Dr. Robert F. Kidd
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About Dr. Kidd
Dr. Kidd is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, with an honours degree in Physiology (BSc) in 1966 and a medical degree (MD,CM) in 1970. His first few years of practice were spent in full-time emergency medicine. The practical work of dealing with acute injuries and illness appealed to him at first, but after a few years he began to feel an increasing unease about many of the patients that he had to deal with.
These were the patients with common, distressing, but not-life-threatening conditions such as migraine, backache, sciatica, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, etc.. These conditions did not usually lead to death or "serious" illness, but were serious for the patient and could be as disabling as a "serious" disease. Also, hiding behind the technical jargon, was the fact that little was known about the causes of these conditions. The treatments offered therefore were mainly drugs to suppress symptoms, but nothing was done to cure or deal with the root causes of the illness.
Dr. Kidd, before beginning his medical studies, had seriously considered a research career in physiology. His old interest in "how things work" now resurfaced and lead him to wonder why these common medical conditions were so neglected in medical training and research.
backache was the first condition that he began to study. Intrigued by the relief that some patients reported from chiropractic, he set out to investigate spinal manipulation. He learned not only that can manipulation be effective, but also that there were scientific explanations of how it worked.
This discovery demonstrated to him that more information was available "out there" than any medical school could hold. Much of it lay in basic scientific research that had simply never been applied. Some of it came from medical practices that had (for different reasons) fallen out of fashion. Some lay in veterinary medicine. And great stores of knowledge existed in other medical systems such as Osteopathy, naturopathy and chiropractic. These systems are held in low regard by conventional medicine, but Dr. Kidd discovered that they had never been examined by outsiders in an unbiased and open way.
Dr. Kidd also found that huge differences existed between medical practices in different countries and cultures. Some of these countries (e.g Germany) have as high, or higher, scientific standards than our own and others (e.g. China) have ancient traditions with thousands of years of observation and experience.
Dr. Kidd has spent the last twenty-five years studying and attempting to combine the best of these diverse sources into an integrated medical system. He has published a small portion of his research (see publications), and has taught in Canada, the US, and Britain for various organizations and institutions.
He has also been involved in medical educational organizations and has held numerous positions including president of both the American and Canadian Associations of Orthopaedic Medicine and editor of the the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine.
Dr. Kidd has with his family operated a small farm in the upper Ottawa Valley for over 25 years. This farming experience has provided rich insights into the nutritional relationships between soils, food and health.