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Your equation of one's scientific credibility with a socialist rejection of profit baffles me. Since when does making money on a product diminish that product's quality?
Indeed, the profit motive is what drives most R & D in every industry. How many ground-breaking commercially successful drugs have been invented and patented in Canada?
Dr. Sears has never made it a secret that he got into this biz to get rich. You may not 'feel obligated' to spend real money on Dr. Sears' dead-tree books, but his first one contains an enlightening story you won't find for free...uh, online: He and his brother set out to market a miracle pill that would contain GLA and EPA. They read the study on eicosanoids and got a great idea to get rich. They invested years of work and much money on farmland in Alberta, cornering the borage market, creating a feaseable way to extract and concentrate their snake oil and sell it to the public at a *gasp* profit. They failed, and Dr. Sears figured out it was just as easy to eat the right foods. Then he figured out a way to make money on that: Sell, not give away on the Internet, but [i:0cfa6ee9ac]sell[/i:0cfa6ee9ac] books. Then bars. Then shakes, vitamins, fish oil and meals.
Then Dr. Sears invented pharm-grade FO. He invented it. He holds the patents on many products. (Capitalist countries protect inventors' right to own patents; communist countries don't, but confiscate the intellectual property for themselves.)
Sears' PGFO enjoyed a monopoly for a few years, and was admittedly very expensive. He charged a lot for a superior product, because it was worth it to a lot of us to pay for it, because it cost a lot of money to produce it and he wanted to recover his costs as well as profit, and because, while there was no competition, he knew his monopoly would not last forever and he wanted to make money while he could. Today, there are competitors and there are probably less expensive methods to produce the oil. Sears' prices might fall.
Henry Ford's automobile wasn't of less quality than his competitors', nor was he a man of higher morals; it was cheaper because he invented (and patented) a cheaper way of building it. My parents paid $100 for their first pocket calculator in 1973; today they are free with a subscription renewal. Have the folks at Texas Instruments undergone a miraculous journey of moral self-discovery? No, there are more companies producing the same product, and faster and cheaper.
Forgive my rant, but the adage 'You get what you pay for', while perhaps cynical to you, is at work here.