Is it possible to eradicate all diseases?
by Arthur Foxake, 22 September, 2016
Facebook founder and all round
paskudniak Mark Zuckerberg and his equally greedy, money grubbing and self interested wife have dreamed up this great money making scheme. They have announced they will try to eradicate all diseases by the end of the century. If follows down the same path of greed and self interest previously trodden by Bill and Melinda Gates and their Gates Foundation which has been so sucessful in its efforts to eradicate disease and poverty that it now gets $2 from governments and the United Nations as it spends. So just how feasible is Zuckerberg's grandiose aim?
Pledging $3bn (£2.3bn) to medical research over the next decade, Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan said their ultimate goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century". He did not mention whether this would mean everybody in the world would have so surrender all their privacy to Facebook if we want to get medical help when ill. This would echo Obama's most recent, and probably most revealing statement in support of global tyranny. He said that nations would have to surrender sovereignty to the United Nations in return for security.
By any reckoning, Zuckerberg has set himself a hugely ambitious goal. At the event in San Francisco the Islam loving Jewish techno tycoon admitted it might sound crazy, but pointed out how far science and medicine had come in the last century, after millennia with little progress. Really Zuck? Thinking of the cure for cancer, or the vaccine that will immunise against AIDS are you? In fact wasn't AIDS created by science, a spin off from the quest for a polio vaccine? People may dispute that but nobody has offered a better suggestion.
So how realistic do people whose professional life is spent in medical research rather than in finding new ways to steal people's private information think Zuckerberg's ambition is?
"I don't think it's realistic," says Dr Sheena Cruickshank, lecturer in immunology at the University of Manchester, although she adds that it's "brilliant" that the couple want to invest in medical research.
The problem with treating diseases, she says, is that it's not "a static field".
"Everything changes. Our immune systems change, diseases often change," she says.
Not only do diseases mutate or simply become resistant to drugs as has happened with antibiotics through overprescription, but environmental factors alter the way infections spread.
"Some of the infections are challenging to deal with because we don't understand fully how the mechanism of infection works," Dr. Cruikshank says. There are large gaps in human knowledge. No-one quite knows why some people will become ill if exposed to some strains of the common cold while others won't, for instance. Some non-infectious diseases like cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes can be caused by lifestyle, and a "cure" might involve wholesale changes to people's behaviour, she points out. In that case being lectured by a moon faced little shit who has made a fortune stealing people's privacy is probably not going to persuade people to make those changes. You don't have to be a genius to work out that the real agenda here might be to facilitate Facebook getting their hands on our health records.
There's also the sheer scale of investment required. Since 1971 the US National Cancer Institute alone has spent more than $90bn trying to find a cure. President Obama's 2017 budget includes $34bn for HIV efforts. More than $1bn was spent on Ebola research in 2014. Malaria funding has increased tenfold in the past decade, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - but as with all these other conditions, no cure has been forthcoming.
In this context, the figure of $3bn over a decade begins to look like small change. It would of course fund a wonderful phishing campaign for donations to The Zuckerberg foundation.
"It's not anything like enough to beat diseases by the end of the century," says Prof Catherina Pharoah, co-director of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School in London. She points out that total UK spending on research around health amounts to around £8.5bn a year in a wonderful put down of Zuckerberg's ego driven initiative.
The only infectious disease of humans to have been declared eradicated by the World Heath Assembly is smallpox, the last known case having occurred in Somalia in 1977, though the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to rid the world of polio and malaria. This week another buch of self - interested crooks and liars, Microsoft,idiotically said it would "solve" cancer within 10 years by cracking the code of cells.That's pretty rich seeing as in thirty years they haven't cracked how to build an operating system that is fit for purpose.
Nature itself however has eradicated many diseases, most notably The Black Death, by an evolutionary process in which those susceptible to the infection die, leaving those with natural resistance or immunity to continue the species and pass on their evolutionary advantage. When we consider how successful evolution has been compared to the pathetic efforts of science, it's no wonder scientists want to screw up evolution by kicking out the principle of survival of the fittest and replacing it with survival of the weakest.
While the International Taskforce for Disease Eradication has a seven diseases - including measles, mumps and rubella - on its hit list, it considers a further seven - including amebiasis (or amoebiasis) and buruli ulcer - to be ineradicable.
Prof Louis Niessen, health economist at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, is also sceptical that disease can be eliminated altogether.
"It's the old saying," he says. "You have to die of something."
Incidentally the claims of 'science' to have eradicated smallpox must be doubted. Many doctors and researchers have cast doubt on the claimed effectiveness of the vaccine and the disease could easily have disappeared due to a similar evolutionary process as The Black Death.
Still, nerds like Zuickerberg and Bill Gates are not the kind of people to let things like facts and academic rigour to get in the way of their greed for wealth and power.RELATED POSTS:
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