by David Stewart, Ph.D.
Not all physicians are caught up in the idea that the only good medicines are ones that can also be harmful. Here are some comments …by physicians, themselves, on the practice of medicine.
“The cause of most disease is in the poisonous drugs physicians superstitiously give in order to effect a cure.” ~ Charles E. Page, M.D.
“Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature, they can only work symptomatically.” ~ Hans Kusche, M.D.
“The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” ~ William Osler, M.D.
“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity” ~ O.W. Holmes, M.D. (Prof. of Med. Harvard University)
“Drug medications consist in employing, as remedies for disease, those things which produce disease in well persons. Its materia medica is simply a lot of drugs or chemicals or dye-stuffs — in a word poisons. All are incompatible with vital matter; all produce disease when brought in contact in any manner with the living; all are poisons.” ~ R.T. TraIl, M.D., (lecture to members of congress and the medical profession, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)
“Every drug increases and complicates the patients condition.” ~ Robert Henderson, M.D.
“The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning.” ~ Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
“Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably helped by medicine.” ~ Richard C. Cabot, M.D. (Mass. Gen. Hospital)
“Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and this cause no drug can reach.” ~ Wier Mitchel, M.D.
“Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking drug – medicines more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed and harder to cure.” ~ Elmer Lee, M.D., Past Vice President, Academy of Medicine.
“Our figures show approximately four and one half million hospital admissions annually due to the adverse reactions to drugs. Further, the average hospital patient has as much as thirty percent chance, depending how long he is in, of doubling his stay due to adverse drug reactions.” ~ Milton Silverman, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, University of California)
“What hope is there for medical science to ever become a true science when the entire structure of medical knowledge is built around the idea that there is an entity called disease which can be expelled when the right drug is found?” ~ John H. Tilden, M.D.
“We are prone to thinking of drug abuse in terms of the male population and illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. It may surprise you to learn that a greater problem exists with millions of women dependent on legal prescription drugs.” ~ Robert Mendelsohn, M.D (author of book, “Confessions of a Medical Heretic.”)
“Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick.” ~ L.F. Kebler, M.D.
“Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.” ~ Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.
“The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects; and the time is not far distant when the drug system will be abandoned.” ~ Charles Armbruster, MD