Monday, January 24, 2011
by Mike Adams
The U.S. government has decided to enter the pharmaceutical business. Apparently, the drug companies aren’t coming out with new “breakthrough” drugs quickly enough, and now the U.S. government plans to spend taxpayer dollars conducting research on drugs which will be turned over to Big Pharma. Those drug companies, in turn, will sell them for a profit. It’s yet another clear case where the government is taking over the health care (sick care) industry and funneling profits into the hands of pharmaceutical corporations.
This is all happening becausedrug companiessay they’re scaling back theirresearchfunding to find newdrugs. This terrifies theU.S. government, apparently, which doesn’t recognize that scaling backdrugcompany R&D is actually agood thingforAmericagiven how much economic damage and personalhealthdamage is caused each year by Big Pharma’s dangerous drugs. So instead of letting the failing pharmaceutical market contract on its own, Big Government wants to artificially prop it up with taxpayer dollars in much the same way that the feds bailed out Wall Street’s rich banksters with trillions of dollars over the last two years.
The new governmentdrug researchcenter will operate under theNational Institutes of Health(NIH) and be called theNational Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, says he hopes Congress will increase funding of the center to at least $1 billion annually.
TheNIH, of course, isa revolving doorforBig Pharmaexecutives. Dr William Potter, for example, was formerly a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, after which he became the vice president of translational neuroscience at Merck. And thegovernmentmoney that goes into these so-called drug “discoveries” will only end up boosting the profits of drugcompaniesrather than fundamentally improving the health of theAmerican people. (More drugs does not equal better health. If anything it’s an inverse correlation: More drugs = moredegenerative disease!)
The myth of drug research
Of course, the bigger issue here concerns the mythology of drug development. The idea that everydiseasecan be treated with a patented synthetic chemical is increasingly being revealed as absurd from the outset. The highly corrupt cancerindustryhas been promising a “cure” forcancersince the 1960’s… if only they could have another few billion dollars in funding. And yet, year after year, their promises turn out to be yet another fundraising hoax. The whole scheme has now devolved into grotesque absurdity with pink products flooding store shelves backed by the ludicrous idea that “we can all cure cancer by going shopping.”
At the same time, the chemical “discoveries” made by the drug companies are so dangerous that they must be approved by theFDAwith advisory panels stacked with on-the-take “experts” who are paid by the drug companies, then marketed to the public through extremely manipulative and scientifically dishonest drug advertisements that downplay risks and exaggerate drug benefits. Even the clinical trials conducted in an attempt to prove the safety of drugs are riddled with lies (http://www.naturalnews.com/023408_D…), fraud (http://www.naturalnews.com/030557_p…) and outright corruption (http://www.naturalnews.com/029252_A…).
If Big Pharma’s drugs actually worked well, they wouldn’t need to rely on such dishonest tactics to convince doctors and patients to use them, it would seem.
The truth is that even Big Pharma’s “blockbuster” drugs are outright failures from a human health perspective. Statin drugs, for example, have been overhyped to such an extreme that doctors are actually recommending they be dripped into the water supply. Yet a rational look at the drugs reveals that they cause extremely dangerous and even deadly side effects such as kidney failure, liver dysfunction, extreme muscle weakness (among other disastrous effects).
Instead of putting moremoneyinto “miracle” synthetic drug chemicals, the U.S. government would be far wiser to spend money researching and documentingthe healing effects of medicinal plants and foodswhich are readily availablewithouta prescription (and need no FDA approval).
But of course, the U.S. government isn’t interests in supporting the health of the American people. If it was, it wouldn’t continue to protect Big Pharma with an FDA monopoly that outlawsnaturalalternatives that work better, safer and more affordably to prevent and even cure degenerative disease.
So get ready for agovernment-run pharmaceutical companyto enter the picture. I’ve always said that the U.S. government is merely the marketing branch of Big Pharma. Now it is the research arm, too.