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The American Medical Association (AMA)
by Barry Lynes

The American Medical Association is the union for the medical establishment, but more than that, it primarily acts as a prostitute for the major drug companies. Truth, workability, effectiveness and health are not what it is concerned with. The AMA profits largely if the drug companies profit. A large percentage of the income of the AMA derives from drug company advertizing in it's journal.

The AMA has acted ruthlessly to destroy and silence alternative therapies and practices which threaten the traditional medical establishment - it's all about power and money and to hell with the health of the public. This has been it's modus operandi since it was created.

(This is taken from Chapter 3 of Barry Lynes's book, The Healing of Cancer: The Cures the Cover-Ups and the Solution Now!)

"The essence of modern dictatorship is the combination of one-dimensional, flat thinking with power and terror. - Theodore Haecker
The American Medical Association (AMA) has a long history of corruption. Its most infamous leader was Morris Fishbein who reigned from 1924 until 1949. He had failed anatomy in medical school and had never practiced medicine a day in his life, but during his years in power he was recognized as the virtual dictator of American medicine. Journalist and scholar Ruth Mulvey Harmer, Ph.D. characterized Fishbein as having the "ruthlessness of a shark" and concluded that he "managed to hold back the twentieth century for 50 years for the benefit of organized medicine" (American Medical Avarice, 1975).

Those who paid large advertising sums to the AMA Journal were given the AMA "seal of approval" for their products, despite the lack of any benefit, while those who wouldn't pay the advertising tax often had their products labeled as worthless. It was essentially a lucrative blackmail scheme.

Fishbein supported drugs but adamantly opposed any food or natural remedies.

Fishbein's opposition to any therapy or technology unrelated to drugs was based on the simple fact that the AMA's power base and economic growth required drug sales. Anything which threatened the growing dependency on drugs threatened the AMA's entire empire. Public health was not and could not be the primary concern of the AMA. Pulitzer Prize (1984) author Paul Starr explained the interlocking interests in his award-winning book, The Social Transformation of American Medicine:

"Medical authority in prescribing drugs and other products enabled the AMA to stand between the manufacturers and their markets. This strategic gatekeeping role permitted the AMA, in effect, to levy an advertising toll on the producers. Revenues from journal advertisements became the principal source of funds for the association. In 1912 the AMA set up a cooperative advertising bureau, which channeled advertisements to state medical journals. The bureau gave the AMA considerable financial leverage over the state medical societies and helped bind the national association even more tightly together.
Evidence cited by Eustace Mullins in his 1988 book, Murder by Injection, suggests that Fishbein ignored medical documentation to the effect that products promoted by the AMA were dangerous. According to Mullins, one such product caused blindness in a number of people. Another quietly killed people in their sleep. Another was so poisonous that it eventually caused the deaths of many, many people.

Another of Fishbein's primary interests was his attempt to comer the rights on promising cancer treatments, or insure that any cancer treatment which threatened AMA financial interests was kept from the public. When the owners of a promising cancer treatment refused to sell it to the AMA, "difficulties" started.

In collaboration with the government and private interests within the cancer industry, Fishbein and his successors have left a history of illegal acts, bribery, conspiracy against medical innovation, monopolistic suppression of competitors and contributing to the physical mutilation and death of patients and consumers.

In the 1930s, a California researcher named Royal R. Rife developed a bio-electronic instrument which destroyed various viruses in a non-invasive, painless treatment. In association with the University of Southern California, a number of clinics used Rife's technology to cure terminal cancer during the period 1934-38. Some of the leading researchers in the country and leading physicians in Southern California participated. In 1938, the AMA's Fishbein found out about the Rife cancer cure and tried to "buy in." When the offer was refused, the entire program was destroyed within six months. First all the doctors were visited and told to abandon the instrument or they would lose their medical licenses and go to jail. Then the leading medical electronic laboratory in America, where Rife's treatment was being independently validated, was burned to the ground at 3 A.M. in the morning while its director was in California consulting with Rife. Three months later, Rife was hauled into court and the treatment was effectively quashed.

