A History of Medicine – part 2 – Pain & Death

Hildegard

Hildegard Von Bingen

Hello again,

So far we have come down to around 1700 in our study of medical history.  Let’s go back and reaffirm what is being said.

Man has always been looking for an answer to why he gets sick and suffers pain and even death.  This has led other men to propose answers, answers that always gives them money and power.  Even in the tribal jungles there were the shaman and voo-dooism.  In these times you were sick due to evil spirits or demons.  The shaman’s role was to drive the evil spirits out by the use of secret medications and chants known only to the shaman.  In reality, this is still believed today.  Don’t we have exorcisms to drive out demons?  So, there is some truth to this concept.  This belief is more spiritual than reality.  We also need to keep in mind that modern doctors are doing the same. Won’t they prescribe an antibiotic to drive out the evil spirits we call bacteria or viruses?  Interesting, isn’t it?

When the Roman empire was in decline, the church, the Catholic church, began to dominate.  The Popes were quick to see the money and power to be had by controlling medicine.  It came to be then that to practice medicine you had to go to the local bishop to get permission to practice medicine.  A good friend of mine introduced me to the medicine of Hildegard Von Bingen.  She was a nun that lived from 1098 to 1179.  She wrote upon many concepts, one being natural medicine and curing.  Once the bishop allowed her to write, she wrote her visions (her information came from visions) in two volumes.  Surprisingly, she was very successful in her efforts to restore health.  There is a clinic in Germany which still practices her medical concepts.

Following the decline of the church, the royals took control of medicine.  Now, you had to have the King’s approval to practice medicine.  This finally came down to the doctors forming their own “guilds” or offices to mandate and dictate what was required to be learned and to be allowed to practice medicine.  This continues to this day.  Four years of college, four years of med school, two years of internship, and two plus years of residency did not come by accident. Is sickness and health really that complicated?

In all of this there are still only four types of medical approaches that are used.  There is the spiritual, the natural, the Hippocratic, and the mechanistic beliefs.  I will not be discussing the spiritual although the mental approach has great bearing upon your health.  Here I am talking about the placebo effect and whether or not you believe you are getting better or going to die.  The natural medical approach still relies upon herbs and self control.  The Hippocratic approach ( along with the Orthopathic knowledge) are the ones I am interested in, and so should you.  The mechanistic approach goes back to the Greek D__________ and Count von Hoenblume whereby they believe they can use poisonus chemicals called medicines in an effort to “poison the sick into getting well.”  This approach serves only to treat the symptoms and allows the disease to continue.  This current medical belief is commonly termed “allopathic” medicine, the treatment of disease by the principle of the opposite.  If you have diarrhea you will be given a big dose of a drug that causes the opposite, constipation, as an example.  It appears to work like a magician’s trick, but the cause is still unknown and untreated.

That’s all for this blog.  

May you live in health and prosper.

DrC