Hippocrates, often described as the father of modern medicine once said – ”The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.” It is a theory long resigned to the history books.
The order of the day now comes with a prescription, and systems of medicine proven successful over thousands of years are now referred to as alternative treatments in the mainstream narrative. Preventative healthcare such as clean and uncontaminated water, food, rich in nutrients, exercise and stress management also take a back seat to the bombardment of television, newspaper and social media campaigns that suggest health comes in a syringe.
The awe inspiring capability of our innate immune system and complex and unique human bodies to heal, adapt and overcome is merely a work of fiction according to so called ‘scientific’ advisors and the medical professionals who have long since sold their souls to that almighty and omnipotent paradigm known to many, simply as ‘Big Pharma.’
The ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Indians, Chinese, Arabic and Greeks were all known to utilize the medicinal power of plants.
Natural medicine systems date back far further than written records exist. Shandiar IV, a 60,000 year old Iraqi, Neanderthal cave and burial site was found to include pollens, flowers and plants known for their medicinal properties. 1
The oldest written herbal, ‘Pen Ts’ao’ by Shen Nung dates back to approximately 2800BC and contains details of 366 plants and their medicinal effects.
The Ebers Papyrus 2 dated to approximately 1550BC [a passage referencing the lower Egyptian Den would indicate a time period closer to 3000BC which suggests the text may have been copied from a far older source] contains information on over 700 natural remedies to treat ailments of every description. The use of willow bark was recommended for pain relief. Willow bark is of course the source of acetylsalicylic acid or as it is better known, aspirin.
The ancient Indian text, the Rig Veda mentions over 1000 medicinal herbs and the The Charaka Samhita is a significant work of considerable antiquity which explores the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Ayurveda was said to be handed down from god and is still practiced in India and throughout the world today. Turmeric, a powerful and potent root possessing astoundingly impressive anti inflammatory and anti cancer properties was just one of the many natural remedies written about in ancient vedic texts which possess medicinal properties, being recognised by science today.
In 400BC we saw the introduction of the illustrated herbal. Hippocrates, made the pursuit of health and understanding of medicine accessible to the ordinary man. He stressed the importance of exercise and lifestyle. He explained that food was our medicine. Ayurveda also incorporates this understanding to aid healing, embracing the wealth of medicinal plants and roots made available to us by nature.
Paracelsus was a German-Swiss physician and alchemist. Born in 1493, he experimented with extracting the active principles from natural remedies to improve them for purpose. The stronger reactions witnessed by patients were far greater than usual which led him to believe the efficacy of the remedy would also be greater. Treatment with ‘whole’ herbs was slower to facilitate. Many herbalists and natural practitioners today understand the combined act of constituents working in symbiosis have benefits extending beyond the immediate relief of a condition.
Fast forward to England, the year is 1518 and the Royal College of Physicians who promise to improve the standard of medicine and regulate the education of practitioners are granted great power by the king. Acts of parliament begin to intervene in the arena of medicine, passing bills to acknowledge the status of physicians and surgeons from apothecaries and so forth.
Subsequently the Royal College were to launch a campaign of persecution against lay practitioners who were favoured and trusted among the majority of the public. Herbalists were faced with discrimination and even prosecution. This was not supported by the general public or people who held position in higher society who passed a bill to protect those who God hath endued with the knowledge of nature, kind and operation of certain herbs, roots and waters and how to use and minister them. During the reign of King Henry VIII herbal medicine was protected by law and made accessible to the poor in England with the famous ‘Charter of King Henry VIII’. 3
Born in 1616 Nicolas Culpepper had a Cambridge education and despite a medical career being far more lucrative a prospect he chose to take his apprenticeship with an apothecary. He raged against the new complex prescriptions and medical profession, claiming the only thing their doctors were capable of relieving patients of was money.
He was to author the most famous herbal of all time, The English Physician. He lived out his life continuing to treat patients with simple, low cost, herbal remedies.
Yet as the medical establishment grew in power and influence mineral based drugs, sold over the counter became the fashion. The poorer and country people still collected and prepared their own herbal remedies. Advocates of herbal remedies continued to publish books and speak out on the many dangers of drug treatments. Calomel or mercury chloride was a favourite treatment among the orthodox practitioners at the time and prescribed to treat everything from teething to STD’s.
Early vaccination programs, occasionally mandated by government and opposed by the public were cited as the cause of an increase in epidemic sickness and general poor health. 4
When reading before the medical society, Montreal in 1872 DR. J. Emery Coderre, Professor of Materia Medica, at the University of Montreal, Canada, stated
”Vaccination has made victims among us; some have contracted small-pox in consequence of the inoculation of the vaccine; others have been attacked with gangrenous ulcers, syphilitic sores and more resulting from the introduction of this virus into the constitution.”
