Guadamour’s blog post
Feb. 20, 2008
The practitioners of the art of medicine (it is truly not a science and can never be, because there is a magic and mystery in life that can never be completely explained through science) have become one of the leading causes of death, if not the largest.
This is a sad state of irony.
Most doctors and physicians have the best interests of their patients at heart. Physicians take and swear to uphold the Hippocratic Oath.
HIPPOCRATES, the celebrated Greek physician, was a contemporary of the historian Herodotus. He was born in the island of Cos between 470 and 460 B.C., and belonged to the family that claimed descent from the mythical AEsculapius, son of Apollo.
There was already a long medical tradition in Greece before his day, and this he is supposed to have inherited chiefly through his predecessor Herodicus; and he enlarged his education by extensive travel.
He is said, though the evidence is unsatisfactory, to have taken part in the efforts to check the great plague which devastated Athens at the beginning of the Peloponnesian war. He died at Larissa between 380 and 360 B.C.
The works attributed to Hippocrates are the earliest extant Greek medical writings, but very many of them are certainly not his. Some five or six, however, are generally granted to be genuine, and among these is the famous “Oath.”
This interesting document shows that in his time physicians were already organized into a corporation or guild, with regulations for the training of disciples, and with an esprit de corps and a professional ideal which, with slight exceptions, can hardly yet be regarded as out of date.
One saying occurring in the words of Hippocrates has achieved universal currency, though few who quote it to-day are aware that it originally referred to the art of the physician. It is the first of his “Aphorisms”: “Life is short, and the Art long; the occasion fleeting; experience fallacious, and judgment difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate.”
THE OATH OF HIPPOCRATES
I SWEAR by Apollo the physician and AEsculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation — to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgement, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art.
I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further, from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves. Whatever, in connection with my professional service, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot.
THE LAW OF HIPPOCRATES
1. Medicine is of all the arts the most noble; but, owing to the ignorance of those who practice it, and of those who, inconsiderately, form a judgment of them, it is at present far behind all the other arts. Their mistake appears to me to arise principally from this, that in the cities there is no punishment connected with the practice of medicine (and with it alone) except disgrace, and that does not hurt those who are familiar with it. Such persons are the figures which are introduced in tragedies, for as they have the shape, and dress, and personal appearance of an actor, but are not actors, so also physicians are many in title but very few in reality.
2. Whoever is to acquire a competent knowledge of medicine, ought to be possessed of the following advantages: a natural disposition; instruction; a favorable position for the study; early tuition; love of labor; leisure. First of all, a natural talent is required; for, when Nature leads the way to what is most excellent, instruction in the art takes place, which the student must try to appropriate to himself by reflection, becoming an early pupil in a place well adapted for instruction. He must also bring to the task a love of labor and perseverance, so that the instruction taking root may bring forth proper and abundant fruits.
3. Instruction in medicine is like the culture of the productions of the earth. For our natural disposition, is, as it were, the soil; the tenets of our teacher are, as it were, the seed; instruction in youth is like the planting of the seed in the ground at the proper season; the place where the instruction is communicated is like the food imparted to vegetables by the atmosphere; diligent study is like the cultivation of the fields; and it is time which imparts strength to all things and brings them to maturity.
4. Having brought all these requisites to the study of medicine, and having acquired a true knowledge of it, we shall thus, in traveling through the cities, be esteemed physicians not only in name but in reality. But inexperience is a bad treasure, and a bad fund to those who possess it, whether in opinion or reality, being devoid of self-reliance and contentedness, and the nurse both of timidity and audacity. For timidity betrays a want of powers, and audacity a lack of skill. They are, indeed, two things, knowledge and opinion, of which the one makes its possessor really to know, the other to be ignorant.
5. Those things which are sacred, are to be imparted only to sacred persons; and it is not lawful to impart them to the profane until they have been initiated into the mysteries of the science.
Something that is also included in the classical Hippocratic Oath is:
I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
The above is the ancient oath. What follows is the modern Hippocratic Oath.
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
In light of the above, it is interesting to note no Medical School (be it for MDs or DO’s) offers a specialty in Nutritional Medicine.
All but a small handful of physicians are intent of prescribing synthetic chemicals and offering surgery to mask symptoms of disease, and for the most part have no real interest in treating the root cause of a disease or actually curing a patient–-they are too buried in paperwork, and trying to treat more patients than they can reasonably see.
How did this sorry state of affairs come about?
With the turn into the twentieth century doctors were still intent on curing their patients. It should also be noted that at that time when a doctor left medical school he or she was not approximately a million dollars in debt.
During the 1920s and 1930 corporations and insurance discovered medicine. They discovered they could make enormous profits in this gold mine of ill health. That’s when the vast majority of pharmaceutical and insurance companies came into existence.
