Natural Medicine: An Editorial by ANH-Intl Executive Director and ANH-USA Science Director Rob Verkerk

November 8, 2011

Fruits and vegetablesIt’s an odd world when those that we entrust with our health—the medical establishment—are so resistant to supporting health in the way intended by nature.


Dr. Verkerk’s editorial follows:

Many who’ve yet to become fully aware of the extent of contemporary, western society’s disconnect with nature seem to take disconnection for granted. It’s almost as if this disconnected state is becoming the natural state in their minds. We are meant to accept that someone who exhibits symptoms of depression should be given Prozac, despite there being no evidence of any Prozac-deficiency, or any attempt to consider altering the circumstances or environment around the person.

Caesarean sections in some countries, like the UK, are now elective for any woman who so chooses. In a society where so many rights are being taken away from us, isn’t it a little puzzling that suddenly the rights of a woman who might want to avoid labor are now being granted? Could there be another motive—is it about scheduling of hospital births or is it about preempting lawsuits? Or could it be even more sinister?

The reality is that whether it’s the way we come into the world, the way we protect ourselves from diseases using vaccination, or the food available to us in supermarkets, most of it is darn right unnatural. Scientific evidence for the harm all this unnatural living causes us, in many cases, isn’t robust enough to force governments to recognize it (remember how long it took to force governments to recognize the harm caused by cigarette smoking?).

What we find instead is a different type of evidence. There is a growing troupe of us around the world, now likely to represent many millions—not just hundreds of thousands—who have understood this. We are choosing to live our lives differently, especially in how we eat, move or think, and it seems we’re not affected by the same rate of metabolic and psychiatric disease that afflict so many who choose to live off processed food from the supermarket or take a pill for every ill. Let’s face it, who can make money out of diet and lifestyle change? This is why one of our campaign strategies is of course not just to help people to adjust their lifestyles, but also to force governments to wake up to the cost of inappropriate diets and lifestyle, which are the main causes of the “Big 5” killer diseases: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

Central to our entire campaign for natural health are our efforts to raise awareness. While we provide a lot of material, you’ll understand that the real work in disseminating information far and wide is done by you—not us. Yes, in some areas it is vitally important to force change to bad pieces of legislation, such as those affecting herbal products in Europe, or to get some better sense into the science, another subject that’s very close to our hearts. But the greatest element of change comes from increasing awareness, so that individuals alter their understanding of what the established medical and scientific community tells them with regards their health. Ultimately it’s about us as individuals and social groups making permanent changes to our behavior. This is true self-empowerment, and you don’t even have to wait until tomorrow—you can do it today.



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6 responses to “Natural Medicine: An Editorial by ANH-Intl Executive Director and ANH-USA Science Director Rob Verkerk”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Yes, it is totally baffling except when you hear that people in charge really want to kill off a lot of us through Codex and Agenda 21, S510, etc.

  2. Many Europeans and a few Americans are aware that pharma-care is a well protected monopoly that dominates public information to perpetuate fake science.
    Awakening people to the fact that industrial food and illogical drug therapies are killing them and Earth’s biosphere is a daunting task.
    Disease is simply an energy shortage where we lack electrons generated by the sun because they are stolen by industrial toxins and food processing and lacking in chemically farmed plant and animal products.
    Understanding the cause leads directly to the cures used by many natural healers and outlined in my books. The problem is that information is tightly controlled and many minds are sealed against alternatives.
    Thanks for helping spread the truth!

    • Elizabeth Butler says:

      You are absolutely right. Most folks get their information only through money-influenced mainstream media that supports the big pharma monopoly and big agriculture non-food. I have found it an uphill battle to convince others who have been brainwashed this way.

      • Jerry T. says:

        Indeed, I hate playing mind games with a doctor. So now I just ask them if they can work with herbs. Of course it’s a big “NO” in unison. But the VA hospital in Cleveland has one of the biggest herbal libraries in the country. What sense does that make?
        I’m perturbed that my insurance would rather pay $30,000 for a course of life threastening medicine that I cured with a $20.00 bottle of herbs. My doc was livid. Too bad for him. Why can’t Medicare pay for the much cheaper herbal remedies? Or pay my herbalist? While millions of dollars are wasted through AMA fraud that they refuse to investigate?
        I flatly ignore the standard warning of “see you’re AMA doctor first” and “not meant to replace doc’s advice”. BS, yes it is. ‘Doc’ these days is an arrogant patch tech whom I refuse to hold up over nature. But I let him write his magnificent prescription, then I go home and research the herb that they synthesized and take the herb and it’s associates. Works every time. I find the more I research my own health issues, the more independent of AMA I become. The government should give me a badge, not a financial bludgeoning. I still have to pay one third of any medical expense I incur.
        Doctor’s advice is not meant to replace natural cures. Sounds much better.

        • Mary says:

          Sooo true! Thank you for your comment. It’s wonderful to see that other people care about the truth and themselves. Keep fighting the good fight. You will always be successful! 🙂

  3. Brian Connor says:

    It is truly a daunting prospect to confront big pharma, but a strong resolve is inherent in a nature oriented perspective and attachment. That will be our comfort.

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