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The Traditional Orthodox Allopathic Physician Part 1

When we speak of the Practice of Medicine in the modern occidental culture, we naturally think of one interchange. But in reality, we know the Practice of Medicine is in fact, a wide variety of interchanges.  

This variety is most pronounced in the wide range of beliefs that health care providers and patients have about the healing arts and their philosophical approach to an illness or disease. Patients seek wise counsel from physicians, nurses, hospitals, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified medical assistants, psychologists, pharmacists, podiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, dentists, physical therapists, personal trainers, life coaches, relatives, neighbors, friends, bartenders, hair designers and even taxi cab drivers.  

There are great variations in the range of projections that patients have about physicians. Some believe that physicians and care providers are following a calling, are compassionate and personally caring individuals. Some believe that physicians and care providers are egocentric, impersonal and greedy. Some have a combination of these constructions in their egos. Some believe that specialists or subspecialists are experts in their fields and possess more knowledge than a generalist or holistic practitioner. These are not truths, these are beliefs.  

There are also wide variations in the range of projections that doctors have about patients. In fact, the variations are probably much greater depending on the physician or care provider’s world view. Some see the ill as needy, weak and/or ungrateful. Some see them as vulnerable, ignorant and/or delusional.  Some see them as a mere source of money, a necessary billable to generate a living. There are some physicians who are also healers, they are rare and they are amazing.  

The same can be said for our ego constructions that define what a proper medical practitioner should be, what food we should eat, what vitamins, if any, we should take, what pharmaceutical, herbal or supplemental remedies we should use, and additionally the entire array of paramedical appliances ranging from hypodermic needles and syringes all the way to orthotics for shoes. What is most striking is that almost everyone has a health construction in their ego that is righteous, sacred and absolute. Anyone espousing health views that are not in accord with their personal constructions is generally thought of as either ignorant, crazy or sometimes both. If that sounds like religiosity, it is.  

Despite what we think, healthcare is no monolith. It never has been, it never will be. We should consider that there have been a vast variety of medical practices and healing philosophies since the ancient world.  Just look around you today, in your residential area alone you will find a rich diversity of opinion, practice and lay literature related to how we should do to stay healthy, what we should eat, how we should exercise, who we should see for treatment of what ailments, and how we should pay for such services.  

As in all diverse populations, there usually exists an idea or approach to health care that is most commonly held, called the standard of practice. Many confounding factors contribute to these majority belief ideas such as marketing, educational indoctrination, financial reward, regulation of the medicinal arts boards and just as important, a community’s religious world view.  

I suggest everyone take time to review your health related ideas and find time to inform yourselves about the true nature of health, nutrition, exercise, effects of stress, relationships, death, the act of dying and what it means to experience life to its fullest instead of trying to find a purpose for living. In the 21st century, it is without a doubt the most difficult era in the history of man to find the correct path to health and healing and happiness. Why? You may ask. It’s because there are just too many choices. It is overwhelmingly complicated.  

In the next few writings, I will attempt to examine and explain health related controversies such as what to eat, how much sleep do we need, how much does stress affect us, what types of physicians should we see, and how everyone can sift through the mountains of junk science and advertising to find more truthful information on everything from annual checkups and routine procedures to what vitamins and minerals we can take that are safe and effective.  

Essentially, my goal is to uncover the Art of Medicine in a world that has been hypnotized by trash science and false forecasts of cure, remission and replacements. Most importantly, I will continue to refer to man as a whole being, not some integrated, interlocking construction of mind, body and spirit - since we are one, not three in one.  

Man is a feeling machine that thinks, not a thinking machine that feels. To that end, I hope this message made you feel something. Now take a moment and reflect on it. Reflect on how you feel, not what you think.  

The next step in the path is to explain what it means to be a Traditional Allopathic Orthodox Physician in the western culture we all enjoy. This is the most common world view in American Medicine today. We are all surrounded by physicians who practice it, hospitals that promote it, insurance companies that prefer it and a malpractice industry that helps maintain it. Some of it is good for us; some of it is bad for us. You need to choose what’s best for you.  

In the spirit of healing and wellness, I send loving thoughts, to all,  

Doc

Posted by Katie Reed at 8:48 AM
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