The SWOT analysis points to a mirror image between the weaknesses and strengths of Modern Medicine and Self-Healing (Alternative-functional) Medicine
"By nature, men are nearly alike, but through their practices, they get to be wide apart."
Confucius (551 BC– 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher. By Simran Khurana (Updated March 18, 2017
Integrating the two leading medical approaches is obligatory to accomplish synergy (greater than the sum of its parts) in medical care.
A unified philosophy is required to implement it successfully.
- There is a growing demand for Self-Healing alternative-functional medicine by the public.
- People usually turn to alternative-functional medicine after being disappointed and have not been adequately addressed in conventional medicine.
- In the absence of a unified philosophy, physicians and patients have no clear rules of choice in either of the two medical approaches. Trial and error indicate a lack of direction.
- Recommended link: Conventional modern medicine vs. self-healing (Alternative - Functional) medicine.
The World Health Organization: Definition of Health.
Recommended link: The World Health Organization: Definition of Health.
- Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of every human being's fundamental rights without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic, or social condition.
- Definitions of what is a "disease" are much more complicated.
Healthcare definition (Wikipedia) with the additional sentence (in purple) I introduced.
- "Health care or healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people. Health professionals in allied health fields deliver health care."
Plus, the sentence I added to the original Wikipedia definition.
- Health care is the maintenance or improvement of health with minimal usage of drugs and invasive medicine while making wise use of the close connection between the body, mind and, spirit via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people. Health professionals in allied health fields deliver health care.
My broad suggested definition of Self-healing functional medicine.
- Link: Alternative medicine vs. Functional medicine (self-healing), and how to choose the most appropriate treatment?
Currently, there is no clear definition of what functional medicine is. Self-healing Functional medicine eliminates the causes of the disease rather than its symptoms.
- "All types of methodologies, techniques of non-invasive medicine, (using mainly herbal drugs & natural supplements) for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the body, and mind, which can bring about a proven and significant improvement (without considerable side effects) in the overall health of the patient on the long run."
Suggested integrated principles:
1. Uniform, unifying & complete. (Tries to explain everything!)
- 1.1. Consistent and complies with the scientific method.
- 1.2. Clear, simple, and speaks the "same language."
- 1.3. Complete - In aspiration to cover all aspects.
- 1.4. Medical philosophy is far beyond the biochemical and physical processes.
The concept of Qi energy. (The Chinese concept of Qi is not easily translated into Western thought.)
- Link: Qi and Bioelectromagnetic Energy.
- 1.5. "To live is to have Qi in every part of your body.” To die is to be a body without Qi. For the health to be maintained, there must be a balance of Qi."
- Conventional Modern medicine & Self-healing (Alternative-functional) medicine.
- 1.6. Although there are many medical fields, there are only two logical approaches to medicine, with a few techniques in between.
- 1.6.1. Medicine that interferes with pharmaceutical drugs and invasive actions (of all kinds) - Modern conventional medicine.
- 1.6.2. Self-healing medicine, with no invasive intervention and only herbal remedies.
- 220.127.116.11. All alternative methods of treatment are based on the body's remarkable ability to self-heal.
- 1.6.3. When self-healing can be applied, it will always be superior to any medication, successful surgical, or invasive treatment.
2. Integrated medical philosophy should be synergetic. (Larger than the sum of its parts.)
- 2.1. Takes the advantages of each medicine and tries to minimize its weaknesses.
- 2.1.1. All technologically advanced techniques & modern medicine discoveries should be applied in a unified treatment.
- 2.1.2. New technologies can be developed for self-healing medicine. It will hopefully open new horizons.
- 2.1.3. Qi energy discovery and harnessing its unique capabilities will enable medical science to leapfrog.
- 2.2. Optimizes the "total health" benefits for each patient. As well as of the general population.
- 2.2.1. Directs the patient and doctors to the best medical treatment available, according to their condition.
- 2.3. The body has very elaborate defense mechanisms. External intervention should aim for the minimum required.
The self-defense survival mechanism & Immune system.
