What most struck a chord with me is how monopoly capital and the patent regime in drug research steers research towards patentable, monopolizable, marketable technologies, as opposed to techniques or lifestyle changes that can be disseminated free of charge:
"Drug patents also distort the direction of research by pushing it in the direction of patentable results. Research directed at finding cures or treatments based on diet, exercise, or environmental factors will not be pursued in a health care system that relies exclusively on patent monopolies to finance research. This neglect can be offset by government funding targeted specifically towards these areas, but the patent system will direct resources elsewhere."
This bears much in common with the state of agricultural research, much of which is done directly by private companies, or influenced in such a way by them that public research aligns with private company concerns. The result is that the US today funds very little research into low-input, low-impact farming systems relying mainly on natural processes, because the products of such research would not be readily commercializable by or profitable to private companies.