PARADIGMS OF HEALING - THE OLD AND THE NEW
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© May 2023, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
II. The Old And the New Healing Paradigms
III. Legal Aspects And Policy Implications
"Your Money or Your Life" was the title of a recent television program about our health care system. The program painted a sober picture of the future of health care:
"If you are over 50, you won't be able to have kidney dialysis. If you are over 60, you won't be able to have a hip replacement. We must make these choices consciously, or just slide into them."
Is the future really so dim, or is it only so within the present context or 'paradigm' of health care?
We say it is only within the context of the present methods of health care. In fact, the development program is an entirely new paradigm of healing that offers much more hope for the future and possibilities for excellent health.
WHAT IS A PARADIGM?
Astronomers of the 15th century believed the earth was the center of the solar system. New planets were being discovered. Each time a new planet was sighted, it became more difficult to figure out its orbit. A complex system evolved, called the Ptolemaic system of astronomy.
In 1525, an astronomer named Copernicus made a bold assertion. He said the sun, not the earth, is the center of the solar system. This was a new paradigm, or way of looking at things.
Many astronomers opposed Copernicus' view. However, eventually his theory prevailed because it worked, and it made explaining the planetary orbits much simpler, and it even predicted the orbits of not-yet-discovered planets.
A paradigm shift. The new idea that the sun is the center of our planetary system is called a paradigm shift. It was a new way of looking at things that worked much better, explained things in a simpler way, and could even predict scientific facts that had not yet been verified or discovered.
II. THE OLD AND THE NEW HEALTH CARE PARADIGMS
THE OLD HEALTH CARE PARADIGM
The “old” or really the current health care paradigm or way of looking at things includes allopathic medicine, herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine, modern-day acupuncture, and homeopathy. Good quality chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation are more similar to the new paradigm.
The old paradigm has several basic premises:
1. The passion. There is a fascination with “diseases” as entities or realities.
2. The goal. Finding diseases, studying them, naming them and then eradicating or “killing” them. The technical words used for this process are “diagnosing”, “treating”, “prescribing” and “curing” diseases.
3. Methods of correction. Often toxic and invasive methods are used to find and to ‘kill’ or destroy diseases. The toxic and invasive methods often cause “side effects”, also called “adverse effects”. These are usually discounted unless they are extremely dangerous.
There is also a lot of replacing of body parts with metal or plastic parts.
4. Research. Since disease is the focus, more and more diseases are found each year. New technology is primarily used to make more diagnoses, earlier diagnoses, and to find more ways to remove disease entities or masses.
5. Prevention. Little is done for people until they have one of the named diseases. Therefore, prevention is not a big focus.
Also, the preventive measures used can be invasive and dangerous such as vaccination, fluoridation of the water, x-rays, CT scans, biopsies and some others.
6. Defining of health. Health is defined within the allopathic paradigm as the absence of diseases. In other words, health is defined in a negative way.
7. Personnel. The use of dangerous and toxic methods requires armies of highly trained, highly paid professionals.
8. Role of the patient. The person is less the focus than the disease entities. Often little is asked of the patient. In other words, the patient is to be mainly passive. There is little focus on self-responsibility, diet, lifestyle, attitudes and other ways that clients or patients can participate in the healing process.
9.Cost of the system. The system is very costly for several reasons.
- It is not too preventive, so people keep becoming ill.
- Many of its therapies are toxic and dangerous, and this causes malpractice and liability problems for doctors and hospitals.
- The products and methods used – drugs, prostheses, and fancy scanners, for example, are costly.
- The system does not work well for many common ailments such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, ADD, autism, and scores of other problems. As a result, the costs in financial terms, and in terms of human suffering and disability, are mounting year after year.
10. Integration of the system. The whole system is highly fragmented. Medical doctors specialize in parts of the body, such as heart doctors, or lung doctors. Others specialize in diseases like cancer doctors, diabetes specialists, etc.
