Truth to Power

Come on, Bill Gates, cure cancer

Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs. </i>

Dang! Sounds great…but there’s a hitch:

The next step is to run clinical trials of DCA in people with cancer. These may have to be funded by charities, universities and governments: pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to pay because they can’t make money on unpatented medicines. The pay-off is that if DCA does work, it will be easy to manufacture and dirt cheap.

Come on, Gates, Oprah, Warren Buffett. Wouldn’t you like to be called “the folks who cured cancer”? Trust me, that accomplishment will long outlast Windows or crappy talk shows.

More about it here.


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