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Footnote: Price of drug for treating tick diseases, Bubonic Plague, anthrax, typhus, cholera and malaria has increased 667% in USA

Footnote:   Price of drug for treating tick diseases, Bubonic Plague, anthrax, typhus, cholera and malaria has increased 667%  in USA

An antibiotic, which costs 1-4 cents a pill in most nations, now costs $3.80-$4 a pill in the United States!

Less you think that the outrageous price increases in the United States for snake anti-venom is an isolated situation, think again.  International pharmaceutical industries are current being sued by the United States Department of Justice and 20 states for first creating artificial shortages IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY in 2012 for several extremely effective, but formerly inexpensive drugs then jacking the prices up to exorbitant levels.  However, the specific drugs being sued about represent the tip of the iceberg. What investigators are finding is that virtually all aspects of healthcare are being affected by price fixing. Here is a online law journal, written in layman’s language that explains the situation?   The Tip of the Healthcare Iceberg

What is particularly outrageous is that the three corporations that started this conspiracy, are all based in affluent countries with national healthcare systems.  They couldn’t get away with jacking up prices in their home countries, so they are scamming the people of the United States.   However, they brought in most or all of the United States-based drug companies into the conspiracy, so the entire industry is to blame.

BTG, the corporation that has a monopoly on pit viper anti-venom in the United States is headquartered in the United Kingdom.  It charges a fraction of the price for anti-venom to treat bites from England’s only poisonous snake . . . the European Viper.  As mentioned in an earlier article, BTG steadily jacked up the price of anti-venom as it bought out one of its competitors in the United States after another.

Meanwhile, the ground troops of healthcare . . . nurses, orderlies, paramedics and lab technicians are being worked to death in order for hospital corporations and doctors professional corporations to increase their profits . . . at the same time that overall medical costs are exploding.  I have relatives and friends, who are nurses with masters degrees.  They all are being treated like assembly line workers in a poultry plant . . . with the quality of healthcare steadily dropping as the cost of healthcare rises. 

One friend recently quit her job managing a hospital lab because the management forced her to eliminate procedures that prevent dangerous, antibiotic-resistant microbes from passing from one patient to another via operating equipment.   Instead the management implemented new procedures for preventing the public from learning about disease outbreaks in their hospital!

Doxycycline . . . the very visible iceberg

The antibiotic Doxycycline is one of the most important drugs ever developed.  Today it is far more important than penicillin, because it will kill many types of microbes that penicillin type antibiotics have little effect on.  It is highly effective against the three types of bacteria most commonly carried by ticks and lice . . . spirochete (borelia) , rickettsia and typhus.   If a victim, injected with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever by a tick, is given doxycycline within five days, he or she usually recovers quickly.  If not . . . the patient often dies or has permanent organ damage, unless given much more expensive antibiotics.  Even then, it may be necessary to amputate limbs.

If given immediately after a tick bite becomes visibly infected, Doxycyclene will usually prevent borelia bacteria, the tickborne spirochetes, which include Lyme Disease, from becoming systemic.   The longer one carries borelia in the body, the more likely it is that the bacteria will become embedded in the myelin sheath of the nervous system . . . and therefore require extremely expensive drug that a delivered intravenously.

Doxycycline was originally patented by the Pfizer pharmaceutical company in 1957 to improve the effectiveness of terramycin.   Initially, it was used on the same digestive tract diseases as terramycin.    Over the decades that followed,  doctors gradually realized that the drug was very effective against many dangerous diseases, which were not particularly sensitive to penicillin.   These include Bubonic Plague, Typhus, malaria (combined with quinine), most STD’s,  listeriosis,  anthrax, clostridium (tetanus, botulism, etc.), cholera, vibrio, tularemia, Brucellosis, Chlamidia, prostate infections, etc.  

In the early 1990s, doctors discovered that doxycycline was one of the few drugs that was effective against Desert Storm Disease . . . a degenerative disease, caused by a super-sized, highly aggressive, lab grown, mycoplasma meloides that had DNA from several nasty diseases injected into its nucleus.  This organism was first identified a year before Desert Storm in the diagnostic laboratory of the Virginia  Department of Agriculture in Richmond.  How this biological weapon got into the drinking water of American soldiers in Saudi Arabia is anyone’s guess.

In 1990, before doxycylcline was found to be effective against almost all the tickborne diseases,  it cost little more than aspirin.  While staying in the range of aspirin in most of the world, by 2000, doxycycline’s price in the United States had risen to about 20 cents a pill . . . still relatively cheap.  In 2012, a pill cost 50 cents in the United States.  Today, doxycylcline pills cost at least $4.83 a piece . . . over $5 a pill in New York and California.  That is a 667% price increase in five years. 

Conspiracy theory . . . anyone?

In 2016, there were four times the number of cases of Lyme Disease as in 1995.  Lyme Disease is now beginning to be a problem in Europe, whereas it was long assumed to be only an American disease. What is particularly frightening about Lyme is that the bacteria is mutating and  other blood-sucking insects are beginning to carry Lyme in regions of the country, where the Deer Tick is not common.  This past year fleas in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas infected victims with Lyme.  There are trillions of fleas in the world.   They are not limited to certain climates or geographical regions like the ticks, which carry Lyme in the United States.

Looks like boom times are coming for the manufacturers of doxycycline!

 

 

 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

9 Comments

  1. mark@markmcgouirk.com'

    How do you have any time to hike Richard?🌝
    I saw one story on PBS Newshour about the increase in tick borne diseases due to the significant deer population these days such as in the suburbs. I see deer all the time at my suburban Atlanta property as we’re on an animal trail. I often think about the deer skin trade and how the population was severely diminished by the 19th century in Creek Country. It’s remarkably really to compare.

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    • Hey Mark

      I make a point of walking or cross-country skiing every day – no matter what. Actually, Georgia is not one of the states where the number of Lyme Disease cases are exploding. It seems to have been worse in Georgia about 20 years ago.

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  2. adamfreeman1861@gmail.com'

    I have a friend that has had Lyme Disease twice from ticks. She raises puppies in Georgia and has outside dogs, so it is not only dear who carry this tick I suppose?

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  3. mark@markmcgouirk.com'

    Yeah, the PBS story was in New England but aside, I’d like to read a deer population comparison of 1800 vs 2017. Slightly off topic I know.

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    • Actually, you are right on target. We are Creeks, Seminoles, Uchees, Chickasaws and non-reservation Cherokees in the Southeast. Our readers are interested in a broad range of subjects.

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      • T’is true. Twenty-five years ago, a friend of mine was bitten by fleas, contaminated with both Lyme and typhus. There was such a massive dose of bacteria injected into her leg that the doctors had to amputate her leg. That same summer, a Virginia Power line repairmen was bitten by an infested tick over his spine. He died three days later.

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  4. wakefieldrising@gmail.com'

    Hey Richard any advice on removing embedded tick head? Do appreciate heads up on silent rattlers! East side of property is cotton mouth country and the West rattlers! Yikes!

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    • Remove it like you would a splinter. I use a snake bite kit suction device for getting as much of the tick’s fluid out as possible . . . both on my dogs and me. Many times, the suction device will pull the head (or wood splinter) out. If not, I then use a sterilized stainless steel dentist’s probe to open up the hole. I then use tweezers to remove the head.

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      • wakefieldrising@gmail.com'

        Thanks Richard, I just happen to have one of those.

        Reply

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