The future of medicine is unfortunately in the hands of Big Pharma; it’s got nothing to do with patients anymore or even doctors for that matter.
I think most doctors, when they go into medicine, want to keep their patients healthy. But what they end up doing, after years of studying drugs, is become drug pushers. They learn little to nothing about preventing or curing disease. And as I’ve constantly complained, there is nothing in medical school about the nutrients we require in order to stay healthy and not succumb to nutrient-deficiency-diseases that land us in the middle of a polypharmacy nightmare.
What is medicine doing about this crisis? Nothing. It continues to turn a blind eye to the over prescribing of drugs and ignores the need for well-absorbed nutrient supplements in favor of more technology.
It’s gotten to the point in medicine that you will rarely be examined by a doctor. A friend recently had a follow up mammogram for breast tissue calcification, which I thought was from an old injury and too much calcium in the diet including calcium supplements. I asked what the physical examination found. And, no surprise, there had been no physical exam, none scheduled or even mentioned.
I’ve told the story before of another friend who went to a doctor about a skin lesion. The doctor never moved from her desk but said a technician would take a picture of the lesion and send it to the dermatologist, who would determine the course of action. You might ask how a 2-D picture would give a better diagnosis than a trained doctor palpating the lesion and offering that description to the dermatologist. But technology wins the day and will continue to supersede the 7-11 years of medical training that doctors are forced to endure as they carry their half-million-dollar debt into their first medical practice.
I can get a bit hysterical about 7-minute appointments; HMOs determining how patients are treated; the high doctor suicide and drop out rate because they have no job satisfaction; and all-in-all, I have to conclude that the medicine we would like to see is dead.
My hysteria extends to comparing medicine to the Monty Python Dead Parrot Sketch. John Cleese is trying to return a dead parrot he just bought to a pet store and Michael Palin refuses to believe that the parrot is dead. Just substitute medicine for the parrot and you get my drift! I’ll put the text below but please listen to the sketch to at least get a good laugh!
“The parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!”
We have an EX-medical system that has met its end but no one will admit it. We hear that most germs have developed antibiotic- resistance, but instead of using a non-patented solution like Pico-Silver, the drug companies keep trying to make “stronger” antibiotics. On top of that, the FDA would never allow a supplement company to say they had a substitute for antibiotics. Just as the FDA won’t let ReMag be called a solution for any of the 65 diseases that turn up because of magnesium deficiency. They say that would make ReMag a drug and subject it to billion-dollar drug trials.
Opioids are the new scapegoat for the common practice of overprescribing all drugs and the solution is to try to find a “safer opioid” rather then using well-absorbed ReMag, chiropractic, and massage as solutions.
The new medical technology consists of turning diagnosis and treatment over to artificial intelligence (AI), which is only populated with the medical “armamentarium” of drugs and surgery solutions! So how can it be any different from a human doctor who refuses to touch patients but prescribes procedures and drugs from a distance?
Maybe medical technology and AIs are the answer of this age. Certainly they fit into the Millennials’ modus operandi of being more comfortable with technology and gadgets and social media than human interaction.
Once again I end my blog with a warning that you better take care of your own health because nobody else will!
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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