The Art of Medicine

portrait of paracelsus

Its Destruction by Prescription

14 Comments by WRF Staff

At one time, long ago in our history, medicine was considered an art and not just a profession. To be a physician was a noble and sacred task. During the time of the ancient Greeks we find sacred temples of healing and the physician priests accomplished wonderful and profound healings.


In more modern times, if we consider the 1500s modern compared to 300 BC, we read the words of Paracelsus talking about the sacredness of the medical profession and his thoughts regarding the true art of medicine and the sacred obligation of being a physician.


Paracelsus stated, "The physician comes from nature, from nature he is born; only he who receives his experience from nature is a physician, and not he who writes, speaks, and acts with his head and with ratiocination's aimed against nature and her ways. If you apply an art, let it be only in the light of nature, and not in superficial action."


"It must not surprise the physician that nature is more than his art. For what can equal the forces of nature? He who has no expert knowledge of them has not mastered the art of medicine. In one herb there is more virtue and force than in all the folios that are read in the high colleges and that are not fated to live long."


"Every physician must be rich in knowledge, and not only of that which is written in books; his patients should be his book, they will never mislead him… and by them he will never be deceived. But he who is content with mere letters is like a dead man; and he is like a dead physician. As a man and as a physician, he kills his patient."


Paracelsus spelled out what the best qualifications of a good surgeon are:


- A clear conscience,

- Desire to learn and to gather experience,

- A gentle heart and a cheerful spirit,

- Moral manner of life and sobriety in all things,

- Greater regard for his honor than for money,

- Greater interest in being useful to his patient than to himself,

- He should not practice self-abuse,

- He must not act without judgment,

- He must not accept belief without understanding,

- He must not boast of knowing anything without experience,

- He must never boast or praise himself,

- He should know all the vulnerary herbs,

- He should know all the essences,

- He should know the articulations of nature and all her properties,

- He should know all the tissue-forming remedies,

- He should know all the essences.


Paracelsus also had a very interesting thought when he stated, "the longer the book, the less the intelligence; the longer the prescriptions, the poorer their virtue. Therefore each physician should achieve great things by means of small things."


Paracelsus achieved many wonderful and incredible results during his life. But at all times he considered medicine a sacred task and the practice by a physician to be the noblest of all activities. In summing up his theories he believed that the physician should be a good listener and observer. Listen to your patient; listen to nature who speaks to those who humbly come looking for answers.


During Paracelsus' time, the early 1500s, he was very upset with what doctors were prescribing to their patients, which he stated were actually worse than the patients original problem. He also was very much against the apothecaries that loaded the medicines with deadly or life threatening ingredients and at the very least the medications caused all sorts of problems for the patient. It's now the 21st century, I wonder how far we've come from those middle ages?


Throughout the years, The World Research Foundation News has always tried to share positive and uplifting cover stories. But this issue is going to be different. We are absolutely shocked at what medicine has fallen to. It is not an art, it really is not a science any more, it is a deadly game of Russian Roulette! Why? Because we have now accepted therapies that are more harmful and deadly than the original medical problem that we had when we began the therapy. This is absolutely and clearly the fault of the pharmaceutical industry and its capture of the medical profession. I would now like to list some of the pharmaceuticals that are offered in our magazines and television commercials. Let's look at what they are used for and what some of the side effects are. I will be taking the information directly out of their own advertising.


"ADVAIR: Does Asthma sometimes stop you? Advair, the first and only preventative asthma product…" Here are the side affects listed for this product for asthma: Some people may experience increased blood pressure, heart rate, or changes in heart rhythm… possible side effects from studies with patients, upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, hoarseness/voice change, yeast infection of the mouth, bronchitis, cough, headaches, diarrhea, gastrointenstinal flu, swollen glands, muscle injuries, allergy symptoms, swelling of the mouth or throat, agitation, vaginal pain, …" and more. This came out of Readers Digest, January 2004, pg. 11-13.


"ROZEREM: When you can't sleep you can't dream. Fortunately there's a sleep aid like no other… Adverse Reactions and most commonly observed Adverse events in Phase 1-3 trials: Dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache, insomnia, upper respiratory tract infection, depression, and more." This was taken from Readers Digest, September 2007, pg. 19-21. It seems that these types of reactions are just as bad and will cause more problems then the persons original difficulty!


