First off, both models are diametrically opposed to each other in their view and
practice of medicine. Orthodox medicine has evolved from its founding principles into a
model that is today, based on disease care.
Natural medicine's founding principles always were, and still are, based on "health"
care. It believes the body can usually heal itself, especially so when given the right
tools. Orthodox medicine says it can't, that it requires powerful interventions.
Orthodox Medicine treats the body (person) in isolated parts – and believes it
has the power and knowledge to “fix” an innate (natural) system by interfering in its normal
homeostasis (whole body balance) using powerful man-made chemicals. When that fails, if it is
possible without killing the patient, the diseased part can always be cut out or restructured
Natural Medicine believes any illness means the whole body must be brought back
into health using natural tools the body has evolved to make use of, and the illness will resolve
as health is restored.
How did these opposing viewpoints happen? Healers throughout time searched for ways to correct or
eliminate causes of sickness. One school believed that nature created her own “cures.” The other
school of thought always sought the “magic bullet” approach. Something that would be a cure for
all the “sickness of mankind.”
The Natural/Holistic Model of today grew from the first belief system. The Orthodox Medical Model of today, which worked very hard to obtain the monopoly between these two belief systems, grew from the second.
The Philosophy - Belief
Orthodox medical model, or Allopathic (literally, "other disease") philosophy of
treatment is the newcomer to medicine. It was first born out of the belief that the cause of
sickness (disease) comes from outside the body, which invades the body making the person "sick."
It was called The Germ Theory.
Based upon the Germ Theory – if one could just find that illusive “magic
bullet,” - the magic chemical that could make the human body healthy enough to repel all outside
invaders, then illness would be conquered. Not a bad goal.
Find something to kill “The Germ” or the fungus, parasite, or such like, worked
well in the beginning when synthetic drugs could be created that were stronger than “germs”
and could kill many illnesses that were the current killers of humankind.
Unfortunately, by then, the model was enamored by the possibilities Chemistry
and Biology might offer as a means to “Kill” all disease. Orthodox medicine has never been a
model about health. It’s about disease. Kill the “Germ” became - Kill the “Disease.”
Another great boost to the chemical/pharmaceutical industry - proof that it was
on the “right track” for the role that chemicals could play in curing all disease was the discovery of a hormone
that could help to keep insulin dependant diabetics (diabetes I) alive. What they did not
understand at the time (or decided to ignore) was that insulin was not a cure for
diabetes. It simply supplied the body with a missing hormone. Insulin added years to a patient life but it also added years of suffering as the body developed other conditions and diseases – none of which could be cured.
Neither then nor today.
Try as they might to find the “magic bullet” to cure all disease – the only
thing the oil/chemical and pharmaceutical companies could come up with were more chemicals
that barely touched the illness of man.
This belief system and practice is one of the main reasons orthodox medicine has
yet to find a cure for the worst of today’s killer diseases and all their complications. Because, there is no such thing as
"THE disease" to kill. None of these diseases attack man from
the outside. They are illnesses that occur when a body is not metabolically balanced.
Strangely enough, orthodox medicine has known about this for years. They do
understand, that each and everything that sets up one single tiny metabolic imbalance,
affects the entire body at every metabolic level. Knowing this, one has to ask, why does this
model not look at treating the underlying causes of such metabolic imbalances instead of continuing to attack
isolated symptoms of illnesses with powerful symptom-modifying drugs?
The answer is in the question and is actually composed of 2 parts.
Eliminating Some of the Terrible Symptoms
A person who was suffering from some terrible symptoms related to a disease was
more than happy to eliminate them. We like getting rid of those symptoms.Who could blame a person? What we did not realize was the terrible damage being done to
the body’s metabolic systems with these powerful chemicals. Seeking the magic bullet had, so far,
only resulted in chemicals that were able to relieve symptoms, and this is what was offered to
both the doctor and the patient being “treated.”
The second part of this answer The more the chemical/pharmaceutical industry searched for and failed to find the
magic bullet to cure diseases the more drugs were discovered that could modify their symptoms.
It didn’t take the long to see there were big profits to be made in supplying
such drugs. The more annoying the symptoms the more these types of drugs were developed. Like
any other industry, if one invests money – profits are necessary.
At some point in this time-line the chem/pharmaceutical industry saw that
Natural treatments were a roadblock to even greater profits. Therefore, the further use or
acceptance of any type of natural herb or vitamin therapy had to go. None of these natural
products could be patented, as they were freely available in nature and little if any money could
be made from them. From that point, it was decided a medicine monopoly was required. This meant,
not only did natural medicines have to go, so did the doctors who believed in and used them.
