Marsh Morrison, DC gave a talk at Sherman College when IO was a student. I still remember it. He described a debate he had with an MD.
The MD attacked: “Medicine is always changing. You can’t recognize the medicine of 20 or 30 years ago compared to the medicine of today. You chiropractors haven’t changed since 1895.”
Morrison’s reply was perfect: “That’s right, you only change what doesn’t work.”
As I began to read more medical history I discovered the writings of historian and researcher Harris Coulter, Ph.D. who expanded upon Dr. Morrison’s insight:
A truly scientific discipline does not abandon its…truths every five to ten years….[the] renunciation of concepts held with dogmatic tenacity a few years earlier, are presented by professional apologists as evidence of medical “progress” but actually reveal scientific hollowness and inconsistency, the absence of any understanding of how the body functions as an integrated whole…[thus] allopaths are carried along by new externally-generated scientific paradigms such as molecular biology or genetic manipulation which promise final answers to perennial medical puzzle. (Divided Legacy, Vol 4. By Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D. from the introduction xxxix)
Medicine’s “hollowness and inconsistency” have made it the most dangerous healing profession in the world today. As Richard Smith, MD, Editor of the British Medical Journal writes:
Medical history of the 19th and early 20th century is full of examples of ineffective operations, ludicrous physical treatments for psychiatric conditions, and misguided medical treatments….The Ethics of Ignorance by Richard Smith, M.D., Editor, British (Medical Journal from the Journal of Medical Ethics, 1992)
Smith stands on safe ground when he talks about bloodletting but my bet is he’d lose his job and ruin his career if he included in his remarks today’s ineffective, misguided (and dangerous) medical treatments such as: coronary bypass surgery, cholesterol lowering drugs, cancer chemotherapy, childhood vaccination, hormone replacement therapy, psychiatry, modern birthing and medicine’s love affair with drugs that suppress acute illness and lead to chronic disease.
We can add so much to this list. Medical experts assured us that formula is just as good as breast milk; the polio vaccine isn’t contaminated with monkey virus; thalidomide is safe; aspartame is fine; tonsillectomies are necessary; fluoride is safe; cigarette smoking is good for you; VBACs (vaginal birth after caesarian) should not be done; the swine flu is coming and the beat goes on and on and on.
The past is still the present. That is why the words of novelist Marcel Proust ring true today as they did over a hundrd years ago: “Even the wisest of doctors are relying on scientific truths, the errors of which will be recognized within a few years time.”
Robert Mendelsohn, MD referred to the medical monolith as the Church of Modern Medicine. How much longer will we unquestioningly accept the Church’s dictates? Mendelsohn declared himself a “Heretic” and recommended that we all become “medical heretics” and stop worshiping this false god.
There is a world of natural, safe, alternatives that offer us greater levels of health and happiness.