April 11, 2013

me+ME: On US health-care + on marijuana
1. On the US health care system
2. On marijuana

About ME/CFS


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%. The
refore, 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 yesterday):
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:

The 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…

Actually, 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 anywhere else.

I could add more, but this seems to me to be sufficient. (One reason is that I do not know how to change this.)

2. On marijuana

One of the things I am looking at is marijuana - and before going on let me say that I have no evidence of any kind 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. [1]


[1] 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 illegal.

About ME/CFS (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:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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