Medical Authorities Have The Authority…
“Violence, and evil, doesn’t always come dressed in black, and it doesn’t always look like Charles Manson. Nor does it always come to us as obvious and arrogant[…]. Often it comes to us with the simple plea to be reasonable.”
Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words
“When we ask a question and find an answer, we are changed. Thinking with learning is a developmental process. But many people learn at an early age not to question. This changes the nature of subsequent learning and brain development.”
Ray Peat Phd
Making sense of personal experiences in relation to health and the improvement or worsening of symptoms and disease can be complicated and confusing at the best of times.
The situation is made far more difficult, when medical explanations and treatment methodologies are influenced by economic and political motivations, rather than simply being the product of genuine attempts to understand biological processes, as a function of a rational and intelligent interaction, between an organism and it’s environment.
Questions with regards to diagnosis, and their related treatment prescriptions, are sometimes met with vague references to ‘accepted’ belief systems or current dogmas, often based on the statistical interpretations of results of many unexamined studies, as well as government recommendations and product advertising.
Contradictory results and findings from vast amounts of high quality experimental evidence and epidemiological data, not to mention the interpretations of experienced and qualified scientists, are at times completely disregarded and discounted, sometimes flippantly devalued as ‘alternative’, with little or no attempt at examination.
Often, negative experiences with prescribed medications and dietary recommendations, are met with disbelief and blame. Rationalisations regarding the existence of ‘outliers’ is a popular strategy, in an attempt to reduce the significance of the voice of those who have suffered from harmful and ineffective treatments.
It is not uncommon for it to be implied that symptoms, often resulting from chronic metabolic issues and long term exposure to stressors of various kinds, are exaggerated or imaginary, based on the results of potentially inaccurate, misleading or misinterpreted blood tests, and other similar measurements.
Being repeatedly told by doctors and other medical authorities that ones own experience in relation to both symptoms and treatment, can not possibly be accurate (on the basis of the current dogma), has many potentially harmful psychological and physiological effects, including the worsening of learned helplessness and other symptoms of depression and anxiety. Consistent experiences of this kind can be stressful enough to prevent the possibility of healing and recovery.
It is one thing to suggest that as a practitioner, you are doing the best you can do, with the information available, to avoid causing harm. It is another thing altogether to bury your head in the sand, ignoring numerous readily accessible findings from (and interpretations of), high quality reputable scientific studies, showing reasonable cause to question the very ground upon which many treatment paths exist. A quick search through some online scientific journals is often all that it takes to begin an investigation.
Many decades worth of studies and experiments carried out by qualified scientists in the field of biology, physiology and chemistry amongst others, have demonstrated good reasons to question current popular belief systems in relation to a vast array of interrelated subjects, directly relevant to health, and the protection from (as well as treatment of), disease.
Ideas relating to the significance of cholesterol levels and their relationship with thyroid function; an understanding with regards to various fatty acids and their impact upon cellular behaviour; biological requirements for sugar and salt; the relevance of stress hormone levels, including serotonin, estrogen and cortisol to name a few; all of these subjects and more, interact to help provide physiological justifications for the use of many pharmaceutical products, as well as a large number of dietary guidelines.
When the explanations given, in order to understand these topics, have been repeatedly questioned and shown with experimental evidence to be lacking, it would be rational to want to be cautious about making recommendations, and prescribing treatments, that exist largely, based on the validity of such underlying premises.
It seems unreasonable and unrealistic to expect practitioners of the healing arts to be able to provide the answers and solutions to every conceivable health issue arising for those who are in their care.
Regardless, many ‘official’ dietary guidelines and treatment methodologies, no longer seem justifiable, or in fact safe, once you begin to take into consideration the many ways in which the biological interpretations they are based upon, have been demonstrated to be uncertain or invalid, and in many cases completely contradictory.
It would be a step in the right direction, for doctors and other health professionals to acknowledge that the information provided to them, at the very least, does not represent the only available and potentially valid scientific findings and conclusions, no matter how heavily they are accepted and promoted by corporate and government influenced institutions.
More importantly, taking patients enquiries in relation to their symptoms, fears (and other relevant observations and experiences), seriously, rather than necessarily viewing their concerns to be a by-product of irrationality, or an overreaction based upon poor quality information (or lack of understanding), can provide a valuable additional source of knowledge and wisdom, with regards to diagnostic capability, resulting in improvements, in the potential for healing and recovery, as well as an increased likelihood of avoidance of unnecessary harm.
Image: “Infinite Wonder Woman” by JD Hancock