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What Would you Donate to make $$$ ???

What Would you Donate to make $$$ ???

Listen to our December 18th podcast to learn more about what Latinos are willing to donate to make money!

By Daniel Carrillo

In this economic crisis people seem to be doing anything to make a little extra cash. Some people, for example, started to donate plasma; the yellow looking fluid that “makes up about 55%” of your blood and contains other essential components such as proteins, glucose, etc.

According to a local news story aired on ABC4-Utah, the plasma business is “booming” and here is why. Any healthy person between the ages of 18 to 60 years old can donate their plasma twice a week and get as much as 30 bucks or more per donation. No wonder plasma is not only “the gift of life” to other people but also to the person who gets an extra… let’s say income.

This article is definitely not an endorsement for donating plasma. Personally, I’ve done it and so far there haven’t been any complications; however, I’ve seen negative outcomes in some of my friends. Side effects, if any, like dizziness, weakness, etc. may be present after the whole process ends which takes about an hour and a half. Also, you have the competency or incompetency of the nurses or student nurses that are in charge of sticking your arm in search for the veins that carry the blood.

But is donating plasma a good way to make money? Is it ethical? Some people may even compare it to prostitution while other see it as a service to their fellow citizens who might be in need of protein therapy, and of course get the extra cash in the mean time. I guess it’s up to the person who decides to do it whether he or she does it out of service or need.

- Daniel, daniel@doslives.com

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    Daniel is our Mexico City-based editor and Dos Lives contributor. Contact him at Daniel[at]doslives[dot].com.
    • Lucian

      And let’s not forget that much of the donated plasma ends up being used by the medication manufacturing industry ( reviled by some as Big Pharma). Whatever the donor gets paid ups the already upped (and upped some more) price of drugs. Drugs that are in dire need and low supply (because of the cost) in places like Africa and the Indian subcontinent. How’s that for an ethical tangent?

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