In a hundred years, our children and grandchildren will look back on what we call “medicine” today and cringe at how barbaric and short sighted it was.
It will be no different to the way we currently look back at medical history and see how ridiculous the beliefs were in times gone by.
Could you imagine doctors not washing their hands between performing autopsies and then attending to pregnant women giving birth? It seems so obvious now, yet in the 1800’s, the man who suggested that washing hands could prevent deaths was met with outrage by fellow doctors feeling they were being blamed for unnecessary deaths (and it turned out to be exactly that).
You may think, “well it was the 1800’s, it was to be expected they didn’t know everything yet”, but what about doctors endorsing cigarettes in the 1920’s through to the 1950’s? Everyone trusted their family doctor – why would anyone doubt a doctor?
We can look at these instances and clearly see how far we’ve progressed, but the average person and the average doctor now, somehow thinks we’ve reached the pinnacle and we know everything there is to know and we can’t possibly be wrong about things like chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer, inserting stents for heart attack patients or injecting babies and children with toxic chemicals and diseased matter all in the name of “healthcare”.
We live in a society now where only a person who has studied 7+ years of medicine, that is taught by lecturers who are funded by pharmaceutical companies, can call themselves a doctor.
The type of doctor you expect to help you get better when you’re unwell, but in reality, prescribes pills that at best may shift the numbers on your pathology result (but that doesn’t necessarily equate to better health and a longer life), at worst the pills create side effects that need more pills and so it goes on.
Somewhere along the way, the medical system lost it’s focus.
Heroic, ego-boosting medicine seems to be what everyone expects today, but with medical error being the third biggest cause of death in the US behind heart disease and cancer, what this really looks like is that today’s medicine is failing to provide what sick people really want – healing.
…I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel…
Our health care systems are failing to support an increasingly sick population.
Health insurance premiums are rising and the care (and health of people) is declining.
Governments are juggling the offerings, trying to remove rebates for alternate health care options, in an effort to reduce premiums, to encourage more people to join, to increase the pool of funds to pay to the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
It’s upside down, back to front, topsy turvy – what ever you want to call it.
The health care system that exists today is focused more on keeping people caught in the sickness industry than helping people be proactive and stay healthy to avoid illness.
Governments need young healthy people (who don’t make large insurance claims) to pay premiums to support the older population that make small ongoing or large serious claims.
The medical system leads you down the path of being dependent on them.
Examples of this include:
- Pregnancy – the natural birth is making way for increased medicalisation of birth – doctors prefer a women to have a caesarian because they feel the birth is then in their control but this is an expensive procedure that puts strain on the health care system and doesn’t necessarily improve birth outcomes.
- From the age of 40, women are encouraged to have mammograms that are increasingly being shown to cause more harm than good. This then introduces women into the medical system’s “cancer funnel”.
- Cancer treatment – once you’ve been tested and something shows up (when you go looking for something you’ll usually find it), it’s like being on the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) – there is no getting off once the orthodox medical treatment path of “cut-burn-poison” starts.
I could go on, but you can see how all these paths turn out to be very expensive treatment “options” (I say options, but really doctors don’t give you options, their path is the one and only path) that need to be funded by health insurance. And I can tell you right now, that the total of insurance premiums that one person pays in a year or even 5 years, definitely doesn’t cover the cost of some of these invasive procedures and these procedures don’t necessarily produce better health outcomes.
There is a time and a place for life-saving, heroic measures
In 2014 my dad had a heart attack – at the supermarket, doing his grocery shopping.
I am extremely grateful for the lifesaving measures performed by the lady at the supermarket who was in the right place at the right time, for the ambulance keeping him alive on the way to the hospital and for the doctors in emergency that brought him back when he had another attack in the hospital.
What’s upsetting though, is that doctors are so busy they don’t have time to keep up with the latest research, specifically around the benefits (or lack of) in relation to drugs and surgical procedures (e.g stents for heart pain).
My dad is now on a cocktail of drugs and continues to see his (arrogant) cardiologist who still views the body as a collection of bits and pieces to be treated individually rather than as a whole system.
Unfortunately, doctors have such a strong hold on the vast majority of the population, that their word is considered gospel (definition: “a thing that is absolutely true”).
So while most people will agree that for emergencies, modern medicine really shines, for chronic ongoing illness, there needs to be a better option.
No prizes for guessing what I think that is 😜 – I’ll continue in the next article.