It has long been the stance of traditional medicine to follow the lessons learned from past treatment, and to continue to utilize them until a better “recognized” therapy or drug presents itself. While this is a cautious and guarded approached to recovery, there are some patients that will not recover from the conservative approach to devastating and aggressive disease. For those individuals, to go along with the present health care system is a death sentence, with the only chance or hope of wellness coming from new and radical thoughts and treatments outside of “legitimate” medicine. It is in part because of this that many patients with terminal illnesses are tricked by charlatans into pursuing treatments that are of no value, other than to relieve them of their accumulated life savings.
It would appear to a logical observer that there is a distinct need for a bridge to arise between conventional, traditional, and alternative medicine, to combine the best aspects of health and well-being in the pursuit of recovery. While the practitioners of each discipline of medicine debate and defend their positions, the health of countless patients suffers due to the collective arrogance of so-called “highly educated” people, who in some, but not all instances, have forgotten that they have taken a sworn pledge to alleviate suffering. The system has overtaken the patient in status and importance, the outcome for a patient is often irrelevant so long as “normal” procedures of medicine are followed.
It is imperative for any individual inflicted with a serious illness of disease to become knowledgeable in the treatment options available to them, both in terms of conventional thought and alternative and seemingly drastic therapies. A patient must be their own advocate for good health, and refuse to accept a single diagnosis or treatment as the only solution to health issues. Only after collecting and disseminating a large consensus opinion from diverse medical practitioners can a patient make a wise and informed choice as to what is the best avenue to address and achieve a full recovery, if at all possible. An open mind, a willingness to listen closely, and a strong desire for knowledge are perhaps the best tools available to not only the patient, but the treating physician as well.
In the final analysis, we are each responsible for own our lives to a large extent, and to relinquish control of our destiny to any singular individual is just plain foolish.