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Taking A Drug Is The Last Thing to Do
Many people may strongly object to the title of this article. They say that there are some conditions that, if untreated, will lead to serious medical issues. They are right.
They say that if you don’t treat high blood pressure problems, a person can die. They are right.
If you don’t treat heart problems, then you can die. If you don’t treat diabetic problems you can die. There are dozens more of these examples of conditions that must be treated.
Treating dangerous or even uncomfortable physical situations is not only necessary but important. We know that if we don’t treat that ache in the tooth, it is likely to lead to a more serious problem with the tooth.
Everyone agrees that we have to treat medical problems. However, there is a very important and critical disagreement about the definition of “treat” and “cure.”
DEFINE YOUR TERMS
As the great author and philosopher Voltaire said, “If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.” How many times have you been in an argument and gotten upset, only to find that the person with whom you were arguing had a different definition of a word.
For example, a parent tells his 16-year-old daughter to be home early. She agrees. To the parent “early” means 10:00 pm. After all, she is only 16. To his daughter, “early” means midnight because she is practically an adult. The daughter arrives at midnight and is surprised and then angry when confronted with an angry father who feels that his daughter broke her agreement.
Of course, the upset could have been avoided if, before the daughter left, the parent and daughter defined “early.” Once a definition of “early” was agreed upon by both, this source of possible upset would be eliminated—unless the daughter violated the agreement and came home later than the agreed definition of “early”.
DEFINITIONS OF TREAT AND CURE
The Encarta Dictionary defines “treat” as:”…give medical aid to somebody” and also as: “…apply medical techniques to a disease or symptom in order to provide a cure.”
What is the definition of cure? The Encarta Dictionary defines “cure” as: “to restore a sick person or animal to health.” The sentence used to illustrate this definition is, “Six months later she was completely cured.” Another definition is: “to bring an end to an illness, disorder, or injury by medical treatment.” The sentence used to illustrate this definition is, “Diseases like this are not easily cured.”
DEBATE OVER THE REAL GOAL OF DOCTORS
If you are planning a trip by car, you know that if you look at a map and plan your route, you should arrive there in the shortest time with the least possibility of going in the wrong direction.
We have all heard the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for because you will likely get it.”
Increasingly, the debate over the very soul of medicine involves what doctors “wish for.”
One group of doctors believes that their purpose and the purpose of medicine is “to give medical aid” to their patients. If they find a way to provide some relief from unpleasant symptoms, that means that they are helping or aiding their patients. To these doctors, finding a cure for their patient’s unpleasant symptoms would be nice but not essential to their practice of medicine.
The second group of doctors believes that finding a cure to the underlying problems creating the unwanted symptoms is essential. They may continue to treat symptoms while they seek a cure but, to them, it is a failure of medicine and their skills if they have been unable to find a cure for the problem.
There is a clear line between the first group that considers a cure something “nice” to have and the second group that considers a cure essential and keep seeking that cure because they know it is there.
RADIO MEDICINE DOCTORS
We have labeled the first group of doctors as “Radio Medicine” doctors. Like the person who believes that turning up the volume of the radio eliminates the problem because he doesn’t hear it anymore, these doctors give drugs that mask or block the person’s ability to feel the symptoms. Then if you don’t feel the same intensity of the symptoms, you believe that you are better.
This masking of the symptoms is normally done with drugs that are “psychoactive” or “psychotropic” (drugs that affect the mind). Examples of these drugs are:
- Antidepressants like Paxil and Zoloft;
- Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan;
- Anti-psychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa;
- Narcotics like OxyContin and Vicodin;
- Stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.
As most of their labels actually admit, the manufacturers of these drugs don’t know how they actually work in the body, but almost all freely admit that they do not treat any actual physiological conditions causing the unwanted symptoms. What is clear is, if they seem to help at all, they help by altering the complex communications system in the brain so that the symptoms are muted or blocked entirely.
- You take an aspirin and you don’t feel the headache as much.
- You receive a shot of novocaine and you don’t feel the dentist drilling as much.
The drugs did nothing. The dentist solved the problem by fixing the cavity. The cause of the headache was not addressed but at least you didn’t feel it as much.
Picture an operator for a drug company sitting at a switchboard. A call comes in for sales and it gets routed to sales. Calls complaining about how a drug sold by the drug company is causing unwanted side effects get routed to customer service. Let’s assume that the calls complaining about the product are increasing and that management wants to find a way of dealing with the problem.
An ethical company would recognize that there was a problem with their product, fix the product, and make sure that any damages suffered by the customer were made good. Of course, there don’t appear to be any ethical drug companies.
The drug company’s solution is to them easy. They route the complaint calls to a voice mail account that is checked once a month and automatically erases all messages older than seven days. Now, management is able to report that the number of complaints about their drugs harming or killing people are down 80%.
