Cost of fluoridating city water
In medical school, I failed to look deeply into a study that was going on around me, of the effects of the hormone DES -- because I believed.A few miles away in a large, less "advanced" hospital, the incidence of this condition -- retrolental fibroplasia -- was less than ten percent.If your new baby goes off his or her feed for a day and doesn't gain weight as fast as the doctor's manual says, he might barrage your breast-feeding with drugs to halt the natural process and make room in the baby's tummy for man-made formula, which is dangerous. What happens is we become afraid of something else. Modern Medicine can't survive without our faith, because Modern Medicine is neither an art nor a science. One definition of religion identifies it as any organized effort to deal with puzzling or mysterious things we see going on in and around us. Your doctor will retreat into the fact that you have no way of knowing or understanding all the  wonders he has at his command. You've just had your first lesson in medical heresy.If your are foolish enough to make that yearly visit for the routine examination, the receptionist's petulance, the other patients' cigarette smoke, or the doctor's very presence could raise your blood pressure enough so that you won't go home empty-handed. Another sex life down the drain, since more impotence is caused by drug therapy than by psychological problems. We learn to fear not the doctor but what brings us to the doctor in the first place: our body and its natural processes. The Church of Modern Medicine deals with the most puzzling phenomena: birth, death, and all the tricks our bodies play on us -- and we on them -- in between. Lesson Number Two is that if a doctor ever wants to do something to you that you're afraid of and you ask why? They allow their fear of the witch doctor's mask, the unknown spirit behind it, and the mystery of what is happening and of what will happen to change into respectful awe of the whole show.Your last sounds will be the electronic whistle on the cardiogram. You can easily test modern medical religion on this characteristic by simply asking your doctor Why? In fact, you'll be taking less of a chance with your health, because there's no more dangerous activity than walking into a doctor's office, clinic or hospital unprepared.
My aim in this book is to persuade you to become a heretic, too. Who could have suspected that twenty years later we would discover that DES causes vaginal cancer and genital abnormalities in children born to women receiving the drug during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant, you go to the doctor and he treats you as if you're sick. When doctors are criticized for not telllng their patients about the side effects of the drugs they prescribe, they defend themselves on the grounds that the doctor-patient relatlonship would suffer from such honesty.
Childbirth is a nine-month disease which must be treated, so you're sold on intravenous fluid bags, fetal monitors, a host of drugs, the totally unnecessary episiotomy, and -- the top of the line product -- the Caesarean delivery! That defense implies that the doctor-patient relationship is based on something other than knowledge. We don't say we know our doctors are good we say we have faith in them. Don't think doctors aren't aware of the difference.
I believe the dangers are compounded by the widespread use of dangerous procedures for non-diseases.
I believe that more than ninety percent of Modern Medicine could disappear from the face of the earth -- doctors, hospitals, drugs,  and equipment -- and the effect on our health would be immediate and beneficial.