WHEN THE AMA BELIEVED IT WAS GOOD TO SMOKE

With her newly published book, Crooked, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes on the $100 billion back pain industry, particularly back surgery.  Yet since the late 1940’s, Dr. Hans Kraus had been warning about the dangers of back surgery, and how in many (or most) cases it is not only worthless but makes the patient’s condition worse.

Hans had discovered after treating thousands of patients that over 86% of back pain was caused by either weak or tight “postural” muscles. And if he gave the patient the right exercises to strengthen and/or loosen the culprit muscle, in most cases he could cure the patient’s back pain.

Why has there been so much pushback and opposition from the medical establishment?

For perspective, I offer the following: An article from 1957 in the U.S. News & World Report about cigarette smoking. That fellow below with the cigarette? On the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. He’s even quoted in the article as joking that cigarette smoking might be good for your health.

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