|Healthcare for Dummies
or How the
Rich Got Richer While the Sick Got Sicker
One of the hottest topics in
politics today is Health Care. The masses are calling for universal
health care, politicians are calling for universal health care, and
our leaders keep making empty promises while pumping money into the
pharmaceutical industry. The Medicare Prescription Drug,
Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 is a complete fiasco,
promising much but providing only windfall profits for the
pharmaceutical industry. Many feel it was designed by the far right
to eventually destroy Medicare.
If health care is a hot button
issue for you, then I’m sure you’ve heard the ostensible reasons
behind the exorbitant costs of our health care.
I’m sure you’ve heard that to
reduce the price of health care, we must reduce the costs of health
care. New technology, new research, scientific breakthroughs, and
the cost of bringing new drugs to market; these are the fronted
reasons for our skyrocketing health care costs.
The debate is all consuming,
everyone has stake at bringing down health care costs, and everyone
has a solution. Supposedly.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is
all a diversion. You can talk costs and prices and research till you
require an IV, but it will not change a system that is already sick
The simplest way to explain the
high cost of our health care is:
health care system is costly because it is not a health care system;
it is a disease care system.
Ninety-five percent of our
health care dollars go to urgent care with five percent going to
Were this turned around, the
overall price of health care would drop at least fifty percent.
There is, however, an underlying
reason why we have this terrible system; why Americans pay the
highest health care costs on the planet yet receive an inferior
system of health care in which our longevity rate is
world wide and our infant mortality rate is
The reason: our government has,
since 1806, worked towards making “regular” medicine (conventional,
drug based, allopathic) a powerful monopoly.
Got that? Our Government has
systematically maneuvered to make orthodox, regular medicine a
powerful and profitable monopoly.
And you expect the government to
fix a problem it has been creating for 200 years?
When this country was founded,
medical freedom was assumed. Early Americans ran away from
intolerance hoping to find religious and political freedom. Medical
freedom was simply assumed. It was assumed that the people had the
right to choose whatever form of health care they preferred.
Dr Benjamin Rush proposed that
these rights should be specifically laid out in our constitution:
"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."
These freedoms did not make it
into the Constitution or our Bill of Rights. How could our
forefathers have known that Dr Rush’s words ringing through the
convention halls would prophesize the exact state of affairs over
two hundred years later?
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.
This is the state of medicine
today. It is a sad state of affairs. Our drug-based medicine heals
little, poisons many, and still our people are clamoring for access
In 1806 the first medical
licensing laws were passed in New York. This was called the Medical
Practices Act; it allowed only state licensed physicians to recover
their fees in courts.
Licensing laws were and still
Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution
reads: “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or
Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money;
emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a
Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post
facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant
any Title of Nobility.”
Admittedly, this can be confusing (though not as
confusing as most legalese today), so let me pull out for you the
parts that affect licensing:
“No State shall . . . pass any . . . Law
impairing the Obligation of Contracts . . . . “
This has been interpreted by many to mean that no
state or federal office can create a licensing law that would
restrict free trade. The founding fathers wanted a small government
which did not interfere with business. It had a role to protect the
consumer against fraud, but could not play favorites or restrict any
It can be argued that licensing laws protect the
consumer against fraud. Some say, “Licensing prevents quackery.”
This, however, is absurd since the first medical
practices laws licensed the most fraudulent form of medicine, the
most dangerous form of medicine, ever to have been adopted by this
new country. The first licensing laws licensed quackery, and
continue to license quackery today, as you will soon see.
"I am persuaded that
licensure has reduced both the quantity and quality of
medical practice.... It has reduced the opportunities
for people to become physicians, it has forced the
public to pay more for less satisfactory service, and it
has retarded technological development.... I conclude
that licensure should be eliminated as a requirement for
the practice of medicine." Milton Friedman, Nobel
"Licensing has served to
channel the development of health care services by
granting an exclusive privilege and high status to
practitioners relying on a particular approach to health
care, a disease-oriented intrusive approach rather than
a preventive approach.... By granting a monopoly to a
particular approach to health care, the licensing laws
may serve to assure an ineffective health care system."
Lori B. Andrews, professor of law and Norman and Edna
Freehling Scholar, Chicago-Kent College of Law.
The first “regular” physicians licensed to
practice medicine in young America knew nothing of science, eschewed
empiricism (testing a theory), and killed more people than they
cured, if they actually cured anyone. They bled, purged, blistered,
and poisoned their patients with mercury. It was an honor to be
hated by their patients. Being hated by the public put them in good
standing with other regular physicians. [Coulter ]
If you are going to argue that licensing laws
protect the consumer against fraud, then answer me this:
Why is it the consumer has never asked for any of
Historically, it has been the medicos who have
pressured the government to create laws protecting their practices.
Throughout the first half of the 19th
century, nearly every law passed restricting medical practices
(licensing) were overturned or completely tossed out by the
Virtually every law restricting the practice of medicine in America
has been enacted not on the crest of public demand, but due to
intense pressure from the political representatives of physicians. [Goodman,
John C, Musgrave, Gerald L., Patient Power: Solving America’s
Health-Care Crisis, Cato Institute, 1992]
During much of the 19th
century, licensing laws came and went and the public was free to
choose its health care. Their options were wide open: nutritional
medicine, hydrotherapy, eclectics, Indian Medicine,
homeopathy, herbalism, a combination any of these, midwifery, or a
regular physician. By the end of the 19th
century, osteopathy, chiropractic, and naturopathy had come into the
And then something happened that defines the
ruling class in our society, or as J D Rockefeller once said:
“Competition is a sin.”
The rich get richer because they form alliances
and eschew competition.
It is a sad historical truism that you can always
hire half the poor to kill the other half. This is why we have wars.
There will always be someone poor enough to fight them. The poor
will not unite, till the rich unite them, arm them, uniform them,
and send them off to war.
1847: Regular physicians united and formed the
American Medical Association.
The professed highfalutin reasons for the
association were to establish standards of medical ethics and
medical education; that all doctors should have a "suitable
education" and that a "uniform elevated standard of requirements for
the degree of M.D. should be adopted by all medical schools in the
The ulterior motives would soon come to light.
A report submitted by
the committee on educational standards to the first AMA convention
in 1847 was unusually candid:
very large number of physicians in the United States ... has
frequently been the subject of remark. To relieve the diseases of
something more than twenty millions of people, we have an army of
doctors amounting by a recent computation to forty thousand, which
allows one to about every five hundred inhabitants. And if we add to
the 40,000 the long list of irregular practitioners who swarm like
locusts in every part of the country, the proportion of patients
will be still further reduced. No wonder, then, that the profession
of medicine has measurably ceased to occupy the elevated position
which once it did; no wonder that
the merest pittance in the way of remuneration is scantily doled out
even to the most industrious in our ranks - and no wonder
that the intention, at one time correct and honest, will
occasionally succumb to the cravings of hard necessity.
