The Journal of the
American Medical Association
recently reported that as many as 106,000 deaths occur annually in US
hospitals due to adverse reactions to prescription drugs that are
properly prescribed by physicians that use them as directed by the drug
Even worse, it was reported that an additional
125,000 deaths occur annually due to adverse reactions to drugs that
the physician never should have prescribed. In these deaths the
doctor did not follow the instructions on proper administration of the
drugs. For example, Glucophage, a diabetic oral hypoglycemic,
should never be prescribed for patients with kidney disease or
congestive heart failure because it can cause fatal lactic acidosis in
these patients. This warning label is prominently placed on
medication container to warn of this potential misuse.
However, JAMA reported that almost 1/4 of the
patients who had been prescribed Glucophage had kidney damage or
congestive heart failure or both.
The annual death toll from synthetic prescription
drugs, both from the correctly prescribed and the incorrectly
prescribed, amounts to about 231,000 deaths every year. To put this
into perspective, this is the equivalent of a world trade center
disaster every week for over a year and a half or the crash of two
fully loaded 747 aircraft every day of the year.
No information was reported on the number of
outpatient and doctor's office deaths caused by these very same drugs
when prescribed by these very same doctors. The reported figures alone,
however, make drug deaths caused by physicians the third leading cause
of death in the US. It is far ahead of accidents, drunk driving,
homicides, airline accidents, as well as all other disease with
the sole exceptions of cancer and heart disease.
Heart disease is known to be directly caused by the
of diabetes while being treated by conventional diabetes medication.
Many of these drugs responsible for the death
statistics cited are diabetic drugs. None of these drugs cure or
even were intended to cure diabetes. During the time a patient is on
the drugs his body is suffering great damage due to the uncontrolled
progress of the disease. This is in addition to the risk and damage
caused by the drug itself.
According to Dr. Mendelsohn, author of
“Confessions of a Medical Heretic”,
2.4 million unnecessary operations
are performed every year and they cost over 12,000 lives. For example,
when the records of six New York hospitals were examined
it was found that 43% of the hysterectomies that were performed were
No one should ever submit to any surgical
procedure without first obtaining several unrelated medical opinions,
at least not here in the United States. Women are particularly
vulnerable to this type of victimization.
Disease in America.
According to the World
Health Report 2000 the United
States ranks twelfth, that is second from the bottom, in their thirteen
country survey of sixteen available health indicators. We are
dead last for low birth weight and neonatal and infant mortality. We
rank between ninth and twelfth for all life expectancy categories
between one year and 40 years. Another study ranked the United
States as fifteenth in the twenty-five industrialized countries
Diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinemia are so
widespread in the United States that it is estimated that over half the
population exhibits one or more symptoms of these life destroying
diseases. Symptoms of adult onset diabetes are now being
routinely noted in six year old children. Obesity and it's related
endocrine dysfunction are commonly observed in teenagers. heart
failure, a common symptom of advanced type II diabetes, remains
in the top three killer diseases in the westernized countries.
Although the cause and cure for type II diabetes and
related endocrine failure has been increasingly well understood
in the scientific community for the last forty years, this disease is
not being cured by todays orthodox treatment regimens. In order
to find a cure it is necessary to seek alternative medical approaches
to this disease.
Some of the economics of Medicine.
A large part of this medical disaster that the
United States currently experiences is due to the way our medical
community is organized. Basically it is not organized to heal and
to cure disease; the medical community, particularly at its upper
levels, is a commercial venture organized to make money for its
Although the record of the United States medical
community in the cure of disease is deplorable, the same cannot be said
for its ability to produce income and profit. For example, for the top
fifteen pharmaceutical companies, including such names as Abbot, Wyeth,
Hoffman-La Roche, Merck and others, the second quarter revenue for 2002
was reported as $63,520.6 million and the corresponding reported income
was 11,731.8 million respectively. This is second only to the
defense industry in the United States.
