How did the process of treating those who are ill get so complex? Perhaps, we would be better off asking why it got so complex. This would lead us to the answer. Healing the sick stopped being a vocation and became big business.
The first do no harm principle has been forgotten, and medical professionals have fallen under the spell of drug companies whose industry is dependent on the patients staying permanently in a state of poor health. The dependency on drugs causes an aggravation of their illness and leaves them in a state far worse than they were, before they got sent down the route of wonder antibiotics and pills. And unsafe, experimental jabs.
The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future — must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.
This article, The Budget, Medical Services and Health, provides a few clues to the changes that took place in medicine, in the early part of the last century.
A most significant event in the history of modern medicine, was the 1910 Flexner report on medical education. Abraham Flexner, sponsored by the American Medical Association who were funded by the Carnegie and Rockefeller families, (both investors in the pharmaceutical industry), recommended that pharmaceutical medicine be taught in medical schools. (Thus excluding preventive medicine, nutrition, alternative therapies, natural healing, etc), and that all health care practitioners should be “scientists, rigorously trained” in these schools.
Scientific medicine was drug therapy, and since then Western medical schools have concentrated on drug therapy, backed up by surgery; and preventive medicine, nutrition and natural therapies have been ignored. The result over 80 years has been escalating disease rates.
If the health of patients really mattered, the medical system would look at the range of clinical knowledge, medications, therapies and treatments that is available from traditional healing methods to the latest research in modern medicine. Then select and use the most suitable and safest from all the streams, in order to restore good health with the best outcomes. Orthodox medicine has its advantages in some aspects, while naturopathic therapies help with healing too. Drugs and surgery should not be resorted to as the only option to curing illnesses.
Ill health does not just affect the physical state. It includes other aspects as the emotional, mental and spiritual conditions as well. What does healing mean? How does one undergo the process of healing body, mind and soul?
We do have doctors today, who still see their profession as a calling to serve and heal. They care for their patients and do their best to make them well, through the least harmful methods. But many doctors end up been ruled by the system and its dictates. There are medical boards and councils that require them to follow prescribed rules and regulations, if they want to stay registered practitioners. Even the well-intentioned medics, at some point, may find it too hard to deal with the risks that they will face. Following a different health paradigm could get you shut down by the medical authorities.
While working as a teacher in a school in Wellington, New Zealand, in the early 1940s, Brenda Sampson experienced ill health and was in a great deal of pain. Unable to get proper treatment, she contacted Dr Ulric Williams and went to stay in one of his convalescent homes. At the end of the treatment, she returned home pain free.
In her book New Zealand’s Greatest Doctor: Ulric Williams of Wanganui A Surgeon who became a Naturopath, Brenda Sampson details her treatment protocols. Also included are accounts shared by other patients with serious and chronic illnesses who were completely cured by Dr Williams, without drugs or surgery. The healing was through simple, natural methods.
According to Dr Ulric Williams:
All disease comes from one of two places: either an unhealthy way of life with poor diet, drinking and smoking, lack of exercise or else it comes from unhappiness in the mind and spirit. If a person is very unhappy and can’t find a way out of the unhappiness the body will create a way out through illness.
He believed that successful suppression [of illnesses] has one of four consequences:
1. The sufferer is killed.
2. A foundation is laid for chronic and often incurable disease.
3. Nature (if she can) will after period intervals, stage more of these would-be spring cleanings or Healing Crises.
4. Nature may effect a cure in spite of treatment, in which case the doctor will claim and probably get full credit for recovery.
Presented here, in this video by Dr Sam Bailey, is a further explanation about the healing methods used by Dr Ulric Williams.
New Zealand’s Greatest Doctor
1. A PDF version of the book by Brenda Sampson is available here.
2. The above video by Dr Sam Bailey can also be viewed here.