By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN
Physicians trained in orthodox Western medicine are marvelously able to treat cases that come into emergency rooms – victims of accidents or shootings, say, or acute infections. They are armed with a wide array of powerful drugs and exceptional surgical skills to save lives, give miraculous relief, or simply buy valuable time under adverse or extreme circumstances.
They are also – no doubt partly due to the influence of Big Pharma on medical education today – duly equipped with the latest chemical weapons to quickly attack symptoms as if they were enemies on a Middle Eastern battlefield. So many of them are rooted in “anti-“ ness: antibiotics to kill bacterial infections; antihypertensives to lower blood pressure; anticonvulsants to control seizures; antihistamines to suppress allergic responses; antidepressants to alleviate depression; and so on.
These anti-life medicines were all developed to act as selectively as possible, with little or no regard for a patient’s individuality, let alone the causes behind their symptoms.
The Road to Polypharmacy & Beyond
A basic question about such drugs is whether most patients will actually feel better, live longer, and suffer fewer setbacks or complications as a result of taking them.
The law of averages suggests that many of these drugs can do at least some of what the physicians want and expect them to do – and some things things that are less than desirable. Every drug, after all, has both benefits and risks, and often hidden costs, as well.
If the drugs are powerful enough to do what pharma scientists expect them to do, what else might they be capable of? What effect will they have on the body’s other physiological functions – the ones that aren’t the direct target of the drug?
Those “side effects” are just as much a part of a drug’s power as everything else it does. All effects are direct effects. All result from the action of taking the drug.
It’s just a short step from there to polypharmacy, using other drugs to counteract problems caused by the first – problems that are often treated as independent, unconnected to the original problem the patient sought help for.
Then there’s the question of whether the drug is actually helping correct a condition or merely masking symptoms. Will symptoms return with even greater intensity once the drug wears off or is stopped? The patient then runs the risk of taking the drug for an even longer period of time, perhaps indefinitely.
Unfortunately, this can result in transforming what might have been a one-time episode in a person’s life into an ongoing disease state. Symptoms turn into chronic illness, or one disease multiplies into half a dozen different diagnoses, all of which are treated independently.
This is like a phonograph needle stuck in a record groove, repeating sound endlessly as the needle digs deeper and deeper into the vinyl.
Anti-Medicine vs. Life-Promoting Care
That dynamic is a big reason why patients who have been through (and through and through) our nation’s “healthcare system” are so excited to learn about the paradigms that inform biological medicine and dentistry: Pischinger’s concept of the extracellular matrix and ground system regulation; Reckeweg’s homotoxicology; Enderlein’s pleomorphism; Vincent’s bioelectronics and acid-base balance; Voll’s and Kramer’s laws of resonance; and Popp’s biophoton theory.
Yet these are all quickly dismissed in an environment dominated by the marketing, spin, and influence of the pharmaceutical industry. The science that doesn’t suit corporate goals is ignored. Clinical practices rooted in that science are portrayed as ineffective, impossible, unworthy of serious consideration.
After all, they don’t use the brute force of Western medicine to manipulate the life force of the patient’s physiology in the name of Science over Nature.
Yet true health requires conditions for proper cellular growth, with the key factors focusing on the health of the terrain (milieu/matrix) that surrounds and connects them. The human body can only be as healthy as its matrix.
In today’s world, the major problem in human health is a very toxic and polluted matrix, as we discussed previously in our series on “The Causes of Illness and Degenerative Diseases” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
The Art of Caring
Often when allopathic practitioners – or advertisers – talk about “healthcare” to patients, medically or dentally, they seem to just toss you a menu of treatment options to think through. Treatment is the goal. That’s what gets rewarded in our system. Consequently, that’s what you’ll always get more of. Outcomes don’t matter. Treatment does.
In this light, it seems clear why the US spends more on “healthcare” than any other nation in the world yet ranks so low in actual health.
The focus on treatment might also explain some of why so many patients we see in our office complain that they can’t get a physician or dentist to thoroughly listen to them. As I see it, listening is a crucial part of my calling.
“True listening,” wrote Virginia dentist Paul Henny in a recent essay in a newsletter called Thought Experiments, “requires a setting aside of ourself.” It means listening without a preset agenda in mind or trying to steer conversations toward our own goals or satisfaction.
The goal is to create a safe psychological space where the patient senses acceptance, and therefore feels less vulnerable and thus more inclined to open up and share their fears and concerns regarding dental issues.
This is a challenge in the modern dental and medical environment. But I understand it to be critical for truly helping the people who consult me and helping them bring about the desired results for their health and well-being.
It requires a mission like the one Elizabeth Sustick suggests in her brilliant article “Anthroposohic Nursing”:
The question for human-centered health care that addresses the dignity and wholeness of the ill person is an urgent need of our time. Nursing and caring currently exists in a healthcare context dominated by the economics of curing through diagnosis and measuring symptoms. Within such standardized health care programs, the individual can get lost, and the cultivation of clinical sensitivity and the humanity of caring are diminished. In particular, the caring encounters that emphasize caring dialogue and caring touch are lessened.
Caring is the primary focus of nursing. The aim of caring is to support and strengthen the individual patient’s health processes. It is caring that supports and strengthens health, including the experience of well-being: life as meaningful and coherent.
The art of caring has an important task in the development of the human being. We perform outer tasks consciously, working with life forces, creating the conditions that allow the formative creative powers to work. Creation happens anew every day, and as we work with formative life forces, creation is continued.
Contrast this model to modern allopathic medicine, whose paradigm is in chaos. It remains stuck in the chemical body and a linear world. It has an assembly line attitude, where every 10 minutes, a new patient comes through to be dealt with in a mechanistic way. The doctor tries to find something wrong, just as they were trained to do, while the patient just wants help in staying well.
Science has moved on, yet much modern medicine remains trapped in the mindset it’s taught for 175 years. All the high tech trappings and feel-good ads about how much the corporations care cannot hide this simple fact.
“Doctors are specialists,” integrative physician Carolyn Dean writes in her book Death by Allopathic Medicine.
A specialist is a person who rigorously defends their right to be ignorant of except their specialty. Patients are finding that they may know more than the doctor, especially nutritional topics. More often than once we have had patients tells us that when they asked their physician about how they may change their nutritional idiosyncrasies to enhance their health they say, “If it tastes good then you should spit it out”!
Yet the doctor, instead of pleading ignorance on the subject of nutrition and food supplements, will insist that anything that has not been scientifically validated is, therefore, at best costly and at worst dangerous. The doctor becomes a financial advisor. The doctor is blind to the fact that thousands of studies do prove the worth of food supplements. If a doctor did not learn it in medical school, then it cannot be worth knowing.
More than ever, patients who call our office tell us how their dentist or physician no longer believes the reality of illness they live with each day. Trust in the system is quickly eroding. This will continue, Dean notes, “until the whole system blows up and is transformed into something new, and hopefully better, and hopefully within our lifetimes.”
Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time and money making it. – Author Unknown
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