It's a lot safer for doctors to kill their
patients with treatments that have been approved than to cure them
with treatments that challenge tradition. -- Jane Fagen
Medicine has been defined to be the art or science
of amusing a sick man with frivolous speculations about his disorder,
and tampering ingeniously till nature either kills or cures him -- Jeffrey
The witch doctor succeeds
for the same reason all the rest of us succeed. Each patient carries
his own doctor within him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are
at our best when we give the doctor that resides within each patient the
chance to go to work. --
Patients come to us, little knowing that there
is a doctor inside their own heads. The answer to our problems
is locked up inside ourselves. -- Albert
sitting on a tack, it takes a incredible amount of aspirin to make
you feel better. If your sitting on a hundred tacks removing one
isn't going to help very much. -- Sydney S. Baker
...is always directly hurtful; it may sometimes be indirectly beneficial.
I firmly believe that if most of the pharmacopoeia were sunk to the
bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the
worse for the fishes." -- Oliver
(Surely the above
quote is an overstatement of fact; or is it? I have a friend who quit
his job as a pharmacist for $32 an hour and is now working as a truck
driver for $14 an hour - because he had a conscience -- ds )
The dean of medicine at Brown
University told a medical school graduating class, "Fifty percent of
what we have taught you is wrong. Our problem is that we don't know which
50%." -- Dean
David S. Greer
"I die by the help of too
many physicians." --
Alexander the Great, 323 B.C
Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives
they can get. --
God who sends
the wound sends
the medicine. -- Cervantes
The arrival of a good clown exercises
more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than twenty asses
laden with drugs. -- Thomas Lydenham
(17th century physician)
The same vehemence that led Galileo to be condemned
by the Church for his theories, in spite of the scientifically demonstrable
facts, is now being used by medicine to reject any thesis that is
contrary to its own dogmas.
-- Olivier Clerc
"If people let the government decide what foods they
eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry
a state as the souls who live under tyranny."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Unless we put medical
freedom into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will
organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of
healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute
the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic.
-- Benjamin Rush
, physician, Revolutionary war
hero, and signer of the Declaration of Independence
A man died and went to Heaven
and saw everyone was dressed alike. He then saw a man in a white coat
and asked who that was. He was told that it was God but sometimes
he thinks he is a doctor.
In the whole history of medicine....every
time a man has come forward with a demonstrable truth, a remedy for good,
the profession seems to have done it's best to crush the discoverer and
hide the discovery....nothing seems to make us so furious as a discovery.
to Semmelweis in The Cry and the Covenant
The language of medicine is designed to
make the simple complex. How else can medical researchers call themselves
"experts", particularly when they admit to having no answers as to
the cause, or cure, of these (ideopathic) conditions?
There exists a group of people in the world that have a disease. I call
it the "power disease." They want to rule and control other people.
They are a more dangerous plague than cancer, pneumonia, bubonic plague,
tuberculosis, and heart disease put together.
- John Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular and Cell
What Leading Doctors
and Health Care Professionals
are saying about Darrell Stoddard
Biotape and the
book Pain Free for Life
“I continue to be astonished
at how dramatically and completely Darrell can get rid of severe pain.
I have seen with my own eyes thousands of people becoming completely
pain free when they thought they would have to live with pain for the
rest of their lives. … This book contains many important ideas for enhanced
health and well-being. They are founded on the basis of published medical
literature, and I believe are sound medical concepts.” -- Dennis
W. Remington, M.D., P.C., Author, How to Lower Your Fat Thermostat, Back
to Health, The Bitter Truth About Artificial Sweetners
"Deafferentation, neurogenic pain - which is the
most treatment resistant is due to loss of neurologic signal from the
periphery due to conduction loss - both neuropathic and tissue "volume
conduction" changes. Stoddard's concept of reconnecting the system
by use of conductive tape is a philosophical and practical "out of the
box" end run for pain therapy..... The day will come when no surgery will
ever be performed without putting a silver product such as Biotape over
the incision as a final dressing" (To keep the site sterile
and to reconnect the neurological signals between cells.) --
R. P. Iacono, M.D.
FACS Neuroscience/ Neurosurgery, Explored the underlying
physiology of chronic pain at U.S.C. and Duke University. Pioneer of sterotactic
pallidotomy brain surgery for Parkinson’s disease. Has performed
more than 1500 such surgeries. Has a waiting list of 1000 more.
