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Olivier Coquillo

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Why can't we all get together and find a cure to all terminal diseases?

I have not done enough research on collaboration between research centers but I promise to read all of your comments, since I am mostly asking this question to learn from you.

One of my dreams is to be able to witness an international collaboration and a public commitment from top research centers to find a cure to terminal diseases and to distribute the cure for free to people in need.

Do you think that there is a competition between research centers and scientists? Do you think that some groups are more focused on finding a cure to make money rather than finding a cure to save lives? I would love to know what you think.



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  • May 13 2013: Somehow I think we could rather turn the question on its head. Instead of seeking a cure for disease – what about preventing people from getting disease in the first place?
    I agree that research into cure is important but if we all live healthier lifestyles then that would reduce the illness. And let us not forget that life itself is a terminal condition; none of us will get out alive!
    From some of the posts here, it is noticeable that keeping people healthy does not make a bucket of money for anyone. Keeping them sick does.
    Also, researchers need funds and if those funds come from an organisation with a commercial aim they will a) ‘encourage’ the scientists to look for things that will make money and b) suppress the results that don’t further that goal. We all know that, despite what the companies claim.
    So, is our current economic thinking the barrier? Nothing to do with the capabilities of scientists. Just a skewed incentive.
    I hear news reports for doing medical tests on everyone or for taking (eg) an aspirin every day as a preventative. But that again is using drugs. Instead of adding fluoride to water supplies maybe it would be better to alkalise all the water.
    Someone wrote about everything being of the earth - this approach would be in accord with that philosophy. Boosting the immune system of each individual.
    I could extend the argument to include our food (in ‘developed’ countries), agriculture, supermarkets and the whole chain of our economics. Everyone has to sell something and the only ethic in business is to make money for shareholders. If going ‘green’ will help that aim then it will be done, or pretended. If not, no chance.
    There is always a hope, Olivier, if we give up on that then we might as well all pack up and go home. However, first, a large enough group of people needs to agree on what the aim is.
    So, can I pose a question; is it about finding a cure for all disease or eliminating as much disease as we can? If both, where is the priority?
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      May 14 2013: Ian, I think all actions should be taken simultaneously. We should focus on preventing more people from getting the diseases to which we are relentlessly working on finding a cure. My ideas can be summarized in three words: educate, treat, cure.

      1. Educate people who are at risk
      2. Provide and Improve treatment to those in need
      3. Find a cure

      What's the priority? It's hard to prioritize, and keep in mind, that the group of people working on #1 should not be the group working on #2 or #3. So the three groups can work simultaneously and communicate with each other.

      • May 14 2013: I agree all that, Olivier, but I think you are missing my main point. Let's focus on health first of all, not sickness.
        Keeping people healthy is the most effective way of dealing with sickness! It is also the cheapest. And it does not need research.

        I suppose one issue is that most people are focussed on the problems of ill-health rather than the benefits of good health. That is where most of the medical industry gets its jobs and makes its money. Change that around and you have a different paradigm.

        Keep thinking and communicating.


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