Regular doctors could not compete with the
riffraff practicing “unscientific” medicine. The real program of the
AMA, openly discussed, was “to secure a government-enforced medical
monopoly and high incomes for mainstream doctors.” [http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/medical.html]
One of the first programs of the newly established
AMA was a Quack Hunt.
The practitioners of the greatest quackery of the
century went on a quack hunt.
The AMA developed strict standards that its
members were to adhere to or else. The Code of Medical Ethics grew
and evolved over the next half century. In 1850 it was unethical to
engage in competition or underbid another physician. By the turn of
the century, free vaccinations were opposed because it was not in
the best interests of young medical men and it was considered highly
unethical to give free medical services to the wealthy for it would
injure other physicians financially.
Goodman and Musgrave tell us, “By 1901, all states
and territories except Alaska and Oklahoma had medical examining
boards. Of the 51 jurisdictions, 30 required candidates for a
license to undergo an examination and to present a diploma in
medicine; seven required either an examination or a diploma; and two
made the M.D. degree a prerequisite for the practice of medicine.”
Most interesting is the fact that “of the 42
states that had revocation provisions in their medical practice acts
in 1907, "incompetence" was grounds for revocation in only two of
them.” The rules of revocation (consulting with a “non” regular
physician) reached into the absurd and even got to the point where
one physician had his AMA membership revoked for buying milk sugar
from a homeopathic pharmacist. [Divided Legacy] Another physician
was dropped from the ranks of the AMA for consulting with a
physician dropped from the ranks of the AMA for consulting with a
The AMA could easily call most other practices
(Thomsonians, midwifes, eclectics, herbalists, and the
lot) unscientific for there was no formal training for any of these
healing arts. Homeopathy was much harder to vilify as it was a
codified and systematic medical science that not only had a large
following, but was taught at major medical schools.
The first women’s medical college in the world,
Boston Female Medical College, founded in 1848, taught homeopathy.
It wasn’t till 1915 that women were invited to join the AMA.
Homeopathy was more attractive
to the average person, and though the AMA claimed that only the
ignorant were attracted to homeopathy, it attracted the most
respected members of society: William James, Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Daniel
Webster, William Seward, Horace Greeley, Louisa May Alcott, William Cullen Bryant,
and Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth
Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from an American medical
school, and a leading feminist supporter, criticized regular medical
science because it was so deadly. Homeopathy was attractive mainly because it
did not kill you. Homeopaths actually followed the first rule of
medicine, the Hippocratic injunction: “First, do no harm.” [http://www.homeopathic.com/articles/intro/history.php]
The latter half of the 19th
century was homeopathy’s heyday. Regular physicians could hardly
compete with them. By 1902 homeopaths did seven times the business
of allopaths and there were 15,000 practicing homeopathic physicians
in the US. “There were 22 homeopathic medical schools, more than 100
homeopathic hospitals, over 60 orphan asylums and old people's
homes, and 1,000+ homeopathic pharmacies in the US.” [http://www.homeopathic.com/articles/intro/history.php]
During the 1849 cholera epidemic, homeopaths from
Cincinnati kept rigorous records showing that they lost only 3% of
their patients, while allopathy lost 16 to 20 times more. Homeopathy
made its way south for the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 saving
three times the number of patients as allopathy.
One story that I’ve found in two different books
and at Llew Rockwell’s site is the following.
One was William H. Holcombe. When he graduated from
the University of Pennsylvania, he worried, as he wrote in his
memoirs, that physicians "were blind men, striking in the dark at
the disease or the patient-lucky if [we] killed the malady [instead
of] the man." One day Holcombe was called by the parents of a
seriously ill child, whom Holcombe subsequently set about to bleed.
Bloodletting was considered especially important for children, and
the younger the child, the more blood was to be drawn. But the
mother clutched the baby to her breast and cried, "The blood is the
life – it shall not be taken away." When the benighted father
agreed, Holcombe "explained to him candidly, and with some display
of professional dignity, that my opinion was worth more than his or
Holcombe left and returned the next day, expecting to
find a dead baby. Instead, the child – who had been treated by a
homeopath – was playing in the yard. Holcombe later wrote that
"after having blistered, bled, and drugged my patients for
twenty-seven years, I determined to find some more humane mode." He
was charged with violating "medical ethics," whose first principle
was: "A physician ... should cautiously guard against whatever may
injure the general respectability of his profession."
As Rockwell points out, one state senator from New
York firmly believed, “The people of this state have been bled long
enough in their bodies and pockets.” [http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/medical.html]
Even with the advent of the germ theory of
medicine, the ruling theory of medicine today, homeopaths were much
more in demand than regular physicians.
But homeopaths did not unite. In fact, homeopaths
broke into two different schools, the ones who worked just as
Hahnemann had taught, and other’s who could be called
“pseudo-homeopaths.” Later they split into two more groups; those
using high potencies and those using low potencies. The amoebic form
of medicine did not survive to split again.
For the most part, regular medicine had never been
based upon science. Compared to Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Western Regular Medicine lacked even the slightest semblance of
scientific method. TCM had been based upon the science of
observation; six thousand years of observation. In the latter half
of the 19th
century, western medicine began to take baby steps into empiricism.
Interestingly enough, it all came about because of homeopathy. Mark
Twain tells us: “The introduction of homeopathy forced the old
school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational
nature about his business.” ["A Majestic Literary Fossil,"
Harpers Magazine, Feb 1890.]
Physicians began using smaller dosages and kinder
methods. The two forms of medicine began blend and looked very much
the same to the average person. The art of medicine became a science
when it began testing. Pasteur suggested in 1859 that microorganisms
might cause diseases and just six years later Claude Bernard
published, Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine.
Two years later Joseph Lister published his work showing that he
could reduce post-operative infections by sterilizing the
instruments and operating room.
In the early 1880s Robert Koch isolated both the
Tuberculosis microorganism and the cholera microorganism, while
Edwin Klebs discovered the diphtheria microorganism. By 1890 an
effective diphtheria antitoxin had been developed, and just three
years later the first modern American medical school opened in
Baltimore: John Hopkins University Medical School.
Parke-Davis soon opened the first pharmaceutical
research laboratory in the country, but it was in Germany where
Aspirin was invented a few years later (using chemicals that had
been discovered by Hippocrates a couple thousand years earlier in
In 1910, in Germany, Dr Paul Erlich became the
Father of Chemotherapy (chemical/drug therapy) with his drug 606. It
was called 606 because there had been 605 previous failures; the
product of years of testing.
Dr Erlich and his staff created a drug, tested it,
modified the formula, and started over by modifying the drug. In
1911 he tested the final drug on patients with syphilis. The medical
community stood in awe as patent after patient was cured of this
deadly disease. However, three percent died from the drug.
The goal of any form of medicine is to heal the
sick and care for the dying: "Guerir quelquefois, soulager
souvent, consoler toujours" (To cure sometimes, to relieve
often, to comfort always.)
