J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted October 8, 2012

Published in Health

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Riding the cancer train to fame and fortune

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A privileged few get filthy rich---while innocent millions suffer

Two news stories caught my attention this week. One from Boston, the other from Los Angeles. Both were stories about how big money is being made in the cancer industry. The richest man in Los Angeles owes his vast wealth to the 41-year war on cancer and the never-ending search for the cure.

Meanwhile, at my local Big-Y supermarket during the entire month of October, all customers are greeted with the same cheery question from the cashier:

"Would you like to donate a dollar for breast cancer research?"

From the super rich to the bottom rung of the middle class, everyone gets a chance to participate in the cancer industry. And it has become so ubiquitous, that one tends to feel a pang of guilt if she doesn't pony up that dollar when asked by the cashier. After all, what would her neighbor in line next to her think if she was too cheap and/or too uncaring to help fight cancer?

But are we really fighting cancer? Or are we just all participating in an incredibly complex process of producing drugs to treat symptoms, providing jobs for millions, and creating vulgar levels of wealth for a privileged, and very shrewd, few? From L.A. to Boston; let's take a look at what is happening... Click here to continue reading this article. 

Blogging daily at the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation


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