Current medical system is corrupted by pharmaceutical industry, says Dr. Richard Amerling
Dr. Richard Amerling is co-author of “The Next Wave is Brave: Standing Up for Medical Freedom.” He is the former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the chief academic officer of The Wellness Company, a health care organization promoting medical freedom and patient-centered care outside of the mainstream medical establishment.
With lifestyle and dietary changes, most common diseases are reversible, said Amerling, but that’s not the approach of the modern medical establishment.
“The model that we have adopted [in modern medicine] is to not reverse the disease, but to rather treat those diseases with pharmaceutical products,” Amerling said in a recent interview for EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program. “It’s a fabulous business plan.”
The medical system trains doctors to use drugs to treat diseases instead of trying to get at the root cause, he said, and many of the drugs prescribed for these common diseases actually have very little benefit and many side effects.
“The current system is so corrupt at this point that it is impossible to fix, in my view. We have to start from scratch and build something alongside as an alternative,” he said. “Let’s just build our own system that will be free from industry influence. We’re not going to have pharma telling us what drugs to give and when. We’re not going to have guidelines committees to tell doctors how to practice.”
Along with overprescribing medicines, the medical system gives authority to small groups of experts who then, via “guidance,” dictate to every doctor what treatments or drugs to give to their patients, said Amerling.
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) nutrition pyramid is an example of guidance put out by a small group of experts which has been widely adopted by the medical system, Amerling said. The FDA-recommended diet is heavy in carbohydrates, sugars, and bad oils and fats, and is ultimately toxic to the body, he added.