Even though many young physicians enter the
profession for ideological reasons, eventually most will have to
wake up to the simple fact that even they must make a living. Making
a living can eventually win out over any idealism, especially when
the physician cannot feed or clothe his family. Even while medicine
evolved and changed, it still had to compete with other forms. Not
willing to rely on the advent of scientific medicine to win out over
superstition and ignorance (perhaps because homeopathy, herbalism,
and nutrition were just as scientific if given objective testing)
regular medicine relied on forming alliances to became a political
organization with great influence. While the science of medicine
went through its early growing pains, the politics of medicine
rushed to create laws that promoted their agenda and wiped out the
Then came the death blow for all medical
competition. It began with a restructuring of the AMA, a new
platform, new plans, a study to certify medical institutions, near
bankruptcy, salvation as big money entered the picture, and ended
with the infamous Flexner Report.
The Rockefellers invested heavily in the
pharmaceutical industry and suddenly medical machinery was labeled
quackery. One machine that gave a slight electrical charge over
veins and arteries zapping germs, was shunned as quackery never to
be thoroughly tested because all the bets were on pharmaceuticals.
The only “machinery” to survive to modern times
were those that used radiation (x-rays machines being one). Radium,
when discovered, became a very profitable cancer cure, not because
it was effective (some feel that as few as one in one thousand
actually survived the therapy) but because physicians invested
heavily in radium mines.
At the turn of the 20th
century, the AMA came right out and admitted that competition was
destroying physicians’ incomes. From 1880 to 1903 the number of
regular medical schools had grown from 90 to 154. Anyone could hang
up a shingle and call himself a doctor. Chiropractic had just been
introduced into the mainstream, homeopathy was flourishing,
herbalists, nutritionists, and midwives all practiced their art, and
regular doctors just could not profit from their practice of
Though adjusting the spine had been around for
over 6000 years (in China), Chiropractic was still quite young at
the turn of the century. In fact, it had begun began almost
serendipitously in America.
first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September
18, 1895, more than 100 years ago, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a
teacher and healer who was born in Port Perry, Ontario. At the time,
Dr. Palmer was trying to understand the cause and effect of disease.
The patient, Harvey Lillard, was a janitor working in the same
building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard had been bent
over under the stairs, hurt his back and had complained of hearing
problems as a result for over 17 years. He allowed Dr. Palmer to
examine his spine to see if anything could be done. Dr. Palmer
discovered a "lump" on Mr. Lillard's back and suspected that a
vertebra might be out of "alignment" and "pinching" a nerve going to
Mr. Lillard's ears. With an admittedly unrefined chiropractic
technique, Dr. Palmer adjusted the vertebra with a gentle thrust.
After several such treatments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was
With the state governments unwilling to create
laws restricting the various healing arts, the AMA hired Joseph
McCormack, the secretary of the Kentucky State Board of health, to
“rouse the profession to lobby.” [Rockwell]
Additionally, the AMA got Dr G H Simmons to head
up its operation, and along with one more, P. Maxwell Foshay, these
three men devised a plan for the future. They were so convinced that
their plans would succeed, the AMA dropped the “consultation clause”
whereby members would be ousted for consulting with a homeopath,
from their rules and even allowed homeopaths to become members as
long as they stopped practicing homeopathy. Was the AMA opening up
its policies? Not in the least. Their plan had more efficient and
devious methods of destroying homeopathy and all competition.
The AMA began to bolster their ranks. Preaching
ethics (like not competing with other physicians or publishing your
prices) and decrying quackery (anything that competed with regular
medicine), McCormack traveled about the country and increased the
membership to the AMA by eight fold in just ten years.
Dr Simmons just happened to be the one of the
biggest quacks you could find in those days. His claims of having
earned his degree in Dublin, Ireland were totally bogus. The school
he professed to come from did not exist. He was famous mainly for
his self promotion. He was a journalist and a newspaper man who knew
how to drum up business. When homeopathy flourished, he was a
homeopath. When hydrotherapy flourished, he was a hydrotherapist. He
did eventually receive a mail-order diploma from Rush Medical
College, but he no longer needed any degree when he took over the
AMA. His job was to promote conventional medicine and destroy the
In 1904 Simmons helped create the Council on
Medical Education. When the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act was passed,
the AMA formed the Committee on Medical Legislation to support the
act. The Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry was formed in 1905 to
test the claims of medicines.
It was the Council on Medical Education that
devised a plan to rank medical schools throughout the country,
grading them on a scale from A to C. Working with sate medical
boards, by 1910 they succeeded in cutting the number of schools from
166 to 131.
But they ran out of money.
The Rockefellers had joined forces with the
Carnegie foundation to create an education fund. They were
approached by N P Colwell, the secretary of the AMA’s Council on
Medical Education, to finish the job they had started, but could no
Simon Flexnor, the director of the Rockefeller
Institute for Medical Research, proposed that his brother, Abraham
Flexnor, be hired to finish ranking medical schools. Abraham Flexnor
owned a bankrupt prep school and knew nothing about medicine. He
took his orders from the AMA and the two foundations.
Many historians feel that the Rockefellers were
truly the bad guys in this alliance, but Colter (Divided Legacy)
and Brown (Rockefeller's Medicine Men) seem to feel that John
D Rockefeller had been duped.
You see, John D Rockefeller was friend of
homeopathy. He referred to it as “a progressive and aggressive step
in medicine.” Rockefeller lived to the ripe old age of 99 using only
homeopathy in the latter part of his life.
John D Rockefeller had made major grants to
homeopathic institutions over the years, and gave specific
instructions to Fredrick Gates, his financial advisor, to continue
to do so. However, Gates was no friend to homeopathy, and all
subsequent grants went only to the orthodox medical institutions;
some 300 to 400 million dollars. [Brown, Rockefeller's Medicine
Men, Berkeley: University of California, 1979]
We do not know how Abraham Flexner was instructed
to conduct his ranking of medical schools. This was all hush-hush.
Supposedly he was to give a thorough investigation of all medical
schools and grade their curriculums.
With the AMA on the verge of bankruptcy and unable
to complete their initial study, in 1908 they met with Henry
Pritchett, president of the Carnegie Foundation and heavily invested
in the pharmaceutical industry. Pritchett laid out the funding to
complete the study, thus becoming
Abraham Flexner’s puppet master.
Flexner went through medical schools faster than
Sherman ran through the South. Historians point out that he
investigated 69 schools in just 90 days. Years later he would admit
to knowing nothing about medical education.
And though we cannot know his exact instructions
in the conduct of this investigation, we can surely guess with
accuracy what he must have been told to do by the outcome of the
Schools teaching nutrition, naturopathy, or
herbalism did not pass (schools teaching Bernard’s Terrain
therapy were in this group).
Schools teaching homeopathy did not pass.
Schools that admitted blacks did not pass (except
for two that admitted only blacks).
Schools admitting Jews got lower than average
grades (resulting in a 30% reduction in Jews graduating)
Schools that admitted women got lower than
average grades (resulting in a 33% reduction in women
graduating). [Paul Starr, The Social Transformation of
American Medicine, New York: Basic, 1982.]