"PLAVIX, Help stop a clot before a clot stops you… Adverse events in Plavix Patients: Chest pain, influenza like symptoms, pain, fatigue, edema, hypertension, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, diarrhea, nausea, back pain, depression, rhinitis, rash and other skin disorders…" This was taken from TV Guide, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2007, pg. 13-14.


This is just disgusting!


Why are the medications that are being offered to people with medical conditions exposing them to these potentially serious, adverse effects that will certainly mean the patient is going to need another medication for the new difficulty? And this perhaps is the reason why we find ourselves in the medical system that we have. More problems, more drugs, more MONEY for their products.


"REQUIP for Restless Legs Syndrome. Requip is the first FDA-approved treatment for RLS… Requip may cause you to faint, feel dizzy, nauseated, or sweaty when you stand up. Also tell your doctor if you or your family notices that you develop any unusual impulses or behaviors, such as pathological gambling or hypersexuality. Side effects include nausea, drowsiness, vomiting and dizziness. Hallucinations (unreal sounds, visions, or sensations) have been reported in patients taking Requip. Studies of people with Parkinson's disease show that they may have an increased risk of developing melanoma." This was taken from Readers Digest, July 2007, pg. 7-9.


"BONIVA; Builds bone density to help keep bones strong and healthy." "Just one pill a month builds strong, healthy bones to help prevent fractures." Now, let us take a look at their listed side effects. "What are the possible side effects of Boniva? Pain or trouble swallowing (dysphagia), heartburn, ulcers in your stomach or esophagus, diarrhea, pain in extremities (arms or legs), dyspepsia (upset stomach), mild flu-like symptoms… rarely, patients have reported sever bone, joint, and/or muscle pain starting with one day to several months… serious jaw problems associated with delayed healing and infection…" This advertising was found in Readers Digest, July 2007, pgs. 43-45. The smiling, well-known actress that is in the advertisement should be ashamed of herself!


Virtually in all of the advertising, whether it be in print media or on the television, we see the happy smiling faces of the people just swallowing down these marvelous products. But what is really happening here? Do any of these pharmaceutical products really address the cause of the problem? Or are these products just masking the difficulty?


The analogy that comes to mind is how someone might address a difficulty that shows up in their automobile. When a red light or symbol appears on the dashboard it is a warning that something is not functioning properly with the car. It is a signal that there is a problem that is on the horizon, if not something that has already appeared.


Someone seeing this signal might approach it in two different manners. One manner is to take the car in for service or to try to discover what the problem might be. Another approach might be to just ignore what is taking place. Just ignore the light or symbol and just continue to drive. An easy way of choosing this direction is to just cover up the light or symbol with some tape. We know what will happen with this approach.


This is what is taking place now in our medical approach to illness. These pharmaceuticals are not addressing the problem, but masking the symptoms while placing people at risk for additional problems.


The watchdog for our medical safety is the FDA. What are they doing in allowing this type of medical therapy? Is medicine an art, or is it more dangerous than our health problem?


  1. Di
    December 13, 2007

    Love your article, especially the part about a health care provider keeping things simple for the patient. At times when I see a patient admitted at the hospital and go through a page, yup a page, of prescription drugs it shocks me!

  1. A.N.
    January 9, 2008

    A good physician is not a man with dozens of certifications, a good physician is a man he was born to become a physician.

  1. Patricia Beck
    July 17, 2008

    Pharmaceutical companies are making so much money. People start popping pills for just about anything and we have more disorders than ever before - we also have more prescription medications than ever before. You are right, these prescriptions only mask the problem like a bandaid. It doesn't take much to get a prescription these days, "feeling sad?" "Here's some Prozac."

  1. Harold Erks
    September 14, 2008

    I have been diagnosed by Dr. Jeffery Ralph at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MEDIACAL CENTER IN SAN FRANCISCO with poly neuropathy cauce unknown. He prescribed neurotin and vidacane creme to reduce the symptoms. Is their an alternative to this treatment, or a cure for this condition?

