First Do No Harm

Medicine is Fraud

I’m currently working on a book about a man who cures cancer. I’ve discovered a few things that just cannot wait to be published. Additionally, I’m very tired of ideologues of any sort, especially those sycophants to modern medicine. There is no talking to an ideologue. They ask for proof; you give them proof; they move the goal posts.

I remember one particular conversation with a medical ideologue in which she claimed that if alternatives cured anything, they could stand up to double blind studies. I agreed with her but explained that to prove a drug (according to FDA standards) costs around a billion dollars and pointed out that to prove the effectiveness of something like echinacea (which grows in many gardens today) would also cost around a billion dollars. She attempted a comeback using an argument enveloped in “how much is a human life worth?” apparently trying to convince me that because life is so valuable someone would easily come up with a billion dollars to prove anything that can sustain that life. I knew the argument was fallacious because human behavior can never be explained logically and that money, greed and profit motive all work against her reasoning. She could not answer the question, “who will make a profit from something found in gardens throughout America?” She kept insisting that human life was so precious that everyone would want to pay to find things to improve our health. Thus, according to her logic, since no one has come forward to spend this money, alternatives just don’t work. When Isent her a video of a woman who suffered for twenty years with MS and who went into full remission just 3 hours after taking an oral serum, she (the ideologue) responded with one word: “Anecdotal.”

So, exactly where and when does a priceless human life suddenly turn into an anecdote?

When the goal posts are moved.

So to hell with ideologues. It’s time to just lay out the bare, terrifying truth: Medicine is fraud.

Forget conspiracy theories. We’re talking greed here in the context of the worst form of capitalism where all that counts is profit. The purpose of any monopoly is to destroy competition and maintain market share.

Health doesn’t even come into the equation, which makes for a medical system that, sadly, isn’t good for anybody except the rich.  

Medicine as Monopoly

If you’ve not read our article Healthcare for Dummies (or How the Rich Got Richer While the Sick Got Sicker), this is a good place to start. You can see, step by step, the systematic takeover of medicine by the AMA; a takeover that has nothing to do with healthcare but has everything to do with profitizing medicine.

Monopolies are supposed to be illegal in the US. As far back as our constitutional convention we were warned about a medical monopoly by Dr Benjamin Rush: “The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic.” He went on to say: “Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers.” [The History of Medicine]

This is exactly what has happened. And medicine gets away with this by proclaiming that patient safety comes first, that their medicine is what the patient needs, and that only conventionally trained medicos have the education needed to provide quality medical care. [Naturopathy Digest]

This monopoly came under scrutiny in the 1980’s when 5 chiropractors filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the AMA and their cohorts. In September of 1987, the AMA and their associates were found guilty of an illegal conspiracy against the chiropractic association and they were forced to print the federal court’s findings in their journal, JAMA.

You would think it would end there, but the AMA and their bedfellows: The American Cancer Society, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Psychiatric Association, and The American Dental Association, along with pseudo-science groups funded by the pharmaceutical industry, oil industry, food industry, and chemical industry (all hell-bent on making us sicker and sicker) such as The National Council Against Health Fraud, The American Council on Science and Health, and The Consumer Health Information Research Institute still continue to make war on naturopathy, nutrition, chiropractic, and anything that pulls profits from their industry.

Continually they publish studies of the failure of alternative, competing professions; studies designed to fail in the first place.

The AMA has deep pockets, and as recently as 2010 they helped to introduce legislation defining a “legitimate physician” in the House ((H-405.969). State medical associations are jumping on board.

This is where we are today. Conventional medicine is still trying to monopolize health care. But the fraud goes back to 1847 when the AMA formed. One of the first lines of business of this newly formed association was to hunt out quacks. Ironic when we realize the biggest quacks on the planet then were the physicians who formed the AMA, burning, blistering, bleeding, and poisoning their patients with mercury compounds.

Profit Trumps Healing

I’ve talked a bit about Dr Erlich’s Magic Bullet in the past, but I’ll start over from scratch just in case you don’t know the story.

In the early 1900’s Dr Erlich began experimenting with arsenic compounds. Previously, the only chemical drugs used in “conventional” medicine were mercury based and we know how well those worked. Erlich set out to cure syphilis using a chemical based drug, or, at the time, chemotherapy. Yes, today the term chemotherapy refers to cancer drugs, but back then, it just meant chemical based drugs.

Erlich tested his new arsenic compounds on animals. After every test, he and his associates would arrive at their laboratory only to find the test animals dead. They chalked up the loss and began again. It was after the six hundred and sixth testing that, when they arrived at the lab, they found the test animals still alive. The drug was named, appropriately, 606. 

Erlich had not only created the first successful chemotherapy, he had created the first working antibiotic. Erlich saved thousands of lives; his 606 attacked and killed the spirochete (spiral-shaped bacterium) that caused syphilis. It should be noted that somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 syphilis patients had died from the drug, but a physician who has experimented with 606 intimated to me that this was due to the chemists of the time; accuracy was not as good as it is today with all our technology.

