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Modern Medicine: How Healing Illness became Managing Symptoms for Profit
by Tony M. Isaacs
(The Best Years in Life) For over 6000 years, man looked first to nature to heal illness and maintain wellness. As a result of a deliberate and often sinister plan, the past century and a half has seen curing illness with nature replaced with managing sickness and treating the symptoms of illness in a system that places profits far above healing and humanity.
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 to it.
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 are unconstitutional.
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 healing art.
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 Prize-winning economist.
"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 licensing laws protect the consumer against fraud, then this simple question begs for an answer:
Why is it the consumer has never asked for any of these laws?
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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 people.
"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 mainstream.
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.
The Genesis of the AMA
1847: Regular physicians united and formed the American Medical Association.
The professed reasons for the association sounded worthy enough: 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 U.S."
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:
"The 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.”
One of the first programs of the newly established AMA was embark on a "quack hunt" to hunt down and eliminate competition.
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.
As reported by Goodman and Musgrave, “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 homeopath.
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 from those days involves a physician by the name of William H. Holcombe. When he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Holcomb 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 his wife's."
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.”
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 said, “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 to 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 willow bark).
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 patient 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 competition.
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 medicine.
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 almost serendipitously in America.
The 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 restored.
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 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 competition.
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 longer fund.
Simon Flexner, the director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, proposed that his brother, Abraham Flexner, be hired to finish ranking medical schools. Abraham Flexner 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.
John D. Rockefeller believed in 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]
No one knows 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 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 one cannot know his exact instructions in the conduct of this investigation, one can surely guess with accuracy what he must have been told to do by the outcome of the Flexner Report.
· 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 two foundations had millions of grant dollars to spread around which they regarded not as philanthropy, but rather as investments.
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 “quackery.”
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 rate homeopaths.
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 financial status.
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 suppressed symptoms).
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 medical school.]
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.
To sum up, by 1935:
1. 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;
2. Other healing modalities, mechanical devices, nutrition, midwifery, naturopathy, herbalism, hydropathy, had been quashed by Abraham Flexner who had no scientific training, no medical background, but had been equipped with “instructions;”
3. The terrain theory of medicine had lost out to the germ theory of medicine because Abraham Flexner (untrained in the sciences) preferred the latter;
4. 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 effectiveness);
5. The only acceptable medicine practiced (licensed, controlled) is based upon the use of morbid drugs, surgery, and, newly discovered, “radiation”, and
6. 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).
Americans take pride in the advances science has brought them, and yet, when one looks back on how medicine in this country evolved into what it is today, as outlined above, it becomes apparent that its evolution had nothing to do with science and had everything to do with politics.
Jump ahead to the year 1962.
Few people have ever heard of homeopathy, herbalism, or naturopathy. Dieticians have replaced nutritionists. America has 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, which played right into the hands of an even larger group of profit oriented businesses who were determined to control mainstream medications - the big drug companies..
Big Drug Companies and the FDA:
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 passed with ease and suddenly the cost of bringing a new drug to market has skyrocketed.
Perhaps no single statement about the Food and Drug Administration is more revealing than the eye opening one attributed to former FDA Commissioner Dr Herbert Ley: "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." Dr. Ley has been noted as the last FDA Commissioner who made an attempt to stand up to the pressure and influence of the big drug companies.
Most people labor under
the misconception that the sole purpose of the FDA is to
serve as a watchdog for the public and protect them
against bad drugs. Two recent polls indicated that while
82% of the public surveyed said that they trust the FDA
to keep our drugs safe, 2/3 of the FDA’s own scientists
said that they didn’t.
The cozy relationship between the Big Pharma companies and the FDA, and the tragic results for public health are vividly illustrated with two of the many questionable approvals by the FDA: Vioxx and Aspartame.
Vioxx - Thousands Die so Merck can Profit
Merck's Vioxx was heralded far and wide as the greatest breakthrough for relieving pain in the history of medicine, and any number of studies were presented attesting to its effectiveness and safety. What wasn't told, and what the FDA failed to uncover or else ignored, was the covered up evidence of harm to the heart and cardiovascular system. Neither was the fact that many of the favorable studies were actually authored by Merck who merely paid doctors and scientists to sign their names to the studies.
