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Medicine is Asking All the Wrong Questions

ARTICLE SYNOPSIS

  • To get to the right answers, we do indeed have to ask the right questions.
  • In medicine, we seemed to have skipped over the most important question altogether – “Why?”

Medicine is asking all the wrong questions, and we’ve been programmed to follow along and ask those same wrong questions when it comes to our health. The whole situation reminds me of a scene from Moneyball where Johan Hill’s character Peter Brand is explaining what’s wrong with the way baseball players are being managed and selected to Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane (see below for video).

This so wonderfully translates to medicine right now.
– There IS an epidemic failure within the medical industry to understand what is really happening.
– Patients ARE being mismanaged.
– A lot of the thinking behind some of the ways we need to treat disease ARE medieval.

The goal of standard medical therapies is to manage symptoms. But the goal of all doctors should be to eliminate underlying dysfunctions and restore health so the body can manage itself.

“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.”

Sir William Osler

Founding Professor at John Hopkins Medicine

So what are these wrong questions:

  • What is the diagnosis?
  • How do we treat a patient with {insert diagnosis}?
  • How do we manage the symptoms of {insert diagnosis}?
  • How can we find ways to detect a disease earlier?

What we SHOULD be asking:

  • What are the exact causes of a patient’s unhealthy state?
  • How can we best restore health of the body, mind and spirit?
  • What treatments and medicines are best for the individual patient (not the disease)?
  • How can we prevent disease from ever happening?
Related: Stop Treating Your Symptoms!

We need to stop looking at the disease all the while spending billions looking for the magic pill that will solve everything, and start looking at the person who has the disease. Each of us is so unique, and our current state of health or disease is also just as unique and so multi-faceted that we require a truly comprehensive and personalized solution. In this manner, we can also take real preventive measures, locate dysfunctions at their source and correct them before they every manifest.

And yes, these questions normally do get me ostracized with many in the medical community, but it takes a Theoretical Rebel to ask these questions and make real change happen.

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ABOUT Caspar Szulc

Caspar is currently the President and Co-Founder of Innovative Medicine – a company dedicated to transforming healthcare through an advanced and truly comprehensive form of personalized integrative medicine. His work in medicine has garnered the attention from top medical minds across 6 continents and he has worked with top physicians and experts from around the world. In addition, he oversees the New York Center for Innovative Medicine (NYCIM), a renowned medical center that clinically applies the unique and specialized medical approach known as Innovative Medicine.
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