With the fast food mentality that permeates much of our culture, we often forget the importance of thinking outside the linear process.
This is especially true in the area of medicine where established algorithms have replaced deductive thought and logic. Insurance companies impose a corporate-driven model of cost containment based on rote memory and evidence-based medicine.
The only problem is that healing is as much an art as it is a science. A practitioner has to know how to think using both the left and right hemispheres of their brain. They have to be willing to problem solve using creative methods.
Just like no two individuals are genetically the same neither are diseased conditions.
Whether it’s diabetes, cancer or an immune disorder, there are unique elements that fuel a patient’s condition. These elements help the condition develop and grow. The problem is in the quest for evidence-based medicine, the information is not well founded. It’s driven by an economic model of “one size fits all.”
In reality, much of what we think is not true. Most conclusions we learn from school end up being out of date. Patients and diseases are not prepackaged assembly kits from the hardware store.
Currently, we have drifted into a mindset where there is little need for human beings in the healing process. And that is a problem for all types of patients.
The problem gets worse for the patient because of limited choices available with modern healthcare.
Insurance companies may offer different types of plans such as gold, silver or platinum but in reality, it’s still the same Brand-X level of treatment. All that is different is the patient’s responsibility as to how much they have to pay out of their own pocket. So, if a second opinion is a sort, it’s best to go outside your hometown to another area that offers better innovation.
The bigger issue with this type of thought process is it can negatively affect the outcome assessment. In most areas of medicine including both alternative and western there is only a 75 % of success and to involve surgery of any kind is especially troubling.
A 75% rate of success is not tolerable in any other economic endeavor, such as construction or engineering. If that’s the best we can do then it’s important to demand creativity be part of the doctor’s repertoire.