Saturday, June 23, 2012
Health for Profit
I think the title of this post says it all...but for those that don’t realize and understand the standard by which we all live under...the complete “industry” health has become, you need not remain ignorant as we are about to take a trip down a particularly unpleasant rabbit hole.
I’d like to say that I remember the good old days, but they were good and gone by the time I showed up on the scene. I heard about a time when doctors cured and treated ailments because they took an oath to do so...not because it was profitable. I’m not saying doctors shouldn’t get paid...I think they should, and quite well. I just think medicine shouldn’t be an industry that sacrifices health for money.
Take cancer for example. Where is the profitability in offering a cure? Once cancer is gone, all the money and funding for research is gone as well. Millions will be out of a job from those that make the chemicals for chemo to those that answer the phone at the institute. The well will run dry and billions of dollars will be lost. Tell me, if YOU had the cure right now...would you give it away? Sell it? Suppress it to continue to profit from treatment? You might be repulsed to know that your personal views and those that fuel the industry are miles apart.
This type of thinking isn’t new. It’s the mind of business. I don’t have a problem with business...but I think it’s sick when business is conducted at the expense of people's lives. I was watching an episode of “Shark Tank” recently and there was a man that invented a nasal screen. Without going into too much detail, let me just say it was an awesome invention, and he got a deal from one of the sharks. The most significant part of his presentation was when he was asked if he had approached the medical industry with his invention...and they made him an offer to buy it outright for the purpose of burying it. He said...on the show, that they responded that they wouldn’t back him for a long term partnership because they could make much more money in treating symptoms, than in preventing infection first.
Imagine that. Preventive medicine takes a back seat to treatment...for money. This is the sick world we live in. It gets worse when the milestones set on healthy benchmarks are constantly moved to catch a larger portion of people, just to increase the profit margin. One year your not a diabetic...and the next year you are. The numbers haven’t changed, your health is the same...but the scale of what is considered diabetic has been moved, and with that move millions of healthy people are suddenly unhealthy...and need “treatment.”
I remember when heartburn was just a simple condition easily remedied by apple cider vinegar. Now it’s a “disease” called acid reflux...and you MUST have “Brand X” to remain healthy and free of it. See the good old days had us investigating what we eat, when we eat, and in what combinations to determine why we get heartburn. Now...it’s a disease. Yeah...right.
I’m a staunch advocate for taking your health into your own hands. I’m not saying you should become a kitchen table doctor, but I’m saying everyone should take responsibility for their own health to seek and acquire knowledge that is in their best interest...instead of the interests of others that have no interest in you. It shouldn’t be about how much is made off your sickness...but how much is gained by your health.