This is helpful in some ways, such as for surgery. However, it often leads to prescribing of drugs by multiple specialists without taking into account the interactions between drugs for different problems. This adds to the cost and to the side effects of the system.
The body is viewed as a collection of parts, not primarily as one whole system. The old or conventional allopathic paradigm is a method that is often based on studying and treating parts, and not on looking at whole system behaviors.
THE NEW DEVELOPMENT PARADIGM
1. The passion or focus. There is a fascination with the total potential of the body/mind/spirit. This includes subtle energetic aspects of the body and an amazing, but poorly understood genetic upgrade process called development.
2. The goal. It is to identify stress patterns, and then restore ideal and balanced functioning of the whole system. There is little to no focus on naming disease entities. It is more of a life path than a program.
3. Research foci. The search is not for more disease entities, but to find out more about energetic patterns or vectors in the whole body system, and how to balance them.
These patterns have to do with how the body alters itself to cope with its environment. This is reflected in its tissue mineral levels, ratios and patterns.
For example, research focuses on finding the best foods to eat or the best attitudes to hold to balance the whole body system.
4. Focus on prevention. A constant focus on ideals and perfection means that new paradigm is extremely prevention oriented.
5. Definition of health. Health is defined positively as optimum physical, emotional, ego, social, expressive, mental and spiritual functioning.
This is closer to the original meaning of the word health, which comes from the same root as the words whole and holy. Health is far more than an absence of symptoms. It is a dynamic ability to cope successfully with one's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environment.
5. Definition of disease. In the development paradigm, dis-ease is not an entity. It is a sign of that the whole system is out of balance. Dis-ease is an absence of wholeness or vitality in some way. This is much closer to the derivation of the word disease, which is lack of ease.
6. Assessment methods. The new paradigm may, at times, use all of the diagnostic tools of the old paradigm. However, I was surprised to find that in many instances, standard medical tests such as blood, urine, x-rays and others are not too important or helpful.
Most important is to assess the minerals using a tissue mineral test. It is a rather straight forward test that has been used for about 100 years, but mainly in agriculture and in environmental health and somewhat in toxicology.
7. Methods of correction. The healing methods of the new paradigm are: 1) a diet, 2) a special lifestyle, 3) 3 to about 8 carefully chosen nutritional supplements, 4) several healing and detoxification procedures 5) healing attitudes, thoughts and emotions, 6) healthful sexual and social interactions, and 7) and spiritual or religious values needed to cope optimally with one’s environment.
The new paradigm can make use of all of the corrective measures used in the old medical paradigm. However, I was surprised that drugs, surgery, radiation, herbs, homeopathy and other older methods are very rarely needed.
QUALITIES OF THE NEW PARADIGM
1. Less Toxic and Less Invasive. One of the major problems with conventional medicine is iatrogenic disease, a fancy word that means physician-caused illness, disability and death. Most medications weaken the body, making it susceptible to other health conditions.
The problem is very serious. It accounts for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths each year, and costs literally billions of dollars. It also adds greatly to malpractice costs and malpractice insurance that doctors must pay for, which adds a lot to the cost of their services.
The development paradigm is much gentler and safer, following the Hippocratic principle of "first do no harm".
2. Whole system thinking. The focus is on the person, not a body part. The body is seen as one integrated system. All functions are related to each other.
3. Highly preventive. The tissue mineral test can often detect imbalances in the body long before a disease occurs. This is a true science of preventive medicine. I see no other way to control health care costs and improve the health of the population.
4. Encouraging personal responsibility for health. The development paradigm emphasizes full participation and full responsibility on the part of the patient or client. Cooking food and doing procedures such as saunas and coffee enemas daily require and demand self-discipline and some effort.
The notion that everyone has the power to influence their health replaces the victim mentality - that illnesses and accidents just happen. The attitude of taking responsibility is very empowering, replacing the futile and energy-wasting attitudes of blame, guilt, anger, fear and self-pity.
5. Symptoms are messages. Rather than just attempt to “kill” diseases with drugs or cut them out with surgery, the new paradigm seeks to find the message the body is sending with its symptoms.