While early settlers in the new world had first felt the ‘primitive’ healing methods of the natives would have little to offer them a method of herbal healing did eventually develop. Orthodox doctors did all they could to prevent practitioners from establishing themselves. They were fast to threaten litigation but their efforts to thwart more natural and holistic systems of healing fell short. Interest in plant remedies was growing. The native’s sweat lodges became popular with the settlers who were exasperated with the side effects and poor health suffered by those who were treated by academically trained doctors. Blood letting was their favourite treatment. Mercury and antimony were prescribed in large doses. Many died from these treatments or lived in great suffering. Comparatively native Americans were healthy and strong. It did not go unnoticed. Around this time Samuel Thomas developed a system using herbs, emetics and purges that was patented and franchised. 5 The Thomosonian system was largely embraced. Some orthodox practitioners even began to convert. Botanical medicine was introduced to medical schools.
In the mid 19th century UK practitioners such as Albert Coffin carried the torch, traveling back to France and England establishing practices that combined the knowledge of the native American healing systems with that of the Europeans.
Chinchona bark, the source of the drug quinine was used by the native American people and later imported to Europe by Jesuit priests to combat malaria, with great success. The treatment was largely rejected by orthodox European doctors at the time who could not monopolize trade for financial advantage. The active principle in Chinchona had been isolated and transformed into a chemical drug in China in 1820. 6, 7
During the cholera outbreaks of the mid nineteenth century homeopathic remedies revealed far superior results in treatment than their orthodox counterparts. 8
Homeopathy is a system of medicine conceived by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). While trying to find a cure for sickness that would not involve such toxic ingredients as were being used by the academically trained doctors of the day Hahenmann would embark on a famous experiment involving the use of CINCHONA OFFICINALIS, the bark of the Chinchona. Aforementioned Chinchona contains quinine, used for treatment of malaria. After boiling up four drachms of the substance and proceeding to drink it for several day’s he found he began to suffer from the awful symptom’s of malaria, aching joint’s, sweating and a high fever. After he ceased usage of the tonic he found that the symptoms also ceased. Hahnemann believed ‘Like cures like’. Natural substances that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat those same symptoms in a sick person. Hahnemann later described this as the natural law, as above so below. Hahnemann noted how symptoms first manifest themselves and then later if left untreated move on to effect vital organs and eventually the brain, the most important part of the body.
The myth perpetuated by certain bodies is that homeopathy is unproven, this is far from the case. 9
Hahnemann was unpopular with the apothecaries of the day. He recommended only one remedy be prescribed at a time, in small doses in order to accurately access the healing properties of the chosen medicine. This resulted in less money for the apothecaries who began to complain. In turn homeopaths were quick and justified to criticize the danger and deficiency of allopathic medicine. Homeopathy posed a serious threat to orthodox medicine at the time on both sides of the pond. In 1844 the popularity of homeopathic treatment in America led to the establishment of the American Institute of Homeopathy, America’s first national medical society.
Despite homeopathy’s immense popularity with the public and irrefutable superiority as a treatment during outbreaks of severe sickness the medical establishment in both America and England continued to lobby against homeopaths, persisting with the myth that their medicine was the only effective kind.
In 1895 The National association of Medical Herbalists was formed in the UK. Yet pressure from the medical establishment and lack of support from government made it just as challenging for herbalists to treat their patients unimpeded. Several times attempts were made to pass bills prohibiting herbal remedies that were not subjected to the same trial systems as pharmaceutical drugs. The cost of these trials would have disenabled herbalists from practicing. Fortunately public outcry and demand served to protect the herbalists and acts
against them failed to be enforced.
Meanwhile back in the new world events were unfolding that would change the face of medicine forever. The year is 1911, the date May 15th, the Supreme Court has ordered the dissolution of Rockerfeller’s, Standard Oil Company finding them in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act after engaging in illegal business practices.
Rockerfeller had no desire to dissolve their organization and instead utilized a tactic, employed many times since. They became philanthropists, establishing the Rockefeller foundation. There are few in the developed world today who are unaware of the name and the foundations involvement in medicine but far fewer are aware of the origins or ramifications of that involvement.
Prior to the dissolution order the oil investors had their eye on a new and potentially more lucrative endeavour, the pharmaceutical investment business. Scientists of the day discovered petrochemicals could be made from petroleum, offering a lucrative investment for those who had access. But there was a problem, other systems of medicine were still preferred and trusted.
John Davidson Rockefeller (1839-1937) and Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) were firm friends and ruthlessly, successful business men neither of whom suffered competition.
During this time the American Medical Association had established the council on medical education in order to restructure medical education in the United States and attract upper class students. They procured the service of the Carnegie foundation for the advancement in teaching, to aid them in their efforts.
Acting at the behest of Carnegie a former school teacher by the name of Abraham Flexner 10 was tasked to compile a book length study on the American medical system.
