I think the headline of this article does the film a huge injustice. This is no infomercial for pharma.
Dr. Burzynski is not part of the pharma establishment. This movie tells of the mans fight against big pharma, the Nazi medical boards, and the insurance companies. His crime???? Curing brain cancer. You would think that they would give the guy a big ticker tape parade down main street! What the nieve reviewer doesn't understand is the current political climate in medicine. The current political climate is dominated by insurance companies, pharma, public relations firms, and lobbyists. Insurance companies want to make profit and not pay for any new treatments even cures for brain cancer. Drug companies now are trying to take over the supplement industry now selling fish oil, and niacin prescriptions. These are items you can already buy at your local health food store. The Medical Boards works for pharma and insurance; they go after docs that offer any new therapies that insurance doesn't want to pay for. In Burzynski's case they wanted their discoveries for themselves and tried to take out patents for themselves. Did this reviewer watch the movie or was he too busy so just wrote something up from the press notes? Please watch the films you review.
Your headline doesn't do the movie justice. It could be you don't understand the current political climate in which doctors operate, and how any individual that is not part of the big pharma/insuarnce/nazi medical board system is shunned, attacked and persecuted. The current system is set up by the entitities listed above and if you don't kiss their ass at every turn and have the guts and audacity to do research on your own as an individual then you are in for a big fight. Any Ayn Rand Objectivists will exactly understand what I mean by this. I am not an objectivist myself, but I admire the fact that this group stands up for the rights of individuals vs the group mentality. Dr. Burzynski to me is a modern day hero who stood up for his right as an American under the constitution to do and carry out his research for the benefit of mankind. It may be that the movie needed some background info at the beginning on the political climate of medicine, how it operates and how it is controlled by corporate america. If you already know these facts and see the movie then I think the movie is perfect, inspiring and great. However if you don't know how the industry operates and are either nieve or innocent you many not understand the point of the movie. Example: If you don't know that only 20% of Europeans got the swine flu vaccine, and that regular flu killed more people than swine flu; and that the whole swine flu thing was a giant marketing tool for pharma to get rich........ Then maybe you should study these things before going to see the movie.
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