I have never been able to understand how people can put money ahead of human suffering by selling worthless or fake drugs. Counterfeit antibiotics are a huge problem in the world. As an example

Nobody knows the full scope of the crime, although the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that counterfeit drugs are associated with up to 20 percent of the one million malaria deaths worldwide each year.

What kind of human makes fake anti-malarials that results in the deaths of other humans? I cannot wrap my brain around such behavior.

In my feeds I cam across the following: Epikaizo — New ‘miracle drug’ out of South Africa. I am not certain, but I gather Epikaizo means Shadow of God and it is also the name of an herbal remedy.

It is touted as a cure for AIDS:

Information on the accompanying leaflet says the herbal remedy, which is produced from natural plants, has anti-viral properties which make it “very effective in eliminating the HIV antigens from the body, thus enabling the body to fight opportunistic infections”.

The medicine allegedly destroys the virus from infected cells, limiting viral replication to minimal levels.

“After the full course of treatment, a once HIV-positive person will test negative and this condition is referred to as ‘remission’,” reads part of the leaflet.

There are no clinical trials or even reasons why this herbal preparation would treat HIV or any other illness. As I write this I cannot  discover what plant it is made from nor can I find any information about Alternative Medicines Pharmaceuticals (AlMed Pharm), the makers of the product. It seems to have sprung, with the hype fully formed, from nowhere.

Their website hints that the drug is also useful against cancer and diabetes. Theu also provide an incredibly inadequate program that allows you to (mis)-diagnose your disease online and, I suppose, treat yourself with epikaizo. It evidently helped the liver pains of Margaret Mazenge, who am I to argue?

And, in a country where the per capita monthly income is under $200 a month, the

“miracle drug” costs US$120 for a month’s supply.

Taking advantage of the poor and ill with expensive and useless supplements. I wonder how people who do this can live with themselves.

And  I predict: someone will add a  big pharma is no different response in the comments. 

Points of Interest: 3/10/2014
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