Good Reason #5
No longer can we...

trust in the practice of medicine to be honest, enlightening, and accountable

Be careful about reading health books. You might die of a misprint.
—Mark Twain

…re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.

—Walt Whitman, preface to Leaves of Grass

…most physicians don't think about prevention—they want to treat disease.
Jeffrey Blumberg, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Fact: In 1976, when the doctors in Bogota, Colombia, went on strike for 52 days, the national death rate dropped 35 percent. Was this an anomaly in a third-world country? Possibly, but it’s still true.

Fact: When Israeli doctors struck for a month in 1973, reducing their daily patient contact from 65,000 to 7,000, the death rate dropped 50 percent. A coincidence?

Fact: The death rate in Los Angeles County dropped 18 percent in 1976 when doctors there walked out in protest of skyrocketing malpractice-insurance rates. Operations performed at 17 area hospitals surveyed dropped by 60 percent. When the strike ended the death rate returned to "normal."

According to Walter R. Hadwen, the great English doctor who stemmed a smallpox epidemic in Gloucester during the 19th century by using such "unorthodox" measures as prohibiting vaccinations and insisting on strict hygiene and sanitation:

No medical man during his student days is taught to think. He is expected to assimilate the thoughts of others and to bow to authority. Throughout the whole of his medical career he must accept the current medical fashions of the day or suffer the loss of prestige and place. No public appointments, no coveted preferments are open to the medical man who declines to parrot the popular shibboleths of his profession.

The inability to think does not prevent doctors from performing surgery, however, as Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D. noted in his Confessions of a Medical Heretic:

Conservative estimates—such as that made by a congressional subcommittee—say that about 2.4 million operations performed every year are unnecessary, and that these operations cost $4 billion and 12,000 lives, or five percent of the quarter million deaths following or during surgery each year. The independent Health Research Group says the number of unnecessary operations is more than 3 million. . . . My feeling is that somewhere around 90 percent of surgery is a waste of time, energy, money, and life.

One study, for example, closely reviewed people who were recommended for surgery. Not only did they find that most of them needed no surgery, but fully half of them needed no medical treatment at all!

Many fields of medicine are rightly suspect and are coming under public scrutiny. None is more ripe for review than vivisection, the testing on animals of a medicine (or "medicament") intended for humans. One classic case of misplaced confidence in animal testing was the tranquilizer Thalidomide that produced more than 3,000 still births and 10,000 deformed children during the 1960s. On February 2, 1970, the co-discoverer of penicillin, Nobel Prize winner Ernst Boris Chain, stated under oath at the criminal trial of Chemie Grunenthal, the manufacturer of Thalidomide:

No animal experiment with a medicament, even if it is carried out on several species, including primates under all conceivable conditions, can give any guarantee that the medicament tested in this way will behave the same in humans, because in many respects the human is not the same as the animal. What do YOU think?

None of the above items is new news. All of them are decades old, yet vivisection, needless operations and other questionable medical practices continue unabated and with them human misery.

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