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Corporations Killed Medicine. Here’s How to Take It Back


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Corporations Killed Medicine. Here’s How to Take It Back.

Fran Quigley

Along the path toward the creation of a global capitalist system, some of the most significant steps were taken by the English enclosure movement.


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Drug companies push the big lie...and now they buy politicians dime a dozen GOP and Dem to further push the big lie ...And Big lie it is....They make billions of dollars and they pocket a lot of it..Pay investors large sums of it.. squander a lot of it and do little research....It is all about getting rich beyond your wildest dream....Our government in turn pisses down our back and tells us it is raining and the stupid voters believe it and vote these lying SOBs right back in office...Clean house in 2016 Vote Bernie or suffer more wallet raping from big Pharma..


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From Fran Quigley's excellent outline of the history of privatization of medicines:

"... few know that the enclosure erected around affordable medicines is both relatively new and artificially imposed."

Of course, ALL privatization and enclosure of commons has been "artificially imposed."

The legacies of enclosure, privatization, the "Christian Doctrine of Discovery," and colonialism are deeply embedded in every aspect of society, the economy, culture, and importantly our consciousness.

"The Looting Economy" must be dismantled. But as we look at how to do that, it's important to recognize how deeply the ideology of "beneficial looting" penetrates so much of what appears normal and natural.


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Brilliant article.

Doctors Without Borders is one entity I try to send money to whenever I can. I am so glad they are doing what they can to oppose TIPP and TRIP and TPP... since these disgusting "agreements" will make funding worthwhile drug research and drug pricing out of reach... for most who need them.


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Just to demonstrate how far this concept of "intellectual property rights" has gone.

A family has been sued because they posted a video of their infant child dancing around to a tune on the Radio. Breach of Copyright claimed because the tune was deemed anothers property.

In the UK new laws being passed open the potential of people being sued for taking a photograph of a person sittng in a chair or wearing a coat. The design of the coat or chair is deemed "intellectual property" and reproduction of the image of the same deemed a crime.

A rap musician wrote a song called "donald trump" Mr trump sues the same for "illegal use of his name".

The FDA has been pursuing a policy that would see food and plant nutrients reclassified as drugs, this at the behest of Big Pharma. The drug industry feels if nutrients can be reclassified as a drug and they do the research into the benefits of those nutrients as a drug than it would be deemed "intellectual property' They already attempted to do this with curcumin which is seen as a anti cancer agent and is derived from tumeric root.

Many first nations peoples here in Canada are reluctant to reveal their own knowledge of herbs and traditional medicines used to treat various diseases for thousands of years because they fear Big Pharma will move in and try to privatize that knowledge as intellectual property.


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This is absolute nonsense. First and foremost US drug firms spend more on advertising than on reasearch.One study showed 26 percent of all revenues spent on advertising as opposed to 12 percent on research. Another showed that for every 1 dollar spent on research 9 are spent on self promotion .

Virtually all nations in Europe have Universal care or some National health service. Some 1300 companies in Europe alone develop drugs and of the 10 largest Pharmaceutical companies in the World 5 are based in Europe. I see no evidence whatsover that European companies spend less on R and D than do US firms.

In fact the single largest spender on R and D among the 10 major firms is the Swiss Company Roche.


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Allopathic medicine ...

Type that into a browser and see what you come up with. Allopathic medicine is the predominate form of medicine practiced in the Western world. It wasn't always that way.

Aboriginal civilizations developed herbal treatments for illnesses and injuries long before Christopher Columbus or Eric the Red sailed west from Europe and landed on the shores of the New World. The fabled "witch doctors" of Africa, the shamans of South and North America are alive and well today and continue practicing the traditions handed down from generation to generation, The civilizations of China and India developed elaborate conceptions of health and disease and how to regulate those processes. And no, I do not advocate tossing physicians into the unemployment lines and import witch doctors to take their place.

When it comes to allopathic medicine, here's what we need to know: it's based on the use of manufactured compounds to treat the symptoms of illness, and it didn't gain the ascendency in Western medicine until the 1850's. What happened then? That's about the time companies that manufactured pharmaceutical drugs began giving grants to medical training programs. That's when the American Medical Association was founded. And that's when the drug companies convinced medical colleges to slant the curriculums in favor of the allopathic model of illness and treatment.

In other words, those with a vested interest in the profitability of the items they pedaled to the public bought or bribed their way into pockets of those best suited to increasing their profits. It's the same process that was used by corporations and military manufacturing contractors to gain control of Congress and the public purse strings.

As indicated in the article, most basic research into drug therapies is done at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. When these publically funded organizations develop a new treatment protocol, they license their data to a drug company. That company tweaks the formula, conducts some testing on volunteers, and is rewarded with lucrative patents.

In fact, those patents rightfully belong to the Taxpayer.

But there is so much money to be made there is plenty to spread around to lots of people in positions who are able to make sure that the Public remains unaware of what's really going on.

I'd venture to guess that if drug companies were cut out of the loop, the U.S. could cut the cost of medical care as it is practiced in this country today by 50%. Add in medical equipment manufacturers and we'd probably have enough cash to replace every lead water pipe in every home in America in the next ten years, and still have enough cash left over to give every school child a free breakfast and a free lunch all year long.

All we have to do, as the article suggests, is to stop accepting the fairy tale that medical care is something that should be bought and paid for.


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Had your daily doses of kool aid yet today? Better not miss out.