Then came the reports of heart attacks and deaths. While Merck vigorously denied any connections and the FDA maintained that Vioxx was safe, the body count continued to mount. Even after the death toll became so overwhelming that deniability was no longer an option, the FDA fought to keep Vioxx on the market as long as possible while the deaths and the billions in profits for Merck marched ever onward. By some estimates, over 60,000 deaths are attributable to Vioxx now - more than were lost in the entire Viet Nam war.
Ominiously, the whispers are growing louder that the death toll from other Merck drugs such as Fosamax, Avandia and Gardasil may end up being even higher.
Aspartame - Sweet Sickness
Natural health authority Jon Barron detailed how Aspartame evolved from as a potential biological-warfare neurotoxin to an FDA approved sweetener in his article "The FDA and Government Regulators":
Not mentioned in Barron's article is the fact that favorable studies on the safety of Aspartame used MSG as the placebo!
Today, we see the FDA once again approving a deadly substance even as it is being banned in other countries around the world. At the same time, the FDA has suppressed the natural sweetener Stevia and still prohibits it from advertising itself as a sweetener, despite its approval and use as a sweetener in most of the rest of the world - although the FDA recently did approve patented sweeteners derived from Stevia for the huge Cargill (Coca Cola) and Pepsico companies.
Two recent stories which appeared at Natural News further illustrate the lack of oversight and corruption that exists within the FDA:
"FDA Scientists Complain about Corruption" details how the FDA's own scientists complain about the corruption and pressure within the FDA that results in favorable and hurried approval for drugs that have not demonstrated adequate safety or had damaging safety information covered up.
"OIG Reports FDA Approved Drugs without Following Federal Safety Laws" tells how the Office of Inspector General investigated the FDA and found that it ignored rules requiring it to determine conflicts of interest between doctors and scientists who perform drug studies for pharmaceutical companies, such as financial incentives that could result in studies being skewed and rushed to the benefit of the drug companies and detriment to public health.
In1969, Congress revealed that out of 49 high-level officials who had left the FDA, 37 of them moved immediately into high-level corporate positions in the companies that they had previously been in charge of regulating. Over the years, about half of all FDA officials end up in executive positions in the companies that they regulate. And, in 1975, the General Accounting Office reported that 150 FDA officials owned stocks in the companies they were supposed to be regulating.
The last two heads of the FDA both left under a cloud of suspicion and scandal after having been caught receiving illegal gifts from drug companies. Any guesses where they ended up being employed after they left?
The Unhealthy History of the World Pharmaceutical Empire
Throughout the 20th
century the pharmaceutical industry was built and
organized with the goal to control the health care
system of nations by systematically replacing natural,
non-patentable therapies with patentable and therefore
profitable synthetic drugs. The architects of the
pharmaceutical industry were entrepreneurs and
financiers who, from the very beginning of this
industry, had defined the human body and the diseases it
hosts as their marketplace. As the result of the
systematic take-over of the health care system by
nationally and internationally operating pharmaceutical
corporations, billions of people in almost all countries
of the United Nations have been paying trillions of
dollars for pharmaceutical drugs that neither prevent
diseases nor cure them (by one measure, fully 95% of
modern drugs are without proven efficacy, while
virtually 100% have proven side-effects).
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. But given all things being equal, the simplest answer is the best: raising the bar would prohibit competition.
How many small companies can afford to spend (today) a billion dollars to bring a drug to market?
How many herbalists could afford to prove that something growing alongside the highway or in your backyard might cure cancer?
Who in their right mind would spend a billion dollars to prove an herbal remedy does anything when those costs could never be recouped?
The answer, of course, is that no one would do any of those things.
As a result, competition to drug therapies is virtually wiped out.
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.
What began as an open door policy between the FDA, the pharmaceutical interests, and the AMA reached its ultimate conclusion in 1962 with all three are in bed together and the medical monopoly firmly established. Henceforth, it would be protected against any and all encroachment by the FDA and AMA, and soon by CODEX ALIMENTARIUS - the pharmaceutical cartel in sheep's clothing.
The recent rise of interest in alternative or complimentary medicine, or a re-discovery, if you please, has been met with all the blockades, hindrances, obstacles, and tactics designed to stop their progression by the well armed fortress of mainstream medicine.
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 one 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. There are 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 site.
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.
The FDA Raids:
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 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.
