Posts Tagged: profit

Avastin May Lose FDA Approval as a Breast Cancer Treatment

Although this is an orthodox chemotherapy treatment, it is substantial news, and I decided to speak about it nevertheless because of the high scrutiny under which Avastin (bevacizumab) has been subjected.  This substance already has approval for a variety of cancers, such as colon, brain, kidney, and lung cancers.
Bevacizumab (Avastin) works by blocking angiogenesis (i.e., the growth of new blood vessels that enable tumors to grow).  It is a humanized monoclonal antibody that inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). It was the first angiogenesis inhibitor available in the United States for clinical applications.  It received its first approval for cancer treatment in 2004 when used in combination with standard chemotherapy for metastatic colon cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.

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FDA Now Attacking IV Vitamin C

Just when you thought they were sleeping, now the FDA is reported to be prohibiting small pharmacies from manufacturing or distributing injectable vitamin C.  This is regardless of the fact that vitamin C is a powerful healing substance that is great for a lot of health conditions.
It is well known in natural health circles that IV vitamin C could almost be termed a ‘miracle cure’ for a wide variety of conditions, especially infections and similar diseases.  I have covered some of these conditions in previous writings.  But for those who don’t know, it is common knowledge that conventional drugs don’t cure viral diseases such as mononucleosis, hepatitis, influenza, shingles, herpes, etc.  In addition to this, there are more and more bacteria that are becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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Transdermal Magnesium Therapy-4

Adam Abraham learns about the many beneficial uses of magnesium from Dr. Sircus. This segment is around 15 minutes of very important information for people suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, migraine headaches, and other ailments.

Most people in the health community are focused on calcium, but what they don’t understand is that magnesium is more critical than calcium.  Historically, the calcium to magnesium ratio in the diet was 1:1.  Unfortunately there is not real mechanism in the body to retain magnesium in the body.  The present ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet is now 2:1.   But for treating medical conditions, the ratio should be 1:2

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Transdermal Magnesium Therapy-Part 1

Dr. Mark Sircus is interviewed by Adam Abraham about the benefits of using transdermal magnesium oil.  It is almost in the class of miracle cures for many diseases.

Dr Sircus says that in his research, he found that magnesium is one of the best detoxification methods available.  This is of critical importance to people, especially those who are having problems with chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.  Remember that we are living in a virtual sea of toxic chemicals and substances.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals to man’s health, and may be almost as important as air!  It is essential to cell physiology, playing a role in over 325 enzymatic processes, cell wall integrity, performance of the blood-brain barrier, cellular energy production, etc.  It is the principal nutrient used in the body.

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Big Pharma Research-Marketing Dressed Up as Science

There are various people who describe the extent to which Big Pharma has infested the entire medical research process, as well as the regulatory function.  It has devolved into a big circus where the ringmasters and workers all share in the profits, all at the expense of the audience and the joke is on the unwitting patients who actually think that they are being given the most advanced, benevolent, modern medical care available.  This is obviously not the case.

Before 1980, most drug research was performed by university professors.  After 1991, the drug studies were starting to be performed by Big Pharma companies.  It was either performed by their employed scientists, or was funded by pharmaceutical companies.  There is one glaring problem with this arrangement.  This put the entire research process under the control of Big Pharma companies that stood to gain from releasing their drugs on schedule, and with no obstacles such as pesky toxicity and bad side effects.

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Big Pharma is for Profits

It is not a bad thing to be run a business for profit.  Unfortunately, there can be a conflict between financial interests and what is best for the patient.  Given the present corporate paradigm where profits are the first, highest priority, this can have disastrous ramifications for medical policy.  A goal of more profit may motivate Big Pharma companies to sell expensive drugs to patients even though they may not be radically different from older, cheaper drugs.
Doctors are often willing victims of Big Pharma.  Their medical educations are heavily influenced by pharmaceutical companies.  It is to the point now where there are incredibly large numbers of prescriptions written by physicians. 

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Big Pharma Spends Money to Influence Physicians’ Prescription Choices

Big Pharma spends large amounts of money to influence physicians’ prescriptions.  These pharmaceutical companies are profit machines, and that is their highest priority.  They work to maximize profits, and that involves selling as many prescription drugs as possible.  It is an insane, persistent push to maximize sales.  It doesn’t matter if patients are over-medicated.  It doesn’t matter if people die as a result of being given these medications because they can harm people.

Patients are recommended to do their own research on the drugs that they take.  They need to protect themselves from possible over-medication.  Even though we have been conditioned to look for the ‘quick fix’, we need to be more reasoning.

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Big Pharma-Profit is Job #1

This is the third installment of this video series on Big Pharma and how it operates.  The bottom line is that Big Pharma’s biggest priority is to make money, and everything else is secondary.  This video series is an illustration of this.  Cancer patients need to understand these facts before agreeing to any treatments that involve drugs, especially with drugs as toxic as chemotherapy.  If these people are this ruthless and profit-seeking with these drugs, how much confidence does that inspire in a patient who may be seen as nothing more than a profitable sale?

I am not accusing all physicians of being complicit in this.  Although they ought to know better, many physicians have been subjected to indoctrination by medical school educations that have been heavily influenced by Big Pharma.  So most doctors have a definite bias towards the use of drugs.

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Big Pharma Marketing Antics

This is a video on Big Pharma and how they are more focused on making money than on treating patients.  We are literally drowning in prescription medications.  The most amazing part of this is that most ‘new’ drugs that are released to the market are either old drugs that are given a new name, or ‘me too’ drugs that are not really any more effective than the drugs that they are replacing.

The bottom line is that patients are being used as profit patsies.  One drug, Nexium®, is being pushed as a new drug, but it is essentially identical to the drug is it allegedly replacing, Prilosec®.  This move by the manufacturer of the drug made it one of the best-selling drugs in history.  The fact that it is not really different from the old drug shows that the marketing was what made this drug so popular. The old Over-the-counter (OTC) Prilosec® is $24, generic Prilosec® is $119, and the new, virtually identical Nexium® is $171.
Gullible patients who trust the Medical Establishment will not question or understand this sleight-of-hand.  The pharmaceutical companies can sell virtually anything they want to trusting consumers.  The many billions of dollars spent on pharmaceutical advertisements are definitely working.  These commercials are very brief and succinct in their content and effect.  In contrast, I went to actually find the full prescribing information for Prilosec® and found that it was 34 pages long!  And it is full of contraindications, side effects and other technical information that would probably be important to the people taking this drug.  I guarantee you that the vast majority of patients never read this material because is is very technical.  In short, this drug is not as benign as the ad would lead you to believe.
The only reason why Big Pharma can get away with this is because patients are not aware of what is really going on here.  Take conscious notice of the constant barrage of pharmaceutical commercials that come on the television the next time you watch.  It is amazing that they can run this many drug advertisements. Remember that the expense for these advertisements are included in the drug’s price.  Many people don’t care about the final price because health insurance takes care of a lot of it, but this cost is reflected in your bottom line, even if not immediately and directly.  It could be argued that these exorbitant pharmaceutical expenses are wrecking the country.  Economic times are not as good as they were before, and big corporations are not known for their concern for average people.  Just be more aware about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ that are presented to us.  The first thing we have to do to fight this is to be aware that it is going on.

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Dr. Samuel Epstein on the Cancer Industry

Award-winning Professor of Medicine, Dr. Samuel Epstein speaks out on the truth about the American Cancer Society (ACS).  Unfortunately, the video has been removed, but I did write a summary of it below.
He starts by talking about how laden women’s cosmetics and many widely-used skin care products are full of carcinogenic chemicals that are readily absorbed through the skin.

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