Friday, October 2, 2009

WILK vs the AMA

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The other day, I learned that the American Medical Association was successfully sued for engaging in a criminal conspiracy to destroy chiropractic medicine. This was a landmark decision reminding us of Lord Acton's dictum about power.

"On September 25, 1987, Getzendanner issued her opinion that the AMA had violated Section 1, but not 2, of the Sherman Act, and that it had engaged in an unlawful conspiracy in restraint of trade "to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession." (Wilk v. American Medical Ass'n, 671 F. Supp. 1465, N.D. Ill. 1987). She issued a permanent injunction against the AMA under Section 16 of the Clayton Act to prevent such future behavior."

Corrupt established medicine (yes, it is very corrupt, especially in Canada) might not in this life be reformed or punished for its misdeeds: But it will come to an end when it is abandoned by patients and by medical doctors themselves as they choose a different path. A quiet revolution currently is under way. Conventional medicine today is a failure with costs rising and health declining. Recognizing the problem, millions have for years been looking for an alternative. They have been looking to naturopathic doctors, health food stores, chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, homeopathy, acupuncturists, massage therapists and more because their doctor and the drug store could not solve their problem. Sometimes their problem got worse and new problems appeared. Despite its best efforts to control everything — reinforced with government sanction, established medicine does not have a monopoly on health. Doctors are the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer (JAMA). Heart disease and cancer are diseases for which they have no cure, despite the billions that have been spent for a century which have provided comfortable incomes for the comfortable. Established medicine has no reason to be proud. Established medicine has come a cropper.

Medical care is hardy any better, in some cases, than it was in the days of "patent medicine". But modern medicine costs much much more and it can create problems that were unknown before so it actually might be worse.,_1st_Baron_Acton

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