BY MODERN MEDICINE
The All About Book Series
by Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD ND
with Trueman Tuck, Rights Advocate
March 2005-Martix Vérité
Death by Modern Medicine identifies the tragic aspects of
a medical system, that, in its short history of about eighty
years, has managed to kill tens of millions of victims. Dr.
Dean's widely circulated paper, "Death by Medicine",
written for Dr. Gary Null in November 2003, was the first
to identify the extent of these casualties. Dr. Dean verified
that from 1990-2000 about 7.8 million victims suffered Death
Many people were shocked at this figure, but since then people's
eyes have been opened to the full horror of modern medicine.
There have been 140,000 fatal or near fatal reactions to Vioxx;
one third of the millions of women who took fen-phen, the
weight loss drug, suffered heart and lung damage; heart disease
is caused by Celebrex and all the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs; Prozac is causing suicides and homicides as well as
heart disease; and the list goes on.
Death by Modern Medicine goes beyond the statistics of deaths
due to drugs to how the medical monopoly that created the
system in the first place is allowed to control health care.
A tale of propaganda, health care bureaucracy, the business
of cancer, our own personal addictions to sugar and drugs,
and the denial we all harbor to help us cope with the overwhelming
burden, are woven into this 360-page volume.
Dr. Dean is a published author and has written many books
including: The Miracle of Magnesium, Natural Prescriptions
for Common Ailments, Menopause Naturally, The Everything Alzheimer
Book and Homeopathic Treatments for Children's Common Ailments.
Dr. Dean and Trueman Tuck invite you to read their book Death
by Modern Medicine so that you learn to make "informed"
decisions about your own personal health and that of your
Death by Modern Medicine we use the terms "traditional
medicine", "natural medicine", "natural
healing arts", and similar words to describe the kind
of medicine we support and envision. The terms allopathic
medicine and modern medicine are used interchangeably to describe
drug-based medicine that seeks to monopolize medical care.
For the record, the World Health Organization defines "traditional
"Health practices, approaches, knowledge, and beliefs
incorporating plant, animal, and mineral based medicines,
spiritual therapies, manual techniques, and exercises, applied
singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose, and prevent
illnesses or maintain well-being."
It is against our belief system to use terms such as "alternative",
"complementary" or CAM (Complementary and Alternative),
except when quoting. It is unfortunate that the medical establishment
and all too many of my colleagues who practice traditional
medicine have fallen into the habit of calling the oldest
and most successful form of healing by what are, in fact,
demeaning names such as "complementary" and "alternative".
We must always remember that allopathy is only a medical model
born of the industrial age and to suggest the oldest and most
used healing arts in the world are secondary to allopathy
is not only insulting but inaccurate as well. These traditional
methods of restoring and maintaining maximum health, by virtue
of their track record of safety and success, take second place
to no other medical model.
Excerpted from Chapter 1: Death by Modern Medical Doctors
by Modern Medicine
by Dr.Carolyn Dean
If the third-year medical students that interviewed me when
I applied for medicine had their way, I would never have set
foot into medical school. I would probably never have trained
in naturopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbalism, nutrition,
and Chinese medicine, all of which were invaluable tools in
my former medical practice, and continue to be priceless in
my consulting, herbal research, and writing careers. If I
had not gone to medical school I would never have developed
an understanding of how traditional medicine and allopathic
medicine work and I would never have written this and a dozen
At Dalhousie Medical School, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, third-year
medical students were part of the interview process for accepting
new medical students. During my interview, I was asked if
I thought I could make a difference in medicine. I said that
I suspected I could. A week later I called in for an appointment
with the Dean of Students, Dr. Fraser Nicholson. He told me
the third-year interview did not go well. The interviewers
thought I would not make a good doctor. They felt I was naïve
and had a Pollyanna approach to medicine because I thought
I could help people. I realized later, as I went through the
agonizing grind of medical school, that by third year, medical
students are so beaten down by the system and have seen so
many sick people in hospital-based settings, none of whom
seemed to be getting “cured”, that they know medicine
is no place for a healer - an no place to get healed!
Prior to meeting with the medical students, I had already
been interviewed by Dr. Nicholson who seemed to think I had
a good head on my shoulders, a sparkle in my eye, and a sharp
wit, all of which would make me a very fine doctor. We both
agreed that the third-year students had gotten it all wrong.
Thankfully, their negative opinion of me was tossed out the
window and didn’t factor into my application or my acceptance
into medical school.
interview was in 1973, and idealism in medicine was a rare
commodity. Also on the endangered list were: nutrition, natural
medicine, spirituality, and ethics. I entered medicine with
a view to educating people about nutrition and lifestyle but
what I found was a pervasive indoctrination against anything
not drug- and surgery-oriented. In my first days of medical
school we were repeatedly warned against chiropractors, herbalists,
and health faddists. Making my own yogurt and eating it during
breaks made me a subject of derision among my classmates,
which only ended when Dr. Nicholson asked me in front of my
class for the recipe!
The three main battles I had in medicine were the “boys
club”, lack of ethics training, lack of nutrition education.
The Naughty Boys Club
In the very first week of medical school, one of the introductory
instructors peppered and spiced up his talk with slides of
nude females from “Playboy”. It was obvious this
was ‘standard operating procedure’ at Dalhousie
and I was shocked and outraged. I could see that the other
women in the class were similarly horrified. What could we
do? We muttered under our breaths and the men just laughed.
I didn't know anyone in the class yet. In applying for medical
school I had learned that usually one quarter of the 100 medical
students were women. Our class was going to beat that barrier
by accepting thirty-three women. Even so, we were outnumbered
but I knew something had to be done. Playgirl Magazine had
just hit the stands. I bought a copy at the local drug store
amidst the stares. I only had two days before that lecturer
was back and I worked fast. I convinced a medical professor
friend to make me some nude male slides at the university.
Miraculously, he got them back to me the next day. He had
a wicked sense of humor and I think he wanted to see the proverbial
dung hit the fan. Telling no one my plan, minutes before class,
I inserted the nude slides in the chauvinist lecturer’s
slide carousel and waited for the explosion.
My heart was pounding from the excitement and anticipation.
The lights went down, a gorgeous hunk in his birthday suit
filled up the room and the class went hysterical. The women
hooted, the men howled. The class immediately bonded, men
and women laughed together as the fumbling professor tried
to regain his composure and his slides. We actually never
saw him or another nude female slide from anyone else the
whole year. I was told that similarly “insensitive”
pictures were immediately taken down all over the medical
campus. That one simple act leveled the playing field.
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