The doctor who refused to give up
Erik Enby (b.1937) is a Swedish doctor who has been recognised for his highly controversial studies describing the microbial situation in the blood for a range of conditions.
As a young teenager, Erik falls in love with Gun. They share six months of happiness and romance and then, at 16, Gun develops polio. It is a terrible blow to the young couple. In his despair, he looks to medicine to find a cure.
The year is 1973. A young doctor is seeking to understand the origin of disease and finds that the blood does not appear as he was taught at medical school. New discoveries lead him away from current scientific theories. His career is in jeopardy when he challenges the accepted viewpoint. Dr. Enby opens a specialist clinic and his unorthodox treatment seems to help patients when medical treatment has been unsuccessful.
In the opinion of the doctor, the blood may be infected and this, according to his findings, can cause chronic disease; his treatment seeks to create more favourable conditions in the blood. He successfully treats a patient who had been given a prognosis of only a couple of months to live. Three years later, she is declared healthy by the hospital. Despite his good results, the authorities threaten to close down his clinic, saying he is exceeding his powers.
Another patient, seriously ill with cancer, came to him desperately seeking his advice; however, after just a couple of weeks she returned to her earlier medical regime. Some considerable time later she was found dead, having committed suicide, according to her father. Subsequently, Dr. Enby is accused of malpractice by the father. The Sceptic movement, which is highly critical of alternative therapies, picks up on this and becomes involved in a-10-year-long vendetta against Enby. Dr. Enby becomes the subject of a media ‘witch-hunt.’ This leads to considerable persecution of the doctor, including destruction of his property and disruption to his family life, when someone destroys the disability vehicle of his wife, who is paralysed with polio.
Despite this, he continues with his research and treatments and, after several warnings, loses his licence to practise medicine. A never-ending stream of clients seeks his help and his success continuous to provoke the Sceptic movement, which puts pressure on the authorities and the media to further undermine him. In a radio programme in the spring of 2014, sceptics express their views to which Dr. Enby does not get the opportunity to challenge or respond. A review commission censures the programme but the damage is already done. Based on what had been said in the programme, a lawyer seeks to have Enby prosecuted. Encouraged by the father of the woman who committed suicide, further unchallenged views are expressed on the radio, which set out fictitious circumstances and lead to a report to the police.
Early one morning just before Christmas 2014, police officers enter Dr. Enby’s apartment to carry out a search. It takes four policemen to handle a 77-old-man and his disabled wife! They confiscate his computer and two police officers take him to the police station, where he is locked in an interview room. The other two police men remain in the apartment, seeking ‘evidence,’ while Enby’s elderly paralysed wife looks on.
Two months later, some of the confiscated material is returned to him. Meanwhile, in May 2015, an international team of researchers publish a study that confirms his theory and provides support for his treatment methods.
No charges have ever been filed against Dr. Enby. Unsubstantiated and unchallenged claims continue to be broadcast in Sweden.
This is one of many reasons why this documentary is so important.
Synopsis © Börje Peratt 2015-05-31