The invisible hand: Big Pharma?
One of the more interesting things we’ve come across in our diet journey is the gigantic shadow that Big Pharma casts over the whole process. You see, they act as if they are utterly disinterested players who only want your best health, but at core they are profit seeking entities. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a thing.
IOW, they’re not going to tell you that you can cure Diabetes by changing your diet. There’s no money in that. In fact when MJ was in the hospital I kept arguing with the various staff that we could cure MJ with the LCHF diet. The interesting part is that the majority of her health care providers secretly agreed but had endless excuses as to why they wouldn’t tell their patients that they could vastly improve their health through nothing more than diet change. “It’s too hard.” “They won’t do it.” And our favorite, “But your brain needs Carbs!”
But what made me angry was they wouldn’t even tell people their diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome could be reversed through no more than a change in their diet. They would simply begin writing prescriptions and putting them on the insulin fast track. A track that leads only to physical degeneration and death. During a recent visit with MJ’s endocrinologist we got to talking about what was driving MJ’s astonishing physical changes and improvements. When he heard that her A1c dropped from over an 11 to a five he almost fell out of his seat in excitement. He asked to what we attributed this change and I unknowingly quoted Hippocrates…
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Needless to say he scoffed at this notion and tellingly wished that they could develop a pharmaceutical solution. Mind you, he was looking right at MJ, seeing the astonishing changes and instead of asking the important question: how can my other patients experience these changes? He just dismissed the evidence of his eyes.
Science? Yeah, right.
All this to lead to my larger point. On the Right and the Libertarian front there is a tendency in my opinion to see for profit businesses as innocent angels. This is a proper and understandable reaction to the excesses of the Left with their irrational hatred of capitalism but, unfortunately, leaves people with the rather silly notion that businessmen are pure angels and when this laughable and absurb notion is questioned Adam Smith is immediately bandied about. But unfortunately for these folk Adam Smith is on my side in this debate. To wit…
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices…. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies, much less to render them necessary.
And here’s a real world example from Andeas Eenfeldt…
What occasioned this thought was an article I saw recently saw where Big Pharma are paying generic drug companies to not, let me repeat, not produce lower cost drugs. There’s a good overview here.
Now you may be wondering: am I saying that Big Pharma are monsters? Am I saying they’re evil and should be hung from the lampposts?
Well, no. I don’t think that and I don’t want that. What I do want is for us to understand what Big Pharma actually is and adapt our understanding and actions accordingly. We think Big Pharma is the ‘Invisible Hand’ behind a lot of how Doctors think. How hospitals work, and how medicine in general functions in the twenty first century.
As I said above Big Pharma would have us believe that they are disinterested players who only care about your health. The problem is that while there are many drugs that are truly vital and important to our health, the vast majority today actually cause more harm than good or are only necessary if you don’t change some behavior.
Like Insulin and Blood pressure medications for Diabetics. The truth is that the vast majority of Diabetics can eat their way to health by essentially eliminating carbs and eating healthy amounts of fat. It really is that simple and MJ is living proof but when confronted by what seems like an anomolous change for the better every one of MJ’s Docs has shrugged and ignored what they every one agreed was an extraordinary and almost unheard of change.
Why? I think it’s because Big Pharma underlay every aspect of today’s Doctors training and comprehension of the medical world. If there’s not a pill for it then there isn’t a treatment for it, right? Have you ever heard a medical professional tell one of there patients that type II diabetes is a perfectly curable disease? Or that taking insulin merely slows the rate that diabetes will kill you and has massive harmful effects of it’s own? Not the least of which is the insistence among medical dieticians and Doctors that Diabetics must continue to eat too many carbs to ‘cover’ the insulin they must take because the medical professionals insist they eat carbs to ‘cover’ the carbs…?
Are you seeing the circular nature of the problem?