Cartoon on cancer industry

Cartoon – one researcher to another – “Finding a cure for cancer would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. But remember that not finding it is how we butter our bread.”

Response to a comment on my facebook page

Hi Peter

It is not the sort of thing one encounters directly very often.

And the system forces people in a way. After I cured myself, I saw my oncologist. I described what I had done and why, and his advise was to keep on doing what I was doing, and he said to me that if he recommended it to anyone else he would lose his job.

If you investigate vitamin C on sites like “quack watch” you will find a reference to the Mayo Clinic study that did not show any significant correlation. Most references to that simply say that they tested at a rate of 10g per day.

It took me a long time to find the actual detail of the study, and find that what they did was not one 10g dose, or two 5g doses, but 4 2.5g doses at 6 hourly intervals. 2.5g is not enough to reach the threshold of significant activity that Pauling and others identified. Cathcart’s 1985 paper in Medical Hypothesis showed that as the severity of illness increased, the bowel tolerance to Vit C tended to increase also, reaching 100g per day for many with cancer and over 200g per day for those fighting severe bacterial or viral infections.

So the Mayo clinic findings are exactly in alignment with what the Vitamin C proponents were saying, and does not disprove anything.
It is a case of deliberate deception, through saying something that is partly true but hides a greater lie.

It goes to the top levels of the American Medical Association and the major pharmaceutical companies, and the lobbyists they put into the government system in America, and thence the structure of the American bureaucratic system (the FDA) which recommendations are usually simply accepted by our bureaucratic system.

It is really complex – life inside bureaucracies is really complex. This National government has gutted many of our bureaucracies of people who were willing to put facts in the way of policy. Which is understandable from a policy perspective, and not at all healthy.

Our monetary system is corrupt, and corrupting, to its core, however great the individuals within that system are.

It is one of the well proven facts, that most people want to make systems work, so how they do that is the more bureaucratic the system, the more informal personal networks form to allow things to happen outside of the restricting rules of the bureaucracy.

The systems survive in spite of the rules, not because of them, and they survive only because the vast majority of people are truly cooperative and really do enjoy helping other people out, and want to actually make a difference with their lives.

Rule based systems cannot allow that.
Rule based systems are useful only in ordered systems, where the system constrains agents to act in predictable ways.
Where the restraints on agents are lower, we move through a spectrum of complex and into chaotic systems (of both deterministic and non-deterministic chaos – in the mathematical sense of chaos).
We need to respond to these different sorts of complexity differently – rule based systems cannot work for complex or chaotic environments, and all real environments have some aspects that are complex and some that are chaotic (like weather and climate).

So – yeah – it really is complex, and it really is a rapidly evolving system of understandings and responses.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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