Eastern and Western Medicine

Eastern and Western Medicine

Have You Fired Your Doctor Yet?

Part 2

My body is tired (in spite of the strength of my spirit – continuing to grow, expand and strengthen). My tiny, fragile body will eventually succumb to the horrific, medical mistake, made by my western doctor, that is slowly killing me. In spite of my tremendous suffering, I’m grateful to be here, yet I deeply look forward, one day, to slipping gracefully from my husband’s arms into my heavenly home. But thankfully, today is not that day.

Back-to-back treatments today were miraculous. Like seeing the cardiologist, pulmonologist, orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, pain management physician and psychologist all at once and with a positive increase of health in each area, without pharmaceuticals, surgery or side effects. If, for some strange reason you haven’t added the 5,000 years of wisdom of eastern medicine to your health, I strongly advise you to reconsider.

If you’re relying on western medical doctors to help you heal or maintain a healthy balanced life, I cannot put into words how inappropriate, potentially dangerous and perhaps even life threatening that may be. Please use my case as an example, as you bravely step out to explore the many blessings that await you… physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

After a horrific medical mistake by my doctor, I was left fighting for my life. Returning to the only option I knew, I exhausted all avenues that western medicine offered me, in an attempt to repair what they had damaged. One after another, doctors, specialists and surgeons alike, concluded that the damage was “permanent and progressive with no cure or treatment”. I was stunned. I had no idea doctors could so easily and permanently damage something that they couldn’t repair. Leaving me requiring 24-hour care and with a death sentence.

Through heartache, struggle, prayer, determination, persistence and miracles, I discovered the many avenues of eastern medicine and its ability to (not remove) but to nudge my ill health in a better direction, both improving and lengthening my life. If these methods and treatments can extend the life of someone with a statically zero percent change of survival, imagine what it can do to help someone far less challenged. Just imagine… the many blessings that await you!

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BEETWEEN EASTERN MEDICINE AND WESTERN MEDICINE?

These two practices use such completely different ways of seeing and helping the body that they cannot be compared using the same medical parameters. For those unfamiliar, it may appear that they’re in conflict with each other; yet Eastern and Western medicine actually share very little overlap at all. In my opinion, there is a time and a place for each; and each brings something wonderful that the other does not provide.

Surprisingly, they don’t even share the same goal. To understand their goals it’s best to start at the beginning, at the essence, motive and foundation of each.

 

BEGINNING & OBJECTIVE:

The American Medical Association (AMA) was formed in 1847, only 170 years ago. Obviously an infant, compared to the more than 5,000 years of established Eastern medicine. If we follow the root of origin and underlying drive, we discover two distinctly different values.

Eastern medicine began out of necessity, through careful observation, to return balance (or health) at the first sign of even the slightest imbalance (or illness). Their goal is to proactively prevent illness and to encourage positive, daily growth toward increased physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Knowing everything is connected, people are treated as a whole, including all aspects of their life, far beyond just physical ailments. If illness occurs (in any area of life), they seek to address the underlying cause (not merely the symptoms) at the first sign of any imbalance. Decades ago, in China, each village had one physician who they paid to maintain their health. If anyone became ill, they stopped paying their physician, as the physician was obviously not doing their job (to keep everyone healthy). This speaks volumes about the goals and incentives of eastern physicians, to prevent illness and maintain health, for themselves, their loved ones and their community.

In stark contrast, the AMA was created on May 7, 1847 partly in response to the tremendous popularity and success of herbal medicine and alternative medical schools. The AMA was underwritten by pharmaceutical companies, driven by financial gain, and desiring to profit from the success of eastern medicine. By the 1950’s western doctors (addressing individual symptoms rather than underlying causes) were also accustomed to prescribing a pill rather than addressing underlying issues. Why? Because the same business (AMA) that controls the education of their employees (doctors) gives incentives to prescribe their own products (pharmaceuticals) while discrediting and, in some cases, making it illegal, to cure illness without the use of their own products. Wow. It doesn’t take much to follow the money and discover this is a self-serving, extremely profitable (multi-billion dollars per year) big business hard at work here. Their financial gain is directly tied to pharmaceuticals, the more they push their drugs and perpetuate illness (so patients will return for even more drugs) the larger and wealthier their business becomes.

