Western Medicine Treats the Mind, Not the Body

Allopathic medicine seems to be driven by two mechanisms: 1) patient complaints, 2) producing the longest possible lifespan. There is no governing idea or criteria of health (except maybe “not dead”, which is discussed below.)

In the first driver, allopathic medicine treats  the patient’s complaints of distress.  Complaints may be a sign of un-health (or dis-ease), but they arise in the mind of the patient. What the patients mind thinks they should not experience, they complain about. Some complain much and early, some complain late or little. Many complain passive-aggressively. Usually for the physician, the success  is defined as eliminating complaints as rapidly as possible.

In the second driver, by pursuing longevity apart from, and sometimes at the cost of health, allopathic medicine is working on behalf of the ego which wants to be immortal, not on behalf of the body that wants to be healthy and have pleasure.

Now western medicine does things to the body to be sure.  In fact, it insists on doing things to the body and not the mind and emotions, because attacking and blocking biological processes are believed to be part of the scientific-ness of which it is so proud. No doubt many examples exist of bodies made healthy by allopathic interventions. This is largely a byproduct, however, not the governing principle of the intervention.

Patients are often told they are ‘healthy’ when the physician finds no fatal process to block, even though the patient is pale, weak, discouraged, tense, sleeping poorly, and without satisfaction. That is, lack of health is rampant, but Western Medicine has no way to address this. There is ‘preventative’ medicine, but this is focused on preventing a possibly life-threatening process from occurring. It too is focused on blocking.

At least according to literary depictions, a hundred years ago doctors, having fewer technological tools and medicines, practiced mostly by non-specifically increasing the vitality and health of patients. Starting such efforts only once serious illness was present, however, undermined the role of health focus within the life. Now, issues of health (separate from ‘non-disease’) are of little interest to mainstream medicine. An insidious effect of this is the ignoring of how blocking maneuvers may detract from health or take energy and focus away from opportunities to enhance health.

Michael Samsel

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