This was not the only occasion when scientists or doctors who opposed the AMA or whose discoveries threatened the AMA's financial gains were "burned out," or arrested on trumped-up charges, or died mysteriously. Howard Beard, Ph.D., Director of Biochemistry at LSU Medical School and developer of a urine test for determining cancer, recalled:

"Early one morning in 1946, our lab was mysteriously destroyed by fire. . . . We then established a lab at our present location. Then again one morning in 1947 this lab was set on fire and completely destroyed.
Dr. William F. Koch, the inventor of Glyoxylide, was a particular target of Fishbein and the AMA. So were the doctors who supported him and used the cancer serum Dr. Koch invented.
"One doctor . . . J. W. Kannel, saved a young girl . . . She had hopeless cancer of the spleen. . . . One shot of Glyoxylide, and she became well (in 1943 and was still alive in 1983). Kannel was barred from all hospitals in Fort Wayne."

"One death from poisoning, and one from being run down by an automobile, both victims being physicians of distinction and prominent in the advocacy of the Koch treatment . . . Dr. Koch himself was the target of at least 13 unsuccessful attempts on his life.

Fishbein and his associates at the AMA had been interested in the Harry Hoxsey cancer treatment since 1924. In that year, Dr. Malcolm Harris, the chief surgeon at two Chicago hospitals and later President of the AMA, offered to purchase the Hoxsey cancer tonic. Hoxsey would get 10% of the profits after ten years! The AMA doctors would set the fees and keep all the profits for the first nine years and 90% of the profits from the tenth year. When Hoxsey refused the offer of Dr. Harris, Fishbein began years of official intimidation. Doctors who worked with Hoxsey lost their licenses. Pathologists who examined tumors for Hoxsey lost their businesses. State medical boards closed free clinics where hundreds of "terminal" cancer patients were being saved.

In Iowa, Hoxsey was treating 300 patients a day in the late 1920s. During the vicious 1937-39 period when Fishbein was stopping Rife's treatment, Hoxsey was charged more than a hundred times with practicing medicine without a license in Texas.

Still, Hoxsey's Dallas clinic grew to the point where it was handling as many as 12,000 patients, with affiliate clinics being established in Illinois, Pennsylvania and other states. In a legal action against Fishbein and the AMA in 1949, Hoxsey won. Fishbein's attorney admitted that Hoxsey's treatment did cure cancer. Judge W. L. Thorton ruled:

"I am of the firm opinion and belief that Hoxsey has cured these people of cancer. Hoxsey has been done a great injustice and . . . articles and utterances by defendant Morris Fishbein were false, slanderous, and libelous."
Nevertheless, through an organized conspiracy of the AMA, the FDA and the NCI, Hoxsey's clinics were closed. His treatments have never been officially tested, despite admissions by opponents that they work and court testimony by experts which resulted in a jury concluding that Hoxsey's cancer treatment had therapeutic value. Hoxsey's primary assistant still operates a Hoxsey clinic in Mexico.

A documentary film on Hoxsey is available.

In 1946, Fishbein initiated an attack against Dr. Max Gerson, whose dietary treatments for cancer were anathema to the drug and business-oriented Fishbein. The laboratories used by Dr. Gerson were later threatened with economic ruin if they continued to provide services to him. His diet, so vehemently opposed by the AMA in 1946, now closely resembles the anti-cancer diets recommended by the orthodox cancer organizations in the 1980s.

