- The True History of Medicine: From Health Care to Sick Care
- How did sick care become the dominant form of medicine in the United States??
- The major players behind the narrative of what constitutes health care.
- The story you probably know about the history of medicine, isn’t even close to the truth.
- Prescription drugs are the #4 killer of Americans. Iatrogenic disease (disease caused by medical intervention) is the #3 killer of Americans.
- “The care people are receiving doesn’t care that much about them, but it definitely cares about the drug industry’s bottom line.” – Dr. Kirschner.
- The sick care culture of our current medical model isn’t new. The divide between health care and sick care began in ancient Greece.
- How the Greek Gods Asclepius and Hygeia represent the idea that our environment is hostile vs nourishing and how this has played out throughout history.
- How did natural medicine end up so marginalized?
- From 1905-1914 a dramatic shift in America was created by the American Medical Association to outnumber competing forms of medicine such as botanical medicine, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy.
- Concerns about medical freedom and that began in the early 1800s.
- Is the conventional model aimed at maintaining sickness or restoring health?
- “Disease is not caused by a lack of drugs. It’s not a drug deficiency” – Dr. Kirschner
- Our system is focused on treating patients with patented products.
- Censorship around nutritional medicine in our country and why there’s not as much money to be made by producing natural medicines as patented pharmaceuticals.
- The history of naturopathic medicine.
- The most popular form of medicine in the early 1900s was natural medicine, which was used to avoid the asclepian medicine of the time – bloodletting, leeches, and poisons.
- Homeopathy, botanical medicine, and the eclectic physicians.
- The major historical influences of natural and naturopathic medicine.
- The founder of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Benedict Lust and his wife and partner in creating the naturopathic movement Louisa Strable.
- There were 20 naturopathic schools in the United States by 1920. Today there are 6.
- People believe that the AMA brought scientific discipline to medicine. But actually, it was the Rockefeller empire that took control of medicine.
- Science and Quacks as branding tactics.
- You rarely get a balanced view of medical topics in the news, only the story that benefits the publication’s advertisers.
- Our hope to have all the best medical options widely available in the future to create the best medical system.
- The Flexner Report of 1910 and how it changed medicine forever.
- John D Rockefeller, monopolists, and focusing medicine on efficiency instead of the best medicine.
- How the internet is changing medicine and the beginning of the new popular health movement.
LINKS & RESOURCES
- The Lloyd Library Museum
- NCNM Press books on the history of natural medicine.
- Connect with Dr. Rick Kirschner on Facebook.
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