Saturday, October 17, 2009

Socialized Medicine ... Another look.

With all the talk of the new Obama-care, this notion that the government must be the sole provider to a one payer program to 'take care of Americans' is worth an examination.

No matter what this is called, it is perhaps not as attractive as one may first think.

There is a very important thing to be recognized if this system is to be transformed. The notion that the government owes us, as a right, health care services is a misnomer in a free society.

Here is why:
  • When we give up our responsibility of taking care of our body, which is our property, we are setting ourselves up for abuse from a controlling system of rules, regulations, and mandates. We have given up our power. We did this by choice. We allowed fear to cloud our better judgment.
When we give up our power believing that the government will take care of us, here is what we can expect:

Health care is a business. To make money the needed commodity is sick people or people they can convince are sick. Government is in bed with insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies. Corporatism is running the show, profits are high and health is low.

If the government is going to tax us for this service, and is in bed with businesses that intend to profit, the health care which was promised after our insistence will be set in motion based on the bottom line rather than the health condition and the betterment of ones health.

How do they do this?

Currently the government has control over the western medical system through the AMA, the medical journals that are the 'authority' of what is 'happening' in research, treatment etc. This entity manages the schools which teach only what the controlling entity chooses to teach. The schools regulate how many doctors will be allowed to practice and those who get their credentials must pass the tests answering the questions as this one system allows. There is no room for discussion or consideration of any other system.

Those who wish to expand their practices outside of that structure find themselves in a very difficult position. This is another subtle government/pharmaceutical/insurance agenda. Keeping this control in place, prices can also remain high since a shortage of doctors will be easily regulated and those who are in the profession will be overworked, so care will be limited. When the government (medical business) assigns a license, and we buy it, we have just volunteered to allow the control of the government dictate how we practice which may not be in the best for our patients/clients.

So we have volunteered to allowing the government more control and surrendering our power and freedom. Any ideas outside this monopoly for natural less expensive cures are not considered. In reality they are often violently shut down removing from public access effective cures.

This is the structure of socialized medicine. Control of the powers that be and no power or choice to the masses of people. We will pay for that one choice, yet the return on that investment may lack the best possible means to restoring and reversing health challenges.

So now we can see how the control, power and money made creates this greed where no competition is allowed.

What would an alternative choice be in correcting this structure? First, it is important to do study and get into a new mind set where a willingness to take responsibility for our health is realized and practiced. It is time to stop being dis-empowered by rules that affect our well being. Altering our health will come through responsibility, learning from others, trying new therapies and seeing what works. We can begin to realize that in most cases we do not have to have dis-ease.

Instead we can consider creating a new structure, one which is modeled after the Free Market idea (not free trade). Here is a possibility of how landscape can look.

There would be no regulation of any types of practices. Those wishing to become health practitioners can choose the modality and pursue good instruction. The system would be more of an apprenticeship. The mentor or school would give a certificate of attendance and completion from the modality once the necessary training is complete. Government would not choose who can practice, rather the market would allow for competition, bringing in a higher quality of ethics in the market place.

With an abundance of practitioners who will all need to be ethical in their practice if they wish to make a living on their labor will provide quality work for those seeking help. Prices would be low, people could afford it out of pocket, (again this is not in an extreme situation). Remember, this is a possibility for a free market structure, which will look very different that what we are use to seeing.

As people become accustom to enjoying becoming responsible for their health, paying attention to better eating, and connecting with their whole BEing, the dis-ease we experience will be reduced considerably. Health would be abundant, costs would be low, people would be empowered as responsibility shows its power, and we could get rid of an entity that taxes us and gives us very little in return.

We do still have choice. What are we going to choose?

I am sure those of you who are thinking this through may begin to see a distinction of the socialized structure is a surrender of all our health rights to a government, pharmaceuticals, and insurance companies, or a structure where people can learn to take care of each other in ways that are effective and affordable. (There will always be 'special' emergency situations which can be discussed in a different forum, as those conditions are not central to the overall methods our current health system practices.)

