The genesis of medicine turning from healing to symptom management can be traced to medicine embracing the "germ theory" of medicine espoused by French scientist Louis Pasteur over the competing theory of another prominent French scientist, Antoine Bechamp. Pasteur postulated that disease was caused by microbes (germs) whereas Bechamp rightly believed that disease and illness were largely due to poor cellular terrain. Pasteur won the day, no doubt because germs could be treated with patented and profitable anti-germ drugs controlled by mainstream medicine.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the American Medical Association (AMA), set out with the help of rich benefactors John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie to monopolize healing and drive out competition. Such was their success that by 1923 the 22 homeopathic medical schools that flourished in 1900 had dwindled to just two and were gone entirely by 1950. By 1925, 10,000 herbalists were out of business and nutritionists, midwives, chiropractics and other healers were greatly diminished.
About the same time, the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, centered mostly in Germany, formed the I. G. Farben cartel whose goal was to gain a monopoly on the world drug trade. They succeeded beyond their own wildest dreams, thanks in large part to the FDA becoming the drug companies lapdog instead of their watchdog - to the absurd point that foods, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other natural items cannot use the word "cure" or even refer to a medical condition without being subject to prosecution and persecution by the FDA for "making false drug claims".
Today's Medical Model
Today, we see our doctors taught in medical schools, whose largest source of funding is the world pharmaceutical empire and whose curricula are set by the AMA. Little or nothing is taught about the role of diet and nutrition, very little positive is taught about natural healing and only token education isdirected towards disease prevention. Instead, doctors are taught that the way to treat illness is to prescribe patented drugs and that the only effective, safe and legal medical procedures are those approved by the AMA and the FDA.
Over 95 percent of our FDA-approved medications have side effects which often lead to other problems and sometimes lead to death. Most approved medications do not cure illness; instead, they manage and mask symptoms. Thus our current model of managed illness results in a never-ending cycle of additional conditions, drugs and doctor's visits. As noted alternative health voice Jon Barron observed: By the time a male reaches the age of 65 it is not uncommon for him to take up to 15 prescribed and over-the-counter medications daily - and it all began with one or two conditions which could have been treated effectively and safely naturally.
Today, virtually all of the major diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes are treated largely unsuccessfully by approved unnatural drugs and procedures. Safer and more effective natural cures for all of them have been ignored, suppressed and persecuted and suppressed - largely because of the competition they represent to mainstream profits.
What mainstream medicine has given us is a great model for profit, but a horrible one for healing and humanity.