See Iacono Bio at: http://www.pallidotomy.com
Darrell Stoddard presents
information that when accepted and implemented will change the way
modern medicine treats pain. Everyone suffering from pain will benefit. --
I am pleased
to recommend Darrell Stoddard’s book Pain Free for Life that provides
a valid, low-risk, low-cost, alternative to modern medicines drug and
surgery approach to pain. Darrell’s work is based on many years of hands-on
experience with thousands of people. He has demonstrated that his simple,
non-invasive treatments cannot only relieve pain quickly, but actually stop
the cause of pain. Medical practitioners would do well to incorporate his
methods as a first response for dealing with pain. -- Mark C. Belk, PhD Zoology
I have seen Darrell Stoddard relieve chronic intractable
pain in hundreds of patients – patients orthodox medicine could not
-- Dennis Harper, D.O.
Since I began
using Biotape 5 years ago I would say that it gives great results 90%
of the time. I have sent it home with many patients with the instruction
to apply it where it hurts! It always works within a few minutes to
an hour and usually within a few days the disability is gone. --
John E. Gambee, M.D.
This book presents a 180 degree paradigm shift from the drug
based pharmaceutical approach of managing pain, to treating the cause
of pain. It is “outside the box” thinking that should be considered
by every medical doctor. -- David Voss, D.O.
I have watched Darrell
work and produce dramatic pain relief for my wife. We had one of
the machines he uses in our home for a number of years and I was able
to relieve my wife's pain and that of many others. I have also used
the instrument to measure resistance before and after treatment.
There is no question that the resistance decreases with a decrease in
the pain. -- A. Owen Smoot M.D., Orthopedic
"Society has already
gained immensely from Darrell Stoddard's work - his 'impossible dream.'
Those who are fortunate to read 'Pain Free for Life' will assuredly agree!”
-- John W. Gofman, M.D.,
Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Molecular
and Cell Biology, U.C. Berkeley, Former Director Biomedical Research Division,
Livermore National Laboratory, Author of nine books and more than 120 articles
in peer review scientific journals. “Has undoubtedly saved more people
from cancer than any man who has ever lived.” Seven page letter from
Dr. Gofman defending the work of Darrell Stoddard is on file. Concluding
lines read, “The Darrell Stoddard Concepts deserve widespread confirmation
"I have found that people in chronic pain do not
usually get better with medication. In many cases the medication
causes a worsening of pain over time. On the other hand, I have
seen Darrell Stoddard miraculously relieve difficult-to-treat pain in
many of my patients and hundreds of others in just a few minutes and
without medicine. His theories concerning pain relief, though controversial
in the medical community, have proven effective over and over again."
-- Judith S. Moore, D.O., co-author of Marie Osmond's
best-seller Behind the Smile and author of Healing
from the Heart: the Inherent Power to Heal from Within
“To learn what could
be the cause of chronic pain and revealing how to heal pain makes this
book worthwhile. Uncovering a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease
would be another breakthrough. This book presents compelling evidence
for both discoveries.” -- Curtis Van Alfen, Ed.D., Author, Opening Doors to the Heart
I have to thank you for the opportunity
to participate in a wonderful experience managing the unmanageable.
As you know I am a neurologist and
I have selected 23 patients from my practice who experienced intractable
pains for many years. You have administered your treatments and results are remarkable by any
50% of these patients have significant relief of their
pains (80-100% reduction of pain)
even after two weeks.
