Monday, December 31, 2012

The Medical Paradigm Is Fatally Flawed

This has become the picture of how we die.
It utterly lacks humanity and respect, treating
the dying patient as nothing more than
a bunch of failing body parts.
The Medical Paradigm Is Fatally Flawed
Dec 29, 2012 | Gaia Health Blog | Heidi Stevenson

"The medical system has transformed itself into the ultimate modern paradigm—corporate business—and corporations are at the heart of this ill-designed system. Just as other corporations have raped the earth of its resources and people of their economic freedom, medical corporations are raping people of their health and finances."

Modern medicine serves up every stage and aspect of life to Profit. After destroying the methods and knowledge of the old ways, what will be left to replace them?

We live in a society based on a fatally flawed paradigm, a fact that is becoming apparent as we face a collapsing economic system in a collapsing environment. Even so, many who recognize the flaws of these systems still hold tightly to the concept of a medical system that exists for their benefit. It is, though, part of the same flawed paradigm.

Where Is Common Sense in Medicine?

Why is a child who gets bored in class labeled with a psychiatric disorder, and then drugged for it? And why are there so many new mental diagnoses? Oppositional defiant disorder? Conduct disorder? Any child who acts up can be labeled with a psychiatric disease—and much the same is true of adults.

Ultrasound is used to determine a baby’s position during childbirth, when palpation can do the trick just fine. Why use expensive technology with no long term independent studies that document its safety on the fetus?
Even worse, the umbilical cord is usually cut at the earliest opportunity, resulting in untold harm to nearly all babies.

Have you noticed all the “pre” conditions that are being defined? No longer must you worry about getting diabetes, you must also be concerned if your doctor says that you’re prediabetic. After convincing us that osteoporosis is a disease that women can virtually expect to get, we now learn that you can also suffer from osteopenia, pre-osteoporosis. Of course, that diagnosis wasn’t invented until a drug to treat it was in the process of being developed—a drug that, by the way, probably causes more cases of genuine osteoporosis than it prevents.

Normal life processes are now defined as diseases. Pregnancy is a condition that requires treatment. Childbirth is treated as if it were a disease, or at least something to be managed in the most convenient manner possible for mother and, particularly, the doctor—even to the point of scheduling birth and inducing labor routinely. Menopause is a treated as a disease, and attempts have been made to convince men that they have andropause. Suggestions that nearly everyone should be taking statins to prevent heart disease are popping up—in spite of the fact that statins don’t prevent heart disease and do immense harm.

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