1963: The 1963 Church
of Scientology raid in the early 1960s, the FDA got word
of something it didn't like: The Church of Scientology
was helping its members overcome mental problems with
the use of a simple biofeedback device called the
E-meter. With the market for psychotropic drugs so
consistently profitable, and with Scientology gaining
momentum in helping millions of people overcome severe
emotional and mental problems, this E-meter had to be
taken out of play… and fast!
1985, Texas. FDA seized 200,000 medical and research documents from the Dr. Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas, forcing Burzynski to pay to make copies. Dr Burzynski 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 finances."
1987: The Life
Extension Raids. The Life Extension Foundation (www.LEF.org)
has long been targeted by the FDA. It is a non-profit
organization that publishes information about the
healing power of nutritional supplements and genuine
anti-aging breakthroughs from the world of natural
health. On February 26, 1987, approximately 25 armed FDA
agents and U.S. Marshals burst through the glass doors
of the Ft. Lauderdale offices of the Life Extension
Foundation with guns drawn. A second group of FDA agents
simultaneously attacked the LEF warehouse, where they
detained LEF founder William Faloon at gunpoint.
Employees were lined up against the wall and searched.
Agents rifled through the personal belongings of the
employees and confiscated many items. Over the next 12
hours, they seized thousands of items, including
nutritional products, files, and documents, including
5,000 newsletters that were about to be mailed to
subscribers. Computers and telephones were reportedly,
"…ripped from the wall," and agents seized anything they
could find regardless of whether such items were
actually named in the search warrant. Later analysis
revealed that 80 percent of the seized items were never
named in the warrant.
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 the FDA. The judge said that the 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 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
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: Twelve 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 defend itself.
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, 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, San Diego, Calif.: The heads of three European vitamin companies, along with their U.S. marketing professional David Halpern, and several of his family members are arrested and charged with 198 counts of conspiracy, smuggling, and violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for importing simple nutritional supplements that are freely available in Britain, Germany, and other European countries. The indictments reportedly carried combined prison terms of 990 years.
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 primrose oil.
1992, California: The
FDA seized $15,000 worth of Hsaio Yao Tea (in pill
form), it 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 glasses.
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 the 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 allegedly 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
Two recent articles published at Natural News tell of more recent FDA raids and suppression:
"Chrysalis Nutritionist Stephen Heuer Arrested by Federal Marshalls in FDA Raid"
"Tyrannical FTC Threatens Christian Church with Imprisonment for Selling Dietary Supplements"
None of these raids and actions were necessary; most were far 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, according to the FDA's own arbitrary rules and definitions. You can list testimonials, give the supplement’s history, but you cannot claim it cures cancer, even if it does or you will likely find yourself in considerable trouble with the authorities.
Looking back at the history of the mainstream medicine and world pharma empires, it becomes clear that profits take precedence over healing and humanity. It is an inescapable fact that their only market place is our bodies, and the cold and cruel economic facts are that it is impossible to maintain and increase profits by prevention, actual healing or allowing natural and alternative competition which may be safer, more effective and far less expensive. This is obviously why our approved system of medical care has no healing and why natural alternatives are suppressed and persecuted.
A further tragic example is the cancer industry, which has grown to an almost $400 billion a year goliath whose profits and the continued existence of treatment centers and scores of agencies depend on not finding a cure. And so, four decades after President Nixon declared the "War on Cancer", mainstream medicine still clings to the failed and barbaric treatments of trying to cut out, burn out or poison out the symptoms of cancer without addressing the underlying causes or prevention. As a result, the way is paved for the continued growth of cancer tumors that are not eliminated and the return of cancer where the tumors are temporarily absent - because the immune system and major organs such as the liver which should be protected and strengthened are usually irreparably harmed by the treatments.
Thus, we have arrived at a state where our system of healthcare has become a system of managed illness where we are turned into individual profit centers to enrich the medical empire instead of having our illnesses healed and prevented.
Managed Illness versus Healing and Healthcare:
There is a great hue and cry for universal access to health care today, but does anyone want or need this form of 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.
Everyone has heard that to reduce the price of health care, the cost of healthcare must be reduced. New technology, new research, scientific breakthroughs, and the cost of bringing new drugs to market; these are the fronted reasons for skyrocketing health care costs.
The debate is all consuming, everyone has stake at bringing down health care costs, and everyone has a solution. Or so they would have us believe. In truth, all of the talk is merely a diversion. One can talk costs and prices and research till they require an IV, but it will not change a system that is already sick and dying.