The remaining 50% who didn't do well after two
weeks, experienced initially brief relief of pain (few
hours - day) but then pain has returned. However many of these patients take narcotic pain medications
and, as we discussed, they would be much less likely to respond to initial treatment. I am confident that
after repeating the auriculotherapy treatments I will be able significantly
help these patients as well.
In comparison to traditional pain
management techniques this is far superior. Most patients under "pain
management" alternate between bad and very bad pains without any permanent relief.
Thank you again for sharing your expertise.
Julius Bazan MD.
Pain Research Institute
I have been retired from the medical field for over 10 Years
with Board Certification in Preventative Medicine, Diagnosis, and Pain
Management. I created seven health care clinics including Chiropractic,
Medical, Multidiscipline, and Physical Therapy. Over 100 doctors have
worked for me over a period of about 27 years.
I am writing to tell you that I believe that your patented Biotape
is nothing short of a miracle. When I first received the tape I
had just injured my ankle severely and had been unable to walk at all
at first and very little even after several weeks of treatment. The
day I put your Biotape on the pain decreased at least 80% within
about a minute and I was able to walk about 1 mile the next day.
After that it felt and functioned like nothing ever happened. I
was overjoyed to say the least. Then several days later I awoke with
a terrible headache that nothing has ever helped. I have suffered
with these for more than 35 yrs. When they first started I was put
in a hospital for a week of tests because they thought it was a brain tumor.
Well this night I put a strip of tape on my head and the pain went away
immediately. I could not believe it. It was like magic.
Then I woke up later that night and felt a sharp pain on just one small
spot on my forehead. I got up and looked in the mirror and the
spot where I felt the pain was where the tape had fallen down while I
was sleeping. I pressed the little bit of tape back on and that pain
went away again instantly. I have started telling the doctors and
they have just started to use this in their practice. From what I understand
several patients with permanent impairments of their back have already
reported profound relief. You have really created a miracle.
Dr. Paul E. Jondle
You sent me some Biotape
a while ago and I have used it here and there with varying success. I
want to tell you about another situation where I used it successfully.
I am plagued with Menieres
Syndrome - vertigo and nausea episodes. After trying everything (I
am an MD), in desperation I stuck a short (2 cm) piece of Biotape
on my mastoid bone on the affected side and for the first time in a long
time I felt better.
Another patient, an elderly
lady was referred to me by a neurosurgeon for vertigo and light headedness
and he could find nothing wrong with her after extensive tests and investigations.
He had heard about my Menieres and the tape so he thought this might
help her. It did and I have an extremely grateful patient who has maybe
contacted you by now to purchase tape as I gave her your e-mail address.
So the Biotape works for this as well !!!
Russell Raath, MD Anesthesiologist
Chronic pain odyssey: adventures into the unknown
Darrell Stoddard is a gentleman
and is sincerely interested in helping you to overcome and control your
pain. He cares deeply about the people that he treats and wants to tackle
the most difficult pain problems. He has just finished working in my clinic
for 2 weeks and has seen and treated about 60 people with very good results.
Not a single person was injured in any way. Most left the office with
greater than 80% pain relief. He saw only the most difficult and long-standing
pain problems as my practice only cares for the most difficult cases that
other physician have given up on as incurables.
He handled every situation that I could throw at him
with grace and compassion. Yesterday
he provided a woman that has been suffering from back injury pain for
the past 2 years, despite all treatment that “conventional medicine”
could offer, complete and total relief from her pain.
The woman was understandably joyously tearful. We are very happy for her.
I am a neurosurgeon and pain management specialist. At present my practice is limited to
pain management in an office setting and is entirely non operative. During my 20 years of operative neurosurgery I
performed hundreds of surgeries for pain including complex fusion operations.