Schools that were “commercial institutions” (able
to function entirely by student fees) did not pass.
One might ask why the latter, commercial medical
institutions, would be attacked, but you must realize the simple
fact that money buys influence. If an institution did not
need the Rockefeller/Carnegie money, then the Rockefellers and
Carnegie foundations could not influence the curriculum. That would
not do. The dynamic duo had millions of grant dollars to spread
around and this was an investment. An investment and nothing less.
With the release of the Flexner Report, the AMA
(now recharged with Carnegie money) lobbied heavily, both at the
federal and state levels. The report concluded that: “The
chiropractics, the mechano therapists, and several others...are
unconscionable quacks... The public prosecutor and grand jury are
the proper agencies for dealing with them.” Within the next 30
years, 1500 chiropractors would be prosecuted for practicing
Within three years of the release of the Flexner
Report, 25 medical schools closed. Altogether, because of the
earlier efforts and then the release of the Flexner Report the
number of medical schools dropped from 650 to 50.
Private hospitals declined in number from an
estimated 2441 in 1910 to 1076 in 1946.
Homeopaths, splintered and refusing to become
political, began to lose favor. Medical schools teaching homeopathy
changed their curriculums to follow the guidelines promoted in the
Flexner Report, and though they might have produced a better
student, their homeopathy studies suffered and they produced second
The 22 homeopathic medical schools that flourished
in 1900 dwindled to just 2 in 1923. By 1950 all schools teaching
homeopathy were closed.
If a physician did not graduate from a Flexner
approved medical school, he couldn’t find a job. New licensing laws
required that medical schools be certified.
By 1925 10,000 herbalists were out of business.
The AMA’s coordinated efforts to crush competition
did not end with the Flexner Report. The Council on Pharmacy and
Chemistry’s main purpose was to get rid of all over-the-counter
medications and treatments that did not require a doctor’s visit.
Unbeknownst to the public, the AMA had been fixing
prices. The sudden drop in certified physicians in the country just
wasn’t enough, in the eyes of the AMA. They began ousting physicians
working for companies that tried to provide health care for their
workers. They outlawed the process of “contracting out.”
Hospitals that did not fix their prices lost AMA
accreditation. In Illinois near riots broke out when a journalist
published “secret fee increases.”
If a patient did not pay his medical bills,
especially if he was dissatisfied with the treatment, he was
blacklisted and refused further treatment till he paid up.
Charities and churches were attacked by the AMA
for giving free medical care to the poor. A huge lobbying effort
allowed the AMA to oversee the State Board of Charities, which led
to diminished free care; the board could impose fines and jail terms
for anyone giving treatment without first getting the patient’s
The AMA lobbied to stop pharmacists from treating
patients and in nearly every state these laws passed. Soon they had
to lobby again to stop pharmacists from refilling prescriptions at
the request of the patient.
The Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations showered
hundreds of millions of dollars on medical schools that followed the
AMA model. This buys them control of curriculum. The curriculum is
drug based. Students learn nothing about health; they learn about
disease and the drugs used to cure them (though the word cure is
used lightly since few drugs actually cured an illness but instead
I was, for a period, a professor of Therapeutics and
Pharmacology, and I knew from experience that students were obliged
then by me and by others to learn about an interminable number of
drugs, many of which were valueless, many of them useless, some
probably even harmful.... [Dr. David Edsall, former dean of Harvard
By 1934, the AMA House of Delegates published this
statement: “All features of medical service in any method of medical
practice should be under the control of the medical profession. No
other body or individual is legally or educationally equipped to
exercise such control." Their goal, nearly completely realized, was
a total monopoly of medical practices. Through its influence on the
government, the AMA had come to control education, licensure,
treatment options, and price.
Let’s take a break here to sum up where are and
how we got here; by 1935:
homeopathy had fallen from favor not because of
science, but because homeopaths refused to unite and one of
Rockefeller’s subordinates who controlled grant money did not
happen to like homeopathy;
other healing modalities, mechanical devices,
nutrition, midwifery, naturopathy, herbalism, hydropathy, had
been quashed by Abraham Flexnor who had no scientific training,
no medical background, but had been equipped with
the terrain theory of medicine had lost out to the
germ theory of medicine because Abraham Flexnor (untrained in
the sciences) preferred the latter;
chiropractic had been criminalized for decades
(finally winning their case before the
Supreme Court in 1987 because of
conventional medicine’s own research proving its
the only acceptable medicine practiced
(licensed, controlled) is based upon the use of morbid drugs,
surgery, and, newly discovered, “radiation;”
and medicine had finally become enormously
profitable (allowing numerous entrepreneurs to enter the field
such as Alfred P Sloan, president of General Motors, and Charles
Kettering, automobile genius responsible for ignition systems,
starters, lights, etcetera, who together had financial ties to
the Rockefellers, chemical companies, pharmaceuticals, and the
list goes on).
We in American take pride in the advances science
has brought us, and yet, when we look back on how medicine in this
country evolved into what it is today, as outlined above, we know its
had nothing to do with science and had everything to do with
Let's jump ahead to 1962.
Few people have ever heard of homeopathy,
herbalism, or naturopathy. Dieticians have replaced nutritionists.
We’ve just made it through the worst modern epidemic since the
Spanish flu; a polio epidemic.
Rachel Carson has just published her book,
Silent Spring in which, among other things, she questions our
use of chemicals and their connection to cancers. Rachel Carson has
just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
A new sleeping pill, Thalidomide, is found to have
caused birth defects in thousands of babies born in Western Europe.
Although the FDA has kept Thalidomide out of the US market, there is
strong public support for stronger drug regulations.
Drug companies quickly throng to Washington
lobbying for stricter controls and the Kefauver-Harris Drug
Amendments Pass with ease. These new laws will ensure the safety of
any drug entering the US market. Incidentally, because of these
laws, new drugs must now prove effectiveness.
No one, outside the pharmaceutical circles,
expected this, but the amendments pass with ease and suddenly the
cost of bringing a new drug to market has skyrocketed.
One might ask: why would the pharmaceutical
companies lobby to increase their costs? Some cynics might answer
that these costs will be subsidized by the government, and to a
degree, they would be correct. All things being equal, the
simplest answer is the best: raising the bar would prohibit
How many small companies can afford to spend
(today) a billion dollars to bring a drug to market? [Editor's Note:
as of Nov, 2013 it is
estimated that it costs five billion dollars to bring a drug to
How many herbalists could afford to prove that
something growing alongside a highway or in your backyard might cure
Who in their right mind would spend a billion
dollars to prove an herbal remedy does anything when those costs
could never be recouped?
No one. Nada. Zilch.
Competition to drug therapies is virtually wiped
Drug companies liked the new regulations,
especially because the FDA now took the responsibility for passing
their drugs onto consumers. Should a drug make it to market that
proves later to be dangerous, the onus would fall on the FDA and not
necessarily on the drug company. The passage of Kefauver-Harris
allowed the FDA to exert complete control over a smaller, but
monolithic drug market.
