What About Thomas Edison’s “Doctor of the Future” Quote?

In case you are unfamiliar with the Edison quote, I am reproducing it here visually:


I just ran across this quote recently and, frankly, it blew my mind. Edison died in 1931. How about that for a forward-looking idea?

The whole purpose of this blog is to live healthy through diet and exercise and to use as little as possible drugs and unnatural substances in our systems.

In reading up on that quote, it turns out that chiropractors have used it to bolster their practice over the years. I have no quarrel with this. I have used chiropractors on and off for years for skeletal and muscular matters. They worked.

But, did Edison really say it?

I checked with Snopes, “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”

Here is some of what Snopes had to say:

“…we turned up several newspaper articles from late 1902 and early 1903 that reprinted Edison’s predictions for the upcoming year. Those predictions included some comments from him about the future of medicine, a portion of which incorporated the “doctor of the future” statement now attributed to him:

“Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease….”

You can read the entire Snopes item by clicking on the link where I first mentioned them.

I am thrilled to learn that the visionary Thomas Edison pointed in the same direction that I have been aiming for the past six years. Granted his statement was made before the development of antibiotics and many of the effective drugs we find in our medicine cabinets today.

Nonetheless, I am thinking of the needless suffering and deaths resulting from smoking, overeating and neglect of our need to exercise our bodies. Think how much healthcare costs would decline if we just learned to take care of ourselves as Edison suggested. We need to quit trying to solve our careless health practices with pills. Remember, over 60% of us are overweight and more than 30% are obese, not to mention teenagers coming down with adult onset diabetes, all as a result of bad food choices.

Here is a quote from my Page on the harm of smoking,Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable cause of death in the United States. On average people who smoke die about 10 years sooner than non-smokers. The New England Journal of Medicine.”

I wish that quote from Edison would set off a light bulb in people’s heads and get them to managing their health better.



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3 responses to “What About Thomas Edison’s “Doctor of the Future” Quote?

  1. Couldn’t agree more! And it takes a grass roots approach of individuals taking action to make the change happen. There’s way too much money in the industrialized medicine complex (which includes big pharma) for them to care. In fact, they want us to continue to be sick because that is what keeps them rolling in the dough!

    Thank you for fighting the good fight of exercise, diet, and intelligent choices for helping to turn the tide when it comes to our health. There’s still a long way to go, obviously, but those of us on the side of good health have to keep fighting (and uniting) for the cause!

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    • Thanks for your kind and supportive words, Denny. It seems to be a one day at a time deal.


    • James

      I know of someone who perfectly treats and heals people with their body frame, food diets and food for their blood type and also breathing exercises. (Secret Code of Breathing) She has treated several patients with obesity, cancer and stroke as well as many other medical conditions. Her techniques are very unique and i am rather shocked to have come across these Quote by Thomas Edison today… and immediately she came on my mind… She is the one and only person i know, who is practicing it. Contact me:

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