Most of you who donate blood have a noble motivation. You think you are going to help save lives.
You go to the local blood drive location and donate your blood.
You assume it will be used for transfusions in local hospitals. It is your sign of commitment to your community.
You take time out of your busy life to donate a piece of yourself, thinking you will help the sick and dying. It makes you feel good to be giving a part of yourself to help your fellow neighbor.
The shocking reality is that blood donations are a BIG money making industry.
It is called “the blood train.” At the heart of this money making venture is plasma, the main component of blood.
Plasma is a yellow liquid in blood that is rich in proteins. It is very lucrative, more expensive than oil.
Did I mention that blood donations are a big money making industry? In other words, as donors, we are exploited.
By donating blood, we are actually enabling a rich profit to be made from poor, unsuspecting donors. It is a a deceiving and disgusting practice.
More than 100 million blood donations are collected worldwide each year. Those “charitable” blood collection organizations are constantly seeking donations, with a clear message, “Giving Blood Saves Lives.”
But does it?
Before your give blood, you must complete a medical questionnaire where you give your informed consent. At the end of the form, in tiny print, is a sentence that says “I am aware that some components of my donation may be used for the production of drugs.”
Only a very few actually read the small print, and most simply ignore it and roll up their sleeve.
This line is critical because it tips you off to something fishy going on. The dirty little secret these donation collectors do not want publicized is that most of the donated blood is sold to private companies. Like 80%.
Let me put it another way. Only 20% (at best) is actually used in the hospitals for patients who have lost a large quantity of blood and are in need of transfusions.
The remaining 80% is used by the plasma fractionation industry for enormous profits.
You must be wondering what this precious commodity is used for…?
Big Pharma produces drugs from it.
Said another way…
Big Pharma uses the plasma from your donation to make very expensive drugs that you pay for if you ever need them.
Get it? You donate your blood for free, the blood collection organization sells it to the plasma industry, Big Pharma makes big ticket drugs with it, you pay sky high prices for the drugs made from your free donation.
This is why it is called the blood train.
It is estimated that the pharmaceutical industry purchases 80,000+ liters of plasma each year. The Humanitarian Institute makes about $10 million swiss francs each year from selling your plasma.
The deception is that donors have no idea their donated blood is being sold for big profit! They are under the illusion their blood will be used to save lives in the local hospitals.
Blood collection agencies strive to maintain this naive image for the public, but the truth is, most of your donated blood is indeed sold to Big Pharma for big profits.
They want your plasma, the yellow liquid part in your blood. About 57% of your blood volume is made up of plasma, a straw-colored liquid that transports water and nutrients to all cells in the body.
Plasma is about 90% water and 10% proteins. The drugs that can be made from it are VERY profitable.
Who is behind the plasma train industry?
- Baxter in the USA
- CSL Plasma in Australia
- Grifols in Spain
- Octapharma in Switzerland
The professional term for the transformation of a donor’s blood into plasma to be used in drug production is called fractionation. These companies collect, freeze, and prepare thousands of liters of human plasma for the pharmaceutical industry.
They also control a market that is worth 17 billion dollars. And growing. From your donated blood.
So where do we go from here, knowing what we now know?
There are some steps you can take.
You can actually have your own blood drawn or collected before a scheduled surgery. It can then be returned back to you, if and when you need it. This is called an autologus blood transfusion.
You can also do a directed donation. This is where you specify who will receive your blood. This can reduce the risk of acquiring a bloodborne infection from a stranger’s donated blood.
Having a designated donor with the same blood type can also ensure an ample supply of blood will be available for you if blood resources are scarce. This is also wise to have a pre-arranged donor if you are someone with a rarer blood type.
You will need to check the requirements and laws in your area for these type of blood arrangements.
You may need a doctor’s prescription for one of these draws.
But get this… You may need the Red Cross’s approval!
Obviously, they don’t want anyone interfering in their lucrative ventures.
You will also need to check with your hospital’s blood bank for prearranged storage. They may have facilities for a few weeks, and blood can only be refrigerated for a few weeks before expiring.
Blood doesn’t freeze well. Thawing ice crystals cause damage.
So food for thought is to think things through in advance of upcoming surgeries in the event you might need blood. Do you have blood available from a personal collection in advance? Do you have a compatible donor available in case you need a transfusion?
Once again, we have been hoodwinked. Now that you know what happens to your blood donation, you may think twice before giving your next donation in good faith.