As illustrated earlier, the simplest way to explain the high cost of our health care is because our health care system is costly. This is because it is not a health care system; it is a disease care system, and for the most part the only people who get healthy are those who own and manage the trillion dollar drug and medical industry.
Ninety-five percent of our health care dollars go to urgent care with five percent going to prevention, but if this were turned around where the majority of money was spent on prevention, the overall price of health care would drop at least fifty percent, and it would come down much further if access to natural and alternative healing was not suppressed.
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 ranked 20th world wide and our infant mortality rate is ranked 20th.
The reason: our government has, since 1806, systematically maneuvered to make orthodox, regular medicine (conventional, drug based, allopathic) a powerful and profitable monopoly.
Yet far too many people expect the government to fix a problem it has been creating for over 150 years.
Most people when asked the proper question, will answer that they do want real health care.
What is needed is actual scientific,
health care solutions in the true sense of the word
"scientific". What they have gotten instead is "science"
that has been bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical
industry who uses their skewed studies to convince us to
take more and more drugs and generate more and more
There is a new and dangerous enemy to your health encircling the globe, and it’s not Bird Flu. 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.
The question then becomes how one defines the term “medical science.”
Science is testing. One tests something, against a control, to determine the results. Is science used in medicine? Yes.
One may ask, "Then what’s the problem?"
The problem is that the outcome of a study can be skewed. In fact, mainstream studies have proven that positive results may be as much as eight times more likely when the study is designed and funded by those who stand to gain from a positive outcome versus truly independent studies. One could go so far as to say that it is a virtual law that the result of any study is skewed proportionally to the amount of money to be gained or lost.
There is also the matter of deliberately flawed studies against vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that represent competition to the hundreds of billions in profits of the trillion dollar world pharma empire. The public and our doctors have been told over and over again that natural alternatives such as vitamins, minerals and botanical compounds provided by nature are inferior to what man creates in our labs and such flawed studies are what are often pointed to for justification.
If the studies are flawed, by design or not, the false claim against nature becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Such suspicions of the motives behind flawed studies are magnified when one looks at the apparent agenda of the FDA and those behind the push for adoption of a North American Union kind of agreement modeled after the European Union model, which limits access to only a select group of natural vitamins, minerals and supplements at dosage levels far below what is effective.
One should never fail to keep in mind that the people behind these studies have a vested stake in a trillion dollar plus annual industry and a track record of taking no prisoners when it comes to competition. These are, after all, the same people who trotted doctors and scientists before congress for four decades to testify that vitamins had no benefit and were even harmful, before finally giving in to a mountain of evidence they could not hide. These are also the same people who assured us of the safety of Vioxx, Bextra, Allieve, Avandia, Gardasil, Fosamax, mercury vaccines, mercury amalgam fillings, and a long, long line of past and present drugs associated with dangerous side effects, including large numbers of deaths.
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 worst.
· Swedish Antioxidant 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 is like calling synthetic vegetable protein filet mignon.
· 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 which made the headlines told 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 how it heals heart disease and prevents cancer) and palm oil, and flax and fish oils? How many statin drugs would be sold if everyone took flax and fish oils?
One illustration of how mainstream studies have been flawed was shown by recent headlines from an Oregon State University study asserting "Vitamin E trials 'fatally flawed" which detailed how most studies on Vitamin E have been flawed to the point of being essentially worthless. Here are some excerpts:
"CORVALLIS, Ore. – Generations of studies on vitamin E
may be largely meaningless, scientists say, because new
research has demonstrated that the levels of this
micronutrient necessary to reduce oxidative stress are
far higher than those that have been commonly used in
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.
Modern medicine does not have a scientific foundation. Who in their right mind would try to convince anyone that drugs are good and nutrition is bad? Yet this is what we have been told for generations and this is what the average person believes, however 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 and motivated by greed.
No one gets sick because they have a lack of drugs coursing through their blood stream, just as no one gets sick from a deficiency in radiation or chemo.
People get sick and get diseases like cancer because they do not have the proper nutrition in our bodies to give us a strong enough immune system to ward off disease and illness.
People also get sick because theye 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. Many consider this to be a low estimate. By the American Medical Association's own admission in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 106,000 people die annually from side effects due to properly prescribed and properly administered FDA approved medications. When one adds the number of unreported and misreported deaths, the deaths due to improperly prescribed and improperly taken approved drugs, and the deaths due to approved over the counter medications, the total could easily top the figure of 200,000.
