The exciting life and ultimately murderous death of our 20th president, James Garfield, is full of life lessons. President Garfield was known as the president who united our country following the Civil War. He was a good man from humble beginnings, God-fearing, lover of life and learning, particularly from books, as well as a good father and husband. He wasn’t perfect, however, and his marriage required recovering from a brief affair he had.
While in the office for only a few months, he was shot by Charles J. Guiteau. Guiteau was mentally ill and felt God spoke to him regularly, asking him to kill President Garfield. At that time in our history, presidents were expected to be one with the people – this meant no body guards were expected, even following the assassination of Lincoln.
Garfield’s shooting was not fatal. In fact, it was said if he were a poor soldier in the Civil War, he would have missed two weeks of work before returning to action. Many surviving soldiers from the Civil War walked around with bullets still in them.
Because Garfield was president, he had “the best of medical care.” The doctors – one in particular – over-probed and over-operated on the president until he succumbed to the medical care, leaving his body riddled with doctor-induced infection.
Does that still go on today? You bet it does. Overuse of antibiotics have created antibiotic-resistant bacteria, leaving countless patients with weakened immune systems vulnerable to all sorts of disease. Repeated back and neck surgeries are comparable to the repeated probing by a knife Garfield experienced.
Studies have shown that kids who see the medical doctor less are healthier than kids who get the best and frequent care from medical doctors. Why? The kids get too many medications, interfering with natural development.
Let’s not let history repeat itself. Learn to be healthy!