Today chiropractors enjoy the respect and success of a profession that was nearly brought to extinction by a group of people who had taken the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm” to others. As I continue my overview of the AMA, its history, and how it uses its power to keep people in awe of the mainstream medical profession to the exclusion of their own health and well-being, I come to a topic that highlights how the AMA attempted to eradicate the entire chiropractic profession, a profession that has proven to be instrumental in saving lives, eliminating and managing pain, and helping to maintain true health without prescription drugs or surgery.
Had chiropractors not joined together to prevent this, and the AMA had had its way, you could be living in a world without access to the wonders of chiropractic care today. There was a vast, organized effort by the AMA – just like the effort embarked upon for the past decade to make everyone think that opioids are not addictive – to ruin chiropractors lives and livelihoods along with all those they served.”
It all started back in the 1800’s when there were a variety of medical sects. There were Homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, eclectics and regular medical practitioners. And to say they were a competitive lot is an understatement. They were all vying for market share, which is why the “regular” orthodox medical practitioners organized the American Medical Association. Each of the groups mentioned had a stake in shaping the dominant health care paradigm here in the U.S. However, the AMA took the position that, “the other forms of medicine, including the newly discovered chiropractic profession, were unethical and “unscientific.” Many authors, however, have made the argument that the AMA’s intent was to decrease competition for financial reasons rather than to protect the public from unethical practitioners.” https://apnews.com/article/e4f9f342f302528cfbebb81e1e2224f2
Ignorance Is Not Bliss
No matter how many times I hear the statement “Ignorance is bliss,” I want to scream. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is ignorance. It keeps people in the dark. It makes people slaves to others who use and manipulate knowledge to power over those who choose to remain in ignorance. Please do not be fooled by the AMA, no matter how prestigious you perceive it to be.
Summary Of Judge’s Opinion And Order
On August 27, 1987, Judge Susan Getzendanner, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, found the American Medical Association, The American College of Surgeons, and The American College of Radiology, guilty of having conspired to destroy the profession of chiropractic in the United States. In a 101-page opinion, Judge Getzendanner ruled that the American Medical Association and its co-conspirators had violated the Sherman Antitrust Laws of the United States. Judge Getzendanner ruled that they had done this by organizing a national boycott of Doctors of Chiropractic by medical physicians and hospitals using an ethics ban on interprofessional cooperation.
Evidence at the trial showed that the defendants took active steps, often covert, to undermine chiropractic educational institutions, conceal evidence of the usefulness of chiropractic care, undercut insurance programs for patients of chiropractors, subvert government inquiries into the efficacy of chiropractic, engage in a massive disinformation campaign to discredit and destabilize the chiropractic profession and engage in numerous other activities to maintain a medical physician monopoly over health care in this country.
An Excerpt From The Hippocratic Oath
Every medical doctor is required to recite the Hippocratic Oath. However, it may be more aptly called the “hypocritical oath.” I’m not posting the entirety of the oath, just a very small excerpt. Two points that could not be further from the truth of the practices of many mainstream doctors today.
I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them.
I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan
The Chiropractic Oath
And, now for the Chiropractic Oath, which I took and which I strive to uphold and cultivate through the education of my patients and the society at large. I am proud to be a Chiropractor and so grateful that this healing profession was saved for the betterment of humanity.
“In accordance with the law of nature, that law which God has prescribed to all men; and in consequence of my dedication to getting the sick well by the application of that law, I promise and swear to keep, to the best of my ability and judgement, the following oath:
I will observe and practice every acknowledged rule of professional conduct in relation with my profession, my patient, my colleague, and myself.
I will keep an open mind regarding the progress of my profession, provided that these progressions shall be confined \within the boundaries of the chiropractic science, philosophy, and art.
I will serve my patient to the best of my ability, violating neither his confidences nor his or her dignity, and in my association with patients I shall not violate that which is moral and right.
I shall regard and refer to my fellow chiropractor with honor, giving credit where it is due.
I shall improve my knowledge and skill, firm in my resolution to justify the responsibility which the degree of Doctor of Chiropractor symbolizes and imposes.”
To all this, I pledge myself, knowing these ideals are prescribed by the dictates of reason alone.