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The California legislature is currently considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor’s signature on a government form prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip one or more vaccines for their child. Current law allows parents to decline vaccines by signing an exemption form at the school — no doctor’s signature needed. The new law would require “a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases.”

The excuse given for this new policy is to open competition in the free market, which is quite hard to believe as Big Pharma monopolies control healthcare in America and cost-effective natural therapies are unfairly maligned. The government is really boosting the GE biotech drug market which was valued at $243 million in 2010 and is expected to grow to $3.7 billion in sales by 2015.  The government says that GE generic biosimilars will save them $25 billion over 10 years

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 You probably know somebody who has undergone some cancer treatment at one point or another. The effects of chemotherapy on the body are highly destructive, and often leave the cancer patient in a worse state than they were in before.

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs

A safe and effective cure for cancer has been discovered with a drug that was once used for unusual metabolic problems. Yet, the cancer industry shows no interest with following up on dichloroacetate (DCA) research from University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, reported in 2007. That’s because DCA is no longer patented.

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Bad Medicine

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Big pharma, Economy, Health care
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One of the big myths from Big Pharma is that it takes a billion dollars and 10 years of research for a drug. The reality is that MOST of that money, around 84%, comes from the U.S. taxpayer in the form of research grants.

Americans pay a premium of about 67% for prescription drugs compared to residents of the rest of the world. No other country in the world pays as much as the U.S. Yet you would think, in a true free market prices would come down over time, well i am sorry to inform you dear reader, that free market has nothing to do with it. Nope, our government is involved in setting the price you and I pay, thanks to the patent system that allows drug companies to monopolize drugs they produce, and to extend their monopolies almost permanently.

You see, patents make it illegal for a competitor to sell the same product for a certain amount of time. The longer they can extend the patent, the more money in their pocket.

Eventually generics take over, and the more generics created, the less money goes to the brand name. This causes pharma companies to retest the same drug for other uses in order to lengthen the exclusivity period. Basically tweaking the original formula to create a “new” version so they can jack up the price. This is called “evergreening”.

Other ways they rip of consumers is by setting prices higher in huge, unregulated U.S. markets than in nations with price controls. They charge individuals the steepest price, big purchasers the smallest. Even the way doctors are reimbursed for cancer drugs gives them incentive to prescribe the most expensive treatments. The drugs are usually given intravenously in hospital, or doctors offices, and Medicare pays doctors for the cost of the drug plus a small extra fee to help cover their overhead. The higher the price for drugs, the greater the fee.

As i have said in an earlier post, i got a friend that has to pay large sums of money in the hopes that he can extend his life by a few months/years. I am making it a personal mission to find out why this is happening and to raise awareness about such issues in hopes of fighting corporate monopolies that do no one any good.

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He qualified to take a pill that costs $10,000 dollars per month for treatments. He is now forced to repeatedly write for grants from the government just to get this pill. If you honestly believe that Big Pharma is here to help, you need to get off the drugs they are selling you, and open your eyes to the fact that you are nothing but a dollar sign to them.

Click this link, watch this video, and try not to get pissed

My friend is not alone in his battle of life, death, and profit. Here is another poor soul abused by a system that makes no sense.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Much love goes out to people fighting for their lives in their own country. You are stronger than you know.