Gangsters In Medicine By Thomas Smith from Rense.com
Gangsters In Medicine
By Thomas Smith
c. 2002-3 By Thomas Smith All rights reserved
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 companies.
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 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
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.
When the records of six New York hospitals were examined
it was found that 43% of the Hysterectomies that were performed were medically
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
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 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 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 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
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 nutritional clinic.
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, toadies
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 see today.
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. Toadies 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 community.
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 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 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 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
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
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 medication.
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 things.
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
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.
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 $25.00 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 He can be reached by telephone at 970