|On Wednesday, I showed you how hospitals don't really know what they're doing. Their remittance rates are astronomically high. And now, even conventional doctors are seeing the cracks in the conventional system - though they won't take it very far.
For the first time that I've seen, doctors are turning against Big Pharma. Oncologists themselves are denouncing Pharma for fleecing desperate cancer patients. More than 100 leading conventional cancer doctors, led by Dr. Hagop M. Kantarjian, chairman of the leukemia department at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, are protesting the drug costs.
Why are these doctors protesting? One drug, imatinib (Gleevec), had a price tag of $30,000 per year in 2001. Its Pharma maker recouped all its development costs in just two years. Despite that, the company raised the price to $92,000 per year in 2012. Gleevec prices range up to $20-30 for just one pill. Compare that to just $2 per generic pill.
These doctors protested in an article in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. With some drugs costing over $100,000 per year, the doctors complained that Pharma was preying on people and profiteering beyond anything reasonable.
I fully agree with these doctors regarding Big Pharma. They're pharming us for profit. But I also have no respect for the pot calling the kettle black. Here in California, conventional oncologists have successfully rolled back efforts to get a bill passed to decriminalize integrative cancer management. Hence, while oncologists rightly shoot nukes at Pharma, they, themselves, are wrongly willing to sacrifice patients for their own power, monopoly, and profit.
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There are drugs coming on the market, which are making a difference in cancer survival. But I still believe that in most cases, if a drug renders an effect on a cell or your immune system, that the receptor that cell works on was placed there by God to be activated by a natural substance with little or no toxicity.
Consider the bitter melon report I told you about back in June. Big Pharma is now racing to disrupt glucose metabolism in cancer cells likely to the tune of $100,000 per year per patient. Bitter melon might do a far better and certainly safer job for less than 1% of that total. But in California (and other states), your doctor might get hauled in for being years ahead of the curve on cancer management if he or she uses it!
If you have cancer, start with natural treatments that won't cause negative side effects. While insurance will pay for many of these expensive drugs, there's a limit to how much they will pay. So going the natural route might save you money in the long run.