The Kefauver-Harris Act gave the FDA greater
control over prescription drugs, new drugs, and experimental drugs,
as well as oversight of prescription drug advertising. With all
competition crushed and medicine focusing mainly on pharmaceuticals,
this act is considered by many to be the single factor most
responsible for the high cost of health care today, that is until
the inception of HMO's and insurance plans.
Or, to give you a little different angle on the
situation, what began as an open door policy between the FDA, the
pharmaceutical interests, and the AMA has reached its ultimate
conclusion: all three are in bed together.
The thing that bugs me is that people think the FDA
is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing and what the
public thinks it's doing are as different as night and day. [Former
FDA Commissioner Dr Herbert Ley]
The Medical Monopoly is here and now — 1962 —
firmly established. From here on, it must be protected against any
and all competition by the FDA and AMA, and soon by CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, the pharmaceutical cartel
in sheep's clothing.
With the recent rise of interest in alternative or
complimentary medicine, or a re-discovery, if you please, all the
blockades, hindrances, obstacles, and tactics designed to stop their
progression are set in place. Modern medicine is a well armed
Years of research (very bad research) papers
written to debunk nutrition, homeopathy, and naturopathy have been
compiled, categorized, and indexed. State medical boards have been
their given instructions. If a physician steps outside his tightened
circle of practice and uses nutrition or some other form of medicine
deemed unworthy by the medical monopoly, s/he is threatened
and punished. The state might not be able to prove incompetence or
quackery, but the medical boards can, using their internal tribunal
system, continue to harass the physician and force him into
bankruptcy and s/he goes broke defending her/his practice. Medical
boards are part of the government. They have very deep pockets and
few risks or repercussions when they take on an offending physician.
Outside agencies purportedly representing the
consumer, pretending to protect the consumer, but who are financed
by the medical monopoly, such as the Quackbusters, can initiate a
SLAPP suit. A SLAPP suite is a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public
Participation, and is used to stop the public from interfering with
big business interests. Though the lawsuits filed the by the
Quackbusters (Quackpots) are ostensibly filed to protect the public,
they are in effect SLAPP suits designed to stop a practitioner (and
his patients—oddly enough “the public”) from using a therapy that
threatens the profits of the medical monopoly.
With the FDA today running a protection racket for the drug companies
rather than protecting consumers, safe
alternatives are targeted. They've been the target of FDA raids
since the fifties.
Prior to the fifties, before the FDA had assumed the roll of the
“enforcer,” medicine had to work underground to destroy its
competition. In the thirties, when Dr
Royal Rife devised an inexpensive, non-drug cure for some of our most dangerous
illnesses, Morris Fishbein, a man who ran the AMA and ruled over
medicine for nearly 50 years, approached Rife asking for
controlling interest in Rife’s technology, or else. Rife turned him down.
Soon afterwards, coincidentally, two of Rife’s offices, on opposite sides of the continent,
burned down. His research was stolen, his microscopes were destroyed
(they were the only microscopes in history to allow us to view a
live virus; they have never been rebuilt) and many people who had
worked with Rife and dared to use his methods wound up dead. Dr
Milbank Johnson, a supporter of Rife, was poisoned. We’ve found
sites claiming that he’d died of a heart attack and that he’d split
with Rife, but anyone can re-write history today; just buy a web
In the fifties, the FDA now had the authority it
needed to protect the medical monopoly. Medicine no longer had to
surreptitiously destroy careers and dump bodies in the East River
(figuratively). The FDA could arm its agents and work the will of
the medical elite.
- 1950s, Maine: Wilhelm
Reich, M.D., in one of the most infamous cases of FDA
racketeering, was railroaded through the courts for his
unorthodox views on medicine, politics, and society in general.
His books and research journals were burned, and Dr. Reich died
in prison. The FDA harassed many associated with Reich, and
carried out invasions of these individuals' homes without
warrant or court order, typical of the raids conducted during
the McCarthy period. Reich is the author of The Mass
Psychology of Fascism.
- 1950s, US: Harry Hoxsey's
herbal formulas for the treatment of cancer and his clinic were
targeted by the FDA after Hoxsey refused to sell his formula to
Morris Fishbein, president of the AMA. The formulas were used in
dozens of clinics across the USA during the 1950s. While Harry Hoxsey served time in prison, one of the physicians working for
the AMA who put him away was diagnosed with cancer and attended
one of Harry’s clinics for therapy.
- 1958: Max Gerson's was just
about to publish his evidence that dietary treatments for cancer
were successful when the FDA began harassing him; his clinic
eventually had to move to Mexico.
- 1985, Texas. FDA seized
200,000 medical and research documents forcing Burzynski to pay
to make copies. Dr Burzynski of Houston, Texas, was harassed by
the FDA and Texas Medical Board over a period 17 years because
of his pioneering and controversial use of a preparation he
calls "antineoplastons" in the treatment of otherwise
untreatable brain tumors.
It all began in 1983, when the FDA filed a civil suit in federal
court to stop Dr Burzynski from manufacturing or treating
patients with antineoplastons. Judge McDonald specifically
declined to prevent Dr. Burzynski from treating patients in
Texas, because she recognized that Burzynski's intrastate
operations were not proper areas of jurisdiction for the FDA.
In January 1982, Dr. Richard J. Crout of the FDA stated: "I
never have and never will approve a new drug to an individual,
but only to a large pharmaceutical firm with unlimited
- 1987 Florida: The FDA
alleged that The Life Extension Foundation was selling
unapproved drugs (vitamins) and seized $500,000 worth of
vitamins, computers, files, newsletters, and personal
belongings. They ripped phones out of the walls and terrorized
the employees. The foundations leaders, Saul Kent and William
Faloon, were indicted on 28 criminal counts (with Maximum prison
time of 84 years in November, 1991. Case is still pending.
- 1988 Illinois: Traco Labs,
Inc. The FDA claimed that black currant oil was an unsafe food
additive. FDA seized two drums of black currant oil as well as a
large quantity of the encapsulated product. On Jan. 28, 1993,
the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against FDA. The judge said that
FDA's definition of food additive is too broad that even water
added to food would be considered a food additive.
- 1988 Utah: Pets Smell Free,
Inc. sold a product called Smell Free that was designed to
prevent pets from giving off foul odor. The FDA called it an
unsafe, unapproved drug and seized the entire inventory and
business records. PSF won in court several times but in July,
1994 FDA won on appeal, FDA wants PSF to sign consent decree but
they have refused.
- 1990 OR: The FDA raided
Highland Labs claiming that product literature making false
claims was being shipped with products to customers. The FDA
said these made COQ10 and GeOXY-132, unapproved drugs. They
removed everything except the office furniture and threatened
the employees with violence if they tried to enter the
laboratory. After spending $250,000 in legal fees, defendant was
forced to plead guilty to selling unapproved new drugs and got
six months house arrest along with a $5,000 fine.