Even a doctor with a sincere heart toward helping others, will be forced, by the laws and regulations (pushed through by the AMA), to minimize time with patients and are only allowed one of two options for “care”, pharmaceuticals or surgery (which also includes pharmaceuticals), further profiting the self-serving business. If, for example, a doctor declares to their patients that there are other successful cures for cancer, (besides pharmaceuticals or surgery) they run the risk of loosing their license, their income, and after years of time, dedication and financial investment (often left with tremendous educational debt) to most, it’s not worth the risk. Not only does this forcefully leverages their medical opinion, but after years of education on compartmentalizing the physical body (which is not how the human body works) western doctors receive almost no education at all on prevention, maintaining health or the interconnectedness of a person as a whole. Leaving their only options as the big business of pharmaceuticals or surgery.

 

EVALUATION, DIAGNOSIS & PLAN:

Imagine Eastern and Western medicine like a camera.

The Eastern medicine camera can see the whole person at once, including the bones, skin, organs, lymphatic system, etc. But it also includes the people around them, their support groups and family; also the food they eat (including the temperatures), their environment, the moisture content, their home and neighborhood. Their perspective on and relationship to God and religion, their activities, like physical exercise, religious practices, previous trauma (physical and emotional), their stressors and use of emotions. This photograph also includes an image of their Qi and Aura (the energy inside them and the energy that surrounds them). Including their thoughts and self-talk, what makes them sad, upset, joyful, hopeful and happy.

Like a topographical map, (of hills, mountains and valleys), all of these pieces are defined in relationship to one another. It’s impossible to separate the pieces while maintaining an accurate and meaningful representation of the whole. All these pieces are important, therefore included to represent the entire person, in order to properly evaluate any imbalance (or a pattern of disharmony or underlying cause) and form a plan to restore balance.

The Western medicine camera contains a different lens for each specialty. X-rays to look at bones, macro lens to look at skin, MRI lens to see organs, CT lens for the lymphatic system, etc. A person is seen not as a whole, but as isolated pieces, organs or separate systems that do not interact or influence each other. None of these camera lenses can be used at the same time, evaluated together or are considered to have anything in common (even though they’re connect to the same person). Further than the isolated photographs, western medicine is divided into specialists who only see one, narrow view, of these images, and have been taught that the other images are unconnected, irrelevant and unnecessary for them to form a diagnosis or a plan to eliminate the ailment. Because they cannot see the big picture, for the most part, Western medicine offers only palliative care, meaning it attempts to reduce symptoms but in many cases (especially in cases of chronic issues) it does not address or correct the underlying cause.

 

USE:

I don’t believe this is a matter of which one to use, but perhaps the better question is when and how to use Eastern and Western Medicine. In my opinion, we should use Eastern Medicine as our primary means of staying healthy and use the extreme measures (and extreme risks) of Western Medicine as a last resort.

Our first step should always be to seek prevention, wholeness, balance and health. When we look at nature for balance, we recognize that we live within a complex and finely balanced system (in our bodies and our world) that requires a complex and balanced solution. All things in balance… food, exercise and prevention for emotional, mental and spiritual health.

We mistakenly confuse health with medicine. Health is not medicine, drugs or surgery. Drugs and surgery should be our absolutely last resort. Any profession that uses cutting, poisoning and irradiating as a primary means of a “cure”, is to be approached and treated with more than a good dose of caution and should never be our first choice.

Western Medicine’s extreme measures come with tremendous risk. Today, the iatrogenic death rate (death caused by western doctors and/or western medical treatments) is an astonishing, 783,936 people per year. That’s more than all cancer combined! Hundreds of thousands of people are dying, and millions are injured each year at the hands of their western doctors rather than dying from the disease that they’re seeking treatment for. Statistically, you’re more likely to be injured or killed by your western medical doctor and their “treatments” than killed by cancer. Wow. That’s enough to make you reconsider your next visit, procedure, test or prescription.

