For many years I always thought lawyers (generally speaking) were the most unethical of all the professions, but have come to realise that I was wrong. No, its not the shysters and the ambulance chasers. It's the doctors. The quacks and the pharmaceutical companies they rely on. Oncologists in particular.
Before I get into it, let me first begin by saying this post is not an attempt to vilify the medical team who treated my late father. Neither am I seeking vengeance or trying to assign blame on anyone. On the contrary, I am very grateful for them, the support of friends, family and even strangers during these last two very difficult months. So let me explain why I now find myself thinking this way.
Modern medicine, as we know it today, has made some remarkable strides with the advances in technology. We can isolate strands of dna, we can clone, we can do biopsies and can isolate and pinpoint the most microscopic viruses and bacteria. There are a number of diseases that are now curable that were not in the past. What was once considered something that everyone would have to deal with, but now they do not. One such example would be the chicken pox vaccine. It was once considered you had to get to develop an immunity, and now you can get a shot and avoid it altogether. Other examples are diphtheria, TB and malaria that were once untreatable, but are now curable. Doctors can now days cure most anything. But they don't or they would rather not. And here I am going to use cancer as an example because this is what I have been dealing with in my fathers last days.
Cancer, I believe, is a curable disease. I believe its treatment is extremely cost effective and simple. And I believe this cure is being supressed by the big pharmaceutical companies. The reason is the same as why big oil does not want us to drive cars that use an alternative to fossil fuels. Money. Cancer treatment is about making money. It is a 120 billion dollar a year industry in the United States alone, and estimated to be a 600 billion dollar a year industry worldwide.
The system is set up in such a way so as not to cure the patient but rather to prolong life and the reason for this is so they can milk you for every cent they can. With each treatment phase, the patients health deteriorates further and he or she becomes increasingly desperate. This makes them vulnerable to being exploited and in their desperation they and their grieving families will turn to almost anything. Do the research and you will find any damn fool jumping on the band wagon offering "miracle cures" ranging from powdered gold to rat poison. What they are selling is as useless and ineffective as snake oils and love potions. It is deceitful quackery!
Now with conventional treatment, first there is the big operation. The doctors cut you open and remove the tumour as best they can. They tell the patient it was a very successful operation and they got it all. This will get your hopes up. But when you go for your follow up, they tell you it is still there. So begins a regime of chemotherapy or radiation treatment. This knocks you right down. But you survive and start dealing with it. Then there are complications. Blood pressure too high. Blood pressure to low. Blood clotting. Thrombosis. Liquid on lungs. Constipation. Pain. Fever. With each of these you are required to take a different set of pills and each set of pills causes another complication. So you end up taking pills and syrups and God knows what, the one to counteract the effects of the other. It becomes a viscious cycle. The more pills you take, the more complications you suffer. At the end of it you become so emaciated and ravaged it is difficult to recognise yourself in the mirror.
Now you get the picture, let us take a look at a scary statistic. Each year over 1000 oncologists (cancer doctors) are diagnosed with cancer. Less than 10% choose to undergo the treatment they prescribe! Why? Why the hell would they prescribe something if they would not take it themselves? Why would they sell a product if they do not believe in its worth? Because they are unethical charlatans and what they are busy with is emotional blackmail and fraud.
Anyway, for anyone who has cancer or knows someone who does all I can say is be strong. I know what you are going through. It is a terrible, horrible and cruel thing. You are going to be in for one hell of a ride. Prepare yourself, get all your affairs in order. If you need any advice, please feel free to contact me. I will be able to recommend what foods work, what doesn't. Simple things that at the time seem so mundane but when you are in it you don't know what the hell to do.
And to my father... I wish you didn't have to go through such agony and suffering. I wish I could have ended it. I will miss you more than words can explain, but I am very relieved for your sake that it is over. May your soul rest in peace. God bless.