The Mythology of Science Based Medicine

Apple Blossoms in my garden.

As a hypnotherapist I see the power of the mind so often. Recently my friend Jim alerted me to something published in the Huffington Post and it confirmed my suspicions about our current medical paradigm. It cites a study from the British Medical Journal and it says this:

The British Medical Journal recently undertook an general analysis of common medical treatments to determine which are supported by sufficient reliable evidence. They evaluated around 2,500 treatments, and the results were as follows:

  • 13 percent were found to be beneficial
  • 23 percent were likely to be beneficial
  • Eight percent were as likely to be harmful as beneficial
  • Six percent were unlikely to be beneficial
  • Four percent were likely to be harmful or ineffective.

“This left the largest category, 46 percent, as unknown in their effectiveness. In other words, when you take your sick child to the hospital or clinic, there is only a 36 percent chance that he will receive a treatment that has been scientifically demonstrated to be either beneficial or likely to be beneficial. This is remarkably similar to the results Dr. Brian Berman found in his analysis of completed Cochrane reviews of conventional medical practices. There, 38 percent of treatments were positive and 62 percent were negative or showed “no evidence of effect.”

A few years back someone I am close to saw seven doctors before getting a diagnosis that was correct. It reminds me of one of my favorite toys of childhood — the magic eight ball.

So what should we take away from this? I think the most important thing to know is how important it is that we discover what is healthy for each of us and what is not healthy. Yes the medical establishment embodied in a doctor has a place. They can do amazing things to repair certain things but they rely often on the same truth I do, that the mind of the patient must be engaged in the healing process.

elmerMy dear friend Elmer Cranton is one of the smartest doctors I have ever known. And he has known more than most of his peers and contemporaries about the misinformation masquerading as medical truth during his career. One of my favorite sayings of Elmer’s is to mostly  “stay away from doctors, they’ll kill you”.

He is an amazing friend and I am so blessed he is part of my life. He pioneered chelation therapy in spite of the opposition of the medical establishment. During his last practicing years he also had two Hyperbaric Chambers helping patients to speedier recoveries.   He also “knew” that the heart bypass industry was incorrect a long time ago and wrote a book “Bypassing Bypass”.

Here is what the British Medical Journal just said about bypass:  “We all marvel at the technological advances in materials and techniques that allow doctors to perform quadruple bypass surgeries and angioplasties without marveling that recent studies indicate that coronary bypass surgery will extend life expectancy in only about three percent of cases. For angioplasty that figure sinks to zero percent. Those numbers might be close to what you could expect from a witch doctor, one difference being that witch doctors don’t submit bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.”

So, exercise, eat well, and stay peaceful and calm.

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