The drug eventually became known as Salvarsan and was released to the public in 1910 spurring Germany on to a leadership position in drug production.

That is the story of Salvarsan, Dr Erlich’s magic bullet. However, in the Paul Harvey tradition, you are about to hear the “rest of the story.”

As we’ve said, Germany led the world in drug production and at the beginning of the First World War, holding the two most profitable drug patents on the planet.

Note the word “profitable.” Medicine throughout the world was hardly about healing, but more about making a profit. Sure it had its idealists. Erlich was one of them. He truly wanted to save lives, which he did. And he did so much more, which most of the world doesn’t know about because you would have to read Erlich’s own words in the original German. Even if you can read German, you’re still going to have a very hard time finding his work. It, like Salvarsan, has been buried.

Luckily, I’ve been working with a scientist who has read Erlich’s original work. Luckily you’ve found these words. Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The two most profitable drug patents during the First World War were for Aspirin and Salvarsan. I’ve heard a theory that America entered the war just to steal those two patents at the end. Interesting theory.

A good chemist can make up Salvarsan today. The recipe isn’t that hard to find. So, were you a scientists, you could experiment with it. And there would be good reason to do so.

From Erlich’s own writing we learn that if a person had cancer and syphilis, after treatment with Salvarsan, the cancer went away too.

You would think that this would be a pretty big discovery, except that the next discovery eclipses even that one:

People who came off a regimen of Salvarsan were immune to all illness.

How long they were immune to all illnesses is an unknown because at the end of WWI, America seized both patents and started making millions of dollars off the sale of Aspirin and Salvarsan; but after touting Salvarsan for a short period of time, it was suddenly removed from the Materia Medica.

Here is how it was touted in medical journals:

"Doctors Cheer at Discovery of New Cures"

   "Announcement of two discoveries of world wide importance in the cure of tetanus and syphilis were made today at the annual fall meeting of the National Academy of Science, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Discovery of the new drug, known as A-189, was made at the Rockefeller institute after experiments dating from the outbreak of the world war. It means virtually the medical independence of America from Germany.

   '' The new drug, an organic arsenical compound, can be prepared in this country at a nominal cost of five cents a dose wholesale, whereas the wholesale price of salvarsan is now $3.50 a dose.

   "But the most important feature of the new invention is the fact that it develops greater resistance for the spirochaetal infections without doing as much damage to the cells of the body."

It wasn’t long after this that Salvarsan began being trashed in these same journals. Some reported it did absolutely nothing, while others reported that it was dangerous. It suddenly disappeared from medicine.

Scientists today are rediscovering Salvarsan, especially in light of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. It was discovered that in animal experiments it cures Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Its sudden disappearance after being touted as a miracle cure is suspect. I’m convinced from my research that it just worked too well.

It’s all about profits.

Cancer is one of the most profitable branches in medicine. Not only does the cancer industry employ the FDA in a protection racket that keeps cheap alternatives hidden from view, banned from advertising or even promotion, they also keep expensive alternatives out of reach since the profit margins are too slim for their expensive tastes.

Take platinum, colloidal platinum. Colloidal platinum kills cancer cells. Scientists know this. So medicine created a cancer therapy from colloidal platinum called Cisplatin. Cisplatin kills cancer cells, but for every two cancer cells it kills, it kills one healthy cell. Not a very good kill ratio, especially when compared to colloidal platinum which kills only cancer cells leaving healthy cells alone. Not one healthy cell is killed by colloidal platinum.

Then why, you ask, don’t we use colloidal platinum to fight cancer?

The markup is too slim; the cancer industry can’t make much of a profit from it.

The cost of colloidal platinum for cancer could be $200 - $300 thousand dollars. The price of Cisplatin treatment for cancer can run $200 - $300 thousand dollars. The cost of making Cisplatin is just a few thousand dollars.

Can you see why Cisplatin is the only platinum based option the medical community gives you?

Or take one of the newer cancer drugs: Monoclonal Antibodies. Used in cancer and autoimmune disorders, monoclonal antibodies have generated a lot of excitement in the medical community. Their uses are limited only by the imagination.

Treatment is expensive.

In cancer treatment the price can run upwards of $200 thousand dollars.

How much is the cost of production? Well, you can pick up some monoclonal antibodies at your local supermarket, in your toiletries aisle. They’re in your pregnancy test kit. Subtract from the price on the box the marketing and packaging costs, and what you have left is nearly the cost of the monoclonal antibodies: pennies. The profit margin on your monoclonal antibodies cancer therapy is hefty.

I need not go any further. In my journalistic career I’ve investigated all sorts of frauds. Cholesterol does not cause heart disease; cholesterol lowering drugs are a 9 billion dollar a year fraud. Blood pressure drugs lead to congestive heart failure, diabetic drugs lead to fatal heart attacks, and the overuse of antibiotics has led to drug resistant bacteria. The biggest fraud is the FDA itself; it protects the drug industry, not the consumer.

Michael Ellner, I think, says it best: "Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality."

Medicine is fraud. We will need a revolution before we can ever have a medical system that is about health and wellness and not about profits.

 


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