The healthcare debate continues to rage on, yet even with trillions of dollars spent; it continues to flounder with no real improvements. I would like to explain why, and what will be required for significant changes.
On the surface it may appear that the medical system is responsible for any health improvements we have experienced in our overall health, but the reality is, in fact, there is an ABSOLUTE and FUNDAMENTAL flaw at the root of the current medical system.
That fundamental flaw is that the body is viewed as parts and pieces – simply a collection of organs and blood vessels – that can be manipulated, cut, and drugged to be “fixed”. This approach is best described as “mechanistic” and views the body similar to a car. This is a problem. The body is not a car. It is not just the sum of its parts. And as long as the approach to health is mechanistic, we will make little to no progress and we will actually continue to get further and further away from the actual solution. Healthcare will continue to get more expensive, more dangerous and more complicated. The only exception to this fact is traumatic and emergency healthcare. However, this too can be improved or even prevented with a new approach.
Many people mistakenly assume the opposite approach is a natural or alternative type approach. However, this can be almost as ineffective if one simply substitutes natural therapies for dangerous drugs or surgery. Although this arguably is a less dangerous approach, it still does not allow for the new understanding required to actually transform healthcare. This approach is simply using the same mechanistic model with just safer tools. The real solution goes deeper than just prevention, wellness and early detection.
So, what is the foundational shift that must occur to realize positive change? We MUST have a system that understands and appreciated the body itself as the single most powerful healing organism. The body is self-healing, self-regulating and self-developing. That is a fact that must be appreciated and is foundational to an improved healthcare approach. Until that is the foundational approach to healthcare, we will continue to suffer the ill, limited effects of the current model. Although many that currently work in the mechanistic / disease care model would like to believe their approach does honor the inborn healing potential of the body, and that they are simply “helping” the body with drugs and surgery, you will see the statistics below that are largely lip service and not the reality.
The word “Vitalism” best describes this new approach and understanding, and helps to better explain the differences between the current misguided and failing mechanistic approach and the vitalisitc approach. Vitalism understands the body is more than the sum of its parts and it seeks to work with inborn intelligence in the body. This may initially seem radical or even religious to some people, but the reality is, it is simply the most effective, intelligent, responsible and honest way to approach individual and collective healthcare. Currently, the mechanistic approach to healthcare that is being used has clouded our understanding so deeply, it is almost impossible to see another way. Drugs, expensive tests and surgeries, vaccines, and countless other dangerous tools have put us in a very precarious place in our history.
For example: Currently, PROPERLY prescribed medications are the 3rd leading cause of death in Canada.
Chronic diseases have grown exponentially in our children and adults. As a matter of fact, this now is expected to be the first generation of children who are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents.
This begs a very simple question: If the mechanistic, medical approach was the correct approach, shouldn’t we expect better results? It’s expensive, dangerous and very ineffective. As a matter of fact, a recent study states that considering the millions of dollars that are spent on healthcare in Canada each year, it has yet to have proven the risks outweigh the benefits. Wow! The largest expenditure in Canada – the mechanistic approach to healthcare – has not even proven to be beneficial! It is clear something needs to change. We must have a foundational shift in our approach. One that sees the body as the incredible self-healing, self-regulating organism that it is, and not merely a bunch of parts and pieces in need of expensive and dangerous drugs and surgery.
When this vitalistic understanding is applied as the foundation to the healthcare approach, real changes can begin to be actualized. Instead of asking “what’s wrong?” with our health, we can begin to ask “where is the interference to healing?” You can stop looking to dangerous mechanistic approaches to health and instead you begin to seek solutions that actually allow you to heal and not merely mask or treat health concerns. You begin to find ways to support the most powerful healing took you have; your very own body.
Even at the risk of being misunderstood, I must compare the magnitude and cultural disaster of our current medical model to the civil rights struggle. Although there are many different components to each issue, at the foundation there was a deep error in how people or an issue was viewed. This error created countless, significant problems for all involved. A new approach, based upon a natural truth was required to be understood and then applied. We sit in a similar situation. From a healthcare perspective, all people are created with an inborn ability to heal. By not acknowledging this, current mechanistic view is hurting millions of people, destroying untold potential, and literally bankrupting our nation. We . . . us, must rise up, “march” out the mechanistic approach to health and demand change. But the change starts with each one of us. We must understand for ourselves that health comes from within us, not outside and that the body “needs no help, just no interference” and demand the system change its approach. There is reason to be optimistic! Millions are waking up to this crisis, and actually seeking real solutions.