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     (Dr. W.) We have received responses from some e-Health Letter subscribers in the medical field expressing concern that we have not given medicine a fair shake.   Please keep in mind that, for example, the recent information suggesting that modern medicine may be the number one killer, is not of our origination.  It came right from conventional medical journals (J Am Med Assoc, 2000; 284(4):483-5).

     This does not say that medicine cannot do great good.  There is no place I would rather be than right here in the heart of technological allopathy if I need trauma crisis care.  Some interventions such as short-term antibiotics and corticosteroids, insulin, epinephrine, pain killers and the like, if not life saving, can certainly shorten or ease the course of misery.

     It should also be noted that many within the medical community are extremely dedicated and sincere.  In the main, it is a hard life.  Years of education, decades of continuing that after graduation to stay on top of the field, long hours, the demands of patients and clients who refuse to take care of themselves and expect practitioners to miraculously fix the abuse the patient has caused, liability and constant threat of suit, and an income that often is not commensurate with the skills, hours and demands compared to other "9-5" professions.  For the veterinary profession, all of the above is true – plus he/she must build their own hospital and face a clientele who closely restricts treatment because of noninsured costs.  A veterinarian may know what to do to save a life but be prevented from so doing simply because of budget.

     My beef is not with the intentions of the modern practitioner, nor with the wonderful caring and kindness that so many of them extend.  It is with the tools they use.  The symptom-based, crisis care, intervention after-the-fact health care paradigm, at the exclusion of intelligent and vigilant prevention, is the wrong tool for the job.  The best-intentioned computer repairman is going to do more damage than good if the only tool in his bag is a club.  That is exactly why modern medicine is doing the incredible damage it is as reported in the previous newsletter ("Is The U.S. Healthier Than Ever?").

     Nevertheless, I salute, applaud and highly respect those in the medical profession who compassionately do the best they can with what they have.  We can only hope that they will keep an open mind, think outside the box of tight constraints they find themselves in within a regulated profession, and come to see the value of holistic care, true prevention and respect for nature as the ultimate healing force.

     Incidentally, prevention is not this: When President Bush recently had a colonoscopy, it was headlined as prudent "prevention" – a model for all us plebeians to follow.  Colonoscopy is a diagnostic.  It detects disease already present.   If present, the treatment is surgical removal.  Nowhere in any of this is cause addressed. Lack of colonoscopy is not the cause of colon cancer.    Prevention means knowing the cause and preventing it.  The cause of colon cancer is diet, environment and lifestyle.

     Here's another example.  In the New England Journal of Medicine (January 14, 1999; 340(2):77-84), it was reported that 639 women underwent bilateral prophylactic mastectomy.  In other words, they had both healthy breasts removed to "prevent" breast cancer.  The result? "...prophylactic mastectomy can significantly reduce the incidence of breast cancer."  Really.  Now there is some Nobel Prize stuff.  You "prevent" disease by lopping of whatever it is that might one day become diseased!  That's prevention by modern medical standards. 

     That is not prevention; it is torture and cruelty fostered by extreme ignorance by both the perpetrators and the willing victims.  

     This is a war of ideas, folks.  As long as such insanity persists in the name of healing, the alarm needs to be sounded.   That's what we will continue to do.  For you wonderfully dedicated healing professionals, just don't take it personally.  Be a beacon of light to those in the dark surrounding you.

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