The science of profit
March 12th 2012, 17:14 | Bryan Hubbard
Imagine you're a Venusian paying a visit to Earth, and I'm in the welcoming party. Over a bubbling Martian cola I tell you we have a major health problem on the planet - cancer. Our standard therapies kill cancer in 40 per cent of cases - if caught at the earliest stage - and around 5 per cent overall. In other words, most people die from cancer.
Even for a civilization as primitive as ours, this is very poor, you say. Don't you have anything else?
Well, we don't really know, because we're not allowed to know, I respond. After much digging and investigation, I've discovered some excellent studies - double-blind, placebo ones - that demonstrate homeopathy is a powerful cancer fighter, far more effective than our standard treatments (as covered in our Special Report this month). Unfortunately, nobody talks about them, even though they've been funded by the US government, and carried out by researchers at an American university.
Why not, you ask, this is good news for all humans, no?
Yes, I say, but nobody believes it. Homeopathy isn't a science, its detractors tell us. This is because the science behind it doesn't make sense, so any response must be down to a placebo effect.
But a placebo effect isn't powerful enough to defeat cancer, you say. So it must be working, which means you've got the science wrong - or, more kindly, your physics is incomplete.
There's something else, too, I say. Money. Cancer care is controlled by the drugs industry, which, in turn, funds the research and the academics who proclaim that their medicine is the best, even if it doesn't work very well. They're always the ones who shout down homeopathy, too. The drugs industry makes a fortune from its chemotherapy drugs.
So let's get this clear, you say. Cancer is killing most humans, you have a therapy that works against it, nobody adopts it although the science confirms it works, and that's because it's not scientific - rather, it's impossible according to your limited science. Then you have people making a great deal of money from people's deaths and sufferings, and they are paying off academics to keep the lid on things, and to keep their inadequate products as the only available choice. None of this is science - it's prejudice, belief systems and profits before people.
Shaking your two heads in utter disbelief, you climb back into your Venusian craft. Strangely, you haven't been back since.