- 1990, California: Solid
Gold Pet Foods: The FDA had been harassing Sissy
Harrington-McGill over labels on her holistic pet food products.
The FDA raided and ransacked the pet food store without a search
warrant. FDA agents stated that her pet store literature
claiming that vitamins would keep pets healthy was a violation
of the Health Claims Law, which had never been passed by
Congress. Ms. Harrington-McGill requested a trial by jury, which
she did not get, and was convicted, slapped into leg irons and
served 114 days in a Maximum Security Federal prison. McGill
sued the Department of Justice and won a victory on Feb. 20,
1992. She expects to file a $25,000,000 lawsuit against the FDA.
- 1990, Nevada: The Century
Clinic, which administered chelation therapy, homeopathy, and
nutritional supplements, was raided twice by FDA and Postal
Service inspectors. First, the premises were ransacked and
almost all supplies and equipment removed. After no charges were
filed against the clinic by the FDA, Century Clinic sued the FDA
for return of the seized property. The FDA retaliated with a
second raid more extensive than the first, extending to the
private homes of the businesses owners and employees. Again, no
charges were filed by the FDA.
- 1990, Arizona: Mailing
literature on behalf of vitamin companies with no advance
warning, 5 armed agents backed by an armed policeman raided H.A.
Lyons mailing Service, a home-based business run by a young
woman. The owner convinced the agents not to seize her checkbook
and cash. They did seize all her business records and
literature. No charges were filed. She moved away from Arizona.
- 1991, Tijuana, Mexico:
Jimmy Keller was kidnapped from a Mexican hospital by bounty
hunters hired by the US Justice Department. Keller worked with
cancer patients that conventional medicine had given up on. He
was convicted of wire fraud and trying to attract patients from
the US and sentenced to two years in prison.
- 1991 Nebraska: The FDA
raided Scientific Botanicals and seized herbal extract products
and literature sent to physicians for alleged labeling
violations. The FDA forced the company to stop using its
patented trade names lest they “mislead the consumer.” The FDA
slowly released all seized products, forcing the company to
comply with all demands under threat of being shut down. The
company refuses to talk about their case for fear of reprisal.
- 1991: Idaho: The FDA
claimed that vitamin products sold by Thorne Research were
“unapproved drugs.” An FDA agent and 3 US Marshall's seized the
company's entire stock of $20,000 worth of products and 11,000
pieces of literature intended for physicians. Thorne initially
notified District Court that it would fight, but gave up as the
expiration date on the seized products was approaching and it
became too expensive to continue. The company no longer
publishes any literature.
- 1991, California: FDA
agents raided Nutricology, seized their bank accounts and shut
them down for 2 days, charging them with wire fraud, mail fraud,
selling unapproved drugs, unsafe food additives, and misbranded
drugs. Twelve armed agents conducted an exhaustive search of the
company's offices and warehouse. On May 23, 1991 Federal Judge
D. Lowell Jensen denied the FDA's request for a Preliminary
Injunction. On Sep. 10, 1991, the FDA appealed to the 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals, but was again denied. On Sep. 23, 1993
Judge Jensen denied the FDA's motion for summary judgment and
granted Nutricology's motion to eliminate the wire and mail
fraud charges. It cost Nutricology half a million dollars to
- 1992, Washington state: FDA
agents, along with local authorities, raided and terrorized the
medical clinic of Jonathan Wright, M.D. The raid was initiated
ostensibly because of a batch of contaminated B-vitamins, even
though it had no connections to Wright's clinic. In spite of
this, the FDA agents [armed] removed most of the clinic's
contents and terrorizing patients and treating them like
criminals. In Oct. 1992, Wright filed suit in district court
charging unlawful search and seizure and demanded his property
back. In response, the FDA convened a Federal Grand Jury and
subpoenaed Wright's clinic records. No charges have yet been
filed. When the local authorities finally realized what they had
been a part of, the sheriff stated that that was the last time
he would work with “those FDA Storm troopers.”
- 1992, California: David
Halpern, several of his family members, and the presidents of
three European vitamin companies are charged with 198 counts of
conspiracy and smuggling for importing banned nutritional
supplements; supplements that are freely available in Britain
and Germany. The charges carry a potential prison term of 990
- 1992, Texas: The FDA
directed the Texas Department of Health and Texas Department of
Food and Drug to raid a chain of over a dozen major health food
stores known as Ye Seekers. Over 250 products were seized from
the shelves, including vitamin C, zinc, herbs, aloe vera, and
flaxseed oil. Following a massive public outcry, the health food
store owners reported that FDA had threatened them, saying,
"Don't talk to the press, or we'll come down on you twice as
hard." No charges were ever filed by the FDA and no products
were ever returned. Ye Seekers noted that Ginsana was seized
from them at the same time it was being advertised on the Larry
King TV show.
- 1992, California: FDA
claims that Gerovital (GH-3), which
Mihai Popescu sold, is an
“unapproved drug.” Eight FDA and customs agents raided Popescu’s
house with guns drawn, holding his 8-month pregnant wife and 83
year old grandfather at gun point for 10 hours. They seized his
computer and business records and $5,000 worth of GH-3. Popescu
went to prison for 11 months.
- 1992 Utah: During a routine
inspection, the FDA seized a quantity of evening primrose oil,
both encapsulated and in bulk from Natures Way, a large
manufacturer. They also seized a truckload of primrose oil on
the road. The FDA claimed it was an unapproved food additive.
Nature's Way filed a lawsuit to get their product back, but was
forced to remove the vitamin E from it because the FDA said that
Vitamin E has not been approved as a food additive for evening
- 1992, California: The FDA
seized $15,000 worth of Hsaio Yao Tea (in pill form), kit is
thought, in an attempt to strike back at acupuncturists who are
taking a lot of business away from conventional doctors. The
seized herbs were shipped back to China by the FDA after they
had rotted. No charges were ever filed and Dr. Lee is still in
- 1993, USA: Dozens of
natural healing clinics, health food stores and natural product
manufacturers throughout the U.S. were assaulted by combined
forces from the FDA, DEA, IRS, Customs, and US Postal Service in
commando-style SWAT raids. Stocks of vitamins and herbs were
confiscated, along with automobiles, and computers. They also
targeted the mailing lists of customers and clients. The Postal
Service assisted by blocking all mail to some of the businesses,
effectively preventing them from continuing any business and
from conducting effective legal defense.
- 1993, Wisconsin: Opticians
and ophthalmologists pressured FDA into an armed raid of Natural
Vision International with two federal marshals to seize 17,000
pairs of pinhole glasses, which exercise and strengthen the
eyes. The charge was that NVI had failed to file a pre-market
application with FDA. NVI notes that a pinhole is not a lens.