Attempts against Gerson's life also were made:

"On two occasions Gerson became violently ill. Lab tests showed . . . arsenic in his urine. Some of Gerson's best case histories mysteriously disappeared from his files. The manuscript and all its copies for Gerson's almost completed book were stolen and never recovered.
In 1946, a Senate subcommittee heard testimony from cancer patients successfully treated by Dr. Gerson. The Senator in charge was Claude Pepper of Florida. When he initiated legislation to conquer cancer, the AMA turned its power against Senator Pepper. He was defeated for re-election to the Senate. Pepper later returned to the U.S. Congress as a representative, but ever afterward served orthodox medical interests. He had learned his lesson. Until his death in 1989, he was the leading promoter of "quack investigations" for orthodox medicine, writing to the various state attorneys general for assistance in quashing different alternative treatments. As a national celebrity and "staunch defender" of older Americans, he was the perfect front man for the medical and drug cartels. He was more like a Judas to the elderly, but history alone will assess Claude Pepper's true infamy. Like many men, he ignored the deaths of millions of people for the sake of his own well-being and political position.

In 1953, U.S. Senator Charles Tobey began a Senate investigation into the cancer industry. Attorney Ben Fitzgerald of the U.S. Justice Department was hired as special counsel to the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee to lead the investigation. Fitzgerald's final report concluded that the AMA, in collaboration with the NCI and FDA, entered into a conspiracy to suppress alternative, effective cancer treatments. The August 28, 1953 Congressional Record contained the following summary of special counsel Fitzgerald:

"There is reason to believe that the AMA has been hasty, capricious, arbitary, and outright dishonest . . .

"If radium, X-ray or surgery or either of them is the complete answer, then the greatest hoax of the age is being perpetrated upon the people by the continued appeal for funds for further research. If neither X-ray, radium or surgery is the complete answer to this dreaded disease, and I submit that it is not, then what is the plain duty of society? Should we stand still? Should we sit idly by and count the number of physicians, surgeons and cancerologists who are not only divided but who, because of fear or favor, are forced to line up with the so-called accepted view of the American Medical Association, or should this Committee make a full-scale investigation of the organized effort to hinder, suppress and restrict the free flow of drugs which allegedly have proven successful in cases where clinical records, case history, pathological reports and X-ray photographic proof, together with the alleged cured patients, are available?

"Accordingly, we should determine whether existing agencies, both public and private, are engaged in and have pursued a policy of harassment, ridicule, slander and libelous attacks on others sincerely engaged in stamping out this curse of mankind. Have medical associations, through their officers, agents, servants and employees engaged in this practice? My investigation to date should convince this Committee that a conspiracy does exist to stop the free flow and use of drugs in interstate commerce which allegedly (have) solid therapeutic value. Public and private funds have been thrown around like confetti at a country fair to close up and destroy clinics, hospitals, and scientific research laboratories which do not conform to the viewpoint of medical associations. How long will the American people take this?

That report of the United States Congress was issued over 35 years ago. The conspiracy has continued, grown stronger, and in many ways is more ruthless today. Senator Tobey soon conveniently died of a heart attack. (This has happened to others who were in a position to threaten the cancer industry.) The man who replaced Senator Tobey as head of the Committee was Senator John Bricker, who had been a lawyer for several drug companies. His first act was to order Ben Fitzgerald to stop the investigation into the cancer conspiracy. Fitzgerald refused and was fired. Thus ended the first major national investigation into the criminal conspiracy between the government's health agencies and private medical organizations to monopolize cancer treatment.

In researching the book on Royal Rife's 1934 cure for cancer*, I discovered several doctors who had practiced in the 1940s and 1950s. They told tales of office break-ins, telephone wiretaps and other kinds of harassment that happened to physicians who opposed the AMA or even advocated therapies which the AMA considered financially threatening. One physician who talked on the radio against the AMA was beaten several times, the thugs waiting outside the radio stations when he finished. Another had to be escorted to the Mexican border by his armed brother, so terrified was he of reprisals. Much of the darker side of the AMA's efforts will never be known, now lost to history, but pieces suggest some very dirty tactics were used while law officials looked the other way.

