About Dr. Kidd
Neural Therapy author Robert Kidd, MD, CM, has been practicing medicine in Canada since 1970, beginning with
several years in emergency medicine. The practical aspects of dealing with acute injuries and illness appealed to him at
first, but after a few years in emergency medicine, he began to feel a sense of unease about many of the patients he treated.
Dr. Kidd became increasingly concerned with his patients suffering from common, distressingbut non-life-threatening
conditions such as migraine,
irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. These conditions did not usually lead
to death or "serious" illness, but were serious for the patient and could be as disabling as a grave disease. 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 symptomsbut that did nothing to cure or deal with the root causes of the illness.
Before beginning his medical studies, Dr. Kidd had seriously considered a research career in physiology. His long-time interest in
"how things work" resurfaced, leading him to wonder why these common medical conditions were so neglected in medical training and
Backache was the first condition he began to study. Dr. Kidd became
intrigued by the relief that some patients reported from chiropractic and set out to investigate spinal manipulation. He learned not
only that manipulation can be effective, but that there are scientific explanations of how it works.
This discovery showed him there was more information available than any medical school could hold. Much of it lay in basic scientific
research that had simply never been applied. Some information came from medical practices that had 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 rarely, if ever, been examined by outsiders in an unbiased way.
Dr. Kidd also found huge differences between medical practices in various countries and cultures. Some of these countries, such as
Germany, have as high, or higher, scientific standards than Canadian or American medicine; others, including China, have ancient
traditions with thousands of years of observation and experience.
From German medicine, Dr. Kidd came across neural therapy, an approach to medical problems centering on the body's
nervous system. This treatment method was particularly attractive to Dr. Kidd because it is grounded in Western scientific concepts of
how the body works, and also overlaps in many ways with osteopathy and certain aspects of Oriental medicine.
Dr. Kidd has spent the last 25 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, and has taught in Canada,
the U.S. and Britain.
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 Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine.
Dr. Kidd received his medical degree (MD, CM) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1970, and a bachelor of science degree
in physiology (BSc), with honours, in 1966.
He and his family have operated a small farm in the upper Ottawa Valley for more than 30 years. This farming experience has provided
rich insights into the nutritional relationships between soils, food and health.