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." John Thomas
The most underreported crime of the
by Thomas Smith
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, the National Council for Patient
Information and Education 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. A warning
label is prominently placed on the medication container to warn of this
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.
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
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. When the records of six New
York hospitals were examined it was found that 43% of the Hysterectomies
that were performed were medically unnecessary. 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.
Our health has become a
of someone else’s profit margin
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 studied.
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
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
symptom of advanced
Type II Diabetes, remains in the top three killer diseases in the
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 today's orthodox treatment regimens. In order to find a cure
it is necessary to seek
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 practitioners.
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.
Of course, your cardiac surgeon will not tell you
this when you need to make a decision on whether or not to elect cardiac
surgery. Never in history have so many accumulated so much wealth for
providing their customers or clients or patients with so little real
Exceptions to the rule
Many doctors of integrity are as much victims of the system as are their
patients. Today's 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
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
Takeover of the American medical Association
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, 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 Prichard
president 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 3 hours
or 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.
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 not so.
The reorganization established many of the
specialties that we know today. It was then that the Cardiac Specialist,
the Endocrinologist, the Hepatic and Biliary Specialist and many other
professional specialty groups 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 proprietary symptoms.
The 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.
They were deliberately designed to treat the symptom while not curing
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 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
Government coercion in medical practice
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 alternative therapies.
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 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.
Willy Ley, a former head of the FDA, 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".
Today in America the practice of medicine is not 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 victims.
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 own health.
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 question 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 yet taken 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 great help in actually curing disease. Do not
fall for the idea that only doctors are smart enough to understand these
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 them.
Dr. Schulze - "Over the last 80 years,
organized medical groups and pharmaceutical companies, using lawyers,
bribes, lobbyist, insurance companies and the strong arm of the Food and
Drug Administration, have been very busy. They have corrupted elected
officials to pass laws to remove any competition. They have crushed
Natural Doctors, Natural Medicine, and Self-Care. Their goal is to
monopolize health care and make us dependent on medical doctors and
pharmaceutical drugs. It almost worked! We have watched them pass
more and more laws restricting our rights; they have made many healing
herbs, foods and even nutrients illegal. Natural health professionals
that flourished a few decades ago are now barred by law to practice, and
Natural Doctors, Holistic Healers, Health Food Store Owners and even
family members of the sick have been arrested and jailed for using