In 1997, the latest year for which we have the
figures, the earnings of physicians were reported by Broad as averaging
around $200,000 per year. The lowest reporting specialty, rheumatology
reported $158,500 and the highest, cardiovascular surgeon, reported
$363,300. When examining the numbers, we noted that the high
salaries seemed to be concentrated in members of the AMA. Those
belonging to less powerful trade unions did not fare nearly so well
even though they did most of the actual patient care work. For example,
the median staff salary of registered nurses was $35,256
The cardiac surgeon, for example, does nothing
whatsoever to cure cardiac disease. Three to five percent of the heart
surgery patients die on the operating table. Cardiac surgery provides
no better three year survival rate than no treatment at all. A Harvard
survival study of 200,000 patients revealed that the long term survival
rate of patients subjected to surgery was no better than the survival
rate of those that had no surgery. The only known really effective cure
for occluded coronary arteries is chelation therapy. However, it is
extremely unlikely that you will be offered this as an option during
the surgical decision making process, at least not by your cardiac
Never in history have so many accumulated so much
wealth for providing their customers or clients or patients with so
little real benefit.
Exceptions to the rule.
Many doctors of integrity are as much victims of the
system as are their patients. Todays doctor is not free to treat
disease as his conscience dictates. He is forced to administer approved
protocols whether they are known to work or not. To deviate from these
approved protocols invites law suits, peer criticism and censure from
State medical licensing boards.
Many States have laws that hold that any contract
entered into between patient and doctor, for private treatment
specified by the patient, is null and void. Thus, no legal protection
exists for the doctor or the patient that would want to avoid approved
therapy that is widely known to not work. The courts have held that,
regardless of the patients desires or the doctors, and totally
irrespective of any contractual relationship that may exist between
them, the doctor must apply only approved, read drug, protocols. The
doctor, when in court must be able to demonstrate that the treatment he
gives is consistent with the medical community standards that apply.
Thus the doctor that kills the patient is without
legal liability as long as he prescribes appropriate synthetic drugs.
The one who treats his patient with unapproved protocols may be
successfully sued without regard to whether or not the unapproved
protocols worked or not. This abuse of legal and licensing
authority is so bad that it has become almost impossible to secure
desirable medical treatment in America. This is why so many well
informed patients patronize foreign doctors and hospitals.
This writer knows of two local doctors who tried to
buck the establishment and really help their patients. Both lost their
license to practice medicine. One is currently working as an
administrator in a California hospital and the other has started a
nutritional clinic. The one that started a nutritional clinic was one
of the top specialists ion the country on diseases of the
thyroid. He lost his license for weaning people off of Armour
thyroid instead of addicting them to it. The other doctor offered
intravenous EDTA therapy that impacted the market for heart surgeons.
Takeover of the American medical
This sad state of affairs is directly traceable to
the takeover of the American Medical Association by the Carnegie and
Rockefeller foundations in the early part of the twentieth century.
At the turn of the century the medical community was
in a sad state of disrepair. There were no qualifications to become a
doctor. If one wanted to be a doctor it was only necessary to hang out
a shingle and start the practice of medicine. Medical schools were
poorly financed, often taught contradictory medical philosophies and
had little impact on the practice of medicine. In 1910 the American
Medical Association, the forerunner of todays AMA, was on the verge of
bankruptcy. Few doctors belonged to it and even fewer paid any
attention to it. Quackery of all kinds was rampant. The market was
flooded with fake cancer cures and 80 proof liver tonic.
It was in this environment that Rockefeller and
Carnegie moved in and bought the AMA and then used it to take control
of the entire United States medical establishment. In 1910, Henry
Prichett on behalf of the Carnegie foundation, bought control of
the AMA for the sum of $10,000. He then financed the publication
of the Flexner report, as it was then called, to gain popular support
for the changes that were to be made in the medical community. With
public backing, secured by the publication of the Flexner report,
Carnegie and Rockefeller commenced a major upgrade in medical education
by financing only those medical schools that taught what they wanted
taught. Predictably, those schools that had the financing churned out
the better doctors.
In return for the financing, the schools were
required to teach course material that was exclusively drug oriented.
That is why today our doctors are so heavily biased toward synthetic
drug therapy and know little or nothing about nutrition.
Dr. David Edsall, former dean of Harvard medical
school, said “I was, for a period, a
professor of Therapeutics and
Pharmacology, [at Harvard] 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....”
For a time, these changes actually improved the
practice of medicine in the United States. Then, as the distorted
medical curriculum began to churn out doctors whose only concern was
prescribing synthetic drugs, things began to deteriorate into what we
Today the average medical doctor receives three
less training on nutrition despite the fact that our bodies are
constructed entirely of what we eat and drink. Todays doctor receives
much of his ongoing education from detail men. The detail man is the
drug company salesman whose job it is to teach the doctor how to use
the latest drugs. This is a classic case of one salesman teaching
another how to push product.
