Sick to Death
Executive Producers: Maggie Hadleigh-West and Kent Holtorf
This video documents the long, drawn-out attempts of Maggie to find some relief from her low thyroid symptoms. Most doctors rely mainly on blood tests even though they are notoriously unreliable. The usual result is that no problem is found when there really is a problem. Once the doctors were finally convinced there was a problem, the diagnosis bounced around from thyroid disease to Graves disease to Hashimoto’s disease to Lyme. That pretty much sums up where Western medicine is today. There are no solutions except drugs and great difficulty even deciding what the problem is.
One of the treatments Maggie was subjected to was drinking radioactive iodine to burn out her thyroid. Apparently, removal of troublemaking organs is the way to go these days. (I’m glad I don’t get headaches very often.) This did nothing to improve her health. Nothing else Western medicine had to offer helped either. Maggie underwent a sleep study. With all the wires, tubes and tape they wrap their sleep subject in, I can’t believe there is any possibility of normal sleep happening. Maggie saw an alternative doctor until the medical board shut him down for not following government-dictated protocols. She eventually resorted to traveling to Brussels to find treatment that didn’t involve destroying any more organs.
This documentary takes a look at the bigger picture, and that is what I found most interesting. Author and filmmaker G. Edward Griffin appears several times to explain the economics and politics behind what is going on. There is no doubt he has done a lot of study on the subject. He briefly outlines how the Rockefellers joined up with the German chemical company IG Farben to steer the medical industry toward a drug-based industry. It was entirely about profit, not cure. Griffin finds it interesting that insurance boards are well populated with people from the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Jerome Kassirer, MD, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, recounts how many studies published in the journal were funded and sometimes run by big pharma. Griffin’s conclusion is that this country is in trouble. We have lost sight of the principles that made this country great.
This film has some mature content that viewers might want to be aware of. It does a good job of explaining how the medical system works at the highest levels, so I give it a thumbs UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2018.