I hope that you never need the use of Western Medicine, but in rare cases, after weighing the odds, and as a last resort, there is a time and place for Western Medicine. Their strength shines in the case of an acute emergency (trauma, the setting of broken bones, surgical removal of abnormalities) and other rare occasions, for which I am deeply grateful. In some cases, especially related to trauma and accidents, Western Medicine can be a lifesaver. But, in my opinion, as soon as the initial trauma has reduced, I return to the medicine that focuses on giving the body what it needs, so it can heal itself, physically, mentally and emotionally from the recent trauma.

 

OVERALL:

The goal of Eastern Medicine is to prevent and restore balance to the whole person (physical, emotional, spiritual and mental) through careful observation and encouraging the body to restore health. This thorough, inclusive and balanced approach should be our primary means of maintaining health.

The goal of Western Medicine is to remove or eliminate specific, individual ailments one at a time from the human body, at any cost; for financial gain through big business. With extreme measures comes tremendous risk, but when used as a last resort, or in the case of acute trauma they can shine.

Like most here is the United States, I too grew up trusting the practices of western medicine, believing they were to do no harm, and were there to help me. Sadly, (unless I die from an accident before then) I will pay with my life for trusting western medical doctors. I am slowly and painfully dying from the medical mistake of my doctor. Who yes, is still practicing medicine and operating on patients today.

But I’m here, with my arms and heart open; my motivation is not money, fame or any other earthly value. My hope is to impart wisdom, to share truth in the hopes that you can make more informed, wiser decisions and I pray above all that you and your loved ones will never have to suffer the way I have due to a Western medical mistake.

If I had used Western Medicine as a last resort, instead of a first (and only) solution, I wouldn’t have been injured or be paying with my life. I wish I had known about the numerous options available, that there are so many proactive options and unnecessary suffering from preventable imbalances. My hope is that you begin the process of opening your heart and mind to possibilities that await you, to medicine (in use for more than 5,000 years) that you don’t understand (yet). Begin to take responsibility for your own health, make deliberate, proactive choices every day to further your health and explore the possibilities of life and energy that you may not have even imagined before. Experience a broadening and deepening strength in your emotions, spiritual, mental and physical health than you even knew existed. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.

 

“What’s the difference between a fisherman and a fishmonger?

A fisherman spends his days in the ocean understanding the currents, the temperature of the water, and the restlessness of the waves. Over a lifetime, he learns the habits, preferences, idiosyncrasies of his catch. He already knows if it swims alone or in a school; acts as predator or prey; migrates with the changing seasons or stays in local waters. The fisherman and fish have a living, dynamic relationship because they share the same home. Like family, what affects the fish will affect the fisherman.

The fishmonger, on the other hand, lives in an environment far removed from the coastal depths or briny shores. His work place is one of sterility and smelling of chemical disinfectant. He wears a white smock often bearing a sharp knife. His understanding of fish anatomy is quite detailed and he can deconstruct one readily. The fish who arrive in his clutches are already dead or dying so he has little or no interest in how they swim, play, or interact. He’s likely never seen one vibrantly alive.

So what’s the difference between Western and Eastern medicine? What’s the difference between fishermen and fishmongers? The space from which they work. One understands it, the other lives it. The distance between saying words and actually understanding is huge. It’s quite literally an ocean apart.”

– Dr. Emill Kim

 

REFERENCES

Center for Disease Control (2015) Leading Causes of Nonfatal Injuries Reports.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (2015) Uniform Crime Reporting: Murder.
Dean, Caroyln MD, ND, Feldman, Martin, MD, Null, Gary Ph.D, Rasio, Debora, MD and Smith, Dorothy, Ph.D. (2016) Death by Medicine. 
National Safety Council (2016) Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates. 
Center for Disease Control (2015) Increase in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose and Deaths.
CNN (2017) Drugs now kill more people than cars or guns.
MindBodyGreeen, Dr. Emill Kim (2012) What’s the Difference Between Eastern and Western Medicine? 

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