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originally posted by: James1982
The problem with the medical industry is that it doesn't adapt to the times. An old friend of mine who perfected a method of automating string-cheese pulling explained it to me with the following metaphor.
There was a guy who really wanted to be a professional singer. He would go around to bars and clubs playing his guitar and his knee-chimes. And he would sing also. But that was the problem, he was bad at singing. People thought his voice was bad, it was scratchy and kind of wet sounding. He groaned a lot and it made people uncomfortable, but he thought it added depth and emotion to his music. One time someone called him a hobo while he was performing. He didn't hear that person, but the person said it and potentially there was some sort of effect on the guy even thought he didn't hear it.
So after many years of hard work performing in clubs and bars the man tried to figure out why he wasn't more popular. He realized that his wet scratchy voice was disgusting and people hated to hear it. He realized he was low on cat food and made a quick trip to the store later that evening.
Several years later he gave up on his dream, and he started making over-sized baby stuff like cribs and bouncers for adult-babies (people who have a fetish about role-playing as babies) and actually made a decent living, he sold mostly on craigslist but those adult baby people pay pretty good money for stuff that is in effect pretty basic furniture, but obviously most furniture companies are going to avoid producing that type of thing because it creeps people out.
This is quite distrubing, given the fact that all of these studies (which are industry sponsored) are used to develop drugs/vaccines to supposedly help people, train medical staff, educate medical students and more.