When we are in the thick of it, we often hear people speak negatively about us, our coworkers, the hospital, or the healthcare industry in general.
Some of our shortcomings, we readily admit. Others, we dismiss. To accept some of the assertions would be devastating.
However, recent years have revealed a degree of failure that I never would have imagined in my most cynical interpretations.
Many of these revelations have led some to ‘accept the reality.’ Others continue to ignore the problems. And a minority attempt to shift the blame.
Some even blame the patients!
The population shares blame for the state of our healthcare industry, this is true. A common problem is that some patients simply do not care. It is hard to blame them.
I have worked in some of the highest crime neighborhoods in the country, as well as the most affluent. I have seen the differences. These are not the same healthcare experiences. I have also seen that a patient’s relationship with their health is heavily impacted by the care and attention they get from their providers. Irrespective of the community they are from.
As far as I can tell, most of the rot in healthcare can be fixed with care. A patient’s care for their health and wellbeing. A doctor’s care for their motivation to listen, question, learn, and inform.
“Oh, but the cost of healthcare.”
The most common maladies can be solved with:
Self-care and attention, armed with wisdom
Good dietary and environmental advice
Avoidance of sedentary life
…and, the odd antibiotic
What is missing is the caring needed to get to the bottom of the symptoms.
Do not succumb to the lure of corporate medicine.
Yes, the people share the blame.
But, for the people to care about their health, they must be offered a service that invites this behavior.
It is up to us, brothers and sisters.
The change starts with us.
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Medicine has never changed. I'm a 58 year old male and my blood pressure is 103 over 65. My doctor is constantly trying to put my on statins. My dad and both older brothers went on those and I saw how much their aging accelerated. I don't need studies. I'm not blind.
I remember in the summer of 1982 when women in Canada were being arrested for breast feeding in public venues. The head of the Canadian Medical Association nearly had a baby on television. No one had ever been more outraged that women would ignore the 70,000 Canadian doctors who unanimously disapproved of breast feeding. They'd opposed it through the 60s and 70s and likely would still oppose it if a critical mass of mothers hadn't opposed them. The police were more than willing to put a boot on these women's faces, just like today over peaceful Covid protests.
In the 1990 my dad had a heart attack and listen to his doctors who told him to cut out saturated fat and replace it with margarine and seed oils. The strange thing is that in 1981 all the studies had been completed, the data collated and the studies published that showed that arterial sclerosis is cause by oxidized lipids (polyunsaturated fat. ie seed oils) being stored under the endothelial tissue. Strange how 40 years later, doctors, who have virtually zero training in diet and nutrition, still tell people to avoid saturated fats. Are these people working for the same experts who banned meat production in Netherlands?
Then there was the American Medical Association's official policy to recommend smoking throughout the 1950s. They claimed it wasn't proven to be beneficial yet, the studies were oncoming, but it was obvious that smoking was beneficial to health. At the time housewives, those dummies, called cigarettes "cancer sticks." And also, the British Medical Journal had published the first high quality study showing that smoking caused cancer, in 1951.
At the onset of WW II German medical doctors were relieved. You see, they'd been performing horrific experiments on German citizens for the past 20 years trying to prove various eugenics theories. It wasn't a fringe, nonscientific belief. It was consensus science, worldwide. Most US states had written it into law. The German doctors first began experimenting on disabled adults until they were all dead, before using disabled children. When they ran out of them they moved onto visible minority adults and then onto visible minority children. It was just by good luck that when they killed all these people the war had started and they had more experimental subjects than ever. So they drew up their plans for what kind of experimental program they could run if they were unrestrained and then organized and oversaw the holocaust. It was actual medical doctors that were the masterminds, if you could call them that, of the holocaust.
Allopathic Medicine came into being by act of law by US Congress in 1911 after Rockefeller had funded the Flexner Report and most likely, some congressional wheels. The thing was the standard of care of Allopathy was treating patients by injecting them with mercury and/or lead in order to "displace" disease, as well as blood letting. Apparently, Congress thought this was better than the quackery practiced by others.
According to Nassim Taleb, it wasn't until the 1960s that they started doing clinical trials to figure out what worked. I was born in 1964. It seems like yesterday.
The history of humanity is a shitshow and it's not getting better. If I had to distill the cause down to one fundamental explanation I'd say it was pride. Nobody wants to accept the truth. So they equivocate in a way where they appear to be accepting their own faults and failings when really, they're making excuses.
Look at Dr. Malhotra, the British doctor that came out recently saying the gene therapies are dangerous. His own father died after getting jabbed on his son's "expert" recommendation. After that he looked into it said they're unsafe. But the original trials showed they were ineffective and unsafe and even the claim of reducing the spread, though untestable at the time given the constraints, ought to have been thought improbable given the fact the "vaccines" were accepted as being "unsterilizing." What did Malhotra do, read the intro and conclusions? I read the studies and I knew they were bad news and I work in a factory. He claims to this day to be an expert. As long as people refuse to repent fully of what they've done any attempt at reconciliation and resolution ought to be taken an attempt to deceive. And this applies to everybody, not just doctors or people in authority.
We can't say it enough: self care isn't selfish!