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DIY Medicine

The Big Idea for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In today's lesson, Kas Thomas looks at the extensive evidence for the anti-cancer benefits of aspirin and ibuprofen and wonders why these benefits haven't been publicly touted.

The dispiriting conclusion he comes to is that there's too much money to be made treating cancer, after it takes root. The anti-cancer drug Torisel, for instance, is several times more expensive than plutonium.

"With these and other exorbitantly priced drugs at risk," Thomas writes, "there is no incentive for the Bayers or Pfizers of the world to undercut future profits by telling people about the anti-cancer benefits of cheap over-the-counter NSAIDs."



  1. 1 Aspirin for Cancer Prevention
    Kas Thomas Devil in the Data
  2. 2 Aspirin Remains the Wonder Drug
    Orion Jones IdeaFeed
  3. 3 DIY Health: You're Smarter Than The Health Care System
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 Will DIY Biohacking Revolutionize Medicine?
    Big Think Editors IdeaFeed

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