I've got a longer update in me, having to do with dad stuff, but in the meantime, I'd really appreciate it if people could spread this around:

Edit: Whoops, look at this: http://www.dca.med.ualberta.ca/Home/Updates/2010-05-12_Update.cfm It's now going around that my first link: http://hubpages.com/hub/Scientists_cure_cancer__but_no_one_takes_notice Really is sort of misleading.

I didn't make it into a pretty link, because it says it all right there. I've read the article, and it looks good, although in my currently apathetic state I wouldn't be surprised to find out it's wrong, or causes brain implosion, or you know.... something. It's hard to hope, these days.

BUT here's the thing... all bitching about The System aside, one of the things I've learned from the rabbis is that standing by and letting someone die is the same as killing them, for all intents and purposes. This is why all kosher laws are breakable if the purpose is to save someone. In fact, it's worse to *not* break a kosher law and just stand there watching someone drown. So I'm tossing in what I can, as far as a life preserver, and I hope you do the same (and, yes, if pharmaceutical companies refuse to distribute this or get behind it, I'll consider them guilty of, essentially, murder. In fact, that's why those "cure cancer the natural way" books get me so angry- if you've got a cure for cancer, you've got a moral imperative to share it with those who otherwise might die; if you're worried about making a living, I can almost guarantee that grateful cancer survivors will see to it you've got a roof over your head).

I put a lot of faith in mob rule humanity, on a social level. I have seen the lengths cancer patients and their families will go to, in order to try and find a cure, or at least better treatments, anything. I truly think that with a mass movement, better treatments could become available that cut the pharmaceutical companies out of it. Hopefully. There's something to be said, of course, for the massive resources (equipment as well as money) they have at their disposal, but here's this opportunity, here, to spread the word, and even if that's the only thing I can do, it's a mitzvah to do it.

In other news, I've read a few snippets here and there that insurance companies are agitating to raise their premiums- so many people have foregone expensive medical care that the companies are saying they've got to prepare for the "glut" of medical visits and procedures that is bound to happen.

I've now gotten rid of my health insurance, and goddamn do I feel better about it. It'd be different if I had kids, probably, and I'm not going to pass judgment on anyone else, but I'm getting really excited about the opportunities for direct health care, at least here in Portland- all the sliding scale clinics, and therapists and others that don't deal with health insurance, and you know what? It's awesome. A cost of a chiropractor visit could cost $60 if billed to insurance, plus whatever the insurance company is "covering" but find a direct pay place, and you might find that the cost for a visit is actually $50 or $40. So many health care costs aren't covering the health care, they're covering the insurance companies involvement in the health care.

I hope this spreads. Not just that link above, but the idea of cutting out the middle man, in whatever ways are possible. I don't know what the end results will be, and of course there's the problem that if I have to go in for a surgery I'm SCREWED because with insurance or without, the costs of that are so insane. But we, as a collective, apparently can't do much to change the system above our heads, so we may as well cut its legs out from below.

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