Western Medicine: Still Stuck in the 20th Century


well.org (2014)

Film Review

In brief, Origins is a film about saving the planet by improving your diet and lifestyle. The filmmakers assert that a healthier diet will enable people to think more clearly about the imminent crises confronting civilization. While I totally disagree with the premise – I don’t believe real change is possible without confronting corporate corruption and growing inequality – I liked the film. It offers the clearest explanation yet of the fundamental role of the microbiome* in human health and the rhizophere** in plant health.

Western medicine, as currently practiced, has become totally obsolete owing to its inability to view the human body as a holistic integrated unit. The end result is that roughly half of us are in really poor health. While I disagree with the premise of the film, I’m willing to concede that many of us aren’t healthy or fit enough to tackle major social or political change.

A secondary premise of the film is that we need to fundamentally rethink the way we use technology – mainly because we’re systematically poisoning ourselves through air pollution and toxic endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen in our bodies. This heavy estrogen effect is a major factor in an epidemic of breast, prostate and other cancers, as well as infertility, obesity and anxiety/depression.

My favorite part of the documentary concerns the microbiome, which turns out to be primary source of our immunity. Owing to the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture (in livestock feed), most of us have experienced a mass extinction of our intestinal bacteria. This, in turn, plays an even bigger role than toxic chemicals in diseases triggered by inflammation, such as obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune illnesses.

Origins goes on to stress the importance of vaginal birth and breast feeding in establishing a healthy microbiome in infants and the avoidance of antibiotics, antibiotic soaps and commercial household cleaners and toxic chemicals in keeping it that way. Letting kids play in the dirt is another important source of beneficial bacteria. As are are fermented foods and fresh (unprocessed) chemical free foods.

I was also pleased to see the filmmakers brutally debunk the low fat, high sugar, high carbohydrate diet*** Food Inc and western medicine have been trying to sell us for the last fifty years. This is the number one reason half of Americans suffer from “diabesity” (aka metabolic syndrome), even though many of them may not realize it yet.

To their credit, thousands of doctors (according to filmmakers) are taking their patients off GMO foods, resulting in rapid relief of allergies, chronic illnesses and infertility.

I was also pleased to see the comparison filmmakers make between the soil rhizosphere and the gut microbiome. While we’ve been destroying our intestinal bacteria with antibiotics, Food Inc has been systematically destroying essential soil bacteria with pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.

Citing a recent UN study, Origins explodes the myth that GMO technology is the only solution to world hunger. According to the UN, we could double current crop yields in ten years simply by switching to organic farming methods that restore the health and integrity of our soil.

Ignore the background music (I hate documentaries with soppy background music). It’s worth putting up with for the excellent section on diet.

* Microbiome, as defined in this film, refers to the millions of intestinal bacteria that are essential to healthy digestion and immunity.

** The rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil that is directly influenced by root secretions and associated soil microorganisms.

***For a great book summarizing the research that debunks the low fat diet, see Why the Low Fat Diet Makes You Fat and Gives You Heart Disease, Cancer and Tooth Decay

9 thoughts on “Western Medicine: Still Stuck in the 20th Century

  1. Pingback: Western Medicine: Still Stuck in the 20th Century | Tales from the Conspiratum

  2. Lots of good advice in the film for preventing poor health and encouraging good through food choices. The creators are to be commended for showing the clear contrast between original, natural modes of food production and “modern”, while making it clear return to natural food production is far superior in every way.


  3. I will be watching this video also. I am going to go ahead and reblog this, since you already have given us a ‘heads up’ on the error!

    I have been obese since I was five years old, as were my mother and her mother. And from a child, I watched as my mother placed us on diet after diet and none ever worked.

    To make a long story short, several years ago, I made a decision to never ‘diet’ again. Since that time I have lost a great deal of weight, because for the first few years, I could purchase healthy enough food to lose weight and not become ill. But over the last seven years, with the increase in GMOs, as well as the cost of food continually rising, in particular healthy food, I find I can’t afford the healthier food, in most cases. I continue to lose weight, but if anything, my health has deteriorated over the last few years, and I’m sure for the reasons discussed in this video.

    This is why I appreciate the CSA program you brought to my attention. As I commented on your other post, as soon as I can afford a ‘half-share’, I am joining a local farm community.

    The powers that be have made it so difficult for most of us to eat properly, and as you know, when we get sick and go to a ‘physician’, they simply fill us up with toxic chemicals. I have gotten to the point that when I’m sick, which is quite often, I never bother with the doctors.

    I have been taking colloidal silver for almost a year, and I have been able to get rid of one of my asthma treatment meds. And when I told my allergist about it, he became almost insistent that I get checked to see if I had “metalic poisoning’! I’m telling you, Dr B, it’s a nuthouse here. Everything is insane!

    Sorry, didn’t mean to go on. Thanks again!


    • Please don’t apologize. I’ve been using colloidal silver for years for sinus infections (I make my own because it’s so expensive). However recently I’ve discovered food grade peroxide, which works far better for controlling the C diff infection in my intestine.


      • Thanks, Dr B!

        Food grade peroxide? I’ll look it up. My digestive system, knock on wood, has been in pretty good shape. It’s asthma, sinus infections, since two vaccines sixteen months ago, and osteoarthritis in my knees, and other places, that keeps me physically down. I’ve started using colloidal silver spray in my nostrils and sinuses, so hopefully it will get these almost constant infections under control.

        I also make my own! It’s too expensive to buy, for certain!


  4. Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    For those suffering because they can’t afford to feed themselves or their families, properly, and who trust their doctors and the medicines prescribed to them, I encourage you to read this article and watch the video.


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