• Greg

U.S. Medicine Is Dominated By Corporate Interests

"If vaccines have greatly improved the health of America's children, then it is fair to ask why the United States' ranking among world nations in infant mortality has plummeted from twelfth in 1960 to twenty-ninth in 1990, down to forty-sixth in 2010. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges, "The U.S. infant mortality rate is higher than those in most other developed countries, and the gap between the U.S. infant mortality rate and the rates for countries with the lowest infant mortality appears to be widening.

While the infant mortality rate in European and Asian countries has decreased, to 2 to 3 deaths per 1,000 live births, more than 6 infants per 1,000 under one year of age will die, and 7.8 children per 1,000 under five years of age will die this year in the United States. The United States lags behind nearly every developed country and even poor countries like Cuba, whose health care expenditure is $230 per capita, whereas the United States' is $6,096 per capita. "Infant mortality and our comparison with the rest of the world continues to be an embarrassment to the United States," said Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a conservative research organization.

U.S. medicine is dominated by corporate interests - physicians, academic institutions, and government agencies - whose financial interests are intertwined with drug and vaccine manufacturers. Physicians, professional associations, medical institutions, and government agencies are collaborating partners in the business of medicine. The practice of medicine, medical research, and medical information dissemination channels are imbued with the utilitarian business ethics calculus. Thus individuals and communities are viewed as the means by which to increase profits. Neither individuals nor the citizenry are well served when the integrity of medicine is debased, its scientific method is tainted, and its humanitarian and moral principles are violated with impunity."

Vera Hassner Sharav, MLS (Vaccine Epidemic, pg. 94-95)