Brian G. called me with an interesting idea. He suggested that interested parties pick a date of 1-3 days and practice going without such things as electricity and a car and see how things go. I think this idea has merit. We could practice going without lots of things. Some things, however, need to be practiced over a longer period of time.
When Nicole Foss spoke the other night she mentioned a couple of times that she believed there would be a breakdown in the medical insurance system as private companies found it difficult to make money selling medical insurance due to inflated costs of modern medical practice.
Thus, it might worthwhile to practice going without some of the medical service we are used to. Linda and I learned to do this during a period of time when we were not insurable (about six years) due to her long illness (documented here). When you don’t have insurance you look at medicine in an entirely different way. You don’t go to a doctor unless it is really something important because it is “out of pocket.”
In the olden days we didn’t go to the doctor so much. I recall only a handful of visits during my childhood and often these were for a sports physical. I don’t believe we had medical insurance then. We caught measles, mumps, pink eye and had our tonsils out. There weren’t too many pills. Of course, the food was generally better, less contaminated, not so junky and we were outside more. People were healthier and generally more fit. (My mom has a video of the history of Everett. In part of the video the entire student body of Everett High School, circa 1955, parades by the camera. The most shocking thing about this segment is that everyone is lean. Whatever happened to lean?)
We have huge hospitals, specialists, drugs galore and yet there is much dis-ease. We keep going to the doctor but don’t seem to get much in return except several bottles of pills to control our hypertension, our cholesterol, our gout, our hormones or whatever.
Of course, there is the annual mammogram, the colonoscopy, the physical, the x-rays. And there’s the pills. Do we take too many pills? Do we really need to take them? Are they really good for us? Are antibiotics over prescribed and, as a result, made ineffective?
“According to several studies, obstetricians and gynecologists write 2,645,000 antibiotic prescriptions every week. Internists prescribe 1,416,000 per week. This works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions annually in the United States, just for these two specialties. Pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear infections.”
Lot’s of tests given are being proved not effective, even harmful.
I’ve been practicing Peak Medicine for about twenty years now. Perhaps I’m lucky and blessed with good genetics but I don’t feel any worse off for never having had a protoscope jammed up my you-know-what or other so-called preventive medicine procedures. Preventive medicine involves much more than early detection. My own wellness plan is to not go to medical doctors (although I would if I were broken or bleeding). I have been once since 1990 (when I convinced myself I had contracted leptospirosis and took, what turned out to be, a useless course of potent antibiotics).
Do I think I’m bulletproof? Not at all. It’s just that experience has taught me that treatment with pharmaceutical type medicine is no more effective as than no treatment at all. I feel prepared to go without allopathic treatment. (I have been to the dentist, chiropractor, rolfer, electro-accupunture diagnostician and a nurse practitioner for some intravenous vitamin therapy).
Realizing that this is an inflammatory point of view, I put it out there anyway. People are way too eager to run to the doc for a pill. In the mid-eighties I had my cholesterol checked at a booth at the Washington State Fair. It was high. I was disturbed. I gave up all dairy products for a six months, had it rechecked and found that it had dropped to healthy levels. I asked my cardiologist friend why he didn’t just recommend dietary changes for his patients and he informed me that “people want their pills.”
Changing one’s views on medicine is as challenging, perhaps even more so, as changing opinons on the economy, the food supply, government or money. My recommendation is that you begin to expose yourself to some alternative views on medicine (even if you think it’s a bunch of crap) because in the future it is very likely that you will have to get along with much less of it unless you are wealthy enough to pay “out of pocket.”
A few interesting sources:
Or how about this new expose of the American Cancer Society