MEDICINE IS GROWING.
pray herbicides on your farmland for a few seasons and what do you get?
Use antibiotics to control disease-spreading microbes for a few generations and what appears?
Medicine is changing fast. But the medical system is not, at least not nearly as rapidly as the health challenges we face. Mainstream medicine’s been forced to march in place, locked into ways of understanding disease and relying on treatment models that haven’t changed substantially in decades.
This situation is partially the result of insurance company reimbursement schemes that are constantly looking to cut costs, seizing on any excuse to refuse payment for newly-developed treatments and enforcing standards of practice that long ago fell behind recent advances in medical science.
It’s also a response to the understandable resistance many of us have to recognizing how the choices we make every day set the biological stage for our diseases. We’re busy. We’re stressed and already overwhelmed. Who’s got the time and focus to become their own doctor and besides, isn’t that a foolish thing to do?
So managing symptoms takes the place of identifying and addressing the dynamics that cause disease in the first place. It’s simpler, cheaper, and easier to get most people to take pills than it is to teach them what they need to know to do an effective job of making lifestyle choices that help the body heal those root causes.
Today, those of us interested in doing the best medicine possible are moving away from treatment models of care and towards education-oriented models of healing. There will always be a need for healers and doctors to do what we do … but in the end …
The more we understand; the more we act on our knowledge of how our daily habits either build or undermine our health, the better that health will be and the longer we’ll be able to enjoy peaceful, productive lives.
Next Steps: I’m Here To Take Them With You.
Don’t get me wrong. Classical 20th-century style science-based medicine has worked wonders. Millions of people are alive today who, in earlier times, would have died without its help. It’s particularly excellent at dealing with medical crises.
But it can be a different story when it comes to chronic conditions, which by definition are the very problems for which classical medicine hasn’t been able to deliver good answers.
Just like throwing antibiotics at microbes or pesticides at insects works for awhile, classical 20th-century style medicine bought us time.
But now the bill’s coming due. We can see it in the relentless inflation of medical costs, the society-wide struggles over how to pay those costs and make sure the economically vulnerable have access to care.To be sure, insurance and pharmaceutical company profiteering and the increasing needs of an aging population are some of the causes behind those ever-escalating costs.
But we’re also witnessing the passing of an old way of understanding just what good medicine is. As miraculous as it’s been compared to what came before, 20th century style medicine has reached a point of diminishing returns.
A new medicine is being born. It’s also science-based, but it looks at the issues involved in chronic disease from a very different direction, through a very different lens.
It’s often low-tech instead of high tech. It’s patient-centered and education-based instead of treatment focused.
That’s the medicine you’ll find here. That’s the kind of healing we offer.
Because in the end, it’s not the things that folks in scrubs or lab coats do that really heal those chronic root causes, as hard as they try and as amazing as the things they do can be when stuff hits the fan.
It’s the things each and every one of us do every day.
Assuming we’re informed.
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