Jailed–for Succeeding Where the Medical Establishment Failed

Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, Preventive Medicine Physician in ...

Dr. Punyamurtala Kishore

Yesterday we posted a history video about Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss, who was destroyed by the medical establishment of the mid-1800s for virtually stamping out fatal “child-bed fever” at hospitals under his authority.

Present-day America has its own Semmelweiss. Dr. Punyamurtala Kishore, in Massachusetts, developed a successful system for treating and curing opioid addiction. His reward for that? In 2011 the state shut down all 52 of his clinics and threw him in jail.


Our managing editor at Chalcedon, Martin Selbrede, covered this bizarre story in deail from its beginning to the present. We have a link to Article No. 15 in the series because it provides links to the earlier articles, in order.

It’s standard practice to treat drug addiction by giving the patient other addictive drugs, like methadone. Dr. Kishore abandoned that, and replaced it with a treatment regime whose goal was not “managing” addiction, but curing it.

Like Semmelweiss, Dr. Kishore had dramatic results to prove his success.

Like Semmelweiss, the establishment–politicians, the “news” media, pharmaceutical companies, and high-ranking physicians–came down on him with everything they had. Semmelweiss died in a mental hospital. Dr. Kishore went to jail. At the age of 65, they had him cleaning streets–which impaired his health.

Unlike Semmelweiss, Dr. Kishore lived through his ordeal and, in the midst of persecution, found advocates and allies. So his struggle continues.

It’s all in Martin’s articles. It may be rather hard to believe–but believe it.

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8 responses to “Jailed–for Succeeding Where the Medical Establishment Failed

  • Re-Farmer

    Timely post. Just this morning, I was hearing how our federal government, here in Canada, is now giving drug addicts “safe”, “replacement” drugs as part of their Wu Flu response. The street drugs are “poisoned” (all laced with fentanyl, apparently), you see, but the government drugs are assuredly not “poisoned” and safer.

    I’m pretty sure heroin is toxic and will kill, even if it’s distributed by the government. Treatment is, apparently, not even a thought.

  • unknowable2

    Drug addiction is a terrible thing, but it’s much more than simply a matter of the substances, themselves. People are prescribed highly addictive drugs all the time without becoming hooked, because these are being properly used and managed.

    If you have surgery, there’s a reasonable chance that Fentanyl will be administered by the anesthesiologist. From experience, I can state that even in the minute dose used for a 10 minute long surgical procedure, it is not a pleasant experience. The next 12 hours feel as if you’ve been kicked by a mule. I can’t imagine anyone craving that experience, but obviously some do.

    I’m no expert in treating addiction, but I’m relatively certain that there are many aspects to it. Giving someone a less harmful, but still addictive substance, may remove them from some of the risks of drugs obtained illicitly, but doesn’t strike me as actually treating the problem. Trading addictions is a well known phenomena. I’ve never been to an AA meeting, but I’ve heard that cigarette breaks are common, and very popular.

    • leeduigon

      Dr. Kishore went against the whole doctrine of “managing” addiction: his objective was to cure the patient. His success rate was ten times higher than what the medical establishment had to offer. So they jailed him.

      • unknowable2

        It amazes me that the youth movement of the ‘60s fought against the “establishment”, whole they characterized as narrow-tie, white-shirt conservatives. So now there are people claiming to espouse anti-establishment values, but they demand more conformity than the very people they claim to oppose.

  • marlene

    Big Pharma was making too much money with its Chinese fentanyl laced opioids to allow a “cure” against its profits.

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I have read all of Martin’s articles. Chalcedon is suppose to be making a documentary about Dr. Kishore for which I sent a donation. That was a long time ago. I sure wish come conservative billionaire would monterize Chalcedon.

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