Charities Are Bad for Your Health
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
Many big health charities now have close links to drug companies.
The charities like the relationship because the drug companies give them oodles of money.
And the drug companies like the relationship because they get respectability and, more importantly, they can control the charity’s policies.
The sad thing is that because of these relationships, many charities are so comfortably in bed with their drug company ‘partners’ that the public come off second best.
So, for example, many charities much prefer to think and talk in terms of drug company solutions to medical problems – rather than anything else.
The biggest cause of cancer these days is not tobacco but meat.
There is tons of research proving this. (My book Food for Thought contains the summaries of 26 scientific papers proving the link between meat and cancer.)
But you won’t find many big cancer charities spending much time or money telling people to avoid meat (especially red meat). Instead, they prefer to spend their time helping drug companies look for new drugs.
You can’t make money out of telling people to avoid meat.
But there is a lot of money to be made out of flogging chemotherapy drugs.
This problem doesn’t just affect the cancer charities.
I worry about the charities which are supposedly devoted to helping patients with dementia. Some of them claim that dementia is uncurable and there seems to me to be a tendency to use the words dementia and Alzheimer’s as interchangeable.
The fact is that only around two thirds of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s.
And many of the patients with other causes of dementia – such as Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – are curable with a simple operation.
There’s no big money there for the drug companies.
There’s another problem too.
Many of the big charities now have very well paid executives.
And some of these executives know damned well that they would have a job finding employment outside the charity sector which paid as well.
So, they don’t have an incentive to see anyone find a cure for ‘their’ disease.
Much the same sort of thing happens in the world of animal rights.
Years ago, I talked to someone working for an animal rights group and spoke with enthusiasm about an end to a particular variety of animal cruelty.
‘Oh we don’t actually want it to stop,’ he told me, shamelessly. ‘If it stops then I’ll be out of work.’
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
And when I spoke at the House of Commons about vivisection, I presented clear evidence proving that animal experiments are of no value.
The following speaker, representing an anti-vivisection organisation called BUAV, ignored my evidence (which could have led to an end to vivisection) and spoke instead about his group’s attempts to increase the size of the cages in which animals were kept.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2018
Food for Thought by Vernon Coleman is available as an ebook on Amazon.