Dear Jonny, Medicine And Doctors?
What are your thoughts on Western medicine? Do you think people go to the doctor too often?
The biggest fault of Western medicine is, I think, that it often addresses the symptoms only, which masks the fundamental problem(s), thereby keeping people sick yet able to function “normally.” The focus needs to be on the problems behind the problems – the root causes – but for any number of reasons, that simply (and tragically) is not the case. As for whether or not to visit the doctor, it all depends on the circumstances. Personally, I tend to get sick approximately once every two or three years, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to the doctor due to one of those illnesses. However, last summer a trip to the dermatologist revealed that a mole on my wrist had become cancerous, and it required near-immediate surgery. Had I not gone to the doctor when I did, I might be dying about now (it was melanoma). So, again, it depends on the situation. If you have a gut feeling that something is amiss with your body, go to the doctor. If you feel like shit – and have for quite some time – go to the doctor. If you’re middle-aged or beyond, understand the importance of annual check-ups, and go to the doctor. But if you go to the doctor to get a script for antibiotics every time your nose gets a little runny, that’s pretty much unnecessary. Get some quality rest and drink down a pot of hot green tea. The human body is resilient.