According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Starfield, 2000), our healthcare system is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. (1)
The same article states, “In the blind reliance on drugs, surgery, technology and medical establishments, the American medical system has inflicted more harm than good on the U.S. population.” Starfield’s article also states that, “In order to improve the medical system, American policymakers and the medical establishment need to adopt a comprehensive approach and critically examine the failure of the richest country in the world to provide decent healthcare for its people.”
It is obvious that the conventional paradigm of medicine based on a linear model of science has not only raised the cost of health care to the point that it is unaffordable for even rich societies, but it has also failed to provide overall well-being for Americans.
Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Coming from a background of experience with both social and privatized health-care systems, I am convinced that simply adjusting socio-political methods for delivery is not enough to solve the current healthcare crisis. Our approach to health care must be radically transformed into a new vision based on the principles of quantum physics.
As I wrote in my book, Creative Integrative Medicine, “The tree of medicine must be transplanted into a new soil, where its roots can deepen and intertwine to reach a more complex source of healing knowledge and bring together all traditions of healing, ancient and modern.”
What does this mean? Let’s review some of the major outcomes of redefining the paradigm of conventional medicine:
Conventional and natural medical education will be redefined with an updated model of science based on the principles of quantum physics.
New and ancient models of healing will be available through the healthcare system as accepted possibilities for healing, when they meet the requirements of this new model of science.
Medicine will be health-oriented, seeking the full potential of the individual and the prevention of disease, instead being limited by a fatalistic disease perspective of the individual.
This new paradigm shift, supported by a collegiality of doctors and scientists, is already available at Quantum University and totally redefines the relationship of doctor to patient, healer to healed.
The humanitarian component of this new medicine will be developed with a sensitivity to the needs of our communities, including increasing their sense of well being.
What I am proposing here is to radically shift the way we relate to health and disease, addressing the root of the problem by asking how we are educating ourselves and our doctors to maintain and restore health.
1. Starfield, B. (2000, July 26). Is US health really the best in the world? Journal of the American Medical Association, 284(4), 483-485. (Summary by Kah Ying Choo. America’s healthcare system is the third leading cause of death. http://www.health-care-reform.net/causedeath.htm).