American medicine is a smorgasbord of healing systems. They are divided into allopathic and homeopathic schools based on how their therpaies behave. They either oppose the ill-force with overwhelming power (allopathic) or stimulate the body's forces with minimal effort.
Alternative, Integrated and Complementary and Functional are other methods of healing, which blurrs the distinction between the two schools.
Allopathic medicine is the conventional approach to treating disease. It uses pharmaceutical drugs to produce effects, directly opposite to the symptoms that the illnesses cause. Hence the term anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, immuno-suppressive, or cholesterol lowering drugs.
Allopathic is what is meant by the term conventional medicine. i call it sedentary medicine. The best treatment money can buy or is it the most treatment money can buy?
Natural medicine on the other hand, is based on ancient healing systems like those of China and India. Both the Chinese and the Ayurvedic medical systems depend on whole plants and movement. They include acupuncture, herbal medicine, functional therapeutics aromatherapy and yoga. In the hands of experts, these therapies are powerful combatants against illness and can often accomplish more than conventional medicine.
Unfortunately there are many quacks, charlatans and phonies, who despite having no expertise in healing, prey on the misery that illness brings. These nutritional charlatans take advantage of the void felt by the failure of conventional medicine to incorporate other medical modalities.
Sedentary medicine and unhealthiness go hand in hand. They are the one-two punch of this epidemic. Sales from unhealthy products fill the coffers of one group of businesses while profits due to treatment come from the borrowed money we steal from our children.
Sedentary medicine turned a blind eye towards corporate attacks on children because its business plan depends on a steady stream of patients, ill from those attacks. Ill patients generate more money for ther the providers of drugs and services.
Unhealthy patients make good patients because they need frequent treatment. Chronically ill patients are an excellent source of revenue for doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. It is a sad fact that in this day and age of miracle drugs and high technology, their numbers are exponentially growing. It is obvious that the more treatment patients receive, the more money they generate for doctors and drug makers. Prevention is a silent word.
For pharmaceutical companies, preventing disease is just another method to push drugs. Combination of drugs, known as cocktails, are the latest miracle cure in doctor’s armamentarium. Unfortunately, these cocktails don’t eliminate the cause of disease, they only treat their symptoms. They may lower blood pressure, regulate sugar levels, reduce triglycerides or manage arthritis. Their common denominator is by bundling these drugs together, they earn healthy profits for their makers and extend the life of their patents.
Sedentary medicine has evolved greatly over the centuries. What originally began as Healing, the traditional method of delivering medicine based on the faith of the patient and the skill of the healer has been replaced by the scientific method. An absolutely wonderful tool in explaining the universe and the mechanisms by which cell’s function, grow and die. In it there is no room for individuality, faith or inward power.
Healing was thus replaced by treatment. Treatment is the cornerstone of sedentary medicine.
Sedentary medicine is the PIMP method of managing illnesses. It is the ineffective, overpriced, insurable and scientifically proven way to treat disease. It was established as a collaboration between common interests organized around the unifying principal of treating symptoms and allowing causes to persist.
In this system, the patient is removed from active participation in their care other than in providing the informed consent, required by insurance and malpractice lawyers.
Doctors and Illness
Our medical education system educates and trains the highly skilled physicians, nurses and technicians who work in healthcare. They staff the hospitals, clinics and institutions who care for patients. They bill, collect and receive fees for the services they render. Treatments that usually need to be approved in advance but in many cases are denied. Denies that are often based on a whim or a memo from above.
The processing of claims is a convoluted process that pits doctors, patients and insurance companies against each other. This oils the system with money and justifies the increase in insurance premiums. This reward and compensation system is one reason why our healthcare system is in such a shambles.
Doctors who treat ill patients are compensated more than doctors whose patients remain healthy through education and prevention. What kind of doctor strives to make less money? Why focus on prevention when disease pays so well.
Doctors treat illnesses. That’s the business they are in. They make informed decisions to the best of their ability. Patients are thus dependent on the skill of the physician and the advice they provide. Unfortunately, this advice is skewered by the army of pharmaceutical reps that flood their offices and schmooze them with meals and vacations.
As a consequence of those incentives, doctor’s become the servants of pharmaceutical companies. They are no longer guided by what’s best for their patient. What’s good for Big Pharma is good for the doctor. Some doctors actually become medical science liasons (MSL) who hawk unapporoved uses of their master’s drugs, therebye skirting the laws governing their salesforce.. This corrupt system has turned miracle drugs into poisons and coerced doctors into putting profits before patients.
Doctors examine patients, order sophisticated tests and then treat those results. The expensive, powerful, and dangerous drugs they prescribe are extremely profitable to their manufacturers. Doesn’t matter what the illness is, they have a drug for it. Side effects? They’ve got a drug for that too.
Sedentary medicine allows the patient to be informed of decisions but not involved in the making of them. They are given no input on decisions and no responsibility for maintaining their own health. Physicians and the pharmaceutical reps who advise them, know what is best for them. The unfortunate reality is that most doctors earn their living by diagnosing diseases and prescribing drugs to treat them. That’s what they do best and they do it all day long.
This cozy relationship between doctors and drug companies is the essence of sedentary medicine.
It’s a system designed to benefit pharmaceutical companies, insurance executives and managed care companies who earn their living providing and paying for treatment.
Treatments, built on the philosophy of routine tests, prescription drugs and invasive surgeries. Doctors earn their living by diagnosing and managing illnesses, not by preventing them.
Many of these illnesses are caused by poor nutritional behavior, inactivity and unhealthy food and could have been prevented. So instead of promoting health and preventing disease, doctors have been trained to diagnose and manage illnesses with expensive tests, prescription drugs and invasive surgeries. This practice only benefits the insurance industry and the multinational pharmaceutical companies whose products doctors and patients are dependent on.
We need a healthcare system that puts patients before profits, one that stresses prevention instead of treatment.
Enough of VoodooCare.