Is our medical system nearing the health care cliff?
Today, I would like to share with you a few thoughts on a topic that is serious, and not many of my colleagues dare to talk about. It is also very close to my heart because, whether I like it or not, I am a doctor too.
For many years, one of my main goals in practice has been to reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs and replace them with healing techniques that are natural and less toxic. I embarked on this path more than 15 years ago and now I can see more clearly what exactly is happening in veterinary and human medicine. What I write here as just an opinion. My intention is to provoke a discussion about how we handle the gift of health and what we can do better.
There is nothing in nature that doesn’t have a purpose or that is not a closed cycle. We come from the land and we go back in the land and so do animals, plants, trees and all that is living. We have a general sense of understanding that “natural” is good and artificial or synthetic is not optimal. However, the human civilization has never been further away from nature as it is today. The majority of our population lives in cities surrounded with artificial structures and materials that are toxic to us and to the environment.
In veterinary or human medicine, we have reached a point where we are starting to question how anyone can become healthier by taking prescription drugs – complex artificial substances that interact with each other on a level that nobody, even doctors, do not understand.
Yes, some drugs are necessary for an immediate survival in an immediate emergency or when, the body loses the ability to produce some hormones and life essential substances such as insulin. However, I would like to pay attention to the other side of the spectrum where many patients are gradually poisoned due to side effects of drugs that often could be replaced by less harmful, yet effective natural alternatives.
It is not unusual to see a senior person or a dog, taking anywhere between 5 to 10 different prescription drugs. Dogs are commonly put on drugs for arthritis and mobility that cause liver disease or kidney failure and I am convinced that most dogs could live a better and longer life without these drugs, using holistic and natural approaches instead.
Many patients are gradually poisoned due to side effects of drugs that often could be replaced by less harmful, yet effective natural alternatives.
I do not question that most doctors spend years at school because they want to help and make a difference. It is not my intention today to blame MD’s and DVM’s. I am simply asking honestly why is it that doctors are the 3rd leading cause of death.
You may now expect that I am going to blame drug companies that, as we know, care primarily about their bottom line and their shareholders. The truth is that if our society didn’t use their drug-based medicine, they would cease to exist. The reality is that you and I can change the landscape of our medical system, put irresponsible drug companies out of business and make sure that our medical research focuses on what is good for our health and not what is the most profitable treatment.
Until we change our mindset about medicine, start taking health and a functional healthcare system as “the most important and valuable asset of our society” and make our governments listen, our overburdened and well meaning doctors will continue to unintentionally cause harm and sometimes death. The western drug based approach to medicine is the only way they have been taught and that is what they are expected to practice because if they don’t, they can lose their license.
For more than 20 years now, I have rarely needed any care from my conventional family doctor. I use my chiropractor, homeopath, physiotherapist, osteopath, naturopath and massage therapist, coach and yoga to keep myself healthy. I pay for all this myself while the Canadian public medical insurance system would happily pay for me being sick. It is a paradox that because I am healthy, I have to pay for disease prevention from my own pocket.
I believe that many doctors know what is happening but they are not equipped with knowledge of natural treatments. They usually do not confess about this but many of them are afraid not to do what the books say.
I do believe that many doctors know what is happening but they are not equipped with knowledge of natural treatments. They usually do not confess about this but many of them are afraid not to do what the books say. This is a very hard topic for me to talk about because in the course of the last 7 years, I lost my brother and my brother in law to brain tumours. When their lives were coming to an end, I saw their medicine cabinets exploding prescription drugs that made them suffer from countless side effects which possibly caused more suffering than the disease itself.
These effects are often impossible to distinguish from the disease symptoms and so it happens that doctors prescribe one drug on top of another in a sincere effort to help and things get worse.
What is the solution?
I encourage you to learn as much about disease prevention as possible. For starters, you can attend one of our free educational online seminars/webinars at www.peterdobias.com and start learning about the basic principles of natural healing that in its core are universal to animals and people.
If your dog ends up in a critical and emergency situation, ask what medication the doctor is planning to use, then do your own research about the drug side effects. Ask if the treatment, procedure or drug is truly needed and what the alternatives are.
I also suggest for you to make connections with holistically minded, out of the box thinking practitioners before you are faced with critical medical issues because it is much easier to prevent a disease than it is to treat it.
If we want to transform the medical system, you and I need to vote for politicians who understand that investing in unbiased, government funded medical research, disease prevention and holistic health care is very important. In my opinion, it is the only way we can make the medical system more effective at lower cost.
THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS.
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM