Victor Johanson wrote:
The medical establishment is filled with unjustified hubris and arrogance, because the truth is that when it comes to the incredible complexity of the human organism, we're woefully ignorant. Recently I went to a dermatologist (mostly to assuage my wife's paranoia that the eczema might be some kind of cooties she might catch), and she took one look and immediately said "I'm going to fix you," before prescribing some steroid cream and advising me to use some chemical-laden ointment (while disparaging my suggestion to use lanolin instead) to prevent the lesions from drying out. I tried to question her about potential etiology and its possible relation to some concomitant digestive issues, but she was already halfway out the door, typically fixated on only treating symptoms and clearly not the least bit curious about cause. Apparently $400 only buys about five minutes of her precious time. I never used the stupid cream; switching off my immune system to "fix me" is analogous to ripping out a car's check engine light when it comes on and pretending the problem is solved. So far, the "Vitamin A guy" approach is working, but even if it ultimately proves a bust I'm committed to getting to the root instead of just trimming off some branches.
It's the spotless apple
syndrome and the cultural focus on everything being picture perfect. I mean sure, you will get some rotten side effect, but you are going to look great when you die from the treatment. I work in an area of healthcare where we tend to go in and take people
off 90% of their meds with a sometimes marked improvement in their health and well being. it isn't unusual for me to see a 90 something year old patient with upwards of 30 different meds because no one looked at etiology of symptoms and just tried to treat the side effects that kept popping up. It then becomes my frustrating task to explain that taking them off their meds for hyperlipidemia will likely not only not kill them, but might solve their mysterious new onset muscle issues. Meds are seen as a quick fix and in defense of the dermatologist, she has probably dealt with a lot of people who only want a band aid/pill fix and not "what is your diet/lifestyle/etc". Most people don't get that the meds are not actually treating a disease but only managing the symptoms of self inflicted illnesses ( especially hypertension, adult onset diabetes, etc) that could be actually better managed by them changing things at home. In my experience
, very few people actually have what it takes to correct their own behaviors, myself not excluded from that group.