We have never spent more money on medicine. But health outcomes get worse and worse. We think that medicine is vital, but do you know of anyone with a chronic illness - arthritis, depression, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, cancer who has really got well as a result of treatment?
We also think that chronic illness is a normal part of getting older.
We believe that poor health is like original sin and that only the church of medicine can save us - even when they don't. Why is this? I think that we hold our health and the role of medicine in exactly the same way as people did their souls and the church in the 15th century. Let me show you why I think this.
A friend of mine has put her back out. This is something that we all do now and then. After a few days of no progress, she went to her Doctor.
After a 5 minute chat and a quick feel, he gave her a prescription for a muscle relaxant and an anti-inflammatory.
That was it. No teaching. No advice. Just a prescription. And no advice about that either. No advice that the anti inflammatory must be taken with a meal. No questions about other medications that she might be taking.
Does this match a lot of your own experience?
It reminds me of the attitude of the Church in the 15th century. All the mysteries of salvation - even the bible itself - must be withheld from the stupid person. They simply have to obey and the mystery keeps them tied to the institution.
The biggest revolution since the Reformation is at hand - when we wake up and see that our health is in our own hands not in the hands of others and certainly not in the hands of Big Pharma.
Like the Church of the 15th century, Medicine imposes vast costs upon us all that will be released when we see the truth. In America, Insurance costs as much as a mortgage - if you can get it. Even then, if you get a serious illness, bankruptcy is likely. As a senior your old age is threatened by both the almost certainty of illness and disability and by the costs.
In other nations that have state paid systems, the systems themselves will take the nation state down with the costs. At first healthcare costs will push other areas of services into the background and then the state itself into default. All for an idea that does not work.
Modern medicine is not making us more healthy it makes us more poor.
So then what you may ask? What is the alternative?
It is the new science of health that shows us that we are designed by our nature to be fit and healthy as we age.
When I say fit and healthy, I mean that we are designed to still be active and contributing members of society. It does not mean that we don't have wrinkles!
You will most likely to be healthy as you age, provided you fit how you live to you multi-million year old set of rules for healthy living.
In my new book that I plan for Christmas, You Dont Need a Doctor to be Healthy, I will explore this most important aspect of us all gaining our health and finacial freedom.
For if you are healthy as you age - all the costs of being ill go away. You will free of the burden of medicine.