As a part of constructing a medicine monopoly, Medical model schools (financed
by oil/chemical monies) required a curriculum that taught chemistry and science would produce
the magic bullet.
Only students who accepted this dogma were allowed into those schools and
out of them with a license to legally practice orthodox medicine. This licensing practice was
fought and won through political means. The result is that pharmaceuticals became the mainstay of
medicine today, and one of the word’s most profitable and powerful industries.
From There To Here
The result is an isolating and/or identifying of “symptoms” and generalizing
them into groups that point toward what can then be used to help to diagnose a specific
“disease”. Generalized treatment protocols are then put into place and the physician has no choice or options in this.
First using man-made drugs for the symptoms. And the worst of this is “One size
fits all.” If the disease is localized in a particular part of the body – physicians trained
in this treatment model then isolate that part of the body. If that part of the body does not
respond to available “drug” intervention, then that part of the body may have to be cut out with
The orthodox medical model is always referred to as “Health Care,” but it is in
fact “disease care.” The orthodox medical model is a model that is “at war” with disease.
Is it Winning that War? When looking at statistics it pays to read between the lines. We discussed the
difference in death by disease from the 1900 to 2002. Life expectancy was less in 1900
- mainly due to poor sanitation, overcrowding in poor living conditions, and the
poor working conditions many were forced to toil in. The first 5 of the chronic killing diseases of today were practically non existent compared
to today. These diseases include: heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and diabetes. All of which have substantially increased over the past decades. There
are a number of other diseases, which have grown by leaps and bounds in just the past 20 years.
These diseases, and the deaths that result from them, have become the modern day curse of westernized nation’s medical costs to say nothing of the repercussions they are having
on individual people and families.
The argument is given that because people live longer today such end-of-life disease
is more common and this accounts for the number of people dying from these diseases.
But this does not compute when science tells us that the majority of people are born with the
ability to 120 years of age. The diseases of the aged spoken about above are now responsible for
‘early-age peoples’ deaths. This is premature aging disease.
Unacceptable and Needless
It simply is unacceptable when we know that the average life span for
people should be a minimum 80 years of age and up to 120 years. Why do so many people end up dying from diseases
that had obviously started to develop many years before the current statistical age of
The most important question to ask here is why the slowly developing disease
process was not tested for or found when many of the first indicator symptoms began to show up?
Statistically that age is 30 - and studies have shown such indicator symptoms
are more likely to begin to appear in a person's
A small part of the answer to that is that Orthodox physicians are not allowed
to test for “potential” disease. Testing is only allowed when there are clear indications
of the presence of disease. There is little if any testing allowed as a means to maintain
health and for prevention of disease. Once again, Orthodox medicine is about disease care,
not health care.
The Worlds Most Profitable (and powerful) Industry
Today the pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable industry in the world.
A good portion of the world’s economy would collapse if the “Magic Bullet” were ever to be
found. In the last few decades, most research dollars spent by this industry have only managed to
produce copy-cat drugs or drugs that help control the adverse reaction (symptoms) caused by the
first drug. And the potential for further disturbing metabolic processes in the body by
introducing toxic man-made chemicals is enormous. We have already seen that toxic chemicals and
artificial hormones contribute to
mitochondrial damage and this is a major part of the aging factors leading to disease. These
drugs kill and maim millions of people every year.
Year after year, and no one is ever held accountable. What would happen if you killed someone?
Are Drugs Ever Useful?
Yes, there are exceptions to using some of these drugs as a means of
temporarily intervening in life threatening situations, but once the patient is stable the
consequences to long-term health do not warrant their continued use. A perfect example would be a
person with exceptionally high blood pressure who also has a cholesterol reading over 300. By all
means use the potent cholesterol reducing drugs to bring that patient below 200. Once at that
level it serves the patient best to then determine what caused that high level and the high
blood pressure readings
and make the necessary changes to rebalance the metabolic system while
initiating life style changes. Reducing cholesterol levels with drugs only reduces cholesterol –
it does not explain why levels are high or treat that cause. Keeping a person on this drug for
the rest of their life only continues to keep the levels down – and interferes with the body’s
ability to maintain metabolic balance. In fact, more and more studies are now proving that
reducing cholesterol levels does not help reduce risk factors for diseases. Statins are among
the most profitable drugs for the pharma industry.
We need cholesterol for so many functions in our body we intend to do an article
on this shortly.
What is So Wrong with Wanting to Eliminating Symptoms?
