Of the 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence, only ONE was a medical doctor, Benjamin Rush. He fervently warned the others, "Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic, and have no place in a republic. The Constitution of this republic should include special declaration of medical freedom as no less important than religious freedom."
Sadly, Jefferson and the others were unable to imagine that people would ever be foolish enough to let the state declare what constitutes "approved treatment," and more importantly, "unapproved treatment." Dr. Rush's warnings went unheeded, and today we have a medical police state, placing citizens in custody and forcing unwanted treatments upon them against their will; and preventing other citizens from seeking whatever treatment they want from whomever they choose; and incarcerating healers who don't have the government stamp of approval.
I ate whole foods, no preservatives, my whole life and was always healthy, and still eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise. However, with the stress of corporate layoffs combined with a period where I wasn't eating or sleeping enough, I ended up in the doctor's office and they said I had hypothyroidism. I took pills for 9 months which did nothing and made me sick even after going to 2 GPs and 2 Endocrinologists. I had to push for the doctors to let me do vitamin/mineral tests. They agreed to 2: I was found B-12 deficient and D deficient. They didn't even test for iodine deficiency! After 9 months of no results on my pills I paid for an iodine test myself and the lab said I was deficient. I then found a holistic doctor's book, and started his iodine supplement protocol. Another vitamin test I paid for showed I had zinc deficiency (and 4 others). According to medical research, Iodine, zinc, B-12 and vitamin D are all necessary for thyroid function. Why didn't the 4 doctors check before putting me on drugs? I am now going to a holistic doctor, and I am fixing the underlying causes. I will be getting an adrenal test to make sure that is not causing the thyroid issue, and also a body toxin test. I am already off my medication and am feeling just fine on my vitamin and mineral supplements, but we are going to be thorough and rule out all the possible causes of hypothyroid. What is sad is that I had to do the research myself before I knew to go to a holistic doctor, and by the time I did, I already knew more than the previous doctors who had treated me- in terms of actually healing permanently. This is why I decided to start watching movies like this, It has reinforced the experiences I had, and helped me to see I am not alone. And it's made me realize that there needs to be a paradigm shift from drugs that don't heal to therapies that do.
There's a lot of Real Truth to what is mentioned in this short informative film. We are supposedly the Richest Country in the World and yet can't seem to set up a simple "Sick-Care" (Healthcare) program that saves us money, time and more importantly our lives but yet we somehow manage to get other Countries up and running using our tax dollars. Like the movie says, we consume more pills with tons of side effects and the drugs that actually work are not approved by the greedy FDA and pharmaceutical companies. This film really makes you wonder about several things the US government does to keep us from staying healthy and alive!
This is a very informative documentary on the monopoly of medicine by physicians over time. Looking at some of the early conflicts, it appears we have actually covered quite a bit of territory since then, having greatly improved relations between disciplines. While chiropractic medicine has probably been the most beleaguered by the AMA, it has not been the only profession and I was finding myself wishing the producers had also focused on the other disciplines that have been politically undercut by the powerful AMA. If the AMA would just get out of bed with big Pharma, maybe some restrictions and resolutions could pull their obscene profits under control. The pharmaceutical industry is a much greater threat than the physicians of today, many of whom are alarmed by the out of control spending on health care.
The film was thought provoking in that we must be vigilant these days regarding ulterior motives in the "health" professions, sickness professions according to the perspective of the film makers. As someone who suffered a ruptured disk at the hands of a chiropractor, though, (requiring painful surgery to avoid permanent nerve damage), chiropractic isn't a perfect alternative. The best alternative, perhaps, is to find a physician you can establish a trustful relationship with, one who you feel is your advocate, and one who is not too fanatic when it comes to at least considering alternatives with an open mind. So, in conclusion, I think the movie serves to disrupt the mindless trust and confidence many have in doctors and the pharmaceutical industry these days and at least get us to think a bit for ourselves instead of just (literally) swallowing whatever we're told blindly.
I've been working in the healthcare/mental healthcare field for over 30 years. This documentary identifies many of the problems and horrors that await all of us who don't understand the priorities of the institutions that dominate these fields.
Well, that explains a lot. Now I finally know why (many years ago...) my internist used to get so angry when I told him I had been to my chiropractor, and why my chiropractor reacted with disgust when he found out my internist had given my Darvocet for my back pain.