The report dammed all competition to pharmaceuticals and any system that did not endorse vaccines. It upheld the John Hopkin’s school as the standard and all but obliterated most others.
The American Medical Association endorsed the motion. Rockerfeller eased the transition by donating huge sums of cash to medicals schools to facilitate the change over from multiple systems of medicine and healing to a singular pharmaceutical model.
Herbalists, homeopaths, naturopathic doctors, osteopaths and other practitioners were essentially shut down over night.
With control of the media Rockerfeller ensured a constant narrative that discredited herbal and homeopathic healers with inexorable disparagement.
Vitamins and health supplements being proven effective were also heavily discredited by the same sources during the early part of the 20th century. They simply posed far to great a threat to the business model.
In 1918 the Spanish flu provided further opportunity to continue their witch hunt on practitioners of natural medicine using the epidemic as opportunity to insist all prescription medicines were patented. Several authors who have studied the historical event have come to the conclusion that the so called ‘flu’ originated in US army barracks in Fort Riley, Kansas and was believed to have been caused by a vaccination experiment being conducted by the Rockerfeller Institute for Medical Research between January and June of the same year.
The pernicious and improper treatments administered by doctors of the day further adding to the death toll. Viruses were unknown to science during the time of the epidemic, not being recognized until 1933. At which point it was claimed that the flu virus must have been responsible for the deaths registered between 1918-1920. 11 The event is drawn upon by the media today to uphold a comparison and further support the current fear campaign bombarding public consciousness in relation to another virus. Elenor McBean’s book, Vaccination Condemned may be of interest to those who wish to delve deeper into alternative origins of the 1918 epidemic.
A report released to the public on the 19th August 2008, from the American National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated –
“Bacteriologic and histopathologic results from published autopsy series clearly and consistently implicated secondary bacterial pneumonia caused by common upper respiratory tract bacteria in most influenza fatalities. People were killed by common bacteria found in the upper respiratory tract. The 20 to 40 million deaths worldwide from the great 1918 Influenza Pandemic were NOT due to ‘flu’ at all or even a virus, but to pneumonia caused by massive bacterial infection.” 12
While Rockerfeller and Carnegie were busy pursuing their American dream back across the pond I.G Farben’s, Bayer, BASF and Hoechst led the charge in pharmaceuticals. Testing vaccines, drugs and chemicals in Nazi concentration camps. Executives were eventually tried at Nuremberg for war crimes. Chief Prosecutor Telford Taylor summarized “Without I.G. Farben, the second World War would not have been possible”. In actuality many of the executives got off lightly. Fritz Ter Meer served just seven years in jail for crimes committed at Auschwitz. By 1956 he stood in the position of chairman of the board for Germany’s largest pharmaceutical company, Bayer. 13
It is crucially relevant to mention at this time that Bayer’s patented version of aspirin was recognized as the culprit in many deaths attributed to the Spanish flu. The dosage prescribed by medical doctors at the time is now known to be highly toxic. In 1917 Bayer lost their patent on aspirin. During the 1918 epidemic they advertised heavily promoting their version of the drug.
Dr Karen Starko’s research published in 2009 stated –
“Aspirin advertisements in August 1918 and a series of official recommendations for aspirin in September and early October immediately preceded the death spike of October 1918. The number of deaths in the USA increased steeply, peaking first in the Navy in late September, then in the Army in early October and finally in the general population in late October.” 14
By contrast Starko confirmed that patients treated by homeopathic doctors suffered little loss of life during the epidemic.
In 2012 Bayer was forced to settle over 500 cases with a sum of approximately 110 million due to deaths caused by their contraceptive pill Yasmine or Yaz. On August 1st 2012 Bloomberg reported Bayer had paid out more than 402.6 million dollars in settlements to those injured by their contraceptive. 15
In 2017 whilst some cases were unjustly dismissed Bayer offered to settle approximately 4,600 cases after women who fell victim to their Mirena IUD coil suffered organ perforation, ectopic pregnancy, dislodging from the uterus, pressure build up in the skull and greatly diminished quality of life. 16
I cannot help but find it an uncomfortable fact that the same company associated with conducting horrifying experiments on the reproductive systems of women at Auschwitz are still tasked with supplying damaging birth control products today.
In 2020 Bayer merged with Monsanto representing a conflict of interest so gargantuan words could only fail to do it justice. The company now control 25% of the worlds seeds and pesticide market. For those who are unaware, Monsanto were the manufacturers of agent orange. Sprayed over Vietnam by US military forces during the war, agent orange was intended to turn Vietnam into a desert. Fetal abnormalities, limb deformities and cancer caused by exposure to agent orange remain a significant health issue there, even today. The ill effects are still felt by American soldiers who were exposed to dioxin [the active ingredient in agent orange] who fought over many years unsuccessfully to receive compensation. 17, 18