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The AMA and the
Pharmaceutical Companies – Stopping Disease but Not Building
When did the AMA and the
pharmaceutical companies take over medicine?
Medical Association AMA was formed in 1847; it wanted
to instill respect for the emerging profession of what
they considered real doctors. They wanted to distinguish
themselves within the medical community from other
practitioners such as patent medicine-men, midwives,
folk healers and others they considered
Now the medical
doctor at the time listened to a series of lectures,
which he purchased admission to, for a year. He then
repeated the lectures for another year. The student
then went to work with an established medical doctor
who had some experience. They felt this was superior
to other training.
Also at this
time, a movement began within the AMA medical
community to discredit those other practitioners and
the medical procedures associated with them.
The AMA was and
still is an association of M.D.s D.O.s and medical
students that fights for the rights of the medical
doctors and basically works to silence and eliminate
the competition. The AMA has the largest lobby in DC.
pharmaceutical companies started about the same time
as the AMA. In the 1800s, the local apothecary stores expanded
from their traditional role distributing botanical
(derived from a plant) remedies and drugs such as morphine and quinine to wholesale
manufacture in the mid-1800s. Many of the large drug
companies that are known today began as local
companies moved from biologicals to synthetic drugs.
By the late
1880s, German dye manufacturers had perfected the
purification of individual organic compounds from coal
tar and other mineral sources and had also established
rudimentary methods in organic chemical synthesis.
The development of synthetic chemical methods allowed
pharmaceutical scientists to systematically vary the
structure of chemical substances, expanded their
ability to evaluate the biological effects of these
structural changes. In addition, it allowed them to
patent their drugs.
between Medicine and Building Health
What is quack and what isn’t is usually opinion.
"Evidence based" medicine depends on which
clinical trial is looked at. There
have even been scandals on ill performed studies.
Medicine doesn't work to build health; it works to
stop the disease process once it threatens the person’s
life. Using drugs and changing structure through surgery to
try and stop the "disease process" is a last
Working on the
evidence of what builds health makes more sense. You
get what you put your attention on and putting your
attention on building health will bring better
To paraphrase Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., if you find that
people are falling off the cliff, you don’t park an
ambulance at the foot of the cliff; you build a fence
at the top of the cliff. Building health is the
As Hippocrates – the AMA’s professed Father
of Medicine – said "We
need to shift our focus from treating disease to
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