete remission, thanks to "Big Pharma", since the natural stuff my mom was shoving on him totally failed.
Cures are not that easy. There never will be one cancer cure--too many types. Preventing diseases usually involves vaccines--measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus and shingles come to mind. What works for men may not work for women.
And yet doctors don't know about the cures that are available. They frequently only know what Big Pharma tells them. Medicine is a big business and hates big competition. That's why America has outlawed cures, demonizing them
I have been hearing this argument for years and no one has come up with any proof of a particular disease that can be cured but has not been. You said Medicine is big business but hates big competition. How is that different from other businesses?
I agree with you 100% and it is sad that so many people still buy into the fact that their doctors really want to "cure" you. They only treat symptoms and not the disease. You are so right in that there is no money in curing people.
My sister had breast cancer. She had chemo after the surgery. She is a seven year survivor and doing well. The Aids death rate is down because of treatment. Maybe we can cure some diseases--but will the side affects be worse than the disease.
I disagree with the statement about chemo being experimental. There are certain cancers that respond to certain drugs. That's why we have protocols in place; to bring the best possible result to the patient. Sometimes, people just don't make it. :(
Chemo has saved lives. Not all drugs work for all. I saw my brother go into cardiac arrest over one drop of a certain drug. They tried another. I saw my Aunt die from her insides being burned by chemo drugs.
Neither were given a longer life.
Diana Lee, I am sorry for both losses you have endured. Those are very tough situations. There are indeed some very cardiotoxic drugs out there. Since ppl aren't like snowflakes, there's no concrete way to tell prior to admin what a reaction will be.
Thank you for your excellent comment. Being there for the person is very important. Listening and being supportive are important to the patient and to their quality of life.
Every adult needs a legal advance directive for health and trusted representative to ensure the wishes are respected. If I had a terminal illness and chemo "might" extend my life a few weeks or months, I'd likely think the "cost" too high.