John Davison Rockefeller Senior 1839 - 1937
August 28, 2007
John Davidson Rockefeller Senior **1839 - 1937 **
‘… Homeopathy is a progressive and aggressive step in medicine (Eswara Das, History & Status of Homoeopathy Around the World, (B. Jain Publishers, 1 Dec 2005). Page 259)…’ and he was ’… a believer in homeopathy throughout his life (James L. Franklin, GI Joe: Life and Career of Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner, (Univ of Chicago Department of Medicine, 15 Apr 2009). Page 38)’ ‘…I am a strong homeopathist (Howard S. Berliner, A system of scientific medicine: philanthropic foundations in the Flexner era, (Tavistock, 1985). Page 41)…’
Rockefeller also consulted Mary Belle Brown who was the Second Vice President of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1903. Mary Belle Brown had a 40 year career as a homeopath in New York. Her patients included Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Huntington and John Davison Rockefeller Senior.
Ironically, John Davison Rockefeller Senior’s philanthropy had a devastating effect on homeopathy in America:
Titan Ron Chernow “It was deeply ironic that Rockefeller retained a residual faith in homeopathy even as he financed the world’s most sophisticated medical research operation.
Periodically, he had spasms of irritation, firing off letters on the need to save homeopathy, but these outbursts quickly passed. Through his philanthropies, Rockefeller did more than anyone else to destroy homeopathy in America, and in the end he seemed powerless to stop the scientific revolution that he himself had largely set in motion.”
Indeed, Rockefeller’s very complex story and legacy lies with the vultures who circled his billions:
While Rockefeller and his son wanted only the relative peace and tranquility of millions in the bank, divorced from the manner in which those millions had been gained and safe from governmental and public attacks, Flexner saw more clearly than any other how that money could be used to further Progressive Education in the United States.
John D. Rockefeller Snr. instructed Frederick Gates, his financial advisor, to issue major grants to homeopathic institutions. An advocate of conventional medicine, Gates ignored his boss’s orders and $350 million in donations went to orthodox medicine and hospitals.
Gates was strongly interested in German medicine, and was opposed to the traditional homeopathic medicine used by Rockefeller’s personal physician, Hamilton Fisk Biggar, with whom he often had heated arguments.
Despite his personal preference for homeopathy, Rockefeller, on Gates’s advice, became one of the first great benefactors of medical science. In 1901, he founded the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York. It changed its name to Rockefeller University in 1965, after expanding its mission to include graduate education.
Abraham Flexner, the owner of a bankrupt prep school, had the good fortune to have a brother, Simon, who was director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. At his brother’s suggestion, Abraham Flexner was hired by the Rockefeller-allied Carnegie Foundation so that the report would not be seen as a Rockefeller initiative. And Andrew Carnegie, whose main goal was to “rationalize” higher education, that is, replace religion with science, saw the American Medical Association cartelization drive as useful.
Claiming to have investigated nearly every school in the country, Flexner rated them on suitability. Schools he praised received lush grants from the Rockefeller and associated foundations, and almost all the medical schools he condemned were shut down, especially the “commercial” institutions.
AMA-dominated state medical boards ruled that in order to practice medicine, a doctor had to graduate from an approved school. Post-Flexner, a school could not be approved if it taught alternative therapies, didn’t restrict the number of students, or made profits based on student fees.
One of the consequences of Flexner’s advocacy of university-based medical education was that medical education became much more expensive, putting such education out of reach of all but upper middle class white males. The small “proprietary” schools Flexner condemned, which were contended to be have been based in generations-old folk traditions rather than relatively recent western science, did admit African-Americans, women, and students of limited financial means. These students usually could not afford 6-8 years of university education, and were often simply denied admission to medical schools affiliated with universities.
A further severe blow to homeopathy was the Flexner Report in 1910, (John E. Churchill, president of the Board of Education of New York, called the report a ”menace to the freedom of teaching.” Years later, Flexner admitted that he knew nothing about medical education. But he did not need to in order to serve his employers’ purposes.)
The Flexner Report was an evaluation of medical schools by the AMA. In view of the AMA’s traditional opposition to “sectarian medicine,” it is not surprising that the examiners gave a low rating to homeopathic medical schools, among others, thus denying them a share in the millions of dollars, principally the Rockefeller grants, that were being given to allopathic institutions.
One by one, the homeopathic medical schools closed and the homeopathic hospitals were converted to standard institutions. With the advent of the “wonder drugs” in the early 1940s, homeopathy appeared to be obsolete.
It was several years before Flexner finally cashed in, securing a $1.5 million gift from the Board to the German-oriented Johns Hopkins University. That same year (1913), he left Carnegie and joined the Board to direct the allocation of Rockefeller millions to the development of chemically oriented medicine in the United States.
It is interesting to note that the basic ingredient for almost all chemicals is coal tar or crude oil. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company naturally could and would supply the crude oil for the drugs the new doctors and medical schools would religiously promote.
The Rockefeller group would also later become involved in many major drug companies and cartel agreements thereby directly profiting from drug sales within the new drug-oriented medical field it supported and helped create.
Sadly, there is much evidence that illnesses such as cancer and alzheimer’s are largely caused by chemical food additives, cosmetics, pesticides, solvents and chemical poisons which permeate our modern environment (these organic chemical substances are also derived largely from crude oil) .
Quantities of money such as these can literally buy anything. Rockefeller’s biggest problem was what to do with the large amounts of excess money which kept pouring into his financial empire.
A select group of these top people could choose, at whim, any theory or ideology, and using their nearly unlimited funds, promote it, saturate the media, gain it’s acceptance, garner outside support, form “professional” societies, get it into major colleges and universities, create an air of “professionalism” about it, support it in all it’s applied forms, and thereby infiltrate an entire society with whatever notions they choose.
Whatever the motive behind it, and whether intentionally evil or not, this is what was done with the subjects of modern psychology, education and psychiatry (and also medicine) - psychiatry is simply “medicalized” psychology.
While John D. Rockefeller, Snr. may not have actually intended or planned social control, educational demise, the subversion of workable medical methods, and widespread legal drug addiction (modern psychiatric drugs), the use of his money did have this effect.
His offspring John D. Rockerfeller Jr. and his wunderkind, David Rockefeller, did each take a much more personal interest and involvement in these subjects. Neither of them can be declared innocent or ignorant of the disastrous results which have followed wherever the Rockefeller money and power has gone.
It is heartening to discover that Dr. Bigger, Rockefeller Snr’s homeopathic doctor had to foresight to see where Flexner and Gates were heading because homeopathy does not use synthetic drugs, and that he had ’heated arguments’ with them.