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mid-1800s, the Physician/Surgeons came from a variety
of medical schools. These schools taught herbal and homeopathic as
well as the use of various natural plant remedies to treat medical
conditions and disease. Often
the medicines of the Civil War Era came directly from
plants and herbs in nature.
1920s, this changed.
The medical schools became “standardized”
and the only “correct” approved medical procedures
were taught. What
was the new standard? – Pharmaceutical drugs (petrochemicals) and surgery.
a medical doctor strays from this standard, he loses
his license. And any other methods of healing that
might be used – it was labeled “quack”. This
includes chiropractors, herbalists, homeopaths, etc. Herbal remedies & plant medicines have been used successfully for thousands of
years, yet it was now labeled “quack”
The term "quack" actually started earlier in
1847 when the American Medical Association (AMA) was started to get rid of "quack" medicine. However, it is difficult to figure out who decides what is "quack" and what is "evidence-based" medicine.
The evidence often used is a drug manufacturer's sponsored clinical trials and
research grants. That changes the believability of the "evidence", doesn't it?
The method of finding out what is wrong has recently
in the 1800s, you could even tell a disease by its
smell – the doctor actually looked at what was
happening to the patient. In the year 2018, you wind up with CAT Scans,
MRIs, and PET. Is all this necessary?
lot of cases, these new testing methods can help, but
sometimes, it feels like overkill. An example,
if a person has certain symptoms that would indicate
neuropathy or nerve damage, even if there is a
reasonable cause for this damage, he/she is given a series
of tests – blood tests, MRIs, EMGs, nerve conduction
tests and NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity), etc. to
determine if he has neuropathy. And the funny thing about it is if a doctor
learns that the person, indeed, per their testing, does have neuropathy,
the only thing that medicine can do is give the
patient a drug to try and cover up the symptoms. The drug, of course, comes with a list of
possible side effects.
Even sadder is that if they decide you have
neuropathy, finding the cause would fix it so that no
more nerve damage would happen. But, more likely than not, unless it’s
obvious like diabetes or from trauma, it might be called genetic, but
most likely idiopathic – of unknown origin. Meaning
really, they don’t know.
Both of which means, there is “nothing
we can do”.
What is the
result of all this? Is there better care? Are the disease rates going down?
only has to have seen the World Series 2015 "I
stand for....." event where people stood up all
over the stadium for
someone with cancer. It showed that the disease rate
for this is
not going down. There was a whole baseball stadium of
people with signs showing who they stood for... it was
sad. This disease is so prevalent and the cause
has not been found, nor has medicine found a way to
defeat it. There are ways to address this disease but
it is not drugs and surgery.
The goal of
the medical associations and laws that they have
passed are aimed at restricting competition.
Is this right?
the same plants and herbs of the 1800s still exist
are lots of natural remedies available that use these
they work less today? Or are they superseded by the
drug commercials that can be seen nightly on TV by
research. Find out for yourself.
AMA & Pharmaceutical Companies - when did they
take over medicine.
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