The immune system is part of the self-defense survival mechanism.
3.1 A holistic approach is essential for optimal healing - The division into organs & systems is just for convenience. (Due to the enormous complexity.)
- 3.1.1. The body is one entity. It has to be treated as such.
- 3.1.2 The human body operates continuously from birth to death to keep us healthy and alive.
- 3.1.3. The human body & Mind does not operate "randomly."
- 3.1.4. A single organ or system cannot be cured apart of the rest of the body. The entire body's immune system has to recover as well.
- 3.1.5. The location of symptoms does not necessarily reveal the main problem.
- 3.1.6. All organs in the human body are needed for keeping the person in good health. (No spare or unneeded organs.)
- 3.1.7. The interactions between the organs, mind, and spirit are more complicated than physiology and anatomy sciences suggest.
- 3.1.8. There is no such thing as a chronic acquired (non-genetic) incurable disease! (All chronic acquired diseases, which are not purely genetic - can be cured.)
- 3.1.9. There are many differences between men and women - Medicine adapted to gender is required.
3.2 The Self-defense mechanism consists of two phases. (Physical & Mental)
- 3.2.1. The human body has many survival and self-defense mechanisms. It is capable of surviving even in extreme conditions.
- 3.2.2. Mental self-defense mechanisms include many processes such as subconscious repression, lies, and even paradoxical suicide!
- 3.2.3. The physical phase consists of two entangled main mechanisms:
- 18.104.22.168. The immune system.
- 22.214.171.124. The Regeneration of damaged tissue.
- 3.2.3. The regeneration process is essential for longevity but also contributes to health quality.
- 126.96.36.199. All cells in the human body can regenerate. (Though at a different level) Currently, these capabilities can only be accelerated by natural means.
Body, mind & spirit.
4. The human body, mind & spirit are reflections. QI life-force energy will explain many medical phenomena. (Although not yet scientifically proved.)
- 4.1. Deeper Understanding of the true nature of the body is needed. (The human body is not just flesh & bones.)
- 4.2. Advanced use of ancient knowledge concerning meridians, Chakras, etc. It will reveille another dimension of medical science.
The distinction between symptoms, causes, and pathogenic catalysts. (Not trivial)
5. The distinction between the causes & catalysts of the disease and the symptoms are fundamental.
- 5.1. A symptom of one disease as a cause of another disease? The symptom of any illness may not be the cause of another disease.
- 5.2. Short-term symptoms as a result of pathogens become the cause.
- 5.3. In chronic inflammatory diseases, pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) are not the cause but only catalysts.
- 5.4. The cause of any chronic Non-genetic disease is always a weak immune system.
- 5.4.1. All Non-genetic diseases in the human body reflected in long-term immunodeficiency are symptoms rather than the cause.
- 5.5. Chronic inflammatory diseases use pathogens to act as catalysts; they are part of the self-defense mechanisms; they are not the "enemy."
- 5.6. "Full recovery" from any chronic Non-genetic disease requires eliminating the underlying causes. No cause >> No symptoms.
- 5.7. Successful treatments meant to suppress the symptoms usually do not "CURE" chronic diseases as they do not eliminate the causes.
- 5.8. Pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, intense sweating, frequent urination, Phlegm, high blood pressure, etc., are all symptoms when they appear in the chronic stages of a disease.
6. Symptoms (Not only pain) are warning signs.
- 6.1. Short-term symptoms might imply that something is not "working well."
- 6.1.1 The patient often comes to the doctor with painkillers' complaints; painkillers are usually suitable for the short term only. (Because it can not cure the patient.)
- 6.2. Most chronic diseases have mild symptoms before the onset of the disease. But, people tend to ignore symptoms that do not cause pain or discomfort.
- 6.3. Long-term symptoms are usually a sign of a disease.
- 6.4. Being asymptomatic (mentally & physically) means healthy? (I believe the answer is not necessarily!)
Diagnosis, Diagnostic tools, all kinds of treatments & recovery processes.
