Drivel. Much of the research NIH does or pays to universities to do is a waste of money. Medical research is biased against natural medicine in the extreme and they do all sorts of drug research that Big Pharma gets for free, changes a molecule a tiny bit, patents it and charges you and the gov't top dollar.
With the billions, perhaps trillions, that's been poured into cancer research alone, the death rates have faintly decreased.
The national debt is huge. Almost all departments can look forward to cuts in budgets. I agree that the NIH performs vital research that benefits humanity. NIH also does a lot of research that benefits corporations. We need to come up with a better way to license scientific breakthroughs. NIH needs to figure out ways to get drug companies to pay for the data. Perhaps a drug company could purchase the data and use it to get FDA approval.
Cassandra, is this more to your liking? Natural enough for you?
"They (his parents) treated him (a 19 months old boy) for 2½ weeks with remedies that included hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish and a product from a naturopathic doctor aimed at boosting his immune system."
He had bacterial meningitis, and it killed him. Hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish, for god's sake!
Here is the link to the full article. It is by the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster:
It is worth reading, and so are the articles linked inside.
I've read all kinds of examples of foolish choices made by people. They are not examples of natural medicine. You apparently don't know anything about it. I suggest a search of "functional medicine", a look at Dr Mark Hyman's website, or search the websites of MDs who are practitioners. Find them at www.functionalmedicine.org (find a practitioner) or try www.acam.org or www.aaem.com (American Academy of Environmental Medicine) Functional medicine is also known as natural medicine, nutritional medicine or simply root cause medicine. You could also go to www.anh-usa.org (Alliance for Natural Health) and look around. There is an entire world of healing that most are unaware of and, incidentally, would save billions of dollars in health care costs by breaking the monopoly and providing true healing.
In terms of root cause medicine, one can't heal until one knows what the imbalances are. In one area, nutrition, think of it this way. There are trillions of biochemical reactions occurring in everyone's body all day long. Every one of those reactions requires an enzyme as catalyst and every one of those enzymes requires at least one, often more than one, essential vitamin or mineral. A shortage of any essential nutrient will produce imbalances somewhere. Monopoly medicine ignores this basic principle. Except, when they want to use a particular nutrient which can't be patented. Then they create a new "drug", incorporating the nutrient. Then they set out to get the FDA to ban the nutrient. When one takes a supplement to replace a nutrient that the body needs, sometimes in much greater amount than can be had by diet (see biochemical individuality) it is NOT like taking a drug. There is just no massive profit in it.
The medical monopoly is very good at accident/trauma, surgery if you really need it and diagnostics. For viral/bacterial illness and chronic disease the monopoly is a disaster, focused on profit rather than patients.
I don't have the reference but it would be easy to find. Marcia Angell, M.D,, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, has had scathing things to say about medical research. You can also go to drmercola.com and search "medical research" or any disease you'd like to, you might even find Dr Angell's comments there.