It is more about what drives us to eliminate symptoms and what the eventual cost
will be to our long-term health for these decisions. Today we are living such stressful, fast
paced lives, most of us just trying to stay one step ahead of the wolf at the door each day.
Many industries play on this knowledge
presenting us with the "easiest" way to do this or that– especially the food industry. Unfortunately, almost everything that
various industries have provided us with to make our lives “easier” are major contributors to our degenerative diseases
The pharmaceutical industry is no different. They have spent many billions of dollars, over
the years to "educate" us into becoming a society that has come to believe, and expect, drugs can “fix”
all our disorders and social problems. We have been led to believe diseases and disorders
are just chemical drug deficiencies: menopause is an estrogen deficiency, Metabolic Syndrome is a statin deficiency, erectile dysfunction is a Viagra deficiency,
Diabetes is an insulin
deficiency, and Depression is a Prozac deficiency.
For decades, we have been led to believe that to eliminate the “symptom” somehow
means we have the disease or condition “under control.” Nothing
could be further from the truth.
A quick elimination of an annoying symptom and we can just get on with our life
- even if that “life” is the major cause, or is contributing to a worsening of the disorder. If
the pill we pop makes us sick – the pharmaceutical industry has another pill for us that will even take
“that annoying symptom” away. Even when we know the chemical drug itself is worsening the
disorder or helping to create a new one, for some reason it’s easier to just “worry about that
some other time”. It’s easier then making the changes to our lives we are now being told we must
make if we hope to achieve health and prevent disease and other conditions
We wonder, does this societal “attitude” provide the pharmaceutical companies
moral justification for the sale of these toxic drugs? Is it a case of: “Well, we are just giving
the people what they want?”
Again, We Ask, Is Orthodox Medicine Winning Its War Against Disease?
With all the money, science and technology available to the world's most profit
industry – where are the cures? Even One Little Cure would at least
tell us they have always been on the right track.
Medical Model Superiority
The Orthodox Medical Model does have its areas of supremacy and brilliance. If I
am in a vehicle accident on the freeway and get opened up or broken up, shot, stabbed, bashed
over the head, or burned, don't take me to an ND. Orthodox medicine has evolved the most advanced
emergency trauma procedures in the entire history of medicine. For truly life-threatening
situations this mainstream approach should always be chosen.
Their advanced trauma superiority includes intervention for heart attack and
stroke victims. If any medicine can save these peoples’ lives, it is the cardiovascular
specialist, Orthodox Model, trauma physicians.
Other areas of advanced and valuable technology
include eye surgery, and joint replacements.
What Did the Founder of Orthodox Medicine Think About this Model?
When considering which
medicine model will best meet your personal back or neck pain relief goals you
might want to consider all this current information about Orthodox Medicine,
especially if your long-term health is a part of that goal. You might also
be interested in the following information provided by one of the main founding
fathers of the orthodox medicine model of today.
Here is a Really Informative Tidbit:
The oil and chemical magnate, founder of the Rockefeller dynasty, John D
Rockefeller, helped to:
Finance the use of chemical-pharmaceuticals
Contribute financially and politically to the development of the
Orthodox Medical Model
Guarantee the monopoly this medicine model enjoys, to this day.
John D lived in excellent
health to the age of 98, as did his son John D Jr, who died aged 86. What was their secret to a long healthy life? In their
response, both attributed this to:
“a frugal diet of natural food, the advice and care of a
doctor, and the complete avoidance of synthetic drugs!”
Is This Really The Best Model? It appears the model we have placed absolute and unquestioning faith in for the
past 80 years is not exactly the “health care” we thought it was. What has been discovered,
without question, is this orthodox medical model is “driven” by the "chem/pharma/food"
industry, but primarily by the pharmaceutical industry. It is the world’s most profitable and
powerful industry. This industry is founded
upon generating profit.
So much information has recently come to light,
which clearly demonstrates, in so many ways - this industry is far more
concerned with the profits they want to generate and their actions simply prove
that they cannot
generate profits, for any length of time, by helping people to get well. Hence, the new
expression, “Orthodox medicine is not about health care – it is about disease care.” This
expression appears to be a viable explanation for why “cures” for disease still do not exist and
why the pharmaceutical industry spend so little research money in this direction. And, why so many
people are so sick today.
Bringing such information to light is a good thing. Many people of distinction
are now forecasting the eventual death of this model. However, this is of little help
for people today. The knowledge provided by the exposure of these truths is the only help
available – but it can be enough help, in many cases.
No matter which model or combination of models you choose, BE INFORMED,
and BE IN CHARGE. You are paying them for the best possible care – ONLY YOU can
ensure you receive the care you have decided you need.
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