Despite the fact that NVI submitted hundreds of testimonials
from satisfied customers, the FDA drove them out of business by
not returning their stock of over $200,000 worth of pin hole
- 1993, California: Kirwin
Whitnah promoted the sale of deprenyl, which the FDA considered
an “unapproved drug.” His house was raided at gun point when he
wasn't home, terrorizing a woman staying at the house. They
found no deprenyl. They seized his computer, business records,
mailing list, literature, and $4,500 in money orders. No charges
were filed, but Whitnah was driven out of business. Today
deprenyl is a food supplement, but classified as a drug in
Norway, Japan, the UK and other countries. 1993, Texas: The FDA
was looking for deprenyl citrate, a non toxic supplement. They
entered Waco Natural Foods with a search warrant wearing plain
clothes. They searched for 4 hours and seemed most interested in
possible links to businesses in the Seattle area. As soon as Mr.
Wiggins, the owner, told the FDA his attorney was a well known
defender and prior District Attorney in the WACO area, they
apologized for the raid and left with some documents. No charges
were filed and the store hasn't been raided since.
- 1993: California: Hospital
Santa Monica is an alternative cancer hospital in Mexico that
competes with mainstream hospitals in the US. They were accused
of distributing unapproved drugs. More than 50 federal agents
with guns drawn raided the hospital office in San Diego and
seized a tractor trailer of business records, patient charts,
and computers. They also searched employees’ homes and seized
$80,000 found in the owners safe. Over $300,000 was taken from
the bank accounts of hospital and two vitamin companies. Friends
kept the Hospital afloat with cash gifts. The two vitamin
companies were sold at a loss. Donsbach was forced into
bankruptcy. No charges have been filed.
- 1993, New Mexico: Alleged
“misbranding” of “illegal drugs” led 5 FDA agents, a Federal
Marshall, and a PR specialist to enter International Nutrition
Inc with video cameras, instead of guns, in an effort to prevent
a public backlash. The FDA seized $1,000,000 worth of vitamin
raw materials and products formulated by Dr. Hans Nieper of
Germany. Also seized were computers and business records.
International Nutrition Inc lost 80 percent of its business
since the raid and had to lay off 80% of its work force. Because
they had advertised their product as a cure for cancer, the
owner was convicted of selling unapproved new drugs across state
lines. The company and owner were both fined and the owner was
put on probation for five years.
- 1993, Michigan: Zerbo's
Health Food Store was raided because the owner, a 78 year-old
man, was the alleged selling GH-3 to special customers. Armed
U.S. Marshall's and FDA agents cleaned off shelves of coenzyme
Q-10, selenium, carnitine, and GH-3. Mr Zerbo and his daughter
Claire, the store manager, were indicted on charges of “illegal
drug trafficking.” Claire Zerbo wanted to fight her indictment,
but chose not to do so because the FDA threatened her aging,
78-year-old father, who has Parkinson's disease, with 7 years in
prison. Because of her fear that her father would die in prison,
they both pleaded guilty. GH-3 is now considered a supplement. [www.rmhiherbal.org/a/f.ahr6.fda.html
None of these raids were
necessary; most were way too violent and illegal. Only International
Nutrition’s raid was justified, and hardly that. It is illegal to
advertise that you have a cancer cure. You can list testimonials,
give the supplement’s history, but you cannot claim it cures cancer,
and anyone who does this should be reminded that it is illegal.
So, there you have it. You now
know where we stand and how we got here.
And you still want the
government to give us all universal access to health care? Access to
this form of health care?
I doubt it. Most of us, when
asked the proper question, will answer: we want real health care.
We want real, scientific, health
There is a new and dangerous
enemy to your health encircling the globe, and it’s not Bird Flu,
Swine Flu, or H1N1. It
is called Codex Alimentaris. It purports to protect the public. But,
again, as always, the public has never asked for this protection. It
purports to have solutions to problems, but they are problems CODEX
has invented. For example, CODEX has set out to define the maximum
(upper limits) for vitamins and supplements, as defined by
“science.” CODEX purports to protect us from dangerous amounts of
supplements and vitamins.
Let us quickly step back and
define the term “medical science.”
Science is methodology, or, to
put it simpler, testing. One tests
something, against a control, to determine the results. Do we use
this science in medicine? Yes.
Then what’s the problem?
The outcome of a study can be
skewed. One law is: The result of any study is skewed proportionally
to the amount of money to be gained or lost.
Recent infamous studies stand as
great examples of how far the medical monopoly will go to convince
the public that alternatives are worthless at best and deadly at
Study: in the early nineties a long term study concluded
that antioxidants did nothing to protect people against cancer.
Headlines appeared in all major newspapers. However, it soon
became clear that the study was so flawed as to be laughable.
The dosages were very small and not prescribed according to the
subjects life style; vitamins used were synthetic; people who
dropped out of the study were included in the stats. The study
was designed so poorly, that one conclusion they'd arrived at,
that was actually correct, was completely overlooked and had to
wait 12 more years to be accepted: If you smoke, do NOT take
beta-carotene; it's deadly.
Echinacea Study: the
only form was pill form from a multilevel marketing company; the
echinacea was used contrary to years of herbal history. The
study was published in JAMA and made all the headlines.
Deadly Vitamin E: the
vitamin E used was synthetic alpha tocopherol. Calling synthetic
alpha tocopherol vitamin E is like calling synthetic vegetable protein
Women’s Health Initiative
study on Dietary Fats: this is the latest bad science to
come out of the National Institutes of Health, at a cost of $415
million dollars to you. The conclusion, making the headlines,
tell us that low-fat diets do not protect us against cancer,
heart disease, or strokes. The study was a waste of time: the
differences in diets were not wide enough to get a statistically
significant result, and all fats were considered the same, from
beef tallow, to corn oil, to trans fats. This in itself proves
the ignorance of our government. Apparently they have no clue
about healing fats (coconut, palm, olive, flax, and fish) and
the others. The question each of us must ask is: do they want us
to know about coconut oil and palm oil, and flax and fish oils (and
how they heal heart disease and prevent cancer)? How many
statin drugs would be sold if everyone took flax and fish oils
or mixed tocotrienols?
Science is blind. True science
does not care whether the outcome is positive or negative. True
science does not care whether an herb, a food, or a drug is being
tested. True science has a scientific
foundation; science is methodology.
Modern medicine does not
have a scientific foundation. We’ve just demonstrated this. Who in their
right mind would try to convince anyone that drugs are good and
nutrition is bad?
Yet this is what we’ve been told and this is what the average person
believes. Fortunately, this might be changing.
Because true science is based
upon a logical and rational foundation, fixing non existent problems
(as CODEX plans) is not scientific, it’s political.
We do not get sick because we do
not have drugs coursing through our blood stream.
We get sick because
we do not have the proper nutrition in our bodies (we are what we
We get sick because we have
chemicals in our bodies that were never meant to be there; that our
bodies were never meant to contain, handle, or use.
Some of the chemicals that make
us sick and kill us are the same chemicals that were supposedly
created to “cure” us. It is estimated that two hundred thousand
American lives are lost yearly due to pharmaceutical medicines. This
is considered a “low” estimate.
One paper that everyone should
Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies.