Medical or life and health insurance and pharmaceutical (read toxic drug) companies are not bound by the Hippocratic Oath. Their sole interest is to their bottom line, the profit or loss, the welfare of their stockholders.
The Food and Drug Administration was created to gain some sort of control over pharmaceutical companies and the toxic chemicals they were purveying. What has come to pass is that this federal agency has become a retirement home for pharmaceutical company employees.
Until the advent of the O. J. Simpson trial, attorneys could take pharmaceutical companies to court when they were purveying particularly noxious drugs or a surgeon badly butchered a patient and get large judgments from them and their insurance companies. For the most part, that is now a thing of the past. Attorney can still take companies and doctors to court, but the dollar amounts currently awarded barely cover the costs.
Currently in the USA pharmaceutical and insurance companies provide a part of the funding for medical schools. Doctors are trained to prescribe drugs and deal with symptoms. They are not trained to cure people and make them healthy, they are trained to “Manage Disease.”
The pharmaceutical and Insurance companies have long since discovered Madison Avenue and are promoting their drugs and death insurance everywhere, and they’ve been hugely successful.
Insurance companies will pay for cholesterol drugs that are highly promoted by pharmaceutical companies. Both patients and doctors have bought into this in spite of the fact that the scientific evidence is that cholesterol has little if anything to do with heart disease, and it has many adverse side effects, up to and including death. The same can be said for other drugs, including many hypertension and “cardiovascular” drugs.
There is an old totally logical and intrinsically simple saying, “We are what we eat.”
At the dawn of the 20th Century there was no real “Processed Food Industry” (IFI). Almost all food for eating was prepared at home or locally from organic whole foods that were not sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and inorganic fertilizers.
Now the vast majority of food eaten by the public is prepared in some way by the IFI.
The long term effects of herbicides, pesticides and inorganic fertilizers on living organisms, such as humans, is still basically unknown.
Furthermore, the IFI in its search for profits adds preservatives, dyes, bleaches, flavor “enhancers,” and other chemicals to the public’s food.
Most of what they add to food has never been properly studied, and it’s long-term effects are unknown. However, it is becoming more and more evident that many things that the IFI has added to food for years is detrimental to health, chemicals such as MSG.
Given the classical Hippocratic rule: “I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice,”and the modern Hippocratic path: “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure,” doctors and physicians should be warning the people about the food they eat. The same can be said for the FDA which is supposedly protecting the health of the public. This is obviously not the case.
Most MDs and Dos receive little if any training in diet and nutrition or truly preventive medicine. They have been trained in chemical and surgical management of disease. This has nothing to do with getting to the root cause of a disease or cure.
It has been known since before Hippocrates that the food one eats is the cause and prevention of degenerative diseases.
The modern public has been brainwashed into believing processed foods are good to eat and good for the person eating them. These are foods oftentimes with little or any nutrition value and packed with an entire laboratory of toxic and dangerous chemicals. This includes Genetically Modified Organisms in plants, meats saturated with hormones, antibiotics, immunologicals and pharmaceuticals.
The Comptroller General of the United States of America, the Federal Governments Chief Accountant is warning the public that the national is facing a tsunami of debt because of its financial obligations in taking care of an increasingly older and sicker population that is somehow managing to live long and longer. He also notes that the cost of medical care is rising twice as fast as anything else and has been for a large number of years.
It should be noted that the USA has the most expensive healthcare in the world.
It should also be noted that the life expectancy of Mexico, a third world country, has now surpassed the life expectancy of the USA.
The cure is actually fundamentally simple: a change of diet, and changing how crops are grown and meat for consumption is raised.
John McCain who seems to have the Republican nomination for president sewn up is proposing no changes. A major backer of his is, of course, the pharmaceutical industry.
Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are advocating a health insurance plan for everyone. Their health insurance plans will, of course, be aligned with the existing insurance industry. The insurance industry that walks hand in hand with the pharmaceutical and processed food industry.
Is it any wonder that three of the largest donors to the Clinton and Obama campaigns are from the pharmaceutical, insurance and processed foods industries?
The USA is spending approximately $720 million a day on an illegal undeclared war in Iraq, yet it cannot put its medical students through med school without the students accumulating a million in debt each.
The USA cannot seem to afford to fully fund universities so that their medical schools are not controlled by pharmaceutical and insurance companies where doctors are trained to mask symptoms and manage disease.
The collective knowledge of the overwhelming vast majority of the medical establishment cannot seem to understand what was known before the time of Hippocrates, that eating the proper foods not only prevent disease, but also cure it.
The US Federal government does seem to be able to subsidize corporate farms which produce toxic and dangerous “foods, while being unable to help promote support sustainable organic farming and animal husbandry.
The disease in the medical establishment is one of not wanting to take responsibility for its actions and its abdication of the Hippocratic Oath and everything it stands for.
That is not to say that the public in turn is not responsible for taking measures to insure their own health.