WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
for Thinking People~
(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
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
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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