American Medicine is Sick

First, here’s this:

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.

Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab.

They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found “evidence of DNA damage” in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine.

Of course, it should be fairly obvious in the first place that chemotherapy is going to have rather toxic effects on the body since it is rather toxic.  Thus, it should surprise no one that its effects are toxic.  This then begs the question of why Chemotherapy is so widely used in combatting cancer.  The answer, unsurprisingly, is that chemotherapy is incredibly profitable to doctors (specifically, oncologists).  As to why, this is the case, consider:

This unique payment system started years ago because Medicare and insurers wanted to save money by moving cancer treatments out of the hospital. But it has come under increasing scrutiny as prices for some cancer drugs skyrocketed to tens of thousands of dollars a year.

Consider also this story:

A tuberculosis vaccine in use for 90 years may help reverse Type 1 diabetes and eliminate the life- long need for insulin injections, say Harvard University researchers raising money to conduct large, human studies.

The vaccine, a weakened form of the tuberculosis bacteria, stimulates production of TNF, a cell-signaling protein that plays a role in cell death. With more TNF, the body can attack those harmful immune cells while leaving the rest of the body’s defenses intact. The vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for tuberculosis though it isn’t generally recommended for use in the U.S. The vaccine also is approved to fight bladder cancer. [Emphasis added.]

Faustman and her colleagues at Massachusetts General in Boston are working to get the vaccine to market. After their early findings in studies with mice, she said they tried to interest every major drugmaker in developing the vaccine as a possible cure for diabetes. All told her there wasn’t enough money to be made in a cure that used an inexpensive, generically available vaccine, Faustman said.

So now, she is trying to raise money to pay for the expensive larger human trials. Her lab so far has received $11 million of the $25 million needed to pay for the next stage of testing. All of the money is coming from private donors, the largest of which is the Iacocca Family Foundation.

Notice how, in both cases, government intervention creates perverse incentives that are harmful to those who are suffering from illnesses.  In the case of chemotherapy, Medicare wanted to control cancer treatment costs, and so urged doctors to administer medicine directly, which encouraged doctors to mark up drug costs and, in order to increase profitability, overprescribe, with apparently little concern for their patients.  In the latter case, the FDA has not yet approved a drug for use in combatting diabetes, even though that same drug is approved for other uses.

Furthermore, this doesn’t even begin to consider how farming subsidies impact what food is brought to market, nor does it consider how corporate law encourages the production of highly processed frankenfood, nor does it consider the myriad regulations governing (and in some cases outlawing) unprocessed food.  And there are even more interventions beyond this that encourage people to eat unhealthy food, which makes them sick and unhealthy, which is then treated with expensive poison drugs that tend to mask symptoms rather than address the underlying pathologies.

Anyway, it’s no wonder Americans are so sick and unhealthy. Their government is trying to poison them.

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