A Vital Issue: Sigrid Fry-Revere on Iranian Kidney Markets

If given the option of receiving a medical procedure in the United States or in Iran, which would you choose? Would you believe that it is far easier for Iranians to receive a life-saving kidney transplant than it is for Americans? It’s not a miracle of Iranian technology or medicine that makes this so, but rather the miracle of a functioning market for kidneys – one which Iran allows and supports, albeit in a restricted form. Compensated organ donation (also known to the less squeamish as the sale of body parts) has been a federal offense in the U.S. since the 1980s, shortly after transplants first became viable. Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere, founder of the Center for Ethical Solutions, began to look more closely at these markets when her own son suddenly needed a transplant. Her work took her to visit six regions in Iran, where she studied how the Iranian regime eliminated the country's kidney shortages more than a decade ago – a change that benefitted both donors and recipients in the process. On this show, Dr. Fry-Revere talks to Bob about her book The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran, and her work building a bridge of communication and understanding to the American public and medical ethics community on this issue.

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Whose Body is it, Anyway?

Under federal law, you are allowed to donate your body parts but you cannot sell them!  This makes no sense.  Dr. Nancy Sheper-Hughes agrees with the legislators even though this law causes thousands of deaths each year due to a shortage of kidneys and other life-saving organs. Freedom over one’s body IS the last frontier.  Hear the discussion in this Sunday’s encore episode.

Legalize Insider Trading

Legalize Insider Trading – Bob is joined by Don Boudreaux, an economics professor at George Mason University.  They discuss why they believe insider trading should be legalized. If investing were based on real numbers rather than pure speculation the system would work more efficiently.  Let’s even the playing field and allow everyone to have access to the same information.

Truth in Advertising

As the FTC cracks down on online ads; Bob wonders why more regulations need to be put in place to protect consumers who are perfectly capable of making decisions about purchases that are right for them. Let’s end expensive and unnecessary government oversight and wipe out nannies once and for all. The Cato Institute’s scholar Jim Harper joins Bob to discuss this topic.