  1. Robert B. Thorne, M.D.
    April 3, 2009

    For: Harold Erks

    Mr. Erks,

    I haven't seen you as a patient, but there are many causes of neuropathy, which can be divided into polyneuropathies (many nerves) and mononeuropathies (one nerve) involved:

    1) Diabetic neuropathy (look up benfotiamine (lipid soluble form of the vitamin thiamine which prevents nonenzymatic glycosylation and can help) as well as capsaicin for the itching-burning of diabetic neuropathy.

    2) Mononeuritis multiplex

    3) Inherited neuropathies: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Dejerine-Sottas Disease, Friedreich's Ataxia, Refsum's Disease, Porphyria

    4) Associated with systemic/metabolic disorders: diabetic neuropathy, associated with uremia (kidney problems; look at BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and creatinine in blood work), alcoholism and nutritional deficiency (check for vitamin B-12 deficiency on blood work, B-12 and serum methylmalonic acid, also thiamine deficiency)

    5) Polyneuropathy in association with multiple myeloma or benign monoclonal gammopathy

    6) neuropathy with leprosy is pretty rare but involves sensory loss

    7) AIDS polyneuropathy

    8) neuropathies associated with sarcoidosis, polyarteritis, and rheumatoid arthritis

    9) Toxic neuropathies: exposure to pesticides, acrylamides in industry, organophosphorus insecticides, solvents, heavy metals such as arsenic, thallium, mercury (in teeth fillings), lead, drugs such as dilantin, isoniazid, vincristine, high doses of vitamin pyridoxine. Look at environmental occupational histories. If someone is on Isoniazid for tuberculosis, pyridoxine supplementation helps.

    10) Sensorimotor polyneuropathy with malignant disease, possibly undetected as yet

    11) Guillain Barre Syndrome

    12) Chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy

    13) Mononeuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome, pressure on ulnar nerve "funny bone", pressure from herniated disc in back, Bell's Palsy or facial paralysis

    These are some key words to look up to help your doctor make the diagnosis.

  1. Robert B. Thorne, M.D.
    April 3, 2009

    I just found out about your fantastic website through the book, The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (what a fantastic book!). Anyhow, being a doctor and knowing how much alternative medicine practitioners have been persecuted over the years, thereby denying patients access to lifesaving and disease remitting treatments, I'm a bit disappointed, to say the least, with those in government, on medical boards, in control of pharmaceutical companies, etc., who would have dared to do these things to so many people. It must not be allowed to happen any longer, and "never again". It dwarfs the Holocaust, Stalinist Russia, and China put together, in its deadliness and suffering inflicted. It needs to be stopped by first informing the public and doctors, and then by aggressive legal action in prosecuting those who have done, and continue to do, this crime of suppression of alternatives, which is a conspiracy to commit murder on a large scale. They must never be allowed to do this again. I don't like seeming angry, but I am, and good will not happen as long as people take a "passive" approach to these matters.

  1. Margo
    April 16, 2009

    Dr.Hamer's research is the finest in explaining the psychological reasons for the biological physiological reason for symptoms. His work shows how each cell layer behaves under cellular changes cell + or cell -.

    His correlations to the emotional reason for the biological program are unmatched in history. Although there are no clinics in place yet for his work to be offered as a therapeutic option, it is nonetheless an extraordinary piece of the puzzle of illness and someday he will be recognized as one of the medical genuises of all time. It is work that needs to be fully explained to be understood in its glorius simplicity and truth!

  1. Tristen
    April 21, 2009

    An important nutrient for people suffering from AIDS and other malignant diseases which suppress the immune system might be L-Argenine. This supplement is an amino acid that improves your health by assisting the body in getting rid of ammonia (which is a waste product) and is used to make beneficial compounds in the body such as L-glutamine, creatine, and L-proline.

    L-Argenine is extremely useful in enhancing the immune system, and it increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which is responsible for manufacturing T lymphocytes - the much talked about T-cells, which assist the immune system.

    Tristen Thomas

  1. Ravenelvenlady
    May 2, 2009

    What is it with all the "he's"?!! Many of the greatest healers and physicians were women and continue to be.

