Why some Physicians hate alternative Medicine
„The medical profession has a long history of opposing alternative healing professions.While always claiming public safety as its reason for the attacks, the true reasons often involve protecting their monopoly of the healthcare market.Medicine’s opposition to chiropractic was its strongest under the leadership of Morris Fishbein, Secretary of the American Medical Association from 1924 to 1949, who led a 50-year anti-chiropractic campaign in both professional publications and the public media.“
If you’ve paid attention to “national trends” lately, you may have noticed an increasing public interest in natural or alternative medicine, and chiropractic. At the same time, you may have noticed doctors scoffing at you when you try to bring up any alternative medicine you want to try. The medical industry has always opposed these natural health alternatives, but why? Seeing a naturopath or chiropractor might be less costly than visiting a hospital, and might take care of your health problems while using a minimal amount of drugs . . . so why would the medical professionals who claim to care about your personal well being oppose these alternate routes? If you were to ask a doctor why they are against medical alternatives and natural medicine, they may reply with one of three answers: concern over the patient’s quality of care, the patient’s overall safety, and the quality of the medical practitioner’s education.
The REAL Reasons
The unfortunate truth is that these doctors, and the professional medical industry as a whole, have an entirely different reason and a hidden agenda with ulterior motives. Surprisingly, the organizations opposing natural medicine have been rather bold from the beginning, publically stating their opposition to alternate medicine. Since the early 1920’s, the American Medical Association has tried with all its might to completely shut down and extinguish naturopathic and osteopathic physicians, as well as chiropractors.
The real reason behind this passionate opposition is a common source of conflict: money. The American Medical Association, or AMA, has tons of it. But by allowing these natural medicine practitioners to gain more patients, they realize that their bottom line profit will ultimately begin to dwindle as more and more people choose to go the natural route. It’s not just the AMA who is trying to monopolize medicine either. Other well-known organizations and trusted organizations who are also against natural medicine and are actually working together with the AMA include the American Dental Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychiatric Association.
Luckily, federal courts have repeatedly found the AMA, as well as the other organizations, guilty of seeking to create a healthcare monopoly. More specifically, these are the actions the organizations were guilty of:
Systematic defamation of naturopathic, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians.
Forcing doctors to refuse collaboration with these alternative physicians.
Publishing and distribution of propaganda specifically intended to ruin alternate healthcare professionals’ reputations.
Denying hospital access to alternative physicians.
While these charges temporarily stopped any progress in the AMA’s plans to eliminate the competition, it didn’t last long. As recently as 2010, the American Medical Association changed the definition of a physician to “The AMA affirms that a physician is an individual who has received a ‘Doctor of Medicine’ or a ‘Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine’ degree,” which immediately compromised the legitimacy of any physician who did not receive an MD or a DO, such as a naturopath or a chiropractor.
„…. It reminds us how slow the medical profession is to accept new ideas, even when the evidence for them is overwhelming. There is so much more going on than unbiased and logical analysis of the evidence.The idea that the medical profession has no vested interests but the best patient care is not just called into question but proved to be not the case again and again over many hundreds of years by the information in this book.Many case studies and examples given are quite shocking – for example how long it took doctors to agree to wash their hands before delivering babies, and how the doctor that first identified this problem and pushed for handwashing was ridiculed and suffered a huge blow to his standing and career. New information in the medical field is rarely received well, as this book explains.Doctors unwillingness to admit they were wrong is a huge problem and this affects individual doctors as well as the profession as a whole. There is also the issue of financial liability for doctors and medical organisations as well. When does the medical profession ever admit it is wrong? They almost never do. Yet the medical profession has a high degree of public trust.We need to be aware that much of what is promoted as `absolute medical fact‘ today has already been utterly disproven. Yet it persists and will do for many years to come due to vested financial interests involved in medicine as well as how slow medicine is to accept new ideas. We should not assume that the mainsteam medical information we are given is based on logic. Often this is not the case.We should also not assume that following what is accepted as best practice in mainstream medicine will give us the best health outcomes. At best the information may be decades behind the latest research and especially when it comes to anything not closely aligned with drug company profits.“