Treatment instead of cure.
Even with all of this history the medical doctor
retained a great deal of his autonomy through the 1930’s and into the
late 1940’s. In 1949 another major change took place in the
medical community that set the stage for the disaster we see today. It
was in 1949 that the medical community reorganized itself into the
competing medical specialty groups we see today. Prior to 1949 a doctor
was a doctor; he dealt with all disease and injury. After 1949 this was
The reorganization established many of the
specialties that we know today. It was then that such professional
specialty groups as the cardiac specialist, the endocrinologist, the
hepatic and biliary specialist and many others were formed. The
symptoms of the then raging epidemic of type II diabetes were divided
among the specialty groups so that each group had their own set of
The cover story given out for the reorganization was
that it would help to focus more attention on the then current diabetes
epidemic. However, in practice it caused the entire medical community
to treat their own proprietary symptom set and nobody focused on curing
the disease anymore. This was the origin of the “treat the symptom” and
“ignore the cause” philosophy that now dominates the entire medical
This was the turning point event that led to the
removal of the word “cure” from the medical vocabulary. Today, if you
mention the “c” word around your doctor he will usually glaze over and
pretend not to hear you. He only responds to the word “treatment”.
Under the Rockefeller and Carnegie influence their
pharmaceutical firms started to pour out the vast array of synthetic
drugs that the doctors, trained to their medical school standards, now
prescribed almost to the exclusion of any other remedies.
Among the first drugs to be marketed this way were the oral
hypoglycemic agents used for the control and treatment of
diabetes. They were carefully designed to treat the
symptom while deliberately not curing the disease.
Since the name of the medical game was money, a
means had to be devised to provide the patient with money that could
only be used to pay for approved medical treatment. Enter the insurance
company concept. Today employees have, as an important part of their
remuneration for their work, a health insurance policy. This health
insurance policy does not pay for all health related needs; it only
pays for those health related services that are approved. These, of
course, are the synthetic drug therapies that are known to work poorly,
if at all.
In order to secure effective medical treatment from
the alternative sector of the economy the patient must often pay for it
himself; insurance companies specifically exclude virtually all
alternative treatment. One wonders why so many continue to pay for an
insurance program that cannot, even in principle, be of any real
benefit to them.
Government coercion in medical
In the ordinary course of events, good medicine
would eventually drive out bad medicine. As more and more people
discover ways to maintain and improve their health, without drug
therapy, they will simply abandon bad medicine and resort to
Indeed, this is happening. Also happening is a
concerted government effort to discredit and declare unlawful those
effective therapies that represent the greatest threat to orthodox
medicine. In the last fifty years many effective cures have been
developed for many of the major killer diseases that we have. In each
instance the developer has been branded a quack, his business has been
ruined and in some cases he has been sent to jail.
Even with outright governmental attacks on those
that would promote effective therapies in America, the tide is turning.
More and more Americans are waking up to the reality of our medical
community. More and more they are finding it to be a pretentious fraud
and they are
turning to less conventional treatments and modalities.
Informed Americans that require effective medical
treatment for anything more serious than a head cold are turning away
from orthodox drug quackery in droves. The medical community is trying
hard to make it illegal to refuse their treatment. A major effort is
currently underway (Codex) to severely restrict the availability of
nutritional supplements to those that use them throughout the world.
Our government is seriously considering mandatory vaccination programs.
Many believe that our Food and Drug Administration,
FDA, represents the American people and that the FDA acts to insure
that our food and drugs are safe and effective. Nothing could be
further from the truth. The FDA acts entirely to restrain and manage
competition between and among those that manufacture our food and
drugs. They do this only for the purpose of minimizing competition
in business. Rockefeller is famous for proclaiming "the only
sin is competition".
Dr. Herbert Ley, former head of the FDA, during testimony before a
senate investigation committee said it best when he said “What the Food
and Drug Administration does and what the public thinks that it does
are a different as night and day”.
Note how free competition has been completely
removed from this sector of the economy. Insurance has been rendered
worthless to the patient that pays for it. It's principal function is
to facilitate the huge price increases so characteristic of American
medicine. The constitutional right to
engage in private contracts has been repealed by the courts. Doctors
that do not conform are branded as quacks and worse. The word cure has
been removed from the American dictionary and you may be prosecuted as
a felon if you dare to use it too freely in the wrong place.
