Revitalizing Medicine

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.

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10 Responses to Revitalizing Medicine

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  2. Ricardo B. says:

    Timely essay. Medicine today is in need of great reform as its systems of implementation are grossly inefficient at many levels. The same has been said with education today. We really do have to refine this great and noble institution, for health and healing connects us with our highest nature and any obscurity present in the way we organize ‘healthcare’ certainly ends up divorcing us from who we really are at our core. Yes, this does tie back to the spiritual – it has to and cannot be any other way. Industrialized medicine, industrialized education, industrialized corporations, under the helm of a skewed sense of profit, all carry this machinistic feel which reduces us to less than what we are in truth and this cannot be sustained. Only things true, true to their core, can last. The core principles you outline have to be believed heart and soul first before they can be implemented and that’s where the rubs are – these limiting assumptions tightly held and guarded.

    I’m excited to be alive today, to help participate in this reform as the future of our country, of our humanity, of our world, rests on the brave men and women willing to dedicate their lives to living with integrity. We must all break free from these limiting assumptions, and this takes courage as convention must come under fire and be challenged. But not with aggression however, simply with a profound love and deep respect for humanity which takes out all the flavor of war and struggle, freeing us to do the right thing.

    • Steve Ventola says:

      I appreciate your words that change can come as we have a profound love and deep respect for humanity. Greg’s words do provide a basis of functioning within the medical field. What is really helpful is the larger perspective this conversation brings. Medical and healthcare is not just about making money rather it is a privilege to serve humanity in such a way. I am also glad to participate in the restoration of medicine to the true art and science it is meant to be. This brings a greater sense of gratefulness for the opportunities I have to work with people in providing healthcare. This adds to the “why” of medicine that brings invigoration and perspective and intuition.

  3. Kierney says:

    These principles and your points surrounding them are excellent and thought provoking. Thank you.

  4. Lady Leo says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this vital subject. The implications of revitalizing this industry touches every one and every aspect of of our lives. I’d like to print your essay and shrare it with a couple of my friends in the medical community. Our conversations often allude to the brokenness of our current system I know they’ll appreciate your ideas. Great beginning!

  5. Vincent says:

    This is an excellent summary, and worthy of expanded consideration. There has been so much impressive scientific advancement in this field, and yet there is so much room for greater understanding of the simple, sensible principles you outline. Humility amid a flood of knowledge is indeed the starting point.

  6. Zach says:

    There is so much that is valuable in “alternative” medical systems which is summarily thrown out by many doctors (and patients!) because the effects are not stark enough for their liking. The body is a complex system, much more than we currently understand, and many medical treatments fix a symptom to the detriment of the whole.
    An ideal medical treatment should not consist of fixing an emergency and then chasing after the cascading side effects the initial treatment caused. We should invest our efforts much more heavily in understanding the more subtle side of medicine where we can affect change before the emergency occurs.

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  8. Loved this one so much, we made it a guest blog!

    http://blog.revivenyc.com/guest-blog-the-future-of-medicine/

    Great stuff, Gregg, keep it coming….

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