I have implanted many spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal morphine
pumps for people that have severe intractable chronic pain. My practice has seen the successes and failures
of modern neurosurgical care. Early
on in my career it became apparent to me that the vast majority of people
that have pain are not viable candidates for surgical relief of their pain. Their pain is usually too complex to be
controlled with surgery. It also
became apparent to me that most neurosurgeons were not interested in this
large group of patients that were coming to them for help. Their major goal was to find patients with lesions
that they excise to their financial gain.
If the patients were not benefited they were essentially abandoned
after being told that the benevolent surgeon had done all he or she could
do for them and that they would have to learn to live with their pain. People have told me some of the most amazing statements
that their surgeons have told them after surgery failed to relieve their
pain. I developed a somewhat morbid interest
in trying to figure out how to help these people to overcome their pain;
both the people that I had operated on and that other surgeon had operated
upon. I have always been proud of my
philosophy of using surgery only as last resort measure after all conservative
(non surgical) measures had failed to relieve the person’s pain. Unfortunately even when performed under these conditions
and even when done technically perfectly surgery often fails to help people
and may actually make them much worse. The
actual success rate of surgical care for pain relief is unknown and is
probably much lower than any surgeon would be willing to admit. I was somewhat amazed at a spinal fusion
symposium in Long Beach when an internationally recognized spine surgeon
told us that despite all the recent technological advances in spinal fusion
operation that the success rate in pain relief with these operations remained
solidly fixated at 30-40%. He was not
optimistic that this number would ever be improved upon.
These international experts were equally pessimistic about
the eventual success of disc replacement surgery.
Studies done at the hospital that I was operating at showed
similar poor results with “technically successful” spinal fusion operations. As surgeons we were advised to inform our patients
of the low success rate of surgery. Few people informed of such results
ever agree to spinal fusion operations. If
the person undergoes such surgery they often become chronic pain patients
with “failed surgery syndrome”. A massive
amount of these operations are being done in the USA at tremendous cost. I still believe that an occasional person might
be benefited from spinal surgery and do refer people for surgery but the
vast majority of people do not need surgery and can be helped with simpler,
safer and less expensive treatment. Spinal surgery is very expensive and
I am too embarrassed to tell you what my fees were for surgery. Let’s just say that when I was operating
I could make as much in 1 hour as I can make now in a whole week of office
practice. The amount of money that the hospitals
are making is even more astounding. Surgical
treatment is BIG business.
During my training in
neurosurgery at Loma Linda University in southern California we received
no training in pain evaluation or treatment.
Our neurosurgical textbooks had little information about
pain treatment. Despite this I was very interested in pain. As Dr. Norman Shealy has pointed out
“pain is the most common complaint that a patient has when they present
to a neurosurgeon yet they do nothing about it”.
It seemed peculiar to me that we would not be able to offer
any viable treatment for this common complaint.
In practice pain remained the most common complaint and the
most common procedure was disc excision to relieve extremity pain. The neurosurgical literature is replete with splendid
success rates for certain operations that I never saw in the real practice
of neurosurgery. Microlumbar diskectomy
was touted as have in 90% success rates in relieving leg pain but no
mention was made of the relief of lower back pain.
I never saw this level of success with either my patients
or with my colleagues patients. Furthermore
this operation did almost nothing for lower back pain and oftentimes
made it much worse. On a long-term
basis and for the patient’s overall pain this operation accomplished almost
nothing. It is also interesting to note
that other countries of the world seldom performed this surgery and that
the long-term outcome with or without surgery was unchanged by surgery. Yet a surgeon operates.
When you are a hammer everything starts to look like a nail. Financial advisors told me that I make money
operating and not by talking to patients or attempting to solve their problems
without surgery. I was literally cutting
my own financial throat by listening to my patient’s complaint fully, evaluating
their pain complaints thoroughly and sparing them from unnecessary and expensive
surgery. I still remained interested
in the truth and about wanting to help the people that were coming to me
with their chronic pain.
