MODERN MEDICINE –MYTHS & REALITIES.
Modern Medicine has made many advances & newer equipment has been invented, but have all these resulted in greater
patient cure, let us examine.
1. The PATIENT is supposed to be patient with his illness and hence is so named.
And not mistrust the wisdom of the body.
2. The DOCTOR is supposed to care for the patient,
keep him reassured with his technical knowledge that the Body is always right in its response to the illness and to provide
for the patient’s comfort during the processes of Birth, Growth, Ageing, Disease & Death
provide symptomatic comfort to the patient eg.Pain Killers and are categorized
Poisons which kill bacteria by destroying Bacterial DNA and thus can also cause
Adverse side effects by acting on body cellular DNA eg. Antibiotics.
Substances which alter
immune responses/ Processes and thus also effect body immunity eg. Steroids.
d. Anticancer drugs which destroy cancer ‘Cells’ as well as normal Cells
these it is only worthwhile using symptom Relievers, that too occasionally.
4. DISEASE’s are illnesses which cause “DIS-EASE”
A Cancer in the breast may not cause dis-ease.
A Heart attack causes only chest pain of 1 hr.
Usually hypertension has no symptom. Gallstones
And Kidney stones may be accidentally detected after the patient carries
them for years without any Dis-ease. So are we right when we use the word?
5. Man is a mammal. There are so
him, cats, dogs, Cattle, fish
etc., All these lower animals live
without doctors, dentists, labs.
medicines etc. They appear to be more comfortable in their illness and in their lives, whereas with all Our modern medical advances we appear to be LIVING IN FEAR & INSECURITY. What is really wrong with our Medical system?
Let us examine
identify any & all abnormalities as Disease.
Even if they don’t cause dis-ease eg. Gallstones
Kidney stones, Varicose veins, Piles, Tumors,
skin infections etc are often asymptomatic
b. We also identify
the diseased part as Foreign/Alien.
For eg: We feel a gallstone & Kidney stone is
as good as a pavement stone. Lets get it removed even
If it causes no trouble . A lump in the breast has To
be removed irrespective of its nature.
A Diarrhoea expells garbage which is not part Of us,
so lets stop the Diarrhoea.
c. We believe all lab tests and X-rays & Scanning tells us of the problems in the body.
Actually these tests are letting us know about How well the body is coping with the disease Process.
For Eg. If there is a severe infection. The blood WBC count which has risen to Fight
the infections and the fever is to increase the immune response. We also believe that the lab tests are more important than
the patients state of comfort or discomfort. So abnormal stress Test in a normal patient means bypass surgery. Abnormal lab
tests alarm the doctor and this alarm is often transferred to the patient.
d.We also believe
that the body is wrong and the doctor knows better:
Hence we expect the doctor to come and set the body right. The body is a Computer of the highest
order and The body is always right in its action, response and Manifestation.
e.We believe Modern
Medicine can reverse diseases.
After nearly a century of research and billions of dollars spent
Cancer , Diabetes, Heart attacks, Strokes are still irreversible. Modern medicine has only improved the diagnosis by
expensive Catscans, MRI’s ,Scopes put into all orifices, but very little
significant change has resulted in reversing these diseases.
f.We believe that conventional medical thought
All heart attacks patients have to be in ICCU, then why in the US have trails shown that patients treated at home do better?
For years we believed that milk is good for ulcers, now it is considered bad for ulcers.
Fifty years ago, heart attack patients were kept in bed for 6 months, now they return to work in
So our belief that conventional medical thoughts is right is proving to be wrong.
g. We are also governed by leading thoughts &
For eg. It is believed that smoking causes Lung Cancer. Why then all lung cancer patients are not smokers?
Why is it that all smokers do not develop lung cancer. ?
Do we not question whether cancer is caused by carcinogens or because of cellular DNA changes? Despite the Nobel prize
winning discovery that cancer is due to cellular genetic events?
We believe that untreated cancer spreads from one site to another (Primary to Metastasis) How do
people operated for early cancer then develop metastasis
Why are we governed by leading thoughts and ideas put forth by some scientist at some time in history.
h. We believe that medicine will cure illness.
Colds will be cured, Cancer will disappear, Diabetes will vanish and Hypertension will settle.
We don’t realise that medicine will only ease us, at the cost
of creating some adverse effect elsewhere in the body .A Politician took chemotherapy for a harmless cancer with low malignant
activity and has developed Kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis for life.
j.We believe that Doctor is GOD.
Even the Doctor likes to believe that as he feels omnipotent We believe so, because we don’t want to feel hopelessly lost against disease. We believe that all
Manifestations of disease are harmful, Ageing is abnormal & illness is a adverse happening.
k. We believe that Death is the most disastrous happening:
We believe death is an unnecessary tragedy of life, and intensely painful, that it is evil, bad should be avoided
at all costs. That the doctor will help us to combat/ delay it. We don’t realize that death is a necessary complement
of life and that it is a painless release, the time decided by our DNA and out of control by the Doctor. So as is rightly
said “If your time hasn’t come, not even the doctor can kill you!”
6. WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?
We have to change our attitudes.
We have to understand that ideal life style habits like good healthy food,
water, air, exercise, good thoughts go a long way in keeping us healthy. Civilization has made our life style irregular.
.Food habits, polluted air, sedentary life styles, smoking, Alcohol, drug
abuse have all contributed towards diseases. By correcting life styles, we can go a long way in aiding our already efficient
body to combat disease.
7. We must understand that inside our body there are billions of symbiotic beneficial bacteria,
fungi , etc living in perfect harmony with our bodies which we must learn to respect.
An occasional infection with
bacteria in one site of our body may not necessitate aggressive antibiotic therapy as this will also destroy the symbiotic
bacteria all over the body. Further this is assuming that the body is incapable of its own defense.
All healing in the body occurs with Inflammation, called ‘ ITIS’ e.g Tonsillitis , Bronchitis etc.
Pain is an essential component of inflammation. Hence we must learn to associate it with healing
since pain does not permit us to exert and rests the inflamed part.
9. Also all organs of the body are self cleansing. Food pipe cleans itself by vomiting & diarrhea,
Urinary tract by frequent urination, ENT by sneezing & Nasal discharge , Respiratory tract by Cough, Gynec Tracts by Menstruation
& discharge. So we must believe in the body’s
10, We must know that the body is always right and knows best how to cope with disease that no support from outside
will change the course or the outcome of most diseases significantly. That the doctor can only ease the pain, provide comfort
to us, advise us on life styles, provide tech knowledge for us to understand the disease. We must learn to trust our bodies and
live secure in the knowledge that all that happens, happens for good. And we must realise that DEATH IS NOT ADVERSE and that
THE DOCTOR IS NO GOD.
Cooke in Oxford Companion to Medical Studies writes “ most of medicine is about relief of,
and comfort in suffering. and in the main very little to do with saving life"
As it is rightly Written in Love
& Bailey’s Bible of
From inability to leave well alone,
from too much zeal for what
in new &
contempt for what is old
from putting knowledge before
Science before art. Cleverness
From treating patients
as cases and
from making the cure
of a disease more
grevious than its endurance
Good Lord, deliver
Sir Robert Hutchinson
1871 - 1960
To which I may humbly add-
disrespect for the body’s wisdom
contempt for the disease process
disregard for microorganisms
fear of death and disease
associating illness with death
dissociating pain from healing
awe of medical advances
underestimation of body defences
undue expectation from the doctor
from disbelief in the rules of destiny,
God or Nature,
Dr Deepak Rao Md, Mbbs (Mum), DSc (usa), Frsh (uk), PhD (UN recog), Clet (usa), DeT (europe)