One paper that everyone should read is 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 Medical Fraud.)
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 as many as 15 or more prescribed and over the counter drugs daily.
As noted alternative health authority Jon Barron observed in his book "The Miracle Doctors":
Upon reaching the age of 65, "the average male takes a combination of 15 prescribed and over the counter drugs daily, and it all began with one or two conditions which could have been treated successfully naturally."
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 by FDA talking points that CODEX is not creating laws, but that they are developing only recommendations. However, in Germany, Great Britain, 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 henhouses.
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 quackery.
The government’s job is to protect the people, not profits.
Yet the FDA has already outlawed a food, Red Yeast Rice and is being asked by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals to restrict the sale of bio-identical 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? What happened to "God given unalienable rights" and “by the people, of the people, and for the people”?
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.
However, 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 us and trample what should be our unalienable constitutionally protected rights, it will only get worse.
Clearly our forefathers intended freedom to address our own personal health issues as we see fit and intended no monopoly by a profit-hungry group like today's medical establishment dictating what we can and cannot take or do for our healthcare.
Sadly, their desire to keep the constitution as brief as possible and resultant failure to write a specific healthcare protection into the Constitution enabled mainstream medicine to charge through the loophole and create a virtual monopoly so that the words of one of our noted forefathers have come back to haunt us.
"Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men, and deny equal privileges to others, will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. They are fragments of monarchy and have no place in a republic. The constitution of this republic should make provisions for medical freedom as well as religious freedom." - Doctor Benjamin Rush*
*In 1813, at the time of his death, Dr. Benjamin Rush was arguably one of America’s three most notable men, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin being the others. Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he served under 3 presidents, founded five colleges, and trained thousands of medical students.
Despite the lack of a specific protection, quite clearly the unalienable rights of all men, as declared by our forefathers and secured by our Constitution, should serve as protection against the mainstream monopoly and the agencies who have been corrupted to support that monopoly with unconstitutionally supported codes and enforcement.
Unknown to most people, freedom from mainstream medical monopoly is actually protected by British Common Law, which has stood since our founding as the backbone of virtually all federal and state law.
"Naturopathic Rights were Included in The Founding of America"
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.
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 and ultimate medicine. It is the one most important factor of real health.
"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Hippocrates (400 BC)
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. Are studies required 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 someone wants a half naked shaman dancing around their room tossing chicken feathers in the air, they must be allowed that choice. A government that forces a medical procedure upon its citizens is tyrannical, period.
When it comes to natural supplements, noted constitutional liberty advocate and friend of natural health congressman Ron Paul had this to say:
"Millions of Americans take dietary supplements every day, and the numbers are growing as the Baby Boom generation ages. More and more Americans understandably are frustrated with our government-controlled health care system. They have concluded that vitamins, minerals, and other supplements might help them stay healthy and less dependent on the system. They use supplements because they can buy them freely at stores and research them freely on the Internet, without government interference in the form of doctors, prescriptions, HMOs, and licenses. In other words, they use supplements because they are largely free to make their own choices, in stark contrast to the conventional medical system.”
But we live in an era of unbridled government regulation of both our personal lives and the economy, and Food and Drug Administration bureaucrats burn to regulate supplements in the same manner as prescription drugs. The health nannies insist that many dietary supplements are untested and unproven, and therefore dangerous. But the track record for FDA-approved drugs hardly inspires confidence. In fact, far more Americans have died using approved pharmaceuticals than supplements. Not every dietary supplement performs as claimed, but neither does every FDA drug." - Ron Paul
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.
David Bonello, Director of the International Wellness Directory, believes that "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," Bonello says. "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."
As Bonello wryly notes, "presently we are told we are fighting for freedom in Iraq - yet we don’t even have medical freedom in America, and yet our soldiers are fighting and dying for freedoms elsewhere."
David Bonello's excellent article "Healthcare for Dummies" served as the foundation and inspiration for this article and the author borrowed heavily from that article with the kind permission of Mr. Bonello.
Other sources included: Natural News, JAMA, "Death by Medicine", Mike Adams, Jon Barron
About the author
Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy. Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, The New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, the Cancer Tutor and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs- Featuring Luella Isaacs forum.
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