7. Diagnosis and Diagnostic tools:
- 7.1. Describing the patient's lifestyle and nutrition should give the specialists essential information.
- 7.2. Self-healing diagnostic tools are reliable, easy to perform, cheap, and might detect problems before appearing in lab tests.
- 7.3. Integrated medicine uses all the advanced technology available, using self-healing tools to get a more reliable diagnosis.
8. Treatments & Recovery processes should be looked at together.
8.1 The role of medications.
You can see four main conditions where medications are in use.
- 8.1.1. Life-saving drugs, most often in emergencies.
- 8.1.2. Genetic diseases create a deficiency of essential proteins that require the delivery of drugs that fill the deficit.
- 8.1.3. Short-term symptomatic treatment. (Such as toothache relief pills.)
- 8.1.4. Medications to relieve symptoms in chronic patients. (Prolonged use)
8.2. Prolonged use of drugs and exposure to chemicals & radiation harms the body's self-defense.
- 3.2.1. To relieve pain and other symptoms, there is often a justification for taking medication. (As short as possible.)
- 3.2.2. Pharmacological drugs, especially Intra Venous, disrupt the body's natural defense mechanisms and are therefore supposed to be administered in fewer cases.
- 3.2.3. When prolonged medication is needed, consider switching to herbal medicines. (Although they are not without side effects and contradictions with other drugs.)
8.3 Surgery (non-cosmetic) for symptom relief should be the last resort.
- 8.3.1 Surgeries for symptomatic treatment are often ineffective (since they do not eliminate the disease's cause) and should be used in exceptional cases rather than routine.
8.4 All treatments and recoveries can be summarized in 8 possible combinations:
Note: Urgent therapies usually do not raise many philosophical issues. (Many medical problems)
- 8.4.1. Short therapy with short recovery - Not likely to become urgent.
- 8.4.2. Prolonged treatment with quick recovery - probably uncommon.
- 8.4.3. Short treatment with a long recovery - Invasive medicine. (Common)
- 8.4.4. Continued therapy with a long recovery - Chronic patients deterioration (so it becomes urgent.)
- 8.4.5. Short symptomatic treatment with quick recovery - Spontaneous recovery.
- 8.4.6. Prolonged therapy with speedy recovery - Probably uncommon.
- 8.4.7. Short symptomatic treatment with a long recovery - Invasive medicine. (Often problematic)
- 8.4.8. Continued symptomatic treatment with a long recovery - Chronic patients. (Problematic)
Symptomatic treatments (including invasive procedures) aimed at preventing further deterioration - do not lead to recovery but are sometimes unavoidable.
Chronic acquired diseases and symptomatic long-term therapies paradigm.
- The chances of having one or more chronic diseases after the age of 50 are about 50%! (The percentage increases with age steadily)
- Chronic diseases have become the plague of the 21 st century, affecting many patients' quality of life worldwide.
9. Long-term treatments to relieve symptoms often raise many (complex) unanswered questions.
- 9.1 Most medicines that are designed to alleviate symptoms harm the patients in the long term.
- 9.2 Pharmasitcal medicine & invasive procedures make the patient more dependent.
- 9.3 Modern medicine offers immediate solutions but must draw attention to long-term consequences.
- 9.4 It is essential to explain well (requires time) the self-healing possibilities with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
- 9.5. It is desirable in chronic stages to take advantage of herbal remedies over pharmaceutical drugs.
- Patients are suffering from genetic diseases.
- Infectious diseases that require ongoing supportive care.
- Ancient patients, or terminally ill.
- Those who suffer from unbearable pain.
- Symptomatic treatments that are designed to improve body fluids circulation. (Such as non-life-saving catheters.)
- Invasive cosmetic treatments.
- Populations that cannot adopt lifestyle changes. (Elderly, mental problems, etc.)
The social responsibility of the medical establishment.
10. Preventive medicine is one of the most challenging fields in the modern age.
- 10.1. Guides & monitors the individual patient over his lifetime to prevent health deterioration into unsafe conditions.
- 10.2. Preventive medicine requires a nonstop mechanism that will provide the public: Education, updated information & knowledge.