In other words, illness is a type of a conversation the body is having with us. It may be to alert us to our living habits, our attitudes, or our incorrect diet. The symptom might even be an attempt to save your life!
For example, blood pressure can rise because you are not getting enough blood to a vital organ such as the brain. This can be due to clogged arteries or for some other reason.
Blood sugar can rise because you are not getting enough glucose into your cells to nourish them properly. Blood sugar can also rise to keep more water in your bloodstream because you are dehydrated due to coffee-drinking or some other reason. For details, read Diabetes.
With the new paradigm, in other words, more of an effort is made to really understand the causes of symptoms, to dispel fear and empower a person. This helps activate the body's own restorative powers.
Some symptoms may indicate positive change and are not dis-ease at all. This process is called retracing and is part of the new paradigm.
6. Addressing Deeper Causes. Many drugs and medical procedures suppress symptoms. If this is all that is done, symptoms tend to change form and become worse or more chronic. Suppression may mask a more serious condition. Healing using development science addresses deeper causes of illness. These may include mechanical, structural, nutritional, electrical, emotional, social, vibrational, or even spiritual causes.
7. Different government policies. The development paradigm views health as a process of successfully relating or coping with one’s physical, chemical, emotional, intellectual, social, financial, and even spiritual environment.
Therefore, health is never a commodity that can be bought and sold, doled out to the poor, or administered by a government agency. All such thinking is incorrect. Health is an outcome of understanding ourselves and perfecting our relationships with our surroundings. It is up to each person and responsibility for it cannot be turned over to professionals or a government agency.
8. A more spiritual approach. By this I mean that development takes into account metaphysical or non-tangible factors of healing such as the balance of forces in the body called yin and yang. Another example is taking into account vitality, which is not a physical factor, exactly, but has to do with energetic qualities within the body.
The body is understood as more than a collection of glands and organs. It is nothing less than the temple of the living God. It is governed by etheric laws and principles, as well as physical ones. The more advanced principles are discussed in a separate article entitled Advanced Sciences. Rather than the view that we live in a body, the perspective is that the body lives inside of us. Our thoughts are very powerful in creating health and illness.
By the way, none of this is really new. The development paradigm is a modern application of ancient healing wisdom.
For a more technical information about the old and new paradigms of healing, read Healing Paradigms and the two articles on development science theory: Theory Of Development – Part I and Theory Of Development – Part II, on this website.
III. LEGAL ASPECTS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
The structure of the old or current paradigm is legal in most nations, but is definitely illegal according to the American Constitution in at least two ways. We believe this is part of the reason for its failure. Let us explain the illegalities:
1. Illegal government control. America has “creeping socialism” in health care. This means the government has slowly and illegally taken over control of large parts of the health care system. They now control health care for the poor, the elderly, the Native people and the veterans. This is all rather recent.
In fact, the central and state governments do not have the authority to take over health care in the United States. The powers delegated to the government are enumerated in the national and state constitutions and health care is not one of them. Corrupt judges at the US Supreme Court have simply ignored this fact.
2. Illegal licensing laws. The medical and other health care licensing laws are okay in many nations, but are blatantly illegal in the United States. The reason is that the national and state constitutions guarantee freedom to contract, freedom to earn a living, and a right to work.
Occupational licensing laws stop all this. They are also very discriminatory, since only a relatively few people can afford the education required for licensure, for example.
For the first 120 years of the American republic, there were no medical licensing laws and the health care system was much less costly and more effective. The health of the people was also much better. Then, around 1910, corrupt judges accepted the state medical licensing laws.
This was done under a phony legal doctrine called the police powers doctrine. It states that in the name of health and safety, the government can do most anything it wants.
This directly violates the moral principles of the national and state constitutions which have as their central doctrine limited government in which specific powers are delegated to the government and all other power retained by the people.
We believe the new health care paradigm requires a return to constitutional principles in order for it to work well because it depends upon people taking more responsibility for their health. For details, read The Case Against Health Care Licensing.
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