In 1971, the AMA's Council on Drugs, an independent group of scientists and doctors, completed a $3 million evaluation on prescription drugs. Over 300 experts had been involved. Unfortunately, Max H. Parrott, chairman of the board of directors of the AMA, did not like what the independent council concluded in regard to drugs. He asked that the report not be published until "our friends" at the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PMA) looked at it.

The PMA came back with "three or four crates" of revisions, but the independent Council refused to make major changes, especially in its criticism of the drug companies' heavily advertised drug combinations.

In September 1972, a second edition of the "AMA Drug Evaluation" was ready and the Council gave the AMA Board of Directors another advance look. One month later, the AMA disbanded its independent Council on Drugs.

On February 6, 1973, two former chairmen and one vice chairman of the AMA's Council on Drugs testified before Congress. They accused the AMA of being "a captive of and beholden to the pharmaceutical industry."

The ad revenues from the drug companies, which had been the basis for the AMA's power and had distorted medical procedures and policies for decades, was shown to be still the driving force behind the AMA in the 1970s. It hasn't changed in the 1980s. Policies and procedures which are in the health interest of the public, but not in the financial interest of the drug companies, are suppressed.

In 1987, the AMA was found guilty of conspiring for 20 years to destroy the profession of chiropractic. The court concluded, "Under the Sherman Act, every combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade is illegal. The court has held that the conduct of the AMA and its members constituted a conspiracy in restraint of trade" (September 25, 1987). But nothing halted the far more lethal AMA practice of attacking alternative cancer physicians and alternative practitioners (non MDs) using non-drug approaches, through the state medical licensing boards, district attorneys and business networks.

The AMA consists of less than 300,000 dues-paying members (out of more than 750,000 physicians in the U.S.). It employs approximately 900 people at its Chicago headquarters and another 400 in Washington, D.C. Its 1986 budget was $122 million. Approximately two and a half million dollars goes to Washington, D.C. to oversee its lobbying efforts. In 1986, it budgeted approximately four and one-half million dollars to elect key Congressmen for committees critical in developing medical legislation (or defeating those who opposed the AMA's interests).

A very small number of persons will determine the course of the nation's health in the crisis years ahead. AMA officials, their lobbyists and their Congressmen will be on one side. The other side will consist of the few Congressmen who have consistently fought the AMA for the public's benefit. The public doesn't even know who these secret heroes and heroines are.

A shutting-off of the AMA's power to dictate medical treatment and organize blatant conspiracies that destroy individuals and organizations which attempt to offer alternative treatments for cancer, is long overdue. And the reader should not presume that the suppression of doctors practicing alternative medicine is past history. Robert G. Houston, a noted scholar in the field, has concluded that today's offensives against innovative healers are as bad as ever:

"There is evidence that this is all coordinated in a massive movement to stamp out all alternative doctors. . . . At least fifty and probably more like a hundred doctors in the past two years have undergone such treatment, called before licensing boards."
A few years ago, the Vice-President of the AMA admitted his organization was nothing but a union. Therefore, perhaps it is appropriate that the public start coldly viewing the AMA doctors as an organized conspiracy in restraint of trade. AMA Vice-President James Sammons stated on the November 22, 1982 Phil Donahue show:
"Our reasons for being in political action are exactly the same as the AFL-CIO. Exactly."
Perhaps the most powerful of the state organizations affiliated with the AMA is the California Medical Association (CMA). California is a natural hotbed for innovative therapies. Thus the CMA guardian role in keeping alternative therapies restricted is a critical one. If California were to open its doors to alternative therapies (for cancer and otherwise) which successfully provided a viable alternative to the seriously ill patient, the entire national program of the AMA could be threatened.