Effective preventive medicine concerning chronic diseases requires fundamental changes:
- 10.2.1. Raise the issues of prevention of chronic diseases to the public agenda of senior politicians.
- 10.2.2. Simple, clear, and unambiguous messages.
- 10.2.3. As broad a consensus as possible among experts on a wide range of topics. (Not yet accomplished)
- 10.2.4. An independent medical establishment that can express its views without fear.
- 10.2.5. Regulation & regulators that will control and supervise the foods and drugs industries.
- 10.2.6. Labels that give the consumer simple, immediate answers about product quality and health risks.
11. Public education, responsibility, accountability.
- 11.1. Adopting a healthier lifestyle for as vast a population as possible requires available and straightforward implementation.
- 11.2. The medical establishment should be held responsible and accountable for delivering the public's appropriate updated information and knowledge.
- 11.2.1. To create a simple, clear message, it is necessary to establish a budgeted and independent consumer body of experts that will counter the producers' enormous economic interests.
Medical ethics. (There are many other issues in the field of ethics.)
12. The ethics of the interface between both therapeutic approaches.
- 12.1. In the individual patient's case, the dilemmas are relatively simple - Short & long-term patient interests are the sole consideration.
- 12.2.The problems of allocating limited resources in an age in which chronic morbidity rises require creativity, especially in preventive medicine. (An area with enormous potential)
- 12.3. When there are few choices to improve diagnosis or treatments, the medical establishment should suggest the best suitable option for the circumstances. (With all the information and risks involved.)
- 12.4. The patient has the right to decide which type of medicine he prefers.
- 12.4.1. Choosing the most suitable medicine for the patient's needs does not mean they can not use the other medical approach whenever needed. (Bi-directional)
The 12 principles I suggested are probably quite simplistic.
- The medical reality is much more complicated. I hope it will provoke a fruitful discussion; the debate itself will hopefully trigger this trend.
The public's lifestyle changes are not likely to happen within a few years.
- Lifestyle changes for significant populations are a matter of decades. In the meantime, many actions can be taken:
- Already sick people might benefit from implementing the unifying medical philosophy. But what about the younger generation, which is "healthy" at the moment?
- The first step is public awareness of the scale of the phenomenon. Responsible medical researchers and other specialists lead it.
- Nutritional sciences specialists have to reach a consensus concerning the major issues. (Debate will not enable these changes to happen.)
- The second step is to drag the senior politicians into this struggle with a deep personal commitment.
- Passing strict new laws and regulations will be the major challenge for the next era of brave, independent politicians.
- The use of economic incentives is legitimate and justified.
- For example, a statement by the patient who has moved to a healthier lifestyle, along with periodic tests, will reduce health insurance costs!
The vision of one unifying integrated medical philosophy.
- Modern conventional medicine should accept that current practice does not bring recovery to many chronic patients. Modern conventional medicine, with all its outstanding achievements, is merely incomplete. (Self-healing medicine is, by definition, insufficient.)
- In my opinion, both therapeutic approaches are reflections of each other. They should not be separated.
- Quantum mechanics was developed during the early 20's century, but Newtonian classical mechanics still works flawlessly. If physics science can live with that duality, it is about time that the same openness will occur in medical science.
- Combining the two main medical approaches will hopefully alleviate the suffering of many people around the world.
Implementing the integrated medical philosophy.
- I tried to suggest the basic principles for combined medical philosophy. I hope professionals in that big field will continue this work.
- Medical philosophy is not a distinct field of philosophy; instead, it is a whole field in medical science.
- The continued confusion between the causes and the symptoms is, in my opinion, due to the ambiguous medical philosophy adopted by the medical establishment. (Huge economic interests are involved.)
- Combined medical philosophy (as suggested) will considerably impact many patients' daily lives worldwide.
Such fundamental changes occur when public awareness is high, and the cost of doing nothing and sitting still is vast for most of the population.
Fundamental changes of that scale are never voluntarily accepted; there are enormous interests involved.