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The Mythical Town of Allopath – Closer to Home than You Think…

Every once in a while you come across an amazing little video with a giant message.  And this is one of those times.  

The video is called The Town of Allopath and, as you might guess, it’s a brilliant animated expose of the follies of our “official” medical tradition, which is technically known as “allopathic medicine”, and of the pharmaceutical approach to healing in general.  Here it is:

The Elephant in the Room

Every time there’s a big public health care debate, such as the recent one in the USA or the earlier one in Canada, I’m struck more than anything by the elephant in the room that no one talks about. 

Why is no one saying the obvious?  – that our health care system is wildly expensive because it’s so dependent on expensive technology, because there’s no priority given to preventative health care, and because the medical associations, pharmaceutical corporations and insurance providers work hand in glove.  

Could we have a superb health care system for half the cost?  Of course we could!  It would be easy to design one.  So why don’t we?  There are at least two reasons.  The first, of course,  consists of the entrenched political interests of the parties we’ve just mentioned.  Unfortunately, though, there’s another factor that hits a lot closer to home, and that factor is us

Are We Really Part of the Solution? 

We, the public in general, are the people who make our health care unaffordable.  We’re the ones propping up the unholy alliance of allopathic medicine, Big Pharma, the Agri-Food giants, the chemical companies and the insurance firms.  We do it every time we go looking for the magic pill to take away our symptoms, every time we fail to discern what our body is really telling us, every time we refuse to change our disastrous lifestyle.  

If your smoke detector goes off at home, you look everywhere to make sure there’s no fire; you don’t just yank out the battery because the noise is inconvenient.  Yet that’s exactly what we do every time we go to our GP and expect him or her to just make the nasty symptoms go away so we don’t have to think about them.  

My own family doctor would love to do more preventative medicine, yet one of the big things holding him back is the pill-popping mentality of his own patients.  So we ourselves are often as much a part of the problem as the people we blame.  Remember, a symptom is not just an annoyance… it’s an invitation for you to listen to what your body is telling you.  

So allopathy isn’t just a problem that’s “out there”; it’s a frame of mind that we all too easily lapse into.  Do you oppose the monopoly of our expensive and largely ineffective allopathic institutions?  Then it’s time to start looking at your own life and how you personally handle the health challenges that come your way.  

~ Dr. Symeon  Rodger 

U.S. Health Care Debate: This Irate Canadian Speaks Out!

Hi all,

This post is addressed largely to those of you living in the United States.

Debates about the cost and structuring of public health care in industialized nations are hardly a new thing. As most of you reading this probably know, the REAL problem with any of our existing healthcare systems is NEVER discussed in the public debates – that’s the absurdity of the reigning medical paradigm (allopathic medicine) and the pharmaceutical giants who sponsor if not control it.

However, that’s not what I want to talk about today. What has many of us here in Canada genuinely annoyed is the manipulation of the facts and the outright lies circulated in the United States about Canada’s health care system.

A friend of mine in the US suffered a serious stroke back in March. He actually died on the table. He was successfully resuscitated and is doing quite well now, thank God. However, he told me that many of his acquaintances have said to him things like, “It’s a good thing you didn’t have that stroke in Canada. You’d have probably died before they got around to treating you because you have to wait so long for care in Canada.”

Let’s set the record straight: No one has to wait for critical health care in Canada. If my friend had suffered his stroke while visiting Ottawa, he would have found himself in a world-class hospital’s intensive care unit within MINUTES. And nobody would have been demanding proof of medical insurance before treating him.

As a Canadian I have absolutely NO financial worries related to health care. Neither does anyone I know. I will never be refused treatment for lack of insurance, since we’re all insured. I have never had any problems getting my family’s medical procedures paid for or getting reimbursed for up to 80% for the costs of their prescription drugs, dental visits, eye glasses and a pile of other necessary services.

For decades now we’ve been stunned by the American reality of “catastrophic illness” – an illness that wipes you out financially. To us, this is complete madness.

We’re stunned by the ideological mud-slinging of your current health care debate and especially by the lies circulating about our own health care system. When people tell you that our Canadian health care is poor, that people in Canada wait forever and still don’t get the care they need, or that the system is “socialist” or (sillier still) “communist”, YOU need to know this – you are being LIED TO.

Yes, it’s always amused us up here in the far north that so many Americans are terrified of “communism” without having the foggiest idea what the word means. Rather than getting into that, though, let’s do a little political science lesson I think you’ll find MUCH more enlightening.


We’ve had our current health care system for nearly half a century. We actually PREFER to have our federal and provincial governments run major public utilities and infrastructure. We LIKE the fact that our national airline is publicly owned. We LIKE the fact that our banks are few, large and heavily regulated – it makes them pretty much invulnerable to all those depressions / recessions you’re so good at sharing with us šŸ˜‰

Is this because we’re “left-wing”, “socialist” or “communist”? Hardly. We do have a social democratic party, but it has NEVER held power here on the federal level.

No, my American friends, it’s our CONSERVATIVES, our “right-wing” that has historically been behind the public ownership of utilities and services that are so vital to everyone and to the national interest.

You see, we inherited the British “Tory” tradition, and conservatives of that ilk have no problem with the idea that certain things are best left in the hands of government, because government, however inefficient it sometimes may be, is not obsessed with making a profit to the detriment of the people as corporations so often are.

(“Conservatism” in the USA, however, is just runaway free-market liberalism. For various historical reasons, it bears no resemblance to what Brits or Canadians think of as “conservative”.)

So, strangely enough, our publicly funded healthcare system is something ALL major political parties in Canada have always favored. It keeps the people happy, which is one less headache for the politicians.

Does that mean the system is perfect? Far from it. We do have a shortage of doctors and nurses in some localities. You may have to wait a while to see certain specialists for conditions that aren’t life threatening.

When I went to see my family doctor, he noticed a wart on my hand. I’d have to pay to have it removed, he told me, because the system considers a wart “cosmetic” unless it’s on your private parts! But, you know, I can live with that. If having to pay for a minor cosmetic procedure like that means more resources can go to treating people who have really serious conditions or injuries, then I’m happy to live with my little wart. Besides, I can find something to remove the wart for about ten bucks at the local pharmacy.


You’d be VERY hard pressed to find ANY Canadian who would trade our healthcare system for yours. Personally, I’ve never met even one.

So, my American friends, stop allowing yourselves to be manipulated by your unscrupulous media and the special interest groups behind that media because there’s one thing you can be very sure of – it’s not YOUR interests that those special interest groups are fighting for.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger