Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Alternative greed

Ultimately my belief in social democracy and egalitarianism helps me to understand just how perilous alternative medicines and therapies can be. I am and have always been disgusted by the unnecessary greed of many pharmaceutical giants, but one must separate corporate greed from qualitative science. Sure maybe some pharmaceutical companies adversely seek to repress cogent science if it disagrees with the profit motive, however questioning merits of an entity, does not in and of itself call into question the efficacy of a treatment. Therefore, we must attack the problem of corporate malfeasance at its roots, not by the root.

Take smeone like John Mackey, CEO of wholefoods who support and seek to distribute alternative medicines without FDA approval or sound scientific evidence. He is an alternative capitalists, and is in no way standing up to medical industry, he is simply creating a new and even more dangerous one. And while it deeply saddens me to see almost narcissistic free spirited sheep being duped into heeling oneself through embracing alternative medicines, because they are an alternative to big-pharma(a catchall term which I do not fully comprehend) I find it far sadder to see people in need being charmed by snake heelers or denied adequate care by the gods of the invisible hand.

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