John Miller

 

The back side of the Western world.

 

There are a lot of things the medical industry can be proud of, most of it at the top of the feeding chain.

 

The Australian program, 'RPA' showcases the most fantastic surgical achievements.

 

On the British program, 'An Hour to Save Your Life' you'll witness the most extra-ordinary medical interventions in the frontline of trauma and emergency medicine - even to the point of performing open heart surgery to bring an accident victim on the pavement back to life.

 

At the general practice level you can see good practical medicine being practiced on the British TV program 'Embarrassing Bodies' where general practitioners reveal their expertise in dealing with medical problems.

 

But while 'Embarrassing Bodies' show cases the very best of general practice medicine, generally speaking, the story at the parish level is quite different.

 

The reason is that a large proportion of people are presenting at doctors' surgeries, not with medical problems but with the symptoms of personally-generated body system dysfunctions driven by low levels of physical fitness, dietary excess (and insufficiency) and a lack of personal development training.

 

And if the diagnostic regimes that the medical industry uses to determine the underlying causes of personally-generated body system dysfunctions are inadequate, the treatment is also likely to be inadequate. Pharmaceutical treatments are prescribed to mask symptoms rather than lifestyle treatments designed to restore poor function to good.

 

As a result the medical industry at the general practice level is leaving in its wake a litany of epic failures - that is unless doctors are Green Doctors who provide their clients with Green Prescriptions and monitor those prescriptions using digital technology.

 

Along with restoring poor health to good, the aim of Green Medical Practice is to nip the personally-generated body systems dysfunctions in the bud - before they became medical problems.

 

For instance, as soon as the symptoms of these dysfunctions start to manifest themselves, the Integrated Primary Health Care Monitoring System kicks into action. Aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility are improved. Body weight remains within reasonable bounds - less than 25% body fat for men and 35% body fat for women.

 

The epic fails listed below are evidence of a medical system that's been found wanting, that needs a new direction in treating its clients. To manage someone's high blood pressure (via medication) without putting them on an aerobic fitness training program, a diet low in flour and sugar and a stress management program is not evidence of best practice medicine.

 

Without the Integrated Primary Health Care Monitoring System, the medical industry fails the test of best evidence-based practice. Only on the rarest of occasions are people having their fitness measured. Only on the rarest of occasions are they being given a fitness prescription of a dosage likely to improve their health. Only on the rarest of occasions is their fitness being monitored to see whether it is improving.

 

As a result you can see what happens when you look at the litany of epic fails.

 

 

Type 2 diabetes

 

Type 2 diabetes is not caused

by a lack of Gliclazide.

 

 

High blood pressure

 

High blood pressure is not

caused by a lack of Avapro.

 

 

Obesity

 

Obesity is not caused by

a lack of Xenical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep apnoea

 

Sleep apnoea is not caused

by the lack of a gas mask.

 

 

High cholesterol

 

High cholesterol is not

caused by a lack of Lipitor.

 

 

Erectile dysfunction

 

Erectile dysfunction is not

caused by a lack of Viagra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headaches

 

Headaches are not caused

by a lack of Panadol.

 

 

Insomnia

 

Insomnia is not caused

by a lack of Stilnox.

 

 

Depression

 

Depression is not caused

by a lack of Zoloft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back pain

 

Back pain is not caused

by a lack of Celebrex.

 

 

Angina

 

Angina is not caused by

a lack of nitroglycerin.

 

 

Reflux

 

Reflux is not caused

by a lack of Mylantin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gout

 

Gout is not caused by

a lack of Aloprim.

 

 

Candida

 

Candida is not caused

by a lack of Nizoral ...

 

 

Piles

 

... any more than piles are

caused by a lack of Anusol.

 

EPIC FAIL

There's been an epic fail in getting people to exercise more.

 

There's been an epic fail in getting people to eat less of the food that's bad for them and more of the food that's good for them, lay off the grog and quit smoking.

   

     

 

There's been an epic fail in getting people top attend personal development programs and counselling.

 

Without the supervision of a doctor who believes in the value of an Integrated Health Care Prescription, small, personally-generated body system dysfunctions become large problems that end up in specialists rooms and operating theatres.

 

Under the auspices of Integrated Health Care practitioners versed in the Integrated Health Care Prescription concept, there is no need for the simple to become complicated, the transparent opaque and the cheap expensive.

 

TAKE OFF THE BLINKERS

 

The medical treatment of personally-generated body system dysfunctions has been perverted by

 

1.  selective evidence based medical research

 

2.  the pharmaceutical industry

 

3.  government protection of the medical industry.

 

The governments of Australia and the medical insurance industry are not backing enough horses!

 

The Integrated Health Care Prescription, whilst relying on a reliable body of evidence is neither complicated nor expensive.

 

All it involves is an understanding of the fundamental role that exercise, nutrition and personal development play in underpinning good health.

 

It involves being given aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility tests.

 

It involves people completing fitness and eating diaries and completing diagnostic questionnaires to determine the status of their mental health.

 

It involves the prescription of a supervised diet and exercise program that has people restore poor health to good.

 

It involves electronic data collection and monitoring.

 

It involves people come away from a consulting room with a sheet of information or access to a  down-loadable booklet that will outline their Integrated Health Care practitioner's personal insight into the nature of their problem and what they, themselves can do to fix it.

 

It involves being directed to the Integrated Primary Health Care ebook, video and audio file store.

 

It involves being given a prescription for the local heath food (or online) store to purchase nutritional supplements.

 

It involves being directed to a fitness centre where people can have access to a fitness practitioner just about every day of the year.

 

It involves being directed to a nutritionist or a counsellor.

 

OPEN THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION

 

 

'If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.' William Blake

 

 

The doors of perception about what people can do to attain and maintain peak health have been closed to the point where the best advice most doctors can give their customers is a couple of words on a prescription pad.

 

 

 

 

 

When an Integrated Primary Health Care practitioner reaches for the pad, you will know that the aim is to restore poor health to good. But most importantly you are the one who will be doing the restoring.

 

Too frequently medical intervention stands outside the process that takes place when people attain and maintain themselves in good health.

 

So, don't just ask what your doctor can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself. If you need health advice, don't forget to include your medical practitioner, fitness practitioner, nutritionist and counsellor in the Integrated Primary Health Care information loop.