Who are the quacks anyway? To answer that question, let's first start with a few definitions of "Quack."
1. Quack "Anyone who pretends to be something which he is not, or one who is not able to do what he claims to do, especially if he takes money for the pretense."
William Howard Hay, M.D.
2. Quack. (1) An untrained person who practice medicine fraudulently. (2) One who pretends to have knowledge or skill that he does not have.
Webster's New World Dictionary.
3. Quack. (1) One who pretends to have medical knowledge. (2) A charlatan short for quacksalver, someone who treats with chemicals.
American Heritage Dictionary.
Next, we need to understand some history of the AMA and its principal objective; attaining and defending a total monopoly of the practice of medicine in the United States. From its beginning, the AMA has merely been a trade lobby with the purpose of stifling competition of any other health practitioners and proporting the myth that the Allopathic School of Medicine was the only effective means of health care. Through self advertisement and promotion, the AMA perpetuated the idealistic image of medical doctors of absolute infallibility, whose judgment must never be questioned. They wanted the public to rely heavily on surgical procedures and medications which they alone controlled. With the help of the richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller, the insatiable oil monopolist, the AMA was on the road to total political and economic power. The initial steps were to dominate the entire medical education system, and make it elitist, expensive, and drawn out. This would isolate only a select group of students from well to do families. The next step was to decrease the number of medical schools from 650 to 50. This economic strategy of decreased supply and increase demand made it very easy to substantiate medical overcharging and guarantee the medical monopoly.
The two men who were responsible for carrying these strategies out where George "Doc" Simmons, M.D. and Morris Fishbein, M.D. Beginning around 1900, they consecutively ran the AMA for nearly 50 years. These two men were found later to be the two most notorious quacks in medical history.
According to medical historians, "Doc" Simmons came to the AMA as a journalist and had never studied at a medical institution for a medical degree. In fact, after years of medical practice and fraudulent advertising, he obtained a diploma by mail from Rush Medical College in Chicago, one of the nations flourishing diploma mills. Fishbein, although completing studies at Rush Medical College, never completed his internship, never received a diploma, and never practiced medicine a day in his life! In fact, he was considering a career as a circus acrobat and was working as an extra in an opera company when he learned of a part-time writing position in the AMA. By controlling medical publications and advertisements to the medical profession, through crude and illegitimate methods, Simmons and Fishbein were able to gain total power over the organization and strengthen the AMA's monopoly, as well as their own pocket books.
For example, to get the AMA's "Seal of Approval" on their drugs, pharmaceutical companies merely had to make a substantial donation to the AMA. Since the AMA had no laboratory, testing equipment, or research staff, these bribes were merely ways of fattening up the purses of Simmons and Fishbein through extortion. Another well known way to make money was to buy up huge sums of stock on drugs they were about to give the Seal of Approval. Only Fishbein knew when approval would be released, at which time the stock would double in price.
As for Simmons, he established the Institute of Medicine in Chicago as a holding company for his bribes. In 1924, he was finally forced to retire from the AMA. He was exposed in a trial for trying to get rid of his wife, by plying her with narcotics while trying to convince her she was going insane and hopefully driving her to suicide.
As for Fishbein, he was literally kicked out of the AMA in 1949 because of the united hatred among its members for his unscrupulous activities. Despite Fishbein's impeachment, his malign influence bedeviled the AMA for nearly 40 years. His legacy of malice and obstructionism was brought to an end in 1987 after a I 1 year litigation when federal judge, Susan Getzendammer of the US District Court, found the AMA, The American College of Surgeons and The American College of Radiologists guilty of conspiracy to destroy the profession of chiropractic.
Since 1963, the AMA resolved to eliminate chiropractic, its biggest rival, by developing a Committee on Quackery to mislead the public about the truth of chiropractic. They used names like quacks, unscientific cultists, and rabid dogs, to scare people from using chiropractic. They negatively influenced insurance companies, hospitals, colleges, and lobbyists. Yet, these unfounded allegations and activities were not based on the clinical and scientific merits of chiropractic, but on the economic motives of the AMA's monopoly efforts.
Steven Barret, M. D. defines quackery as "that which claims too much." If he is accurate, there are quacks in every part of the health care community. However, chiropractic neither claims the treatment or cure of disease. It merely emphasizes the fact that if your spine is properly aligned, you will have better nerve integrity, more optimum body function and better health potential. In fact, it stresses in its most basic philosophy that the body's innate intelligence (mother nature) is what heals from within, and the doctor's job is to remove interference to nature so it has a better potential to do it. When mental, physical and chemical stresses are reduced or eliminated, scientific research as well as common sense tells us the body has better function and health potential. How is this quackery?
Chiropractic philosophy has held up under clinical and scientific scrutiny. It is found to be less expensive and noninvasive compared to medicine, yet less publicized in its accomplishments. Yet, ironically in a 1940 lecture on medical quackery to the University of Chicago, Morris Fishbein, M.D., stated his three criteria for quack medicine (I) having unproven remedies, (2) being highly expensive, and (3) being widely publicized. According to Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., "How well that definition fits modern medicine."
We are asking the public to believe in what we do not believe in ourselves. We are asking them to take medicines we will not take and to submit to operations which we will not permit on ourselves."
E. G. Jones, M.D."
"A pretender is a quack. His unwillingness to investigate any other system, except as indicated by his 'orthodox' cohorts and other than that with which he is familiar, or to investigate the defects of his own methods, stamps him as prejudiced in mind and, therefore, unworthy the respect and confidence of thoughtful and fair minded people."
Alfred Walton, M.D.
"If Webster's definition of the quack in any way fits any drugless doctor, you will have to 'show me', for they distinctly make the fact known that they do not use drugs, nor do they practice medicine."
Walter Turner, M.D.
"Quacks, all of us, doing things we do not know how to do, promising things we cannot perform."
William Howard Hay, M.D.
"Quacks, just plain quacks, whether we are willing to admit it or not, for are we not doing the very things for which we condemn those who we are pleased to call by this opprobrious name?"
W.H. Hay, M.D.
"The chief cause of so-called quackery outside the medical profession is the real quackery in the profession."
James A. Smith, M.D.
"If ninety percent of our patients would recover anyhow without any medication or in spite of our improper treatments, are we not quacks to the extent of ninety percent?"
Richard Cabot, M.D.
"Medicine is a humbug! I know it is called a science, but it it nothing like science. We are ignorant, as ignorant as men can be. I know nothing about medicine, and I don't know anybody in the world who does know anything about it."
Frances Megendie, M.D.
- It Puts Nothing In - Takes Nothing Out.
- Treats No Disease - No Symptom.
- Makes No Claims to Heal - Gives Nature the Credit.
- Aligns the Spine to Restore Vital Nerve Flow
- Giving Nature a Better Potential to Heal.