We all know the wonders and abilities and greatness of medicine. We know of lives that have been saved and suffering which has been alleviated. Heaven help us if we were to live without everything that the medical profession provides for us.
Therefore, it would be somewhat short-sighted if our sole challenge was to question the merits, the benefits, the wonders and the virtues of medicine; or call into question the thousands of devoted, sincere, service and care motivated medical doctors who perform such great deeds; or minimize the scientific miracles and highly-perfected techniques that succeeded in saving many lives, relieving severe distress, correcting crisis and emergency conditions, eliminating many stress hazards that would be fatal to a lot of people. But for the moment and with great appreciation, let us take this esteemed profession off its throne and take a look at what it has not succeeded in accomplishing - and what forces are holding it back.
After all, human beings are infinite in scope and in their nature. The world of disease and the knowledge required to manage has become so immense that medicine has to be divided into a large number of specialities. No science or profession is infinite in its abilities - nor can it be. Medicine is - and must remain - a profession of disease care. Mostly because the study of disease is a full-time, lifetime and a wholly absorbing science. No doctor can master, handle or know all that needs to be known about all of the manifestations, complications and care needs of disease. Nor can this profession or any one profession master all that must be known about our world beyond disease - the world of health.
Health care is an immense world unto itself. It is not - nor should it be - and it cannot be left within the reach of disease-oriented, disease-trained, and disease-thinking scientists. It is the world that is a part of each of us. It is a world that has to be mastered. It is a world that has to be brought within our every day worlds of living, thinking and feeling.What follows is a challenge to go beyond disease- and crisis-care orthodox medicine to methods and systems of health care.
There are several reasons for this challenge, reflected in these whole truths:
The constant and steady increasing nature of disease.
The hazards of drugs.
Needless surgery and its consequences.
The incompleteness and errors of diagnosis.
The ineffectiveness of drug therapies.
Reasons why the above still exist:
Absence of a solid philosophical basis of medicine.
Incomplete insights about disease in medical text books.
Slow progress and adaptation to change.
How Scientific is Medicine?
How scientific can a profession be when the overall practice is based on principles, diagnostic procedures and therapies that:
originated in the age of scientific ignorance - before the nature, structure and functions of cells and bio-chemistry were known and continue even today to promote beliefs based on ignorance.
disregards the breadth of their own medical research and does not incorporate the findings, discoveries and information regarding disease and therapy that fill their libraries and storehouses into their philosophy and practices.
are based solely on partial understanding - and even less application - of the physiology and biochemistry of the human body, mind and emotions.
makes little or no attempt to unearth and understand all forms of disease, that does not treat the causes of disease and disregards the nature and importance of these causes.
treats only those aspects of the disease problems or disabled functions that manifest as symptoms.
considers and treats disease as the result of simple, single causes (i.e., a fracture caused by an accident), whereas no human being living in civilization is ever unaffected by a great number of hazards, pollutants, abnormal lifestyles, attitudes or stresses.
disregards body pollutants and toxicity (including the side effects of the drugs they use) as a major cause of most chronic disease.
are based on poisoning (via the use of drugs) and by poisoning to activate the body's resistance to such poisons with hopes that the same body resistance will fight off these very diseases.
considers everything in the human body as material and chemical, and in so doing disregards the patterns and principles of life inherent to the nature of human beings.
does not hesitate to employ the very agents which cause these same diseases, such as chemotherapy and radiation in the treatment of cancer.
provides treatment which is basically limited to drugs, radiation, and surgery.
disregards the laws of nature by which all men must live and breathe.
possesses no therapy capable of curing (by completely restoring the body to a normal functioning state) for any single disease, and yet puts itself on a pedestal as being the authority in healing and the only authority that exists.
condemns every other alternative as ignorant or operated by quacks, even when centuries of proof exists to illustrate the value of curative remedies.
rarely, if ever, targets or provides support to under-functioning organs which are responsible for all healing of the body, essentially trading symptom management for the normalization of bodily functions vis-à-vis the liver (because if they understood the liver, they wouldn't prescribe drugs as therapy for every drug damages the liver).
elevates the benefits of therapies that are merely band-aids in practice.
ensures that education and medical school curricula are controlled by drug company interests, and are advocating principles and teachings almost identical to those of 80 to 90 years ago.
presents to the public an image of doctors as healers and scientists capable of restoring health, but fail to provide patients with the substances (food, herb, cell, other concentrates or extracts) without which cells and tissues are unable to regenerate themselves and deliver well-being.
persists with a belief system that there are thousands of incurable diseases, even though almost every disease has already been cured by some other therapist using different methods in another part of the world over centuries.
has nothing to offer that can cure even one single disease (even though it may perform miracles through emergency care, restore comfort, and eliminate conditions in the body that are an immediate threat to well-being and life itself).
claims that bacteria and viruses are causes of diseases (when clinical research has shown that infectious agents are wise and needy scavengers of body poisons and disease) that typically occur when healing functions of the body fail to control and eliminate the toxins, wastes and debris on which these bacteria and viruses feed. Even Louis Pasteur on his death bed declared that the medical paradigm built from his theory of "Germ Therapy" was wrong: Bernard acail raison; le terrain c’est tout, le germe c’est rien.
Every science-oriented profession, except medicine, has changed its basic philosophy in accord with the ever-growing realm of discoveries and knowledge. Yet, the standard approach to patient care is basically the same as it's been during the last hundred years. The medical profession is the most unorthodox of professions. To be sure: the only healing profession and professional that is orthodox is the one that considers the full nature and causes of disease and then treats the complete being in harmony with his or her needs - while acting within the scope of the laws of nature and what doing no harm to any patient truly means.
Any doctor or discipline that disregards these principles is the "alternative medicine;" and therefore, any practice that is holistic, natural and treats the entire being above symptoms is scientific. This essential truth is inescapable and will eventually prevail. Doctors may dress wounds and suppress pain, but it is nature and the life within that heals us.