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Physician: Medicine and the Unsuspected Battle for Human Freedom

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Note: The author contrasts two ways of looking at human health and treatments -- Dependence on the external source: the Doctor; or Trusting in the body's self healing. There is a third way that draws upon both. That is what this website is about.


Medicine and the Unsuspected Battle for Human Freedom


Richard Leviton
Hampton Roads Publishing Co., Inc.,2000


Physician: Medicine and the Unsuspected Battle for Human Freedom, by Richard Leviton is concerned with the spiritual aspects of illness and healing and how they intersect with the different paradigms of medicine. He compares the allopathic form of medicine where the "physician" is separate and apart from the ill person, with alternative medicine where the physician assists the patients in their self-healing. The difference between the two ultimately turns on the question of power and who has it -- outside forces or the patients themselves.

Beginning his book with a discussion of allopathic medicine, Leviton describes a form of medicine that he sees as detrimental to the spirit and life force, or what he refers to as the “physis” of the person. In allopathy, power is ultimately placed with the physician to aggressively combat illness that has affected the body of the patient. The role of the mind and spirit, which is considered separate from the body by allopathy, becomes passive and dependent, forsaking the innate immunologic vitality, i.e. power of the individual.

As we learn in this book, the drugs and technology used by physicians of allopathy are found in the area of commerce, a powerful influence indeed. We learn that in the 1920's laws were passed regulating the practice of medicine by limiting licenses to only those who were considered conventional doctors and denying the right to practice for homeopaths, naturopaths and herbalists. A medical monopoly was ensured through these laws.

Consumer demand has started to change these laws in many states but harassment of practitioners of alternative medicine continues. Leviton details some of the campaigns over the years that were intentionally set up to rid the marketplace of these entities competing for the health care dollar. Under the guise of quack busters, these groups utilized the power of government agencies in their efforts. But rather than "questionable therapies," according to investigative journalist Joseph Lisa cited in the book, the greatest threat from alternative therapies was that they do not rely on patented pharmaceuticals.

In a bit of information that should be of interest to people concerned with issues of chemicals and health as well as medical freedom, Leviton describes an agreement made in 1927 between the German cartel known as I.G. Farben and John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil of New Jersey. Farben was formed in 1926 to control Germany's entire drug and chemical industry -- an industry dependent on coal tar or crude oil as a component of their products. Rockefeller signed a cartel agreement with Farben that assured Rockefeller would stay out of the drug and chemical business and Farben would stay out of the oil business. Over time the Rockefeller/Farben cartel would blur those categories, but the results to this day have been great profits and the facility to control markets and prices.

In contrast, alternative medicine is described as the paradigm that supports the individual's physis for self-healing. Leviton's discussion of this paradigm is very inclusive so that in addition to descriptions of various therapies, he also turns to myths, religion and even occult sources to explain the meaning of illness.

The author starts with the understanding that environment, considered separate from the individual in allopathic medicine, is interconnected to the individual in alternative medicine. The inner environment is the person's immunological system and the outer environment is what we know as ecology. Among the many things to consider in our ecology are those occurring naturally, such as weather and geomagnetic fields, as well as those caused by the activities of humans, such as chemicals and electromagnetic pollution.

In his discussion about diseases, Leviton examines the germ theory, which is the basis for allopathy's approach to infectious diseases. He questions whether germs cause disease or whether disease causes germs. He answers with a brief survey of the work of Antoine Bechamp, Gunther Enderlein and Royal Raymond Rife who saw that bacteria is not a fixed entity, but rather pleomorphic, or always changing in relationship to its environment.

The individual who is ill is not so much a system of body parts, but as Leviton explains, a being whose integrity includes biography and personality. Using the term holograph as a metaphor, the author explains that this information is repeated and contained throughout the person.

Encompassing the physical form is the energy field called the etheric body, or aura. It is here, according to work by Richard Gerber, MD, we can find the origin and articulation of most illnesses. This informational pattern also serves as an interface between the body and higher energy systems. The author explores many of the therapies that access those energy systems for healing, such as homeopathy, acupuncture, sound and color therapy.