In October 2020, Australian doctor-YouTuber Doc Adam Smith told his subscribers that he might quit his channel for good following a stressful and expensive lawsuit plus a few more challenges hurled his way. Exactly a year later, he made his exit official marking the end of the road for his YouTube career. The Tagalog-speaking Aussie took to social media to express a mixture of sadness, frustration, and gratitude. Doc Adam leaves YouTube but what are his reasons and will he be coming back soon?
Doc Adam says goodbye
Doc Adam calls out the DOH and FDA
Obviously, a foreigner shouldn’t be the one to ring the alarm about our healthcare crisis. But, what is happening to Doc Adam is the chilling effect of disinformation. The @DepEd_PH @DOHgovph have failed to regulate and educate information. People have been saying this for years.
— Marco De Vil (@nickchase327) October 31, 2021
But how can this good doctor leave his channel without last-minute parting words every Filipino should heed? After all, his mission was to provide FREE professional medical advice for Filipinos.
Doc Adam didn’t mince words when he called out the Philippines’ Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. He demanded them to (and we quote) “grow some bayag and put a stop to [dangerous health claims in the country].” Doc Adam called for accountability and, most of all, doubling down on the officials’ duty to protect the Filipino people from harmful products and practices. He also called for influencers and celebrities to scrutinize the products they’re promoting.
Doc Adam and the Dr. Farrah lawsuit
This only fueled Doc Adam’s desire to go against the natural medicine doctor and Filipinos backed him up. Many shared their horror stories and first-hand accounts involving Dr. Farrah and her questionable methods to the Facebook group “Dr. Farrah Augustin-Bunch Experiences and Stories.”
Fast forward to today and Doc Adam is still in a legal battle against Dr. Farrah. He shares that although the lawsuit was expensive, it won’t deter him from speaking up about her and protecting Filipinos. Doc Adam even encouraged those with a “Dr. Farrah experience” to share theirs through an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinoys express their grief
This is why we can’t have nice things. Salamat Doc Adam, congrats and best wishes to you and KC on your next chapter :)
Kung bumalik ka man sa YouTube at medyo mag-iba pa ng content, marami pa ring susubaybay nu’n. Ingat kayo lagi!
— Shai Lagarde (@shailagarde) October 31, 2021
After that sad goodbye, Filipinos took to social media to express a mixture of dismay, grief, and gratitude. Some are disheartened that we Filipinos lost a credible source for free professional medical help while others bemoan how kindhearted people like Doc Adam are the ones who experience hate. Many thanked Doc Adam for his work and for a good fight. Filipinos also conveyed how they’re hopeful Doc Adam will return to his channel someday.
Kaya tayo naghihirap. Kasi yung mga tao na may malasakit gaya ni Doc Adam, yun pa ang nalalagay aa alanganin.
Samantalang yung mga sablay, yun pa ang nakaupo sa kapangyarihan, o di naman eh yun pa ang pinapakinggan at binibilhan.
— kiko rustia (@kikorustia) October 31, 2021
I hope someday I can be as courageous as you. Thank you for your spirit and tenacity.
— Dr. Geraldine Zamora (@doktora_ging) October 31, 2021
You are so incredibly courageous for doing the things that you do. I pray na dumating ang point na people who care for our country will be the ones leading the government. Am hoping this won’t be the last time we’ll see or hear from the awesome Doc Adam. Regards to you, KC & 🐶!
— The Nerdy Derma (@thenerdyderma) October 31, 2021
And lent him a helping hand
What’s next for Doc Adam?
It’s been an honour doing content for the Filipinos.
Doc Adam, signing off. pic.twitter.com/yhlJGiXnCO
— Doc Adam (@docadamsmith) November 1, 2021
Doc Adam shares that he and KC are planning on getting married next year. Afterward, they plan to work with deprived communities north of Australia. As for coming back to YouTube and his 1.98M subscribers, he hasn’t mentioned anything just yet. We’re still holding out hope that he might return soon!
How can you still show your support?