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In One Piece: The whole body

25 Jun. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich
healthcare, alternative health care, preventive medicine, prevention

I feel that western medicine has so much to offer us, but I recently have had the misfortune of experiencing its "dark side." Instead of being treated as a whole person, we are shuttled from one specialist to another to address our parts: We have the cardiologist, dermatologist, neurologist, urologist, gynecologist, and so forth. Now having specialists does not seem like a bad idea, especially when we consider the complexities of the human body. On the other hand, these systems are NOT separate from each other, but interact closely with each other. One cannot separate our parts to diagnose and treat them, and then expect great results. In my professional and personal opinion, the pit falls of this western medicine process are too great and the benefits and are too little. All the specialist and treating our "parts" and not us as a whole can and frequently will lead to mismanagement of medications (i.e. drug interactions), misdiagnosis, miscommunications between professionals; and not to mention the stress that comes with all the appointments, diagnostic tests and procedures.

Furthermore, western medicine is based on reactive treatments and not about a proactive healthcare plan. So, just when we think we are about ready to enjoy our lives in retirement - no work and all play - we are hit with major health issues. We must deal with the bureaucracy of medicare, all the specialist, invasive procedures (i.e. joint replacements and open heart surgery), and the emotional and financial burden that comes with a declining health and wayward healthcare system.

The last bit of disappointment I have with our healthcare is the expectations. Our treatments and care are highly dictated by health insurance, which means we are often pushed from one phase of treatment to the next with the bar set low and yet frequently pay an inflated price for those services.

Our wellbeing and health need so much more than what western medicine has to offer. Fortunately we have lots of options out there from naturalistic doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, exercise physiologists/specialists and the list goes on. So use them! Yes, We often must seek them out for their services. BUT If we utilize the services offered to us by alternative medicine in a proactive manner, we will find that our long-term health will greatly improve and the demands for western medicine will likely be greatly reduced.

Being treated as a whole person is important. Developing a healthy relationship with your health care professionals is important. Preventing illness, disease and injury is a far superior method of health care than reactively treating those same illnesses, diseases and injuries - making preventive care very important. Take your health and wellbeing into your own hands - do not settle.


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