During the past 10 years
I have been immersed in trying to help people in chronic pain. Oregon has been at the forefront of the
pain management movement. A courageous Ashland orthopedist, Dr. Morrison
decided to start treating people who were complaining to him about their
pain with opiates. He eventually had to do
battle with the Oregon Medical Board and essentially won the ability to
offer people some degree of pain relief.
I have always believed
my patient’s complaints about pain but now decided to actually do something
about it and started to treat pain with opiates.
I went to many courses and read about the use of opiates
for chronic pain not caused by cancer. Many
of the concepts that were taught in medical school about pain management
and addiction was challenged and the evolving field of pain management
was started. New organizations formed
and grew to expedite the expansion of pain management.
Uncharted waters opened up with their attendant risks and
benefits. I became an “interventionalist”
pain management specialist offering the latest in technological treatment
for chronic pain. This meant that I trialed
and implanted high technology devices such as spinal cord stimulators and
intrathecal morphine pumps. A very small minority
of patients required such expensive intervention and the vast majority of
people could have their pain controlled with much simpler measures. Furthermore,
in my opinion a large number of patients treated interventionally were not
made better with this treatment but by the other measures that we provided
to them. Many patients were complaining of the
same degree of pain long after their interventional devices had been implanted
and repeatedly adjusted. Many of the
people that were treated with oral opiates when carefully questioned were
still complaining about unchanged pain and its attendant impairment of
their lives. Although treatment of chronic pain
has been helped immeasurably by the liberalization of opiates prescribing
and other medications for pain management there has remained a significant
number of people that have not been benefited by current pain management
techniques. Many dangerous treatment situations
have developed from this evolution of our pain practices and undoubtedly
many lives have been lost or ruined. This has bothered me profoundly. I
have always learned more from my shortcoming and failures and am forever
optimistic that something can be found that will solve these riddles of
Wandering in bookstores
has always been a habit of mine. Searching
for new information in stores or the Internet has helped me to solve
many problems. Doing this one day led me to
purchase Darrell Stoddard’s book PAIN FREE for Life: How
to Heal Yourself Naturally without Drugs or Surgery.
Reading it in a single
sitting interested me enough to email Darrell at his Internet site. He called me the next day and we talked for quite
a while on a rainy Sunday morning. He wanted
a chance to prove himself to me and demonstrate his techniques with the
most difficult patients in my pain practice. At his own expense he came
to Oregon from Utah and has stayed here for the past 2 weeks helping the
most difficult pain problems imaginable. He
has been remarkably successful. He is heading
home today but will be heading to Florida in March.
I look forward to continuing to work with him. I definitely do not have all the answers
to treating chronic pain but am thankful that Darrell wrote his book and
came to Oregon to share his thoughts and techniques about chronic pain.
Thomas J. Purtzer, MD
Neurosurgeon and Pain Management Specialist
National Medical Director
Fourteen Back 2 Backs Pain Management Clinics
“I tried the Biotape and it worked. I placed
the tape over a sore elbow that I've had for 6 months, and 10 minutes
later when I was working on a patient, I noticed that the pain was gone.
I have many patients that I can use the tape on.” --Thaddeus Srutwa,
Dear Mr. Stoddard,
I first became acquainted with 4th Generation BioTape from an
infomercial. When the tape arrived I placed it on an area of my
which had experienced constant pain of varying intensity since
vertebrae had sustained compression fractures in a roll-over motor
vehicle accident in 1968. ( Until BioTape, the only times I experienced
being without pain in that area was at those times I was hospitalized
and receiving intravenous Demerol for other matters.) I
BioTape in the early evening. When I awoke the next morning
was completely comfortable. In fact, I could not elicit
pain regardless of motions which ordinarily made the resting pain
increase. Since then I have recommended the product to my
are interested to have alternatives for pain management.
within the considerations recommended, the results have been excellent.
The exceptions are as you describe -- dehydration, and
medications individuals may be using.
