1. On the US health care system
2. On marijuana
This is another brief Nederlog. The main reason is not that I am ill,
but that I am doing other things.
1. On the
US health care system
Most of my readers are US: Around 60%. Therefore, today there is a little bit on US health care, and I
am following 1 Boring Old
Man's site, where you can find the relevant article here (dated
In fact, most of his
article derives from the following bit, by Ethan Rome, that
appeared in the Huffington Post:
Here’s an outrage that must be changed:
Big Pharma has
been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and
people with disabilities – and raking in billions in excessive profits.
The 11 largest global drug companies made an astonishing $711 billion
in profits over the 10 years ending in 2012, and they got a
turbo-charged boost when the Medicare Part D prescription drug program
started in 2006, according to an analysis of corporate filings by Health Care
for America Now [HCAN].
Incidentally: 711,4 Billion = 711,400,000,000 dollars. Not only that:
drug companies, of course, say they have no choice and need to charge
outrageous prices to pay for research that enables them to innovate and
develop new drugs that save our lives. But that’s not true. Half
of the scientifically innovative drugs approved in the U.S. from 1998
to 2007 resulted from research at universities and biotech firms,
not big drug companies. And despite their rhetoric, drug companies spend
19 times more on marketing than on research and development…
to me the last seems by far the most important: Clearly, if marketing :
research = 19 : 1 = 95 : 5 then the company is not so much
doing research as it is selling.
Add to this that prices in the US are substantially higher than
I could add more, but this seems to me to be sufficient. (One reason is
that I do not know how to change this.)
One of the things I am looking at is marijuana - and
before going on let me say that I have no evidence of any
that it helps cure ME/CFS, though I will come to that in a moment.
In any case, cannabis seems to be a most interesting drug, in that (1)
it seems as if - at long last, indeed - the US population now is over
50 % in favour of allowing it to be legal and (2) it seems to be quite
interesting as a therapy for a number of very serious complaints, and
especially as regards cancer.
The following is fairly recent and argues that cannabis can cure cancer:
However, I do not know
by what percentage this is so and what I am most curious about is
anyone who did try this who (probably) has ME/CFS, and with
what effects on ME/CFS.
That is: I am not so much interested in cannabis cures of cancer,
though I agree this is interesting, worthwile, and may deliver
something quite important, as I am about the effect(s) of cannabis on ME/CFS.
And one reason is that I live in a country where the usage of cannabis
is without any danger, though it should be added that this does not
mean that it is legal, for it
definitely is not. It only means that soft drugs, and
specifically marijuana and cannabis, can be used normally by normal
people without any offense. 
The reason that it still is illegal is probably that making it legal
would be very unpleasant (financially) for the Dutch bureaucrats,
aldermen, mayors etc. who have used so much of their time to keep it
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate
search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: