Hippocrates Has the Hiccups

The Hippocratic Oath and the Nuremberg Code are among the most important victims of the so-called pandemic of SARS CoV-2 and Covid-19. Do no harm has gone by the wayside, let alone the proper reading of it as Prof. John Ioannidis points out, which is more like if you can’t do anything good, do nothing. Informed consent and trust in doctors has gone by the wayside. This pandemic was the moral end of medicine. Here is a lovely presentation on Hippocrates, which might be helpful.

What Hippocrates Knew and We Have Forgotten – John Patrick, MD

This presentation certainly is a good reminder of the need to live a life of integrity and being conscious of our decisions in a way that often seems to be a victim of our educational system which fails to inspire wisdom. Personally, I would disagree with Hippocrates about his notion that the belief in judgement after death is what matters, though it might be a useful belief to some. In my view, it will not get you there, and my preferred way of addressing that issue would be the notion that every encounter is holy, and that the choice is ours at any time, and if we do not make that choice consciously, we waste the opportunity, for in every encounter lies the choice of hell or heaven. Now. Here is a relevant text from A Course in Miracles. Note the speaker, the “I” person is Jesus here:

When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. ²As you see him you will see yourself. ³As you treat him you will treat yourself. ⁴As you think of him you will think of yourself. ⁵Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself. ⁶Whenever two Sons of God meet, they are given another chance at salvation. ⁷Do not leave anyone without giving salvation to him and receiving it yourself. ⁸For I am always there with you, in remembrance of you.

(ACIM, T-8.III.4:1-8)

This realization has more immediacy to it than the notion of a judgement after death. But I digress. The issue here is that Hippocrates was very far-sighted in conceptualizing what the mission of medicine should be and we have generally honored his teaching more in the breach than in the observance. Dr. John Patrick in the video above does also refer to the Nazi doctors in World War II, and the eponymous book by Robert Jay Lifton, The Nazi Doctors. While he does not speak directly to the Nuremberg code, nevertheless, it is evident that the Nazi medical abuses of involuntary medical experimentation were a complete moral derailing of the medical profession which made people cry out: Never again!

Yet, it only took one pandemic” of a modestly annoying flu virus, which was over-hyped by the politicians and the media to get the world to utterly forget the Hippocratic oath and the Nuremberg code. Indeed, it is interesting that the German Corona-Ausschuss, has emerged as a world-wide leader in developing a response to these newest abuses and the world’s complete amnesia of any moral compass in medicine. It seems we have now completely lost and forgotten the moral resolve of that “never again,” and the reasons for fighting World War II seem to have been forgotten. We can only hope that the world returns to that place sooner rather than later. The present crisis certainly makes this an urgent need.

Besides the mindless and shocking adoption of a CCP concept of locking up the healthy population, which was always known to be the opposite of what you should do, more or less everything we’ve done has been counter productive. Perhaps quarantine the sick, but not the healthy. Politicians practicing medicine without a license have now proved it to us again – the lockdowns were counter-productive if anything, as Prof. John Ioannidis has been reminding us in his articles and presentations this last year, most recently in a presentation at Salzburg. In short, we have been violating that other Hippocratic dictum: do no harm – if you cannot do anything clearly good, do not do anything, just for the sake of doing something.

The most obvious things we have not done are to focus on prevention and treatment. One standout that is still widely ignored is the critical need for adequate vitamin D. There is a completely natural, drug-free protocol from SHARAN-India, which really makes the point that our immune system can cope if we are healthy. Within the allopathic world, there is much ado about numerous potential treatment options that have been ignored, in favor of the vaccine, and now that the vaccines are increasingly proving problematic, these voices are getting louder by the day. Well they should. However the deeper, long-term issue is that we are too focused on treating disease and not enough on health and this is where Lifestyle Medicine points the way out of hell, in general and specifically with a Covid-19 resource page from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. SHARAN also has published more videos on building up the immune system and their approach is very much Lifestyle Medicine and in the Hippocratic spirit of letting food be thy medicine.

It is high time we should listen to these voices that are honoring the Hippocratic tradition , for we are descending into the hell of adverse reactions, which are growing to levels that far exceed of what was ever deemed acceptable traditionally. What the good actuaries have been saying for quite some time, the complete failure to take the risk stratification of the situation into account has proven disastrous. We have mostly a crisis of comorbidities, which are all the chronic illnesses that are completely preventable by Lifestyle Medicine and Whole Foods, Plant-Based nutrition as a main component. Again and again, we are proving to ourselves that the two major causes of premature death have become diet and doctors. Growing numbers of doctors are trying to become part of the solution by switching to Lifestyle Medicine, and people do have a choice as to what is at the end of their fork. It makes no sense to inoculate the whole population with dubious “vaccines” just to preserve the right to eat junk food and destroy our immune systems with every bite. More and more research points to effectively zero or near zero risk for healthy people without comorbidities.