Doctors Are Dangerous
How to Stay HealthyBook - 2000
Dr D is the pseudonym for an experienced physician and health advocate who has just completed a quite short non-fiction book about health. The title of the book is Doctors Are Dangerous: How To Stay Healthy , and it represents the distillation of knowledge, opinion and advice accumulated over thirty years as a medical doctor and psychiatrist.
As the baby boomers age and pay more attention to their health there is the growing awareness that medicine, as it's practiced in America, is not meeting their needs. Services are difficult to obtain, the system has become even more impersonal, clearly driven by money, and most telling - the care and treatments given just don't work. People are looking for, and finding alternatives.
Various threads run through this book. The first is that doctors, and Organized Medicine present a real danger to your health. Doctors do more harm than good. Medical science is not science. Rather, it is pseudo science foisted on the public by what has been described as a pharmaceutical- medical-industrial complex. Drugs are incredibly dangerous, surgery is expensive, arbitrary and frequently maiming, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are useless and will hasten your death, medical students and professors are brainwashed to believe only research that is financed and supported by drug companies, the FDA acts with complicity as the enforcement arm of Organized Medicine to suppress and destroy alternative safer, cheaper and more effective modalities, legislation is crafted through massive drug company lobbying to create laws that favor pharmaceutical companies and "legally" wipe out opposition...The system is fueled by arrogance and greed and power. If this sounds a bit like a paranoid fantasy, it should be noted that this view of a no-holds barred campaign of suppression of Alternative Medicine by Organized Medicine is well documented in my work as well as in the various sources that are listed as references.
This strong indictment of medicine is necessary. Organized Medicine is not only pseudo science, it is a religion, with hospitals serving as temples and doctors the self serving priests. To walk away from such a system, to embrace another, is something that's upsetting, confusing and frightening and must stem from extreme dissatisfaction with one's present situation. Only when the degree of destruction and mayhem that goes on in the name of medicine on a daily basis is appreciated - and on some deep level most of us know this is true - can people find the courage to make the break. But to go where?
The second thread that runs through the book, now that the first concept Doctors are Dangerous has been introduced, is How to Stay Healthy. In general, this means moving towards and experimenting with alternative treatments. Alternative or Holistic Medicine is a broad term that encompasses various modalities; techniques such as massage, fasting, herbal and dietary intervention, homeopathy, chelation, acupuncture, meditation, etc. This is a huge and rapidly expanding industry ($30 billion last year), even more impressive since most of this money is paid out of pocket, insurance companies not generally covering these services. Treatment techniques though seemingly disparate, do have in common certain fundamental principles that distinguish Eastern (Alternative) approaches from Western (Organized) Medicine approaches.
First and foremost is the belief in the existence of a universal life force, that permeates the world and animates all things. In Eastern, or Chinese medicine, this energy is known as Chi (Ki in Japan), in the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda, this energy is known as prana, in ancient Greece as pneuma, in 19th century Europe as elan vital...It is this energy that animates and runs through all living things. It is the blockage or accumulation or dispersion or loss of this energy that creates di