A new revolutionary situation is rapidly building up to a climax. Within the past 70 years medicine has undergone a vast surface transformation. In America the physio-medical, eclectic and homeopathic schools of drugging have become extinct, their schools and hospitals either having been closed or absorbed by the allopathic school, which alone has survived. Its colleges have been standardized, its hospitals multiplied, enlarged and modernized; its pre-medical requirements for its students have been greatly extended; its courses of study have been lengthened, the curriculum has been greatly expanded; its research institutions have grown by leaps and bounds, and a large share of the wealth of the nation has been put at its disposal. If ever a medical system was provided with opportunities for advancement, improvement and progress, the present medical system has certainly surpassed all others in this respect.
Ceaselessly changing its surface through the ages, but underneath remaining forever the same, medicine resembles the ocean--its surface ever giving rise to small and large waves, so that it is never the same for two seconds, but underneath as changeless as the Sphinx. Today, after 2,500 years of "scientific investigation" and much boasted progress, medicine still rests on the bed-rock of magic and superstition.
For well nigh 3,000 years the medical system has been trying to redeem man from disease by medicating him. It has totally failed and worse, because it has increased rather than diminished the difficulty. There are hundreds of thousands of medical men in the world today; there have been hundreds of thousands from Hippocrates to the present. These men have labored and do now labor incessantly, day and night, to discover new remedies, as well as new ways to apply the old ones. They seek to acquire new skill in the application of their remedies. They wield the many thousands of drug medicines with all the science of their schools and boast of their scientific attainments. Why, then, do they continually lose ground in their war upon disease? Why do diseases continue to increase, to multiply and to become more complicated? Why do degenerative diseases continue to increase?
While reading the frequent boasting of medical men that they have greatly increased the human life span, it would be well for us to think somewhat upon the fact that there has been, coincident with this assumed increased length of life, a great increase in degenerative diseases and a steady lowering of the age at which they develop. Such developments are not consistent with increased length of life. Rather, they indicate, unmistakably, a shortening of the life span. The statistics that are provided us and that seem to indicate an increased life span are misleading in that they deal with averages and not with actual life spans.
In spite of all the advantages that have been afforded the medical system and in spite of all the advances of which it so proudly boasts, the health condition of America today is not only deplorable but growing progressively worse. A world writhing in pain and unable to build hospitals fast enough to house its wrecks must awaken from its somnolence and do an about face if it is to make any headway against the increasing incidence of degenerative diseases that make life all but unbearable.
Today the health of the American people is floundering in a deeper depression than at any time in the past. The crisis affects all sections of the country, all classes, all ages and both sexes. Old-age pensioners clamour loudly for a plan of state medical care, because they are sunk in physical discomfort and weakness and unable to pay the mounting costs of medical care. They are determined to saddle the whole nation with "free" medical care and are pursuing their efforts to accomplish this with the tenacity of idiots.
The period of hate, greed, suffering and infamy that the world is experiencing just now is not a forerunner of the end of the world; but it marks the summation of an age of false thinking, worse acting and stupid compromising with evils that we tolerate because they are profitable to a few. Our condition is rapidly growing so intolerable that we shall be forced to do something about it. The evils of the present will have to be destroyed, root and branch, and a totally new way of life, one based on the eternal and immutable laws of nature, will have to be developed. Nothing in the present that will not fit into the new ways of life as a harmonious integer should be permitted to survive.
The preamble to the Republican platform of 1964 stated that: "The lives of men and nations are undergoing such transformations as history has rarely recorded. The birth of new nations, the impact of new machines, the threat of new weapons, the stirring of new ideas, the ascent into a new dimension of the universe--everywhere the accent falls on the new." Had this preamble added that everywhere except among the old party politicians and the medical world, where the accent is still on the old, the hackneyed, the outmoded, the accent is on the new, it would have been closer to the truth. The platitudenous sameness that characterizes writings and lectures on medicine (in all the schools) is matched only by the old-fashioned platitude and banality of the political speeches of old party candidates. The indestructible devotion to old-fashioned medical fallacy that is seen in all the schools of so-called healing is too obvious to need stressing. The very foundations of the curing systems are, nonetheless, groggy from the impact of Hygienic truth.
It cannot be too strongly emphasized that today the medical profession is confronted with obstacles and with problems which are insurmountable and insoluble. American physicians and their spokesmen have solid grounds for the fright and desperation which they frequently express. Increased mass sickness, the explosive developments of the so-called side effects of their new drugs, the growing number of iatrogenic diseases or what they call "diseases due to medical progress," the growing public distrust of their poisoning practices and the deadly menace of their wonder drugs--all this, and much more, constitutes an endless nightmare for all who would preserve the criminal system of poisoning the sick because they are sick. Doomed by the toxic evolution of its practices and soon to be outlawed by the enlightened opinion of mankind, physicians have every reason to stay awake at night and ponder the coming judgment.
The contemporary problems of side effects and iatrogenic diseases have forced a re-examination of the drugging practice. The spectre that haunts the drug industry is not the "quackery" that they are continually harping about, but the evils that flow unmistakably from the use of their own procedures. It hangs over them like an unexorcised ghost. They are always conscious of it. Just now the situation is hopefully chaotic; for as chaos always precedes creation, so will the present agitation, fear, uncertainty, perplexity, conflict of opinion and grand stirring up of the long-dormant brain of the people lead to something constructive.