THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© June 2011, The Center For Development
Medical care in the future may look very different from the way it looks today. This will involve significant reworking of the current medical system, which is quite entrenched in a financial and legal manner. However, understanding the future now can help everyone to realize what kind of care they really need, as opposed to how the current medical profession views the subject.
This article contains my speculations about how medical care will evolve in the next 10 to 50 years, based on 30 years of involvement with the current medical system, and with the alternative health care modalities such as nutrition, hair mineral analysis, and other holistic modalities from acupuncture and Rolfing to foot reflexology, chiropractic and many others.
THE FUTURE OF DRUG MEDICINE
Drugs will always have a place in medical care, but I suspect their importance will decline. Reasons for this are:
1. Lack of effectiveness. In spite of massive drug company advertising, many drugs are simply not that effective. This is true of some antibiotics, most anti-depressants, anti-cholesterol drugs, heart drugs and many more. Massive advertising, falsified or incomplete research, corruption at the Food And Drug Administration, and the placebo effect have combined to give people the impression that drugs can solve all of our problems. However, this is absolutely false.
In fact, the lifespan in some industrialized nations including the United States has declined or is no longer improving, infant mortality rates are higher, and there are always calls for more drugs because the existing ones are not working well enough.
2. Toxicity. Drug medicine is simply unsafe. Depending upon which study one uses, drug medicine is between the first and the third leading cause of death in America and Europe today. Once again, this fact is covered up and rarely reported by the media. However, it has been amply documented in studies such as Death By Medicine (2009) and many others.
3. Cost. Patented drugs are simply too costly for most nations to afford at this time, even if they worked and were not toxic.
4. Pollution. Although this may seem like an unusual fact, medical drugs are causing terrible pollution of all water supplies in the industrialized nations because most do not biodegrade fast enough and just pass through people’s bodies unchanged. They find their way into all the ground water supplies, where they are a difficult contaminant to remove and even measure. This problem only worsens each year, but it has now been reported in every major city water supply in America and in Europe. Other nations have yet to test for it, I believe, but it is being found wherever it is tested for in nations that use a lot of medical drugs.
WHAT WILL REPLACE DRUG MEDICINE?
We have all been brainwashed to believe that we must have drug medicine as the basic system of medical care. I would assert, based on experience with at least 50,000 people using nutritional methods, that the use of drugs could be vastly scaled back, and replaced with an emphasis upon proper diet, healthful lifestyles, the judicious use of nutritional supplements and just a few herbs, and everyone would be healthier, and the bodies far less toxic.
Drugs will, of course, have a place in anesthesia and trauma care, and in some other situations. However, the wholesale use of drugs as first line medicine will be stopped for the reasons listed above. By the way, I do not see drugs being replaced by naturopathic care, which is still largely remedy-based using some drugs, some herbs, some homeopathy and other “natural” modalities such as packs, poultices, baths, electrical machines and other types of natural remedies. Modern naturopathy is still very remedy-oriented, rather than delving deep into the causes of disease that are discussed on this website.
WHAT ABOUT ELECTROMEDICINE?
The use of various electrical machines to diagnose and perhaps treat certain conditions will spread, as this method is much less costly, less toxic, less invasive and thus less dangerous. However, at this time, anyway, most of the use of radionic, and other types of electrical devices for diagnosis and treatment are no substitute for proper nutrition, a healthful lifestyle, good quality chiropractic and bodywork, and adjusting one’s attitudes and controlling the emotions. So while these modalities will grow because the price of the technology is decreasing and they are much simpler, they are not the complete answer by any means.
The use of methods of assessment such as the hair mineral testing that I use allows us to work anywhere in the world, using email and telephone connections to stay in touch with patients. This has the potential to save billions in the cost of care, and to allow everyone everywhere to have the highest quality of care. This cannot totally replace local care for surgery, trauma, and emergency care, for example, but it can supplement it beautifully and will bring an entirely new dimension to healing that will particularly benefit those in isolated areas without access to many medical personnel.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE IN THE FUTURE?
This is possible, but so far they do such as poor job that I believe that private systems will work better, provided the private systems are not corrupt and run by the medical/drug/hospital cartel, as is the case in all of Europe and America. Undoing the cartel medicine, as I call it, may be a slow task as it is quite entrenched.
THE STRUCTURE OF MEDICAL SPECIALTIES
The basic organization of medical care in the future is likely to be built around levels of the human structure. This is very different from the current system, which is built around organs or systems of the body such as ear, nose and throat specialists, gastrointestinal specialists and so on. The new system would be set up along the following lines.
The basic levels of human functioning are the following:
2. Structural and mechanical
3. Electrical and nervous
5. Trauma and surgical care
6. End of life care/hospice care
These translate into new medical specialties, as follows:
1. Nutrition and biochemical correction of the body.
2. Chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapies, and various types of body work such as Rolfing, structural integration and massage.
3. This is a large area including perhaps certain electrical machines, acupuncture, homeopathy, energy medicine techniques, shiatsu massage, reiki, acupressure, and reflexology.
4. Psychology, psychiatry, meditation and others.
5. Surgery, trauma care, and various types of emergency care. Surgery will likely continue to be organized around body systems and body parts, such as hands, feet, thorax, bones, etc.
6. Many types of hospice programs.
7. There are probably other areas I have not included. These might include diagnostics, and scans such as MRIs. Also, pre-natal care is so critical, and so ignored or downplayed, that perhaps it deserves its own category. It is mainly about proper nutrition, proper supplementation and a very healthful lifestyle.
If this system of specialization were implemented on a large scale, I think our health as a nation or in the entire world would improve dramatically in short order and the costs would go down dramatically as well. The reason is that organizing health care along these lines is much more in line with the design of the human being than the current system. The current system is actually built around the use of suppressive drugs and surgery, which, as shown above, is really the least critical area for most people most of the time.