  1. codeglow
    June 13, 2009

    I enjoyed this article, thank you very much for sharing!

    I often thought I was losing my mind in the midst of a combination of ailments that had ruled my body for more than half my life. I will not focus on the past, only to look back and see how far I have come. I have been through many types of treatments/therapies/drugs. I listened to my body and did not take drug after drug for long periods of time as I felt worse. So I took painkillers ONLY when I needed more time to focus on studying for remedies for my illnesses. Long story but I am very well today through making more informed decisions & diligent research AND listening to my bodies messages. I lost my trust even in my own family doctor who is still blindly captive today in his world of "Medicine." Even some of the "natural" doctors/remedies are riddled with falsehood. All in the name of "Power & Greed." On that note PLEASE SEE the truth about CODEX ALIMENTARIUS. Gooogle it or see it on youtube. Unfortunately, I do believe that project "Depopulation 2000" is still underway. I wouldn't recommend focusing too much energy on the evil of it all but rather for self-education and preparation. Very easy for "them" (powermongers) to win if you buy into their fear-ridden tactics. Protect your fellow man with like-minded philosophy through wellness practices, Love and Light.

  1. Paula
    July 4, 2009

    Yes, I agree that a physician is not the one who have certifications. It should comes from the heart and soul to become a good physician that patients can rely on.

  1. Bette Vreede
    October 22, 2009

    Yes, we do need doctors at times, but they too easily hand out pills. I am on digoxin for a-fib (heart) verapamil and a water pill for high blood pressure and I don't know how to get off them. I went off water pill for a while and I got fluid going from my heart to my lungs and had to have a quart of fluid removed. Scarey aye. I have bad allergies out in palm desert, so have to have a shot of cortizone and singular pills during the bad seasons or i am a mess. Once in a while I take a half of a xanax to sleep. How can I get away from all of this? p.s. I had high blood pressure about 35 years ago and my pharmacist said take magnesium. They monitered it and went off all my pills. I am on magnesium again, my blood pressure good but am afraid at my age to go off my medication.

  1. Joe Bentley
    November 9, 2009

    Greetings everyone,

    I trust that my commentary will fall within the topic covered by the excellent article and also the valued responses to it.

    In the United States we don't have a health care system. It's a disease management system that cannot afford for people to be healthy. Obviously dominated primarily by the pharmaceutical companies, we are bombarded by statements that particular products will accomplish specific results, implying a cure. I question the belief that one can utilize anything man made that knows what to do and specifically where to go in the human body to solve the problem in question. To have that capability the product would have to be self aware and knowing. That a man made product knows how to do anything would be analogous to expecting a hammer to have the skill necessary to drive a nail into a piece of wood. Water does not know how to cure a thirst, but the body knows what to do with the water. The body began as a single cell and knew how to create itself in all directions at the same time. A primary mandate of the body is obvious and that is to be healthy. What are we putting into the body that supports it being healthy or not putting into the body that it needs to function properly? What kind of thoughts do we entertain? The body is a product of Nature not a product of man. The body can tell the difference between what is true (has existence) and what is false (lacks existence) while the human mind cannot discern the difference at all and never seems to be short of opinions and endless commentary about almost everything. How else can someone be put under hypnosis and told to put their arm in a fire that doesn't actually exist and still get blisters… or someone with multiple personality disorder change to an alternative personality and have their cancer disappear in less than an hour only to have it return when they revert to their original personality?

    In following up, it is well documented that every disease known to man, including those considered incurable and or fatal, has gone into remission and remissions are not rare as most people are led to believe. They are in fact quite common and in many cases can be intentionally induced.

    P.S. The AIDS hypothesis has been scientifically refuted and it is now being slowly accepted that the primary symptoms of AIDS are induced by the medical drugs being imposed as the so called treatment.

    In gratitude,


  1. Ellen Landauer
    November 15, 2009

    Excellent article -- loved hearing about Paracelsus! What a long path to Perdition the sickness industry has taken!

    There are so many wonderful natural healing methods that most people can do for themselves. That's a place where our power to achieve full aliveness can be found.

    Best Wishes,



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