Today in America the practice of medicine is
far from free. It is one of the most tightly controlled commercial
enterprises in the world. That is why it produces such extraordinary
income for it's favored and such misery, disease and death for its
What to do.
Given the growth of the medical monster that ate the
United States, what can we who live here do to effectively manage our
Perhaps the single most important thing that we all
must do is to recognize that our health is our most important
possession. We have no choice but to accept total responsibility for
our own health. To leave such an important consideration to someone who
clearly has much to gain by lying to us just does not make sense.
Typically, we buy our cars and houses with a great deal more wisdom
than we bring to the doctor's office when we go there.
The modern orthodox medical community treats
symptoms; they do not cure disease. When you visit the doctor, it is
perfectly in order for you to ask bluntly whether or not the treatment
he wants to give you will cure the disease you have.
Some years ago, when I had a serious case of type II
diabetes, I asked my doctor that question about the treatment he
offered me. First he pretended he did not hear me. When I persisted and
made eye contact and repeated the question he replied “this is the
prescribed treatment”. Such an evasive answer to such a direct
sent me to the library where I did the research to get a better answer.
I quickly discovered that the drug he offered me would not only not
cure the disease, but that it was guaranteed to put me on the road to
becoming an invalid long before my time.
Fortunately I rejected his treatment. I went on to
search the scientific literature where I quickly found what I needed.
It had nothing to do with synthetic drugs. It took me about 3 1/2
months to fully reverse my diabetes. That was seven years ago. The
disease remains in full remission to this day.
There is one important caveat that must be mentioned
at this point. If you are currently under a doctors care and are
dissatisfied with the results you are getting, do not just stop taking
the prescribed medication. Get your doctor, or another doctor if yours
will not cooperate, to help wean you off prescription drugs and to help
you to devise a workable alternative therapy. Many of these
synthetic drugs will produce serious side effects if they are abruptly
discontinued. When I had the problem I had not taken any prescription
After accepting full responsibility for your own
health, the second most important consideration is to do your homework
and learn about the disease or disability that you have. Buy books,
attend seminars, subscribe to newsletters, search the Internet, learn
about what it takes to actually reverse the disease that afflicts you.
Investigate alternative medical practitioners. Many naturopaths and
chiropractors can be of very great help in actually curing disease. Do
not fall for the pseudo-religious idea that doctors are infallible
icons of integrity and nobody else has enough brains understand medical
things. The truth is quite often the reverse.
Look for that unusual doctor that will risk really
trying to help you; and, realize that he is taking a substantial risk
when he does so. In other words, do the best you can to find something
better for yourself than what your doctor offers. Help each other. If
you discover something important, don’t be afraid to share the
information. Be vocal when government organizations attempt to restrict
or deny your access to natural nutritional supplements.
If you are fortunate to find a doctor with this kind
of integrity, understand the importance of what you have found and give
him all of the support that you can give. There is a medical doctor in
California, we will call him doctor Q, that refused to compromise his
integrity in his practice of medicine. He ended up in jail, put there
by his fellow doctors. His patients got together, got him out of
jail and had a special bill passed in the State legislature to
protect his practice of medicine. Today he still runs a flourishing
practice where he ministers to patients from all over this country. He
is actually curing disease not just treating it.
Third, after accepting responsibility for your own
health and becoming informed, recognize that medicine is a
business. Your doctor is a paid consultant just like your electrician
or plumber and he is listed in the same yellow pages. You have every
right to get the information for which you are paying. When your doctor
retreats into arrogance and refuses to provide direct answers to direct
questions, consider getting another doctor. There really are many safe
and effective therapies that go far beyond drugs. However, we must
demand them on the firing line, in the doctor's office, when we need
Thomas Smith is a reluctant medical
investigator having been forced
into seeking a cure for his own Diabetes because it was obvious that
his doctor would not or could not cure it. He has published the results
of his successful Diabetes investigation in his special report entitled
“Insulin: Our Silent Killer” written for the layman but also widely
valued by the medical practitioner. This report may be purchased
by sending $29.00 US to him at PO Box 7685 Loveland, Colorado 80537. He
has also posted a great deal of useful information about this disease
on his web page www.Healingmatters.com
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