“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.” – Hippocrates
Medicine used to be practiced with a check and balance system in place. While never ran by exact science to begin with, considering brain surgery without anesthesia and blood letting were common practices of medieval times. Medicine at least once had integrity – though needed some serious improvements, no doubt. Unfortunately, the Hippocratic Oath, a promise that physicians once made to practice medicine with integrity, has been replaced by corporatism to a calamitous degree.
The Oath begun by Hippocrates in ancient Greece covers many points, but among the salient of many, are the following:
“I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure,” and I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.”
The first point has been turned completely on its head. We no longer practice preventative medicine that ‘pre-treats’ a person’s dis-ease with simple remedies like organic foods, fresh air, naturally occurring herbs, and the reduction of stress. We are all now part of the modern medical paradigm, which completely ignores this singular point of the Hippocratic Oath (and I haven’t even mentioned the parts which discuss keeping our medical issues private).
There are even medical journals touting the importance of a ‘cure’ rather than prevention. How is this possible? With carrots healing cancer, and coconut oil preventing cognitive impairment? These are some of the most banal ‘cures’ on the planet, yet they are white washed by our brain-washed views on maintaining health.
The second point, “I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” has been replaced with “I know all,” or even “I know but I won’t tell,” as medical journals, at the behest of Big Agriculture and Big Pharma, along with Big Biotech science, keep churning out false science that makes arguing against disease-causing GMOs almost impossible. The propaganda against any non-Monsanto funded science is ridiculous. It isn’t impossible though, when you realize that the original purpose of medicine – which was to heal – has been turned into an entirely different goal – to earn.
Often, doctors make less and less money, while insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, along with Monsanto and those who provide our cancer-causing GMOs make more and more money. If Hippocrates were alive today he’d fall flat on his face in disbelief of the ways modern society has turned the ‘noble’ practice of healing others into nothing more than a mob racket.
It’s sad. Modern ‘medicine’ isn’t a love of humanity; it is the love of money.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.