Entering the brave new world of genomics
Original post made on Aug 2, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 1, 2013, 5:07 PM
on Aug 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm
> That's when he got the official word that he had type-2 diabetes. He might never have spotted the condition so early, except that he'd had his own genome sequenced, and he and his lab members had discovered that he had a genetic predisposition.
This almost made me laugh ... the agricultural and food service business in this country gives us thousands of times higher probability than genetic predispositions ... the model of medicine we get in this country is to push things that are making money for people ... until, and even after we have total proof that it is killing us. Cigarettes highlighted this model decades ago.
Fellow Palo Altans and Americans, this is simply not working for the greater majority of us, and that number keeps increasing. Why is America the only developed country that does not have a national health care system? As we head farther down this road and misanthropic profiteers see and shape the system it merely turns into a kind of sardonic social-darwinesque machine.
Genetics is most certainly one of the most powerful technologies of the future, but forecasting type-2 diabetes ... come on.
on Aug 4, 2013 at 8:39 am
> Why is America the only developed country that
> does not have a national health care system?
And why does American need a nationalized health care system? Is it your premise that there are no diseases, or other maladies, to be suffered by people living in these other developed countries? (BTWcare to name them?)
Why not answer the following question: Would organizations like Stanford be free to investigate whatever it wants to investigate (like genomics, as in the case of this article) in a system that is fully nationalizedmeaning funded by Washington, directed by Washington? The idea that universities would be free to pursue their own research directions, or pharmaceutical companies free to develop the drugs that they want seems unlikely after a collapse of the free market health systembeing replaced by Obamacare, and it's successor programswhich will only be more draconian that what is being promised now.
on Aug 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm
Joe, more useful medicine and technology is developed in those countries that have universal health care systems than in the US. Maybe that is a good reason we should have it here too. Maybe it is a state of mind ... clearly not yours, a goal to have a fair, just society where we invest in our people ... really teach them how to think so they will not be led astray by some of the vapid arguments they might hear on some message boards that invoke slogans and deliberate misinterpretations -- by the way I did not say "nationalized", I said national health care system as in universal for all their people. Another reason would be that American is dead last in health care outcomes while we pump the most into our system.
What is developed here in the US typically are drugs to follow the drugs whose patents are about to expire so profits can be maintained. Not that it's bad to maintain profits which probably be your next inane disingenuous question, but profits by gaming the system are really not so great.