Modern Medicine

In China, the New Medicine has enabled medical authorities to keep a population of more than one billion impoverished people in better health than the average affluent American, as numerous studies has revealed, at a per capita cost that amounts to a small fraction of what the average American pays for health care.

Chang San-feng, the Taoist master of meditation, medicine, and martial arts, succinctly summarized this point 600 years ago:

“Medical science can energize a nation, but it can also make a nation sick. Medicine can bestow life, but it can also kill. Therefore, one must be very careful about its application….”(Reid, The Complete Book of Chinese Healing and Health).

Doctor, is derived from the Latin word, docere, which means ‘to teach’.

Modern physicians take the Hippocratic Oath, believed to be written by the father of western medicine himself; the first of which is ‘To do no harm’.

We are failing.

I get frustrated with philosophies that suggest modern medicine has come so far in its innovation; though it’s certainly true from one angle, diagnostics. Still I can’t help thinking of the great minds of our predessors and feel, as a whole, we haven’t come far enough. We have faltered and deviated to a place of stagnation and regret. Our elders are in pain and are children are sick.

Back in the age of heroic medicine, when physicians had failed and society felt rebellious, chiropractors rose to the occasion. They offered a new medicine. The AMA responded by a propoganda attack, labeling their practice ‘quackery’, in an attempt to discredit chiropractics and squash the competition. When that failed, they capitalized, demanding licensure and eventually, accepting insurance. A.K.A money.

I see a new hospital. One that incorporates the talents of all interests, rather allopathic physicians or bodyworkers, herbalists or neurologists, and so forth. I see a future of healing. A facility that focuses on preventive medicine, joining forces with all modalities so as to offer clients an opportunity for health & happiness, education and personal growth.  The new hospital, the future of medicine, is one strengthened by collaboration, where results are the motivating force. Patients will leave informed and empowered, rather than destitute and broken. Afflictions will be addressed through an awareness of scope of practice, where a nutritionist is needed, one will be available. Where a medical doctor is indicated, one will rise to the occasion. Together we stand successfully, pitted against each other, we falter. The New Medicine and it’s facilities will change the face of healthcare because all practitioners will be valued and their knowledge will spread like a wildfire. Rather a naturopath, nurse, acupuncturist or a pediatrician, we all have a place in this pursuit. I refuse to believe that my children will stumble for answers and pay the price of life to do so, I refuse to believe that this is the world they will inherit. The new practitioner will know when to refer out and where to refer to and the client will rest assured that their health and wellness is in good hands. Healing hands. Gone are the days of being poked and prodded to pity. The hospital will be welcoming (as are our new emerging birthing centers), the food will be therapeutic, the people will be happy, and patients recovering from surgery will smile to greet their massage therapists, rather than grimacing at the next prick of the needle and pill to pop.

One of my favorite quotes, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)

Demand change. Seek quality, licensed alternative health practitioners as primary health care providers because modern medicine will respond. They listen to the numbers and they want our business. Force allopathic physicians to get informed and integrated or get out. The age of the New Medicine is here. Bigmama.