I am compelled to have a hand in revitalizing modern medicine for reasons both material and spiritual. Our present health care system is plagued with limiting assumptions, many of which have little to nothing to do with the core body of truth which governs all things biotic. My aim in this brief essay is to identify several of those principles in order to initiate this much needed conversation.
The European Renaissance and the subsequent industrial revolution gave rise to the mechanistic approach to medicine used widely in the West and as with any collection of memes, the challenge to any generation is to see beyond the main stream of thought which defines the borders of consciousness, especially in areas where the truth has been supplanted by commonly held opinion.
To reform any system, you must first identify the core principles of truth which compose its vertebral column. I have come to recognize the following to be true:
- Medicine is both an art and a science
- The human being is biological, chemical and energetic in nature
- Energy precedes biology; physics comes before biochemistry
- The “why” of medicine is infinitely more important than the “how” of medicine
- Medicine serves to help humanity maintain a sound mind, body and heart, that mankind may go about its purpose unhindered by unnecessary physical, mental or emotional limitations
- The two most important principles in medicine are: first, to do no harm and second, to put the patient first
- There is tremendous value consolidated and organized in the minds and hearts of the medical masters in every generation
- The time-tested system of apprenticeship is the most efficient means of conveying the wisdom of the masters from one generation to the next
- The least costly, least intrusive and most effective medical intervention is preferred
- Disease labels do more harm than good and are unnecessary
- Symptoms are evidence of the body’s most efficient method for dealing with a particular imbalance
- Suppressing symptoms is rarely advisable and is primarily an emergency measure
- Intuition is valuable to medical science
Identifying the core principles rooted in truth in every system of medicine is of central importance to revitalize the art and science of medicine. Every system of medicine has its roots in truth; if it did not it would not exist. Moreover, all inefficiencies in medical science are born of patterns of thought which are divorced from the truth.
We would be wise to humbly allow for the possibility that modern science is not intrinsically superior to ancient science. While it may be better in certain aspects, to assume that it is always superior is myopic and prejudiced. There is no room for egotism in true medicine.
The argument that medical history is gradualist is specious; punctualism is more likely the process by which medical knowledge has been accumulated or lost over time. The rise and fall of medical knowledge has paralleled the rise and fall of civilizations. In any case, the golden thread of truth is infinitely more important than the time stamp.
Any meaningful consideration of medicine or of science for that matter must begin in truth if it is to end in truth. Unlock the body, mind and heart and you unleash the dynamic spirit of life within the individual. It is for this reason and this reason alone that the practice of the art and science of medicine is a high and noble cause.