I am speaking here of the chronic degenerative illnesses cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and so on, not crises such as anaphylactic shock or an operable tumor pressing on the heart. Modern medicine can work miracles with these sorts of conditions because they are mechanical as opposed to metabolic and systemic failures and thus respond to mechanical solutions. The great degenerative disease killers today result from longstanding problems of lifestyle imbalance and are not solved by Band-Aids no matter how expensive they are.
People who spend years in esoteric and costly medical training don’t figure anyone other than them has a right to speak with authority on the subject. That creates pompous and closed minds. Health and healing is not the place for that. Lives and suffering are at stake. This is not to impugn the efforts of the many hard working and often underpaid health care workers. But intent does not erase result. As shown in a previous chapter, people who submit to medical care are far more likely to be injured or killed than by any other life choice they make. It must also be admitted that financial motive and ego to one degree or another weave their way into the medical psyche.
Most doctors come to understand that disease is self-inflicted through improper Electric Bicycles Company lifestyle choices. Few, however, have the financial courage to tell people that they need to change their lives, not get another pill or have surgery. Patients will just go elsewhere where they will be told what they want to hear. Or the doctor might even be threatened with suit for offending a patient. Case in point is a New Hampshire doctor who was turned in to the Board of Medicine and the attorney general for telling a patient she needed to lose weight.