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Letters to the editor, February 1

Eye on profits

Why is health care in America constantly being demeaned? The question is from Larry Jambor [DRC, Jan. 25].

Could it be that the health care professions have an eye on profits instead of healing?

The big money grab in medicine started in the early 1900s when John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie made huge donations to the then-top medical schools in the United States. Before you say, “Goody, goody gumdrops, weren’t those great guys,” let’s go a little further.

The Rockefeller-Carnegie crew approached the heads of the schools they had donated to and told them that because of their more-than-generous donations would it not be fair to have some of their people on the school boards to make sure the donations were spent properly.

The schools — looking into the future and hoping for more money from two of the biggest robber barons in American history — agreed.

The agreements gave the moneyed pair control of the medical schools in the United States. With their say so they banned every form of pharmaceuticals that they could not profit from.

You cannot patent vitamins and many cut into the already gigantic “Big Pharma” profits. So there is a recent attempt by the medical profession to educate the public on the uselessness of multivitamins. Vitamins they can’t make a profit on.

Until the medical profession agrees to use treatments and techniques used successfully in other countries to heal people instead of making massive profits, they deserve to be demeaned.

John Nance Garner, Denton