Listen: Clark, Mercury, Lewis discussed on Thom Hartmann
"The year after the Republic was founded George Washington authorized medical services in Washington DC for veterans and for the poor. We had government funded healthcare literally the first year or two of the public but spurred by that comment. I looked up our founding father physician Dr Benjamin rush. Jefferson surgeon general the continental army medical director of the corps of discovery of Lewis and Clark in eighteen o three and his favorite treatment. If you showed up in his emergency room complaining of belly pain and vomiting, and all that he would probably have led you because that was his preferred method people for yellow fever victims or he would have looted you up with heavy metals like mercury great. In fact, he supplied these pills for the Lewis and Clark expedition, which were more than fifty percent mercury. And archaeologist today have been able to trace the precise round of Lewis and Clark by tracing the mercury from these anti. Laxity pills that he prescribed for the it's amazing. There's there's a story behind that. Mercury. Was called quicksilver and the doctors of the age used it because it stimulates the immune system. The body knows that it's being poisoned, and it just freaks out and kicks into high fever response, which is actually antibacterial, you know, it's like it helps the body fight off bacteria infections. The problem is a poisons you with mercury, but they didn't know that at the time. And that's why they were called quick doctors or quicksilver doctors and that phrase over the years evolved into quack doctors. That's where the phrase quack doctor came from as as modern drugs are being developed in the late nineteenth early twentieth century penicillin or whatnot. And coming into the market a big way in the medical profession was starting to license itself and things like that they refer to the old mercury doctors Ben Rauch has as quack doctors or quick something else. They didn't have in. Dr Russia's age was the half a million dollar. And I've seen cases."