This was published in 1989. I wonder if anything has changed.
Did you know that...
"While U. S. donors are the source of more than 60 percent of the world's plasma, foreign owners dominate the business. Four of the six largest plasma companies in the United States are owned or controlled by foreign corporations based in Japan, West Germany, Austria and Canada."
"In this international market, it is not uncommon for plasma to change hands several times. Sometimes plasma brokers - middlemen who profit by bringing together those who have plasma with those who need it - are involved. Even in industry circles, brokers are considered a secretive lot. There are no lists of brokers and finding one is no small task. Locating one willing to talk is even harder. Asked to describe his business during a brief telephone conversation, one of them, Eric Jarrett, a Woodland Hills, Calif., broker said: "We sell plasma to whoever wants to buy it."
Couple this distribution methodology with XMRV blood supply potentials, and we've got a serious problem. Even worse than with HIV, because if I am thinking correctly, blood product brokers didn't exist nearly as much as they do today. It's like the diamond industry in Africa. Illegal brokerage of the diamonds funded civil wars that were responsible for the mass killing of thousands and thousands of innocent people in, and around Sierra Leone. It wasn't until De Beers was under tremendous pressure that they (the diamond industry) put together a policy to eradicate the illegal process as much as possible, but in the case of the blood product brokers in the US, there is no policy, and there may be no way of knowing where the blood product comes from after it is in the hands of these brokers.
Interested yet? We need to be, or our families, and your children are at risk with contracting XMRV.
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"It is (ME/CFS) like some great constricting snake that denies its victims the final convulsion." Llewellyn King "A CFS patient feels the same or worse than congestive heart failure. The same or worse than late stage AIDS." Nancy Klimas: View video here.
"A CFS patient feels every day significantly the same as an AIDS patient feels two months before death." Dr. Mark Loveless, AIDS and CFS researcher, in a statement to congress on CFS Awareness day, May 12th, 1995.