Every effort should be being made by all institutions of healing
perform clinical verifications of the efficacy of these products.
any other attitude could be expressed towards BioTape is
incomprehensible, except for financial motives. You have
helped many people. In return, blessings should come
F. Rocco Ruggiero, DC
Darrell, I have a question that only
you can answer. Is this conductive tape thing real or a Dumbo's feather.
A few weeks ago extreme discomfort recurred for no apparent reason and suspecting
impedance buildup because at least two weeks passed, I removed the tape,
scrubbed the area with alcohol and reapplied the tape. Almost immediately
my comfort level returned to normal. Yesterday I awoke to severe overnight
increase in discomfort, what I suppose could be called an electrophysiologic
storm, terrible increase in med requirement and only today, after nearly
18 hours of growing discomfort, found where a three inch segment of the
vertical tape had pulled free of my back. Reapplied the tape and now ,
within a few minutes, back to normal. I never expect to be free of these
awakenings because of the steel/body interface reaction to stress and strain.
Now I expect I should initiate a program of replacement every two weeks,
even if they seem okay. Is three thousand years of Oriental Medicine that
good? I have been skeptical but I guess I have to believe.
MD, MPH, Astronaut, Author
Thief of Memory, Statin Drugs
- Side Effects; and The Misguided
War on Cholesterol.
Re: I am
writing regarding the work and writings of Darrell Stoddard as outlined
in his Book Pain Free for Life.
identify myself: I graduated from the University of Oregon Medical
School and after an internship and a three year general practice residency,
I conducted a broad spectrum general practice for eleven years. The last
35 years I have practiced a reflex type of alternative medicine more specifically
acupuncture and acupuncture related modalities. During this 35 year
practice using alternative medicine I used for the most part a type of
acupuncture, auriculotherapy or Auricular Medicine, which was developed
by Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon France.
interval I had the opportunity to assist in the formation and development
of the laws and regulations that licensed acupuncturists by serving on
the California State Board of Acupuncture during the first five years of
I had the
privilege of working directly with Dr. Paul Nogier and was with him when
he was presented the Order of the Blue Ribbon for his work which
in France is the highest order granted to a non-military person. In this
presentation I was identified by Dr. Nogier as the foremost practitioner
of Auricular Medicine in the United States. Since then I have had
the opportunity to teach basic and advanced Auricular Medicine in
Europe, Asia, and North America.
teaching interval I became acquainted wit Darrell Stoddard, his book and
his work. I have, over the years, maintained intermittent contact with him
and found his book, his studies and treatment protocol involving skin, energy,
(or "Chi") conductivity to be valid and effective. Most assuredly, his
hypothesis and techniques enhancing conductivity in the skin and underlying
structured fit well within the paradigm of pain being related to blocked
pathways of "Chi" in nerve pathways or in acupuncture meridians.
I have no
reservations whatever in recommending these treatment modalities to medical
practitioners as well as the general public. Most assuredly I recommend
these techniques to health care practitioners in the treatment of
chronic pain. Normalizing the "free flow of energy" frequently resolves chronic
pain problems, but more important it also greatly enhances healing.
medicine, cost restraints and considerations become paramount. Personally,
professionally and politically these techniques would address the bottom
line, and assist in cutting health care costs. I've seen the use of his
Biotape and concepts work. As these concepts are
evaluated in relation to the principles of reflex medicine, one must beg
the question as to why it took us so long to bring together such a simple
and effective paradigm of healing. The concept is so basic and apparent.
It should have been obvious to all of us that awaited the basic pragmatism
of Darrell Stoddard to bring it into focus.
the book, Pain Free for life, and the skin conductivity enhancement
made possible by the simple use of Stoddard's skin conducting Biotape,
to bridge the gaps and blocks, thus relieving pain and discomfort but more
importantly to effect enhanced healing.
If I may
be of any assistance in bringing these simple basic concepts of treatment
and healing enhancement to light I would be happy to assist in any way.
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