~Thoughts for Thinking People~


(Dr. W) There is the underlying assumption that modernity translates into better health.  A corollary of this logic is that we can live our lives pretty much as we want because we can always buy a repair. You know, the car won't start, the TV is broken, the telephone is dead, no problem.   Just call in an expert, spend some money and all is well.

People carry this over to their thinking about health.  Our ticker falters, joints creak or an unwanted growth pops up, no problem.  Buy some modern medical care.  If that doesn't work, it's a problem of money, better insurance, more hospital funding, more research for the "cure," more doctors, better equipment and more technology.  Right?  


Don't take my word for it.  Listen to the perpetrators themselves.  The following is taken right from the pages of the Journal of the American Medical Association (July 26, 2000):  "Of 13 countries in a recent (health) comparison, the United States (the most modern and advanced in the world) ranks an average of 12th (second from the bottom)..."

For example, the U.S. ranks:

The World Health Organization, using different indicators, ranked the U.S. 15th among 25 industrialized nations. (If ranked against "primitive" cultures eating and living as humans were designed, the whole industrialized world would be at the bottom of the heap.)

Some might say these dismal results are because of smoking, alcohol, cholesterol, animal fats and poor penetration of medical care across economic strata. Not so. Countries where these health risks are greater have better overall health according to epidemiological studies. It's also not due to lack of technology. The U.S. is, for example, second only to Japan in the number of magnetic resonance imaging units (MRIs) and computed tomography scanners per unit of population.  Neither can lack of medical personnel be blamed since the U.S. has the greatest number of employees per hospital bed in the world.

     So what is the problem?  Here are some clues as revealed in the same journal cited above:

That totals 225,000 deaths per year, the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer.  Another study – we're talking just hospital related deaths here – estimates 284,000 deaths per year.   An analysis of outpatient care jumps these figures by 199,000 deaths for a new total of 483,000 medically related deaths per year.  And this assumes doctors and hospitals eagerly report all their mistakes.  Think so?

Think about those numbers for a moment. It is like every day of the year 5 of our largest airliners filled to the brim with passengers crashing and killing everyone on board. How many would take to flying if that were the case? Think of the public outcry.

The fact that when people get on board the medical juggernaut they are at least at the same level of risk, practically goes unnoticed. Not only is it unnoticed, but like lambs led to the slaughter they just keep piling into doctor’s offices and hospitals and whine that there is not more insurance so they can do it even more. 

The poor health ranking in the U.S. is in large part not because of lack of modern medical care, it is because of it! It's called the Inverse Care Law. The more medical care you get, the greater your risk.

This does not deny that each person’s life choices do not impact health as well. People cannot live with abandon and then expect someone else to fix it, regardless of the technology and skills they bring to the table. You can imagine the frustration physicians must feel faced day to day with patients wanting a quick fix to cure a lifetime of unhealthy life choices. Be that as it may, this does not deny that modern medicine in and of itself is a huge risk to those who surrender to it.

Why do we not hear more about this?   It is just too difficult to come to grips with the inevitable - and unbelievable - conclusion:  When all the deaths (not counting the hundreds of thousands who are maimed or otherwise harmed but don't die) reported and not reported are tallied, medical intervention is arguably the leading cause of death in our country.

Time to splash some cold water on the rely-on-modern-medicine inebriation.  And remember folks, the above are just cold statistics.  Take any one of these numbers and humanize it to the real pain, suffering, financial devastation, grief and family disruption, and each one is a heart rending and tragic story.  It is a disaster of a magnitude unequalled by anything in human history.  And it's repeated every day.  It makes 911, all the deaths in all U.S. wars, deaths by auto, homicides and everything else pale in comparison. 

The media should be shouting about medical risks from atop their broadcast towers.  But there is mostly silence, just reports in obscure (to the public) medical and scientific publications.  In the meantime, trusting people keep flocking to the slaughter.  From just 1995 to 2002, pharmaceutical sales jumped from $65 billion to over $200 billion.  That's about one prescription for each man, woman and child in the country every month.  This escalation in medical dependency is paralleled in surgeries, lab tests, emergency room admissions, elective procedures and outpatient visits.

You can do something about it.  Begin today to take control of your own health destiny.  The philosophical paradigm of conventional, allopathic, symptom based, reductionistic, crisis care, episodic, after-the-fact medicine is seriously flawed...and very deadly.  Good and well meaning doctors are hamstrung by wrong philosophical premises.  They are crippled every bit as much as those who once believed in a flat Earth. Trying to achieve health with modern allopathic medicine is like trying to fix computers with a hammer, just because that's the only tool you were taught to use or believe in. 

Don't wait for the system to change.  Old ideas die too hard.  The mega-medical industry is not going to be quick in either admitting error or revamping itself.  Your health is at stake.   Think prevention and natural holistic cure.  Study, learn, grow, be skeptical, change lifestyle, be self-reliant – be a thinking person.  That's your best road to health.