2 Healthcare conspiracy theories

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  1. altshauf

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    Wiley especially, I would like your thoughts...
    1. We already have a cure for ebola... The doctor that caught it while in Africa on aid cured himself about 5 years ago if I recall.
    2. The cure for cancer is not truly being sought after by highly driven means. It has become such a big money-maker that those developing treatments would rather do so for a buck.
    Just a couple of things I had in my mind today. Don't know why.
    Thoughts anyone?
     
  2. MTLynn

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    No matter the field, big business is all about protecting and growing revenue streams and big government ain't any different
     
  3. RaiderDawg78

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    There is no cure for Ebola. There are several vaccines that show promise in preventing infection when exposed, but not a cure when infected. If someone is infected and the disease progresses, there are a few antibodies treatments that improve outcomes, but really you can only provide supportive care.


    There would be more money in a treatment /cure than treatment without guaranteed cure.
     
  4. JohnDavidBlue

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    I agree with Lynn but I do believe that anything that would "cure" anything would be embraced by physicians. I just watched two close family members die of cancer. It's nasty and I just don't see the compassion side being left out.
     
  5. RaiderDawg78

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    I speak as someone who has been to every Ebola research lab in the country.

    I see the efforts to work on cures and vaccines first hand. There is no efforts to hide treatments. The money would be in having an effective treatment.
     
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    Wow, that is interesting. So, are you saying that treatments would trump a cure?

     
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    If you think it through, more money in treating someone long-term than a short-term cure, which is more money than a vaccine that prevents disease.

    That said, scientists are ego driven - you would rather be known for creating a vaccine than a treatment.

    The problem is cancer is different than infectious disease. It may be caused, in some cases, by a virus, but it a dysfunction of self rather than a disease like Ebola.

    I believe there are many potential vaccine candidates that never get developed. It costs a lot of money to go through all the FDA approval trials.
     
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    There is a lot to unpack there. And I believe money would drive a drawn out solution...however I would hope that a cure would manifest itself, if found, for humanity’s greater good rather than the dollar.
     
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    Well, the real issue to me is that a lot of companies may push treatments or therapeutics that are not effective or have side effects in an effort to get a licensed product on the market. That’s a real potential issue.
     
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    I find it interesting when treatments are stumbled upon ... lithium slidenifl etc.
     
  11. RaiderDawg78

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    You are right. Botox was originally being developed to help with crossed eyes. Researchers realized that NHPs had reduced/ relaxed wrinkles and...poof, a multi billion dollar cosmetic industry.
     
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    I even had Botox injected into my forehead to treat headaches. It really is wild.
     

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