The future of medicine looks exciting especially with what we are learning through stem cell research, genetics, and all of the other remarkable discoveries we have seen in just the last decade. But let’s not confuse exciting with fulfilling. In the United States we are living longer but we are less happy. Good physical and mental health is important but by itself is not enough to lead to a productive and fulfilling life. As we become more specialized it is imperative that we develop a solid sense of who we are at our core. What good is it to live 1000 years lost to our Selves? In fact, I think that is a good definition of hell, to live longer so we can suffer longer. The ancient wisdom of Socrates is just as poignant today: Know Thy Self. That is the foundation for true and lasting health.
The medical model thus far does not lend itself to true and lasting health. It sees the patient as pieces and ignores the wholeness of the human being where true health abides. Modern medicine still lags behind philosophically. Philosophy, like the rudder of the ship, guides us along our chosen course. Medicine’s map is based on classical physics establish some 350 years ago due mainly to the efforts of Isaac Newton. Medicine still feels that if it has enough information it can control health. The medical patient is like a machine. The patient is broken into interchangeable parts as if the individual were merely a physical entity. The self-indulgent physician, brandishing the cold sword of scientific objectivity, actually feels that the body makes mistakes and it is up to him to correct them. (See: How Does QE Heal?) Unlike physics medicine has yet to embrace the reality of uncertainty. Until it does it will continue to endorse the belief that the pieces represent the whole. Uncertainty, if nothing else breeds humility, the foundation for compassion. Compassion opens us to an alternate worldview, in this case that of the patient. By definition and alternate worldview is to some degree or another different from our own. And here in lies the seed of uncertainty. Medicine cannot survive under its present model. That is certain. Already the rumblings of erosive change are being felt within the profession. Uncertainty is growing. And that is a good thing.
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