According to a 1987 article in the San Diego Union, the CMA was the largest cash contributor to the state legislators for the previous five years. Most significant, the article reported what the CMA got for its payoff money:

"that of the 155 bills that the CMA adamantly opposed last year ' not a single one was enacted into law by the Legislature.
Two remedies are necessary- (1) setting up alternative medical boards in each state, and (2) recognizing and defending each citizen's freedom to choose any medical treatment without interference from an organized minority of doctors. (The AMA membership has included less than half the allopathic doctors in the U.S. since 1971. Now only 40% or so of the nation's allopathic physicians and 0% of alternative practitioners belong to it.)

No nation has any realistic expectation of a better future, especially in a rapidly changing, competitive world, if its health system is corrupt or fundamentally opposed to innovation. Recent comparisons of Americans with Europeans, using sophisticated diagnostic instruments, indicated that Americans were much sicker than their trans-Atlantic cousins. One cause certainly can be traced to the decades of conspiratorial machinations by the AMA in its attempt to own, control or suppress new therapies for cancer and other diseases.

This situation does not have to continue. A citizen's right to a choice between competing health practitioners, including non-MDs (non-drug therapists), has long been recognized in international law, particularly the Nuremberg Code. The principle has even been articulated by an outstanding political leader, Dwight Eisenhower, the AMA's own Judicial Council, and the AMA President. But Federal and State laws must guarantee these rights. Otherwise, organizations such as the AMA will continue to obstruct them through state medical licensing boards and state "medical quality" laws. And these rights must apply to the cancer patient, not just the relatively healthy person who wants to shop for therapies.

"The right of the individual to elect freely the manner of his care in illness must be preserved."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States, 1953-1961

"The freedom of the individual to select his preferred system of medical care and free competition among physicians and alternative systems of medical care are prerequisites of ethical practice and optimal medical care."
Judicial Council of the
AMA, 1981

"The individual's freedom of choice remains a cornerstone of the American system."
Dr. Alan R. Nelson, President,
AMA, March 7, 1990

* The Cancer Cure That Worked by Barry Lynes.

Suggested Reading

Drugs, FDA, Corporate & Government Collusion

The Healing of Cancer: The Cures the Cover-Ups and the Solution Now! by Barry Lynes - Read how the American Cancer Society misleads the American public and collects over 350 million dollars a year in contributions, and how part of the money is used against innovative cancer researchers, how the FDA conspires to stop promising treatments, and how so many victims undergo torture because of medical profiteering, outmoded thinking and a corrupt politics.

The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression by Barry Lynes - Office of Alter. Medicine in Wash,D.C. knows about Royal Rife. They continue to ignore - while 10,000 Americans die of cancer every week! Murder by bureaucratic autocracy and inertia. National Cancer Institute and FDA are equally aware and continue to lie about Rife and his remarkable cancer-curing approach. Shame on all the so-called "experts" keeping their heads in the sand in order to protect their privileges and outdated chemo-drug-surgery "culture."

World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17 by G. Edward Griffin - Provides an excellent exposť of an alternative natural way to prevent and cure cancer through nutrition, and the forces in government and in large pharmaceutical firms that are fighting to keep the secret from us. This book serves as an eye opener to anybody who has ever wondered why there has been so little progress in the fight against cancer, despite the vast sums of money being invested.

The Cancer Industry: The Classic Expose on the Cancer Establishment by Ralph W. Moss - An ex-cancer insider at the Sloan Kettering institute details all of the alternative therapies which have been railroaded by the cancer establishment. An interesting read for anyone who has the nagging feeling that the cancer war is being lost because pharmaceutical companies are avoiding possible natural, non patentable cures.

Drugs & The Psychiatric Industry

Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry : Drugs, Electroshock, and the Role of the FDA Today! by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Toxic Psychiatry : Why Therapy, Empathy, and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

The Manufacture of Madness : A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movements by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor

Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry : An Inquiry into the Social Uses of Mental Health Practices by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor

Bedlam : Greed, Profiteering, and Fraud in a Mental Health System Gone Crazy by Joe Sharkey

The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress by Seymour Fisher and Roger P. Greenberg

Physician's Desk Reference (PDR)

Psychiatric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

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