You say this is absurd. There are still problems with the drug. However, it is what is happening when you “treat” by giving a psychoactive or psychotropic drug. Just like the switchboard operator who now routes calls away from one department, the drugs cause the information about the symptom to be routed differently. Suddenly, you are like the person who turned up the radio to avoid hearing his engine making strange noises—you don’t feel the symptom as much so you think that this must be working.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF RADIO MEDICINE
Of course, this is only a short-term solution. The underlying physiological condition will just get worse and it will require more of the drug to mute the symptoms, and this almost always leads to the person experiencing more of the side effects and likely will require more drugs to address the side effects.
If the patient asks the Radio Medicine doctor, “How long will I have to take these drugs?” He or she generally says in a disdainful way, “Well, probably for the rest of your life.” This is obvious because they are not curing the cause.
We see this with other things. If your automobile engine is leaking oil, you have some choices. One is to find a mechanic who will locate the problem, let’s say a bad seal, and fix the seal. This stops the oil leak.
The other option is to continue to drive the car and keep adding quarts of oil every 100 miles. Both will allow your car to run for a time, but which makes more sense? If you continue without repairing the source of the leak, it will eventually get worse and the engine will be ruined.
Which choice makes more sense to you?
In addition, because of the side effects of these psychoactive and psychotropic drugs that don’t treat the actual cause of the problem, most people will experience one or more of the side effects of these drugs. Then the Radio Medicine doctor will treat these symptoms the same way—by giving another drug with its own side effects. This is how many people end up taking six or seven different drugs—each to handle the side effects of an earlier drug.
We know these people. They generally complain that even though they are being “treated” by their doctor or doctors, their quality of life is declining. Of course, this is to be expected if they are taking more drugs that affect the body’s natural processes because they didn’t cure the actual problem.
DOCTORS WHO DEFINE “TREAT” AS FINDING A CURE
The second group of doctors is a rapidly growing minority of medical doctors. These doctors agree with the statement of Jean Martin Charcot, the 19th century French physician known as the father of neurology, “Symptoms, then are in reality nothing but the cry from suffering organs.”
To these doctors, treating a patient is not just masking or muting symptoms, but actually finding and curing the underlying physiological problem. They know that the following symptoms are symptoms of several different known problems with glands and organs in the body:
- A sad feeling
- Nervousness and irritability
- Lack of concentration
- Weight loss or gain
These doctors know that:
- Giving drugs to treat the symptoms will not address the underlying cause;
- Curing the actual cause will eliminate the symptoms;
- The cure may require the use of:
- A new type of life style and diet;
- Amino acids;
- Adequate hydration;
- Physical therapy;
- Medical drugs for a short time.
These doctors will not continue to treat a painful injury with narcotics like OxyContin that do nothing but block or mute the pain signals. This just allows the injury to remain or even get worse because you no longer feel the pain when you strain the injured body part.
These doctors know that the only real solution that will enable the person to regain their quality of life is to actually find a way to cure the problem.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
As many of us have learned, in many areas of our life when we wonder about something that doesn’t make sense, we need to follow the money. We know that many people do things because of money. We see drug companies promoting drugs that hurt more than they help or even kill and wonder why—until we see the documents issued by the drug companies to their sales people. We see that they are doing these horrible things for money.
The reason given by many of the Radio Medicine doctors is that they are forced to practice a form of medicine that doesn’t insist on a cure. They say that insurance companies and the government will only pay them a set fee no matter how long they spend with a patient, and this is getting worse. They must see more and more patients to maintain their incomes and this means even less time with patients.
No one pays them for taking the time and doing the tests that might lead to a cure, so they provide what they are paid to provide. They write prescriptions that will “turn up the volume” and mask the symptoms.
The second group of doctors has decided that it is more important to find a cure than be a slave to the insurance companies and the government. They often make financial sacrifices, but their patients really do improve and regain their health.
Voltaire made the following comment that applies to the Radio Medicine group of doctors:
“Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”
Medical doctors often talk about how they agree with the Hippocratic Oath. However, how is practicing Radio Medicine and only treating symptoms consistent with this part of the oath:
Isn’t letting a problem worsen and giving them more and more drugs “doing harm?”
As the consumer of health care we have the obligation to select the type of medical care we want. Do we want to mask the symptoms or cure the problem? Radio Medicine doctors are easy to find. They are everywhere. However, the other group of doctors can be found too. They are sometimes called “alternative medicine doctors,” or “integrative medicine doctors,” or “holistic doctors.” However, don’t just accept a designation. Make sure that the doctor will take the time to really understand you and will be driven by the desire to find the actual cause—not just give a drug.
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- OxyContin detox;
- Vicodin detox;
- Oxycodone detox;
- Methadone detox;
- Heroin detox;
- Hydrocodone detox;
- Alcohol detox;
- Paxil and Zoloft detox;
- Detox from other unwanted drugs
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