Save a life or make a buck.
Or: How bad ethics lets babies suffer so that adults can hide their own weaknesses.
You can’t have it both ways. The medical and pharmaceutical industry know this as well as anyone.
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For a moment, try to put aside the ravages of Ebola and other horrible diseases which have scientists and researchers on the run for solutions that can wipeout thousands or millions of people in the most dreaded of ways. We can chalk up their failures on those fronts to sheer ignorance, and hope that when more is known, those most awful sicknesses will be treated and maybe even be eradicated.
Instead, let’s consider the most typical of “mostly harmless” sicknesses, that end up costing lots of money on mostly worthless products and meds, and that cause pain and suffering in tiny tots and sleepless nights and worry for their parents. It turns out, that for all their self-endowed fancy titles and high salaries, doctors and pharmaceutical companies know just about nothing about how to help cure the most common illnesses, aside from the common cold and the flu.
The excuses most commonly given are a lack of funding, a lack of interest, and a lack of return on investment (ROI). Pathetic.
As any caring parent knows, when babies and toddlers get sick, there is just about nothing any doctor can prescribe for them, and there are basically no other real solutions that doctors can offer, other than the most obvious solutions which even high-school dropouts know, almost instinctively.
Sure, doctors can enhance your genitals. Pharmaceutical companies can give you a pill to extend your virility. You can buy cosmetic plastic enhancements for just about any body part. Babies can be conceived and born out of peatree dishes and test tubes. Surgeons can even extend your life by transplanting foreign organs into your body. And there are even cases where animals have received cloned body parts. Lest we forget, Dolly the sheep was herself a genetic clone.
But fix fevers in tiny tots? Cure common virii that affect nearly all children before they are able to speak well enough to tell you what’s ailing them? Or when it comes to nearly any common illness, develop treatments or medicines that are safe and effective for kids who aren’t old enough to take ordinary OTC drugs or prescription meds?
Sorry, pal. You’re on your own.
It is rather telling that the priorities of big pharma and the HMO and other medical practice systems around the world prioritize the things they do. It is so clearly driven by dollars, and not principles.
Researchers and the people who fund them should hang their heads in shame, for their pursuit of the most selfish, egotistical, aesthetic and essentially optional solutions for people who simply want more drugs or procedures to artificially enhance something about them which they have the luxury to be capricious about. And they do this instead of investing in and solving the problems that actually cause pain and suffering in mega numbers among the most vulnerable among us. And those most vulnerable people are, lest we forget, our greatest investment. They are quite literally our future. To ignore their plight and needs in times of suffering is not only incredibly short-sighted. It is also just plain wrong.
Full disclosure: When not penning thoughts and art with a laugh in the face of civilization’s flaws, Yasha Harari has spread the best medicine – humor – to millions of people, written music and composed songs, performed in front of millions of people, built and torn down homes and invested in music, the internet, media and political organizations in the U.S., Europe and Israel.