I wanted to find out how alternative medicine including herbal medicine and energy medicine got replaced by allopathic medicine in the United States. I read two articles. One told the story of how allopathic medicine replaced herbal medicine in the U.S. and it wasn’t a pretty picture.
The other article was on a site called Policy and Medicine. That site plainly said alternative medicine doesn’t work:
About 40 percent of Americans have tried some form of alternative medicine at some point, and some $35 billion a year is spent on it. A certain amount of abuse seems like a given. Nonetheless, says Salzberg, the bottom line is that studies clearly show alternative medicine simply does not work.
That’s kind of like how allopathic medicine came to replace herbal medicine. It was back in 1910 when John D. Rockefeller was looking for ways to make a greater fortune. He found it in pharmaceutical drugs, which were new at the time. He hired a guy named Abraham Flexner to present his case before Congress in 1910. Flexner argued that natural medicines were “quackery” and the new drugs were the only ones to be trusted. A PR campaign followed and gradually, Americans believed the hype. Rockefeller also offered grants to medical schools, but only if they would drop natural medicine from their curriculum.
They also started picking on marijuana as a natural healer. Even the American Medical Association stood up for marijuana at the time, but another PR campaign killed it and made it sound like a gateway drug to more addictive drugs. For more information about that read The Cancer Scam. Here’s what the AMA had to say at the time:
Since the medicinal use of cannabis has not caused and is not causing addiction, the prevention of the use of the drug for medicinal purposes can accomplish no good end whatsoever. How far it may serve to deprive the public of the benefits of a drug that on further research may prove to be of substantial value, it is impossible to foresee.
The benefits of marijuana are slowly coming to light, but many people still see it as an “evil” drug that leads to addiction. I don’t know anyone who smokes marijuana who has gotten hooked on hard drugs, but that wasn’t the worst of it. It has been proven to shrink cancer tumors, but that information has been suppressed in favor of drugs that often kill patients after they have killed the cancer because the drugs don’t distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells.
The other article I read was on a site called The Freedom Articles. It mentioned that pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs were responsible for 300,000 deaths a year in the United States. Another study concluded the number might be as high as 784,000.
Alternative medicine versus allopathic medicine
Which article should you believe? The first was written in a distinguished journal and the second in a not-so-distinguished website. I don’t have a problem believing the second source as far more accurate, because I’ve seen alternative medicine work several times. The first time was in Bali, when a natural healer loosened up my back and then gave me a spiritual healing. I was angry with my wife because she told me she was in love with another man and left me alone to take care of my daughter. During the spiritual healing, the practitioner didn’t touch me at all. All he did was hold his hands over my solar plexus. I saw red flashing lights through my closed eyes and when they faded, all traces of anger were gone. I couldn’t resurrect them not matter how hard I tried.
Herbal medicine still has respect here in Cambodia. That’s because it works. When I first came to Cambodia, I got a horrible case of stomach cramps and had to stay near a bathroom because I was having frequent bouts of diarrhea. Sopheak asked me what was wrong and then left. She returned about half an hour later with some bark, which she boiled up. She told me she had used the bark when she lived “inside tree” (in the jungle) and she saw the same tree near our house. I had to wait for it to cool, but the cramps disappeared after my first sip. When I finished the cup, the diarrhea was gone and I felt fine.
The next time I saw it work was when an aunt of my wife’s was dying of breast cancer. She stayed with us for a few days and was wasted and almost unable to move. A local doctor told us to send her to the Russian Hospital in Phnom Penh for a diagnosis. They said she had advanced cancer and no medicine would cure it. They recommended sending her home to die.
It was the rainy season, so her relatives made a funeral pyre for her. Then someone brought an herbal healer to her. He gave her some medicine and she returned to Sihanoukville three months later looking fit and healthy. Unfortunately, she didn’t take the full course and the cancer came back. She died later, but I’d seen how effective the herbs were on her and was angry because I would have gladly paid for the medicine for her, but she didn’t ask me.
I’ve had three herbal treatments since I lost the cartilage in my right knee. The first two helped control inflammation, but we heard about a natural doctor in Phnom Penh who had herbs that could regrow cartilage. We went to see him and he said my knee was very bad. That was understandable since I’ve had it for about four years. He also said he had a medicine that could heal it. He wanted to give my right leg massages first because all my muscles were cramped. I’d run out of medicine a week or so earlier and my leg ached constantly. He also gave me packets of an herbal medicine and told me to take two small pills three times a day. I just finished the first two week round yesterday and my leg is much better. I want to get more because I still feel slight pain, but I’m quite sure it works. Yesterday, for the first time in almost four years, I walked fast because I was in a hurry to pick up the kids from school. I’m still pretending it hurts because I don’t want to undo the good the medicine has been doing, but I am convinced I’ll be fine when I get the second round of medicine. I’m getting three weeks worth just to be sure.
I could go on with stories like this. For example, I once attended an energy healing course and when I finished, I healed a rash on a woman’s back she had for 10 years. No conventional or alternative treatment had worked on it, but the technique I learned healed the rash in one session and I returned again and made the itching go away in a second treatment.
I also used the technique to fix my age related vision. When I went for my driver’s test, I forgot to take my glasses, but passed the test with flying colors even though my previous license had me wearing glasses because I didn’t pass the vision test without them. The last time I used the technique was when I stupidly got a highly chemical laden floor cleaner for our house in Cambodia. Sopheak’s mother used it and her eyes became swollen shut. I used a tapping sequence on acupuncture points and after three rounds, her eyes were back to normal and I did it on the same floor she had just washed.
So the moral of the story is that alternative medicine does work and if you hear otherwise, it’s probably because you’re hearing about it from brainwashed Americans who still believe alternative medicine is “quackery” and allopathic medicine is the only real medicine that works. When it comes to alternative medicine versus allopathic medicine, I’ll try alternative medicine first because it works and has fewer side effects than allopathic medicines have.