How Rockefeller founded modern medicine and killed natural cures

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People these days look at you like a weirdo if you talk about the healing properties of plants or any other holistic practices. Much like anything else, there is a lot of politics and money behind our modern medical system.

It all starts with John D. Rockefeller (1839 – 1937) who was an oil magnate, a robber baron, America’s first billionaire, and a natural-born monopolist.

By the turn of the 20th century, he controlled 90% of all oil refineries in the U.S. through his oil company, Standard Oil, which was later on broken up to become Chevron, Exxon, Mobil etc.

Rockefeller Standard Oil

At the same time, around 1900, scientists discovered “petrochemicals” and the ability to create all kinds of chemicals from oil. For example, the first plastic — called Bakelite — was made from oil in 1907. Scientists were also discovering various vitamins and guessed that many pharmaceutical drugs could be made from oil.

This was a wonderful opportunity for Rockefeller who saw the ability to monopolize the oil, chemical and the medical industries at the same time!

The best thing about petrochemicals was that everything could be patented and sold for high profits.

But there was one problem with Rockefeller’s plan for the medical industry: natural/herbal medicines were very popular in America at that time. Almost half the doctors and medical colleges in the U.S. were practicing holistic medicine, using knowledge from Europe and Native Americans.

Rockefeller, the monopolist, had to figure out a way to get rid of his biggest competition. So he used the classic strategy of “problem-reaction-solution.” That is, create a problem and scare people, and then offer a (pre-planned) solution. (Similar to terrorism scare, followed by the “Patriot Act”).

He went to his buddy Andrew Carnegie – another plutocrat who made his money from monopolizing the steel industry – who devised a scheme. From the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, they sent a man named Abraham Flexner to travel around the country and report on the status of medical colleges and hospitals around the country.

This led to the Flexner Report, which gave birth to the modern medicine as we know it.

Needless to say, the report talked about the need for revamping and centralizing our medical institutions. Based on this report, more than half of all medical colleges were soon closed.

Homeopathy and natural medicines were mocked and demonized; and doctors were even jailed.

To help with the transition and to change the minds of other doctors and scientists, Rockefeller gave more than $100 million to colleges and hospitals, and founded a philanthropic front group called “General Education Board” (GEB). This is the classic carrot and stick approach.

In a very short time, medical colleges were all streamlined and homogenized. All the students were learning the same thing, and medicine was all about using patented drugs.

Scientists received huge grants to study how plants cured diseases, but their goal was to first identify which chemicals in the plant were effective, and then recreate a similar chemical –but not identical — in the lab that could be patented.

A pill for an ill became the mantra for modern medicine.

And you thought Koch brothers were evil?

So, now we are, 100 years later, churning out doctors who know nothing about the benefits of nutrition or herbs or any holistic practices. We have an entire society that is enslaved to corporations for its well-being.

America spends 15% of its GDP on healthcare, which should be really called “sick care.” It is focused not on cure, but only on symptoms, thus creating repeat customers. There is no cure for cancer, diabetes, autism, asthma, or even flu.

Why would there be real cures? This is a system founded by oligarchs and plutocrats, not by doctors.

As for cancer, oh yeah, the American Cancer Society was founded by none other than Rockefeller in 1913.

In this month of breast cancer awareness, it is sad to see people being brainwashed about chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.  That’s for another blog post … but here is a quote from John D. Rockefeller that summarizes his vision for America…

no thinkers

Author: Chris Kanthan

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Modern healthcare is like the church of the dark ages


  1. Excellent work! Everyone should know this. I have always looked to supplements, herbs, homeopathic for solutions to ailments. I remember my sons Health teacher said supplements didn’t work. Thankfully, my son disagreed, whenever he got sick I gave him Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea. He knew he was better the next day!!!!

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  2. Estoy absolutamente de acuerdo en que Rockefeller llevó a la industria petroquímica lo más lejos que pudo, por puro interés y sin ningún tipo de escrúpulo. Nada diferente de lo que las élites hacen actualmente. Pero el artículo me parece bastante reduccionista: había muchos más implicados, farmaceútica, políticos, responsables universitarios… no das datos sobre cómo eran las escuelas de medicina anteriormente. te refieres a las mismas universidades? hasta qué punto estaba en la cultura otro tipo de medicina? cuando dices que mató otro tipo de medicina, te refieres sólo a EEUU? Sin más datos concisos no me parece creíble el artículo, no por lo que cuenta, si no por lo que falta de información.


  3. THANK YOU for this article. I’ve seen it on some other websites and finally found the original source. People, esp in the U$, should question ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE, since the average person takes 5, 6 prescriptions per day. Geez Louise, the average American 60 and over takes 15! Big Pharma’$ drug$ per day, in$anity prevail$! If you’re one of those people, PLEASE fire your doctor, take charge of your health and look for alternatives.

    It’s highly likely the crap your MD has you on is damaging your long-term health prospects. $o many $cam$, e.g. $tatin$, chemotherapy (math tells us you have a better chance of survival doing NOTHING than going this route), opioids (yes, people need some sort of pain mgmt but what ha$ brought heroin back from the dead and created more narcotic addicts than this tra$h?), antidepressants, and very toxic vaxx such as Gardasil, which is ab$olute GARBAGE!

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  4. Hi. Apart from The Flexner Report, what other books and papers can I read about this period in time please? I enjoyed reading this for a second time. 🙂


    1. Start with Dawn Lester’s and David Parker’s “What Really Makes You Ill?” What an eye-opener it is proving to be. And the book contains plenty of references to other good books. I’ve also read “The Contagion Myth” by Tom Cowan and Sally Fallon Morrell, but I wouldn’t call that a good book. But it’s the best ‘bad’ book I’ve ever read. While there was stuff in there I disagreed with, there was also stuff in there that was really interesting. I also like that Tom (and, I assume, Sally) doesn’t buy germ theory at all.


    2. Sure. Rockefeller Medicine Men;Medicine and Capitalism in America by E. Richard Brown, 1981
      There is a newer edition.


  5. Thank you for providing this information! It’s very inciteful and has definitely garnered my attention. I was wondering if you could provide sources from which you gathered this information? so I dig further down the rabbit hole. I tried looking online at other articles all of them so far have listed you as a source, but when I go onto your article I can’t find any listed.. maybe I’m not looking in the right spot.


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