Let us give this some objective considerations to health services aligning with personal responsibilities and a removal of government controls which do not seem to have the intentions of health for the people in mind. Let us discuss what sort of structure that could be provided to those needing help due to serious conditions around health.

Heed the wisdom of /Albert Einstein.... "Ridicule without examination is the height of ignorance".

Please comment on this idea. Conversation is important for us to transform our society.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Medical Structure... Do We Understand It?

Structures in our society are set up to hold us into a particular belief structure or understanding of reality that may or may not be what we think it is.

Let's take the medical structure. What we accept in this structure is total control over our health. We have gotten to the point of not even thinking for ourselves anymore. We have allowed the powers that be to disconnect us from our bodies, they have taken away our choices, and have become an authoritarian position that will jail people or take children away from parents for not consenting by way of force to medical treatments that they choose. In particular this occurs when people refuse to do the standard cancer therapies.

I am not saying that if someone chooses to do these forms of treatment that they are 'bad' or 'wrong', I am simply stating that some people would like to do the natural treatments, which there are many. Some of these treatments have the ability to reverse cancers. Because it is not a form of therapy that the powers that be can control, or patent, they make rules and policies hidden as laws so the control and money can be funneled into the pockets of the few, while people loose their homes and property with large medical bills on treatments that are more or less mandated, and do not prolong life for most people in a dynamic way.

So we accept this as reality and become very fearful at the mention of cancer. We then subject ourselves to often unnecessary surgeries and toxins for treatment that does a lot of damage to tissues and systems within the body. These strong toxic materials create imbalance to our bodies, brings our mind into disconnected thoughts and often experience lows in our emotional state. So then with these imbalanced we are prescribed more toxins and the circle keeps on a downward spiral. We get no mention of good nutrition or supplementation to restore the damage that is done by these harsh and toxic methods. We are placed into a structure that is taking our money and diminishing the quality of our lives, and at worse shortening our life.

What our bodies need is simple. Minerals, vitamins, good fats, clean water, fresh air, exercise of some sort, time for prayer or meditation, clean organic food, sunlight. If we were to alter our lifestyle the health we gain would be altered incredibly.

So in the medical structure of today, we have gone down the road to take what the doctor says without question and to pay whatever the costs are. We take medicine that is advertised on TV that is nothing more than a marketing tool to sell these drugs. We thoughtlessly submit ourselves to dangerous drugs, vaccines, and surgeries without thinking or asking any questions. Most of these situations have a much safer and effective alternative. Shame on us for giving up our power by allowing the 'commands' of insurance companies, and physicians to dictate to us what is best for us regardless of the side effects. The structure of the current medical model is a business making a lot of money on our dis-ease. We act as if this business is the word of god.

What to do about this? For one we can alter our eating, we can become more educated to what is going on in this structure, we can examine the vaccines and choose whether or not we wish to put that sort of a serum into our infants bodies, we can ask questions of physicians, pharmacists, and others who are involved with a particular method of health care to explain what it is they wish for us to take, the side effects and any alternatives. By making sure we get the answers that we desire from those we are asking, we will be empowered and can take responsibility for our health, choosing to gain knowledge and understanding about the needs our body requires to give to us good health.

We do have choices, and we do have the power to say NO to things that we do not wish to undergo.

Part of the problem we face is also in understanding the way this structure works from the inside out. The discovery will be the medical industry is a business which profits by illness, drugging and often unnecessary surgeries. It needs to keep people on the edge of ill health and continue to oppress the therapies that can offer complete healing.

We can say good bye to the health insurance we have been told we need, which is another topic in itself. We can say good bye to chronic illnesses, we can live with high energies, a sound mind, balanced emotions, and hold our power of choice IF we choose to be responsible for our body's needs.

We may think that socialized medicine will be the answer to these issues, however we will only have more rules and a tighter structure. What is needed in this for real health choices is a structure of free market which is not understood yet by most.

My next blog I will discuss the distinctions of socialized medicine and the free market.