posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 02:03 PM
There is a new documentary out on PBS entitled:
"Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale"
I just watched it, it charts the history of the Hemophilia and tainted blood products issue.
Has anyone else caught it or do you have a link for the video?
Here's a trailer:
For those of you not in the "know", Hemophila is a blood clotting disorder requiring infusions of clotting factor to stop internal bleeds. This
factor did not become available until 1965 and each dose requires the blood of 2000+ people. Until the early 90's human blood was pooled untested,
untreated before creating the factor and the pooling process essentially insured that all factor products were tainted with both AIDS and Hepatitis.
Many if not most of the hemophiliacs that lived during the AIDS and Hepatitis epidemic are now dead.
On the "conspiracy" level there was a 7 year period from roughly 1983 until 1990 when industry knew the blood was tainted, governments knew the blood
was tainted, there were methods available to do something about it... yet products remained on the market and 400,000 worldwide were infected with
AIDS. When companies were told they could not sell the "pooled" contaminated products in the US, they simply shipped them overseas where there were
no such regulations, knowing full well they were about to infect people with AIDS. Little was understood about AIDS at the time and it may have been
that those involved believed they were doing the "best they could" for their patients; and certainly the best for their "bottom line".
Here's an article from 1988 to give you some perspective:
Before 1965 your options as a hemophiliac were limited to blood transfusions or "cryo" which were very lifestyle invasive treatments with limited
results. Before 1950 you had no options; you died before you hit 20 years old while your parents watched.
Currently hemophiliacs have access to heat treated, detergent treated, or monoclonal antibody purified human based factor products or face the
alternative (which most now choose) of using genetically modified hamster blood. Hemophiliac life expectancy (in developed nations) now rivals
healthy individuals. 70% of hemophiliacs worldwide still do not have access to clotting factor and face the same mortality and morbidity levels as
those who lived before 1950.
Google Image Results: "Joint Bleed Hemophila"
thanks for reading,
ps thanks for the embed trailer silo, sorry I don't have a feature length clip.
edit on 3-6-2011 by Sri Oracle because: (no reason