It was published in 1978 by the government’s Office of Technical
Assessment. Its conclusion is simple: of all medical procedures in
use at that time (most are still in use) 80% were never tested, and
of those 20% that were tested, more than half were tested badly.
(For more on those procedures that weren’t tested, and those that
have been tested since, see our articles on
When science is done properly,
any experiment or study that is repeated will produce predictable
results. Science is designed to predict outcome.
One of the greatest frauds
pulled off on our public today is the overdosing of our elderly.
Give a person three drugs and all double blind studies are out the
window; no doctor on earth can tell what the interactions will
cause, yet many of our seniors are being forced to take upwards of
8, 10, 12 drugs.
This is quackery; this is fraud;
this is murder.
Science tells us that lowering
cholesterol will not prevent heart disease, prevent a heart attack,
or extend lifespan. Yet cholesterol lowering drugs are one of the
drug cartels’ greatest profit makers.
Science has very little to do
with our medicine. Our medicine is profit based, not science based.
CODEX is made up of
pharmaceutical cartels. Its desire to save us from dangerous
vitamins and supplements is self-induced. No one has requested this
help. People are dying in droves because of drugs, not because
they’ve overdosed on Vitamin C or echinacea.
We are told in FDA talking
points that CODEX is not creating laws, but that they are only developing recommendations. However, in Germany, Great Briton, Canada, and
elsewhere, these recommendations have, surprisingly, become law.
Which was no surprise to many of us.
Because we live in a world where
corporations matter more than people, we kowtow to the corporocracy
and continually, acceptingly, put the wolves in charge of the
CODEX, in a real and rational
world, has no right to study vitamins and supplements. The medical
monopoly, in a real and rational world, has no right to define
The government’s job is to
protect the people, not profits.
Yet the FDA has already outlawed
Yeast Rice and is currently (2006) being asked by Wyeth
Pharmaceuticals to restrict the sale of bioidentical hormones (plant
estrogens and natural progesterone). Why? Women aren't buying into
the HRT protocols anymore because the risks are ridiculous. Women
are dying from HRT and the FDA, the government, wants to protect
Wythe Pharmaceutical's profits, and not women.
Who exactly is this government? I seem
to recall something about “by the people, of the people, and for the
The health care crisis is
killing the people. Health care is killing the people. Dr
Carolyn Dean MD, ND, author of
Death By Modern Medicine, after analyzing
government databases and peer review journals concluded thus: "I
found that 784,000 people are dying annually, prematurely, due to
modern medicine, intervention." She adds that this too is a low
estimate due to the medical monopoly under-reporting, or as the
adage goes: A doctor buries his mistakes.
The main point here is
this: Medicine is, in most probability, the leading cause of death
in America. A secondary point is this: if we sit back and let CODEX,
the FDA, and the AMA run roughshod over our rights as citizens, it
will only get worse.
Any solution to the health care
crisis must come from the people, not the government, especially not
from a government that has been hell-bent on protecting the moneyed
interests and continued protection of the medical monopoly it’s
spent 200 years helping to create.
“Problems cannot be
solved at the same level of awareness that created
them.” Albert Einstein
True Health Care
True health care begins with
proper nutrition. Nutritional therapies are not an alternative
form of medicine. Conventional medicine is the alternative.
Nutrition is the first, foremost and ultimate medicine. It is the one most
important factor of real health.
If you do not believe this, then
your life, after thirty, will be filled with trips to the doctor, a
degenerative illness (or two or three), lots of drugs to mask the
symptoms, and, in far too many cases,
a long painful hospital stay ending in death: or you might get lucky
and drop dead with a heart attack.
Our health care dollars must be
focused on prevention. Do we need to study this to prove that
prevention is successful? Not one bit. Just look at those societies
that focus on prevention. Health care costs are a fraction of ours,
and longevity in those countries is greater. The quality of those
extra years is greater too.
Freedom of choice is a must in
true health care. The AMA can license its regular physicians, but
naturopaths, homeopaths, nutritionists, herbalists, shamans, hands
on healers, and spiritual healers must be free to practice their art
with no interference from the government or any “superior” form of
medicine. If I want a half naked shaman dancing around my room
tossing chicken feathers in the air, I must be allowed that choice.
A government that forces a medical procedure upon its citizens is
We must be protected from fraud,
but not by the AMA, conventional medicine, the pharmaceutical
cartels, or a government that is in collusion with any of them.
In every state, a panel of
experts should be created consisting of a representative of the AMA,
a representative of the American College for the Advancement of
Medicine, a homeopath, an osteopath, a chiropractor, a naturopath, a
nutritionist, and an herbalist. Before any lawsuit can be filed
against a practitioner, it must pass this panel by a unanimous
decision before it can be adjudicated in court of law or sent to an
internal tribunal established by the medical boards.
In other words, only the clients
of a practitioner may file a law suit against that practitioner, and
that practitioner will be granted a fair and impartial hearing,
which is the right of every individual; a right that no one, no
group, no special interest may ever take away or abrogate.
This is the only real fix for
health care. Anything less is a Band-Aid that will solve nothing,
cure nothing, and end only in reinforcing the unscientific,
un-American, unholy medical monopoly.
Presently we are told we are
fighting for freedom in Iraq. We don’t even have medical freedom in
America, and yet our soldiers are fighting and dying for freedoms
References and Further Reading:
Healing of Cancer: The Cures the Cover-Ups and the Solution Now! by
Barry Lynes - a great book on how the American Cancer Society
misleads the American public and collects over 350 million dollars a
year in contributions, and how part of the money is used against
innovative cancer researchers, how the FDA conspires to stop
promising treatments, and much more.
The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression by Barry Lynes - A
very thorough story of Roy Rife.
World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17 by G. Edward Griffin
- Exposé of an alternative natural way to prevent and cure cancer
through nutrition, and the forces in government and in large
pharmaceutical firms that are fighting to keep the secret from us.
Dean, Carolyn, MD, ND,
Death By Modern Medicine,
Ronald Hamowy, “The Early Development of Medical
Licensing Laws in the United States, 1875-1900,” Journal of
Libertarian Studies 3, no. 1 (1979): 73-119;
John C. Goodman, "The Regulation of Medical Care: Is
The Price Too High?” CATO Institute, (1980)
Roger LeRoy Miller,
The Economics of Public Issues,
8th ed., Harper & Row (1990)
Dallas Cooley, M.D., “How Do You Know Your Doctor Is
Not a Quack?,” Reason, August 1980.
John C. Goodman and Gerald Musgrave, "Patient Power:
Solving America’s Health Care Crisis," the CATO Institute.
"A Majestic Literary Fossil,"
Harpers Magazine, Feb 1890.
"Medical Licensure," 1994.
Control, Medical Corruption
Condensed History of Homeopathy
What Is Chiropractic?
Stop FDA attempts to restrict availability of herbs
and natural products
of FDA raids (Reprinted from Life Extension Magazine)
Women in Medicine
We want to thank
Dr Lawrence D. Wilson, MD for finding the licensing quotations.
His site is highly
recommended for those researching medical freedom: