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Old 07-27-11, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Nope. They would attempt to buy up all the existing bicycles, and buy up the bicycle manufacturers and close them down.
Perhaps they'll modify the "old" bikes to make them "safer" (nice and heavy!..keep them slow!)..outlaw the copyright infringement of making any other bikes, put the innovators in jail! Monsanto did that already with our food supply, wha?!!
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Old 07-28-11, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Nope. They would attempt to buy up all the existing bicycles, and buy up the bicycle manufacturers and close them down.
Naw, they wouldn't do that, they would buy up the bicycle manufacturers, make it a restricted item that requires a prescription, then add a 5,000% markup. I find it interesting, that you can get a pill in the United States that costs $7.50 a pill, yet in Canada it costs 75, for exactly the same pill, made in the same factory, same lot number, put in the same bottle, yet it costs 1/10th the price. I wonder if the fact that insurers in this country, refuse to pay more then the provincial drug benefit plan rates, has anything to do with it
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Old 07-28-11, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Wogster
Naw, they wouldn't do that, they would buy up the bicycle manufacturers, make it a restricted item that requires a prescription, then add a 5,000% markup. I find it interesting, that you can get a pill in the United States that costs $7.50 a pill, yet in Canada it costs 75, for exactly the same pill, made in the same factory, same lot number, put in the same bottle, yet it costs 1/10th the price. I wonder if the fact that insurers in this country, refuse to pay more then the provincial drug benefit plan rates, has anything to do with it
You must be in the business world. Brilliant!
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Old 07-28-11, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Wogster
I find it interesting, that you can get a pill in the United States that costs $7.50 a pill, yet in Canada it costs 75, for exactly the same pill, made in the same factory, same lot number, put in the same bottle, yet it costs 1/10th the price. I wonder if the fact that insurers in this country, refuse to pay more then the provincial drug benefit plan rates, has anything to do with it
Without a profit motive pharmaceutical companies would not have the motivation to spend millions of dollars researching and developing the drugs that many people benefit from. That is not idealistic, but it is true. Doubt it? Look where all the new pharmaceuticals are developed. Cuba? The old Soviet Union? Nope, not even Canada.

Do you remember the Aesop's Fable "The Goose that Laid The Golden Eggs"? We all could from time to time benefit from rereading it and considering its truthful message.

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
An Aesop Fable

goose that laid the golden egg


A man and his wife owned a very special goose. Every day the goose would lay a golden egg, which made the couple very rich.

"Just think," said the man's wife, "If we could have all the golden eggs that are inside the goose, we could be richer much faster."

"You're right," said her husband, "We wouldn't have to wait for the goose to lay her egg every day."

So, the couple killed the goose and cut her open, only to find that she was just like every other goose. She had no golden eggs inside of her at all, and they had no more golden eggs.
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Old 07-28-11, 06:28 AM
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Pharm companies and other companies buy up patents all the time that and shelve those producets that would compete with and interfere with their achieving profits on their current developed products.
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Old 07-28-11, 06:29 AM
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Congratulations Don

I hope you continue to see more improvements.
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Since I retired 3 years ago, generally I ride about 30 miles every other day. I have lost 25 pounds. And the best thing is in the summer time I can back off one of my super expensive type II diabetes pills. I have a moderate case that is controlled by pills alone. In the winter when I cant ride my A1c goes up to about 6.8 but in the summer time it goes down to aroung 6.1. My doctor is amazed.
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Old 07-28-11, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by duceditor
Without a profit motive pharmaceutical companies would not have the motivation to spend millions of dollars researching and developing the drugs that many people benefit from. That is not idealistic, but it is true. Doubt it? Look where all the new pharmaceuticals are developed. Cuba? The old Soviet Union? Nope, not even Canada.
Trust me, if you go to Toronto and look at some of the drug company headquarters buildings, they are making lots of profit here too. Actually there is new drug research going on here, just as there is in many countries, wherever there is a University that has a school of medicine or a decent biology department, there is drug research going on, sometimes using money raised for research, sometimes using government money and sometimes using drug company money. Drugs like any other product, will be priced at whatever the local market will bare, and people in the United States are willing to pay a lot more then people in other countries do. In many parts of the world homeopathic and naturapathic remedies are most common.
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Old 07-29-11, 09:37 AM
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There are many health benifits riding a bike. But, for me I ride for the pure enjoyment of riding.

For me there is no better high than riding fast in a pace line.
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Old 07-29-11, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by duceditor
I only got back into bicycling about a month ago. Since then I have gone out every non-working morning for 45 minutes or an hour. The effect on my physical well being is nothing short of astounding.

Not surprisingly my legs and hips are firming up and both look and feel better for it. My back -- a constant problem for almost 20 years, and a worse one since an on-the-job accident last November -- is showing some improvement. But best of all is my blood pressure -- under treatment with two pills a day for over twenty years -- has dropped as much as twenty points, now reading from 89 over 61 shortly after a ride to 113 over 72 later in the day. On meds alone I'd typically see a reading of 124 over 84 (down from a stroke-ready 154 over 115 before I started treatment).

Lung capacity too has improved.

All pretty amazing following only a month a riding.

BTW, I'll turn 65 in late Autumn.

-don
Hi Don! My name is Don also and I am also 65. I have experienced similar. To ramp up your cycling even more have you considered tossing the blood pressure meds? If your doc says not to, I would get a second opinion. If the doc has you taking statins for sure considering quitting them -- that crap is poison! You are on the road to doing centuries -- keep it up and congratulations!

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Old 07-29-11, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by buddy
For me there is no better high than riding fast in a pace line.
+1
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