What is Western Medicine’s one thing? Acute medical care. Whilst the history of Western Medicine may be rooted in holism, it has gone through a radical growth spurt in the last 200+ years. Dominated by evidence based science thinking systems, modern medicine is allopathic in nature using medications or surgery to treat or suppress symptoms or the ill effects of disease. And a good thing too. If you are bleeding from the neck, get to a hospital, and chances are you will live. Amazing it is. Spray on skin, organ transplants, re-attachment of limbs, whether blunt force or penetrative physical trauma, modern medicine has you covered. It is to my way of thinking a key reason for the success of modern times. Timely life saving medical assistance, constantly learning to improve. Brilliant. Be Grateful.
Acute Medical Care
Anthony is from a land downunder (Australia) where universal health care is of universal benefit. Hospitals are available to all when the need arises. Lucky country indeed. Acute medical care. Without it, the chances are high where you or someone you love wouldn’t be alive right now.
So, you have had your life saved (or a loved one)… What next? Now there is a question which many contemporary medical professionals are challenged to answer. And slow to respond this industry is. And, in our view, with good reason. Money. Money was made round to go around. Alas, the medical industry loves to collect the stuff. Pharmacotherpay (drug companies) the worst with excessive ROI (return on investment) figures to prove it. Fueled by the twin fangs of indifference and hoarding we are presented with a health system laced with lucrative short term fixes that in some situations guarantee a return visit.
From Anthony’s student days in hospital detox clinics, these phenomena was called the “revolving door” policy. Anthony studied to post graduate level as an alcohol and other drug specialist, trained by Turning Point (founded by Professor Margaret Hamilton and her team) itself sponsored by St Vincents Hospital and Melbourne University and at the time it was considered the top of its field. It was a big door. And it revolved lot.
Emergency or “Emergent-See”
When Acute medical care gets diverted, perverted or distorted, lives aren’t saved anymore. They are lost. Presently in the USA an opioid epidemic rages and escalates, claiming 70,000 lives yearly with
increases forecast; it is sadness personified. Indifference to suffering and cynical profiteering rear their ugly head. Allow us to give you a small glimpse into the world of these ravenous, alien like, economic beasts, largely left to their own devices to roam free and rip profit from misery…
“Purdue Pharma (PP), has been sued over 1500 times in the last five years for knowingly omitting the addictive qualities of their top pain killing product, OxyContin (aka OC). They have been accused of
directly contributing, even causing, the opioid epidemic faced in America today”. (1. Ashley Aaron)
Ashley is of the view that our Western Model of medicine is actually fueling the Opioid Epidemic in the US. Anthony is an economist by original training, and says it is a rational expectation that the manufacturers are fueling supply to meet the demand. Ashley is correct. Economists know stuff.
Ashley further reports the following: “I feel the US will not start healing until the majority of people start practicing preventative medicines like the ones you discuss. Funny how our ancestors were so much more in touch with living healthy than we seem to be today.” (2. Ashley Aaron)
Ashley’s theory is our reality. Lifestyle Medicine requires people labeled as patients to take an active role in their self care. Seekers of Spontaneous Re-Mission take an active role in their self care. It is one of the 9 commonalities of Spontaneous Re-Mission. Once the “emergency” passes, a deeper look within will be required. Exactly what is “our role” within the “crisis”. We look to what is “emergent-and-see”, with upgraded insight, a new understanding comes to light and we deal with that.
(1) & (2) Ashley Aaron, https://syringestosobriety.com/the-purdue-pharma-lawsuits-from-a-victims-perspective/
Turning Failures Into Lessons
Consider the weight of modern expectations that we all currently endure. It cannot be surprising that so many people use drugs to cope. Ultimately, the strategy is doomed to fail, and all drug use must cease some day, as all addicts know. When crawling out of the miserableness and trauma of addiction to whatever substance is of interest, the common feeling is one of failure. All Seekers of Spontaneous Re-Mission learn how to turn failure into a lesson worth learning.
Why? “Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods”. (3. Peter Levine). Seek to understand the problem and when you do, you will be free. It is phenomena of awareness. Learning through the pain, seeking the lesson it is designed to teach. Acknowledge the truthful position of what got you there in the first place and you will establish some solid ground on which to move your way forward positively.
(3) Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Dr. Peter Levine
Lifestyle Medicine Training
Slow, smart and calculating, modern medicine is starting to present Lifestyle Medicine programs aimed at prevention before cure. And they are correct. You can thank forward thinking macro view public health workers, like the ones that trained Anthony, for the bump. Specialist Lifestyle Medicine post graduate courses offered at Harvard give indication of a growing popularity within the world of medical academia that a comprehensive approach to the challenges faced by our society and our health system is demanded. And it is. Witness the growth rates of “alternative medicine” over the past four decades into an industry in its own right.
“Lifestyle medicine in a clinical and/or public health setting, applies environmental, behavioural, medical and motivational principles emphasising self care and self-management of lifestyle-related health problems. Lifestyle Medicine bridges the gap with a multidisciplinary, whole system approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related disease problems.” (4. Egger, Binns and Rossner)
Of interest is the geographical location of two of the above cited medical professionals, namely Garry Egger and Andrew Binns, both established Lifestyle Medicine specialists.
Garry Egger, MPH, PhD, MAPs, is the Director of the Centre for Health Promotion and Research in Sydney and an Adjunct Professor in Lifestyle Medicine at the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University, NSW.
Andrew Binns, AM, BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, DA, FACRRM, is a general practitioner in rural NSW and Adjunct Professor, Division of Health and Applied Sciences, Lismore Campus, Southern Cross University.
Lismore has long been regarded in Australia as an epicenter for counter culture movements, intentional communities and some deep thinking on the nature of how to the best function in modern society.
(4) Garry J Egger, Andrew F Binns and Stephan R Rossner Med J Aust 2009; https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2009/190/3/emergence-lifestyle-medicine-structured-approach-management-chronic-disease
Key Points In Conclusion
- Contemporary Western Medicine has aced acute medical care.
- Short term “emergency” becomes longer term “emergent-see”.
- Take responsibility for your health. It’s yours, so own it.
- Do the better. If things are bad, that is OK, so long as you are doing something for the better. No matter how small, it all counts. If you do not understand the “problem”, then you will simply be standing-under the weight of it.
- Using your concept of lifestyle, give your lifestyle a new narrative, a new context toward your personal lifestyle as your personal medicine.
- If you have gotten this far, by our reckoning, you are a Seeker of Spontaneous Re-Mission.