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I have chosen the title of this talk because I want to send a message not only to the medical profession as a whole, but to the consumer who patronises the medical profession and practitioners of other so called alternative therapies.|
My message to those who claim "the art of healing" is simply: that there is no art of healing - for healing is a biological process. But there is an art of living in such a way that will enhance this biological process of healing - hygienic lifestyle. I say to the medical profession as a whole, "Don't just hand out remedies - you must teach your patients how to live. Deal with root causes, not just with symptoms". This message is also designed for practitioners of alternative therapies because they are obsessed with symptoms, remedies and 'cures' as drug and surgery based allopathic medicine.
Ill health is so prevalent in modern society that 'doctors' of all so-called healing systems are beset with a mass of people who are seeking relief from their aches and pains. All the practitioners of these systems are jostling to get to the patient first so that they can claim that their method is successful.
This "remedy mentality" is as common among practitioners as in their patients. I do not blame the patients who, not knowing anything better, are forced to seek palliative measures in order to cope with day to day life free for a time from their pain.
In the past Dr Shelton and other Hygienic pioneers were not afraid to criticise the medical savants in their time. Now, once again, the Natural Hygiene movement must come out of their closets and speak freely and openly that the medical profession is accused by us Hygienic practitioners of "Betrayal of Trust" that their patients put into them. The consumers of the medical profession i.e. the public must be told:
We must free the radicle which lies buried in all individuals, professionals and non professionals who, at present, swear blindly by the allopathic procedures for eradicating disease.
I want you, my audience, to ponder over this parable:
In a town of India (the land of my birth), a baker suspected that the farmer who was supplying his butter was giving him short weight. For several purchases he carefully checked the weight of the butter (in the preserice of witnesses), and his suspicions were confirmed.
This so angered him that he had the farmer arrested. "I assume you have weights" said the judge at the farmer's hearing. "No Sir, I don't " replied the farmer. "How then do you weigh the butter you sell?". "Well", said the farmer "when the baker began buying butter from me. I decided to get my bread from him. I just use the one pound loaf he sells me, as a weight for the butter I sell him. If the weight of the butter is wrong, he has only himself to blame."
O.K, so this is a lacto-vegetarian parable; but don't slip on the butter and miss the point. How often in life we may think like that baker, that we are "playing it smart" or getting away with something, when we give less than a full measure of honesty, integrity, sincerity and altruism. I say to the medical profession you have betrayed the trust that the public has put into you. when my medical friends tell me that they are obliged to give drugs to their patients because the patients demand they be given antibiotics, steroids, synthetic hormones and various other drugs - but I ask them who educated the public to demand drugs in the first place if not the medical profession.
Who but the medical profession treated the symptoms only of their patients without educating them as to the causes of their diseases. The medical profession had the power and the knowledge to educate their patients but they have failed miserably in their duty. They kow-towed to the drug and pharmaceutical industry, they kow-towed to their own greed for power and money and left the Hygienic professionals to pick up the pieces of the now dejected and depleted humanity.
And how loudly the medical profession protest when it seems as if life has short-changed them by the rising tide of public opinion to embrace Natural Hygiene principles and practices, when in reality it is they who have short-changed the public. What outcome could we expect?
If Natural Hygiene is so wonderful, why isn't it used by my doctor? This is the question I am most frequently asked. My answer is that it is not favoured by the medical industrial complex. The reasons for my answer derive not from a systematic study of the problem but from personal experience of over 40 years of clinical practice and observing the various ways, some subtle and some not so subtle, medical practice is influenced.
The medical industrial complex refers to the close-knit association of organised medicine with pharmaceutical manufacturers and governmental medical regulatory agencies. The connections between these groups is of course, a web of money, power, and prestige. Selling medical drugs is very big business. Medical research is dependant on $ billions of grants from the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) and the private pharmaceutical industry. The two are closely interlocked; managers in one tend to come from success in the other with many examples of interchangeable personnel.
Few people know that the definition of malpractice hinges on whether or not the practise is common among one's medical peers and has little (usually nothing) to do with whether the practice is beneficial or not. A medical doctor willing to study, to learn the ins and outs of any alternatives, and to put what he has learned into practice in helping patients is potentially exposing himself to serious charges of malpractice!
But what has all this to do with Natural Hygiene procedures? The answer is quite simple really.
Ample medical research regarding fasting, nutrition, physical activity was carried out in 1930 through to 1970 and amply reported in mainline, recognised medical literature. However it has never been popularised and was kept away from the public. Hygienic procedures cannot be patented and sold over the drug counter.
Do you think the prevailing powers wish to see this lucrative market of patented drugs be left to an over-the-counter natural procedures, not in the hands of physician prescribers and not controlled by the pharmaceutical industry.
Licensed doctors are easy to control. All practising U.S. physicians must accumulate a given number of hours of continual medical education or C.M.E.
But where does he acquire his C.M.E credits? From authorised C.M.E. Seminars - that's where!
And who authorises which seminar for C.M.E. credits? Organised medicine, That's who!
And who sponsors and who provides the speakers for C.M.E. credited seminars? The pharmaceutical industry and it's great funded corps of academic researchers, that's who!
U.S. physicians are captive audience for pharmaceutical advertising. This applies to other countries as well. They learn which drugs to prescribe. They do not learn of alternative procedures and perhaps better ways of caring for their ill patients. If one were to seek this information for himself he finds himself outside the realm and benevolence of his professional guild. Further he is reluctant to be perceived practising Natural Hygiene care not only because of his fraternal associations with them but also because of the threat of malpractice charges, however unfounded. Ask the M.D.s present here.
How can this be changed? It will only be changed when intelligent, motivated and assertive patients insist on hygienic care.
Those patients who are aware will not leave their health care solely in the hands of the doctor. They will assume the responsibility for their own health. They will become knowledgeable and will seek uniformed opinion from various sources.
They will want their medical advisors to join with them in a partnership for health; they will no longer put up with the present condescending child-parent relationship. Their empowerment must come through knowledge. This is the purpose of this lecture - to share the knowledge that I and others have accumulated over the past 30-40 decades of study.
Friends, allow me to end this talk by this masterful quotation by Elbert Hubbard:
"The supreme Prayer of my heart is not to be learned or good, but to be RADIANT. I desire to radiate health, cheertulness, sincerity, calm, courage, and good will. I wish to be simple, honest, natural, frank, clean in body and mind, unaffected - ready to say "I don't know", if so it be, to meet all men face to face on an absolute equality, to face any obstacles and meet every difficulty, unafraid and unabashed. I wish others to live their lives too, up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, dictate, interfere, give advice that is not wanted, nor assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I will do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say I desire to be RADIANT - to Radiate Life."
Thank you - go and do the same!
Notes & News
Your Editor has been nominated by the International Board of Research of the American Biographical Institute Inc. to receive the accolade "Man of the Year, 1997" for his overall accomplishments and contributions to society.
K.R.Sidhwa, The Hygienist, Autumn 97
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