WHO BENEFITS MOST WHEN YOU VISIT YOUR DOCTOR?
My doctor is a lovely lady. She is quite pretty physically, but in the proper sense of “pretty” she is kind, thoughtful and understanding. I do not really have to visit her except that, to “cover her back” for my insurance company, because the French readings for blood pressure put you onto chemicals when in UK or USA you are not anywhere near it, I am obliged to enjoy her company. It is just another of the ways the French are addicted to taking drugs when there is really no need. But it highlights another problem. How the drugs companies rule the world.
I reckon I am a reasonably intelligent sort of chap, with, I believed, an idea of how the world is ticking, even though the movement is becoming a bit decrepit. I am used to seeing the profit margins of the petrol companies and the banks being rolled out every quarter, with gob-smacking trillions of profits, which of course, are nothing to do with the price we pay at the pumps or for their poor service. And then I read a short article on what the drug companies are up to – the profits that they are raking in thanks to our ongoing suffering. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28212223. One of them, Pfizer, is declaring profits towards 50%. The UK gang are bit less successful in ripping us off but doing very nicely, thank you. But, before we say, « good for them » for being so successful, let us look for a moment at what they pay for prior to publishing the profit figures. I offer a hypothesis.
In the UK, there is a small army of drug company paid people not actually employées working in offices or laboratories. There are reputed to be somewhere around 10,000 of them, if we are to believe one suggestion, who are « lobbyists ». These are the prople who « present the information » to parliamentarians, Civil Servants, et al, about what they should be using in the country’s health systems. Of course, there is no suggestion as to whether any money or other inducement changes hands. Then there is another small army who are « moderators » of the blogs. They have got themselves into positions where they control what is allowed or otherwise on the internet discussions. If they find something that is not of the chemical company line they ensure it gets deleted or ridiculed. (I know ; I am blocked from several.)
Then there is army, probably not so small, who operates in places like the European Parliament. Taking into account that the Euro MPs’ have some fairly high expenses, with accommodation in both Brussels and Strasbourg to pay for, almost certainly with the requisite « home comforts » in both locations, then their puny salary of £6,500 a month with an expenses allowance of a little over £3,200 a month, with a few more additons, may need topping up. Who better than the representatives of the drug companies, keen to ensure that their highly profitable drugs are taken on by every possible country of the 28 member states, to make their contributions ? What? you ask ; 28 different countries représentatives to be « induced » ? It just might be, my friends.
And then what about the “folk at home”, the Directors. This might shed some light.http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Pfizer-Senior-Director-Salaries-E525_D_KO7,22.htm as well as other senior executives.
As a devoted Capitalist I concur that each should be paid according to his or her due. I have had every reason to enjoy the benefits of my labours over my working life. But the question could be asked of the medical industry; who suffers most when we go to the doctor? The prescription we take for granted adds to our costs; our social charges. As the BBC article states, some “cures” are costing massive sums. And their success is imited. Their side effects often defy belief.
The one really sad thing here is that the alternative remedy group is not like the drug companies. We are too fragmented. There is no one strong central body that people like us can be involved with; so our voice is broken. The fact we can offer a cure for cancer, for example, which is totally benign but not in the mainstream system, for only a few hundred £ maximum, when the drug barons charge nearly £50,000 for treatments that are less likely to succeed, are more painful, do more harm to name but some of the downsides, seems to me to be iniquitous.
So why do our press, politicians, civil servants and health professionals not promote the use the natural remedies that are clinically proven to work?
The answer just may be in the hypothesis.
John Osborne, a Naturopath of many years experience, works with the leading authorities in the world on the natural ways to cure serious illness. John is readily contactable via his web sites, www.homecures.co.uk or www.happygirlcup.com, where he is happy to advise on all forms of natural treatment for bodily sickness. (John is not a doctor so is not able to offer any diagnosis.)