But a lack of cures is the minor part of the story. The great flood of side effects and iatrogenic diseases resulting from drugs has brought the profession to the point where they can say to the young girl with pimples on her face: "We cannot cure your acne, but we can give you cancer;" to the man seeking relief from headaches: "We cannot cure your headache, but we can give you hemorrhages of the stomach." This is the fourth stanza of this melancholy refrain.

Notwithstanding the hundreds of vaunted cures possessed by the medical profession and the great volume of supporting statistics they bring forth, the fearful fact still remains that disease is on the increase and the volume of crippling and lethal side effects of drugs grows by leaps and bounds. Surprisingly rapid changes in public opinion may be expected as this evil continues to multiply.

Physicians have not yet recovered from the trouble which thalidomide brought upon them and they will not soon recover from the just alarm which this and many of their other drugs have aroused. But they will continue to reassure the frightened public and they will strive to inaugurate petty reforms to give the people a false sense of security. In this latter effort, they will receive valuable assistance from the state, which by its regulatory provisions, will seek to make the people feel that they are being duly protected. It is, nevertheless, true that the thalidomide tragedy, which was of nearly world-wide proportions and involved many thousands of babies, brought out into the open drug evils that had long been festering beneath the surface. For the first time in history the popular press dared to openly discuss the many evils of the drugging practice. The net result of this publicity of what are called the side effects of drugs was to frighten the drug-taking public, create a near panic in the ranks of physicians and make the manufacturers of drugs anxious about tomorrow. There is fear lest the public lose confidence in drugs. All efforts at setting up tighter controls, at assuring the public that this or that drug is safe, are intended to reassure a frightened public and to attempt to give them a false sense of security.

We often have it told to us that drugs can be a blessing or they can be a curse; they can relieve human suffering or they can produce human suffering. But we are faced with the obvious fact that their blessings are fictional and evanescent, while their curses are real and lasting. They are rapidly becoming a menace to the whole race. When we study what is happening, we realize that they are becoming a growing threat. Every big drug corporation in the world is in a mad race to produce more powerful drugs without any consideration for their effects upon the health and lives of the people.

The crass commercialism, economic itch and criminal acquisitiveness that dominates the profession of medicine keeps its practitioners continually experimenting on their patients with new and novel drugs and operations. Making great boastful claims for their new and old remedies and discarding them frequently for newer and more novel "wonders" underscores the lack of knowledge possessed by the profession. Yet, no one should think that they are doing all of this ignorantly. They know exactly what they are doing and why-they are doing it for money. Physicians who go from ward to ward feeling pulses, looking at tongues and dispensing poisons are not safe members of society.

There are no drugs that do not produce so-called side effects and it is certain that the more toxic of them invariably produce iatrogenic disease. For example, in his researches, Hans Selye demonstrated that animals dosed with corticoids and sodium salts rapidly developed fatal cardiac necroses followed by myocarditis. The physician gives corticoids to a patient suffering with arthritis, which he knows will not remedy the arthritis and the corticoids produce heart disease in the patient. Certainly there must be more reliable ways of caring for arthritic cases.

Not long since a study group appointed by the American Medical Association to study the effects of drugs upon the blood indicted 48 drugs for their definite blood damaging effects. Chloromycetin, which they designated the No. 1 culprit, seems to have a "definite toxic action on the bone marrow" where blood cells are produced. Among other drugs listed were others of the antibiotics, a number of tranquilizers, certain sleeping pills, the so-called anti-arthritis and anti-gout drugs--colchicine, butazolidin, benemid and gold salts--four pain killers, including phenacetin, so-called anti-diabetes pills, certain so-called kidney stimulants, the anticoagulant drugs, several anti-epileptic drugs, thyroid drugs and six different sulfa drugs.

The so-called wonder drug, chloroquine (a synthetic quinine), which is credited with preventing malaria, was found to produce blindness among its evil effects. Indeed, the so-called side effects of the new "wonder drugs" are said to still "plague the physicians." It is estimated that 1.3 million Americans are made sick by the drugs they take to make them well. This estimate is far short of the actual number that are made sick by drugs and covers only those cases that are made sick enough that the physician recognizes the drug as cause. The fact is that it is impossible to take a drug without being made sick.

When the thalidomide tragedy frightened the drug world, there followed a few years of intensive testing of drugs in an effort to determine what other drugs would cripple and deform the unborn. So many drugs were found to damage the unborn that many physicians went so far as to advise pregnant mothers to avoid all drugs. Others urged what they called a minimum of medicine during pregnancy. So great and so extensive are the damages produced by drugs that the time must be close at hand when public recognition of this fact will compel the discontinuance of all drugging.

Facts about the harmfulness and futility of the drugging practice coming from the highest medical sources have a force which cannot be resisted. By their own showing, we are on the right side and shall ultimately and inevitably drive them from their field. Their's is a confession that speaks no less eloquently for the integrity of the men who make it than for the superiority of Hygiene as a way of life. It is true that medical spokesmen make no mention of Hygiene, but after they have completed their confession about drugs, there is nothing else left.

The people are fearful and ready and cannot be quieted by the most powerful opiate. They are asking: "What of the morning?" The profession must answer or die as a profession. If they answer truly, it must be in condemnation of themselves. If they answer falsely, the people will surely find it out, for they have been fed on falsehoods until they have nausea and are ready to spew them out. Nothing but the plain wholesome truth will be accepted when once the great engine of thought is awakened and the fires of reason propel the machinery.

One of the facts that has recently come to light is highlighted by an article in the British Medical Journal, March 13, 1965, which says: "Phenacetin has been used continuously in treatment for almost 80 years, and is contained in many proprietary preparations ... The association of phenacetin with renal (kidney) damage was not disclosed until the 1950's and the reports emphasized several features common to the cases . . . Clinically these patients usually presented features of acute or chronic renal failure, and at necropsy the kidneys might be normal or reduced in size, and showed papillary necrosis." Again: "Questions are now being asked whether phenacetin needs to be retained in the doctor's armamentarium . . ." and it says that "at present it would seem wise not to prescribe analgesic drug mixtures containing phenacetin as a long-term measure to patients with diabetes or disease of the renal tract. Patients in whom renal damage associated with phenacetin intake is recognized clinically may improve considerably if the drug is stopped completely."

That a drug may be extensively used for many years by the best men in the profession before its evil effects are discovered, as was the case with aspirin and phenacetin, can be due to only one thing: namely, the blindness of the profession that grows out of its faith in the beneficence of poisons. The physician who cannot tell that his drugs are producing ill effects upon his patient until serious, perhaps fatal consequences evolve, has no business prescribing drugs. Like the man who cannot tell the time of day until he hears the clock strike, hence has no need for a watch, such a physician has no need for a prescription pad.

Many times have we received long letters from husbands detailing the diseases with which their wives suffered over the years, the operations they have had, the physicians they have consulted and the drugs they have taken. The letter would tell us of how much benefit the wife has derived from the application of Hygiene to her case. But the husband is usually puzzled. Why should she still have any ailment at all, now that Hygienic attention has been applied to her? No person ever entirely recovers from so much drugging; few can suffer so long even without drugs and not evolve irreversible changes; the results of surgery cannot be removed. Hygiene may keep such a person alive and comparatively well and comfortable, but he or she is not going to evolve full health (even where this is possible, more time is required than is usually given) and both he and she should be happy that so much progress has been made. Is it to be thought that one can submit to constant poisoning for years and then wipe out every vestige of its effects?