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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Major pharmaceutical companies not intrested in cure for cancer

This is something that I simply want to share, as an example of what happens in a profit driven system. That our Health care is driven on profit, is simply insane.

Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.
Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.

This drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies.

Canadian scientists tested this dichloroacetate (DCA) on human’s cells; it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells and left the healthy cells alone. It was tested on Rats inflicted with severe tumors; their cells shrank when they were fed with water supplemented with DCA. The drug is widely available and the technique is easy to use, why the major drug companies are not involved? Or the Media interested in this find?

In human bodies there is a natural cancer fighting human cell, the mitochondria, but they need to be triggered to be effective. Scientists used to think that these mitochondria cells were damaged and thus ineffective against cancer. So they used to focus on glycolysis, which is less effective in curing cancer and more wasteful. The drug manufacturers focused on this glycolysis method to fight cancer. This DCA on the other hand doesn’t rely on glycolysis instead on mitochondria; it triggers the mitochondria which in turn fights the cancer cells.

The side effect of this is it also reactivates a process called apoptosis. You see, mitochondria contain an all-too-important self-destruct button that can't be pressed in cancer cells. Without it, tumors grow larger as cells refuse to be extinguished. Fully functioning mitochondria, thanks to DCA, can once again die.

With glycolysis turned off, the body produces less lactic acid, so the bad tissue around cancer cells doesn't break down and seed new tumors.

Pharmaceutical companies are not investing in this research because DCA method cannot be patented, without a patent they can’t make money, like they are doing now with their AIDS Patent. Since the pharmaceutical companies won’t develop this, the article says other independent laboratories should start producing this drug and do more research to confirm all the above findings and produce drugs. All the groundwork can be done in collaboration with the Universities, who will be glad to assist in such research and can develop an effective drug for curing cancer.

You can access the original research for this cancer here.

This article wants to raise awareness for this study, hope some independent companies and small startup will pick up this idea and produce these drugs, because the big companies won’t touch it for a long time.
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  1. Hi, i wanted to share with you Ann, and the rest who read this, i posted this on my aunts wall and she said the following, which is outsounding: "Thank you Yogan. Sadly enough it is true. During my last two years of college, I worked along one of my professors on prostate and breast cancer cells research. We tested the effectiveness of genistein (found in soy beans) and b-lapachone (another plant product) They both caused apoptosis. When I asked my professor about why no one takes notice or cares when it deals with plant products, his response was exactly what this article states. Very sad, it is all about money."

  2. There have been other similar scenarios Ann. With the cure for polio, many of the clinics and hospitals built for polio victims were suddenly closed, and a lot of money was lost. If profit making scenarios ( hospitals, clinics, drugs etc. ) lose their profit making product, the cure is not allowed. It is profit before cure, life is not what is first.
    The American Medical Association was started in the thirties, and already at this time it blocked cures, destroying the lives of the men who researched alternatives that cost pennies, the goal was products that brought in a profit.
    There have been doctors in America who have stopped peddling the pHARMa drugs because they realized they did not cure, only to have their licenses taken away by the American Medical Association.
    An American Medical License means you sell pHARMa drugs.