Posts Tagged ‘doctors’

The Science behind Healing

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

I am writing this blog in advance of a meeting that I have organized at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the lab of my friend and client, Dr. Gary Schwartz. In attendance will be the renowned healer, Dr. and Master Sha, and two of his associates who have been studying the science behind his healing techniques. In addition I have invited a producer for Public Broadcasting Television who specializes in programs about health and wellness. The goal of the meeting is to develop a protocol to scientifically measure and test Dr. Sha’s therapeutic practices. We know he achieves amazing results, but modern doctors and scientists want proof. Otherwise they dismiss his results as “anecdotal, unscientific, the  result of the power of suggestion, the placebo effect” and other derogatory slights which do not honor  not only the results but the science behind the method Dr. Sha has developed over a period of more than twenty years of effective practice.

I do not discount the skeptics. There is such a thing as healthy skepticism and I encourage scientists and conventional western medical doctors to challenge Dr. Sha’s methods and results. It is only by pushing for ever greater clarity that we can make progress on both a scientific and practical level. I am not confident that we will be able to create a controlled scientific double blind experiment that “proves” Dr. Sha’s effectiveness. After all we are dealing with human beings and we cannot put human beings at risk. I am not even confident that we can create a scientifically valid measure of the effectiveness of Dr. Sha’s methodology. I am hopeful that we will provide, at a minimum, some additional evidence and data that other scientists will not be able to ignore and that will encourage additional studies not just of Dr. Sha’s effectiveness but the effectiveness of other unconventional and traditional and non-traditional healers and healing modalities. (more…)

TAKERS AND GIVERS

Monday, October 7th, 2013

On January 20, 1961, a young, newly inaugurated President mobilized and united a country in a short address in which heKennedy_Giving_Historic_Speech_to_Congress_-_GPN-2000-001658 said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  The line resonated with Republicans and Democrats alike.  For a shining moment, we felt the possibilities that emerge when we unite in the spirit of giving.

With the ongoing shut down of the federal government I have been thinking more and more about the role of our “public servants”. I do believe there was a time when giving was the primary reason politicians wanted to be politicians; public service was the reason for running for public office, and most politicians also kept their day jobs. But that time has passed.  Certainly in my lifetime being a politician seems to have been much more about getting than giving.

This shift from giving to getting seems fairly universal today throughout our society. In theory people who become doctors, nurses, firemen, teachers, policeman, attorneys, and yes, politicians do so to help others. Their own compensation, though not irrelevant, was never supposed to be their primary motivation. We leave money grubbing for used car salesmen, investment bankers and ruthless venture capitalists. (more…)

HEALTH: A QUESTION OF BALANCE

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Good health is perhaps the single most important component for a happy life. With the cost of health insurance Vitacontinuing to rise and the uncertainty of the effectiveness or fairness of the Obamacare legislation, Americans are more concerned with health issues than ever before. The costs for hospital stays are astronomical and ninety percent of all health dollars are spent on medical interventions which prolong at most the last six months of life of those who receive primary hospitalization for life-threatening illnesses.

Something has gone wrong, seriously wrong with health care in America.  All Americans and all human beings should have access to basic medical care and treatment. The majority of medical care, if provided at early stages of diseases, can be cost effective and focus on preventative rather than late-stage emergency measures. Part of the problem is that our health care system functions as a profit focused business. This is true for all components of the system from individual doctors to the drug companies to hospital management companies and insurance companies. As a profit-focused business, certain health practices are encouraged whether or not they are the best ways of dealing with patients. A recent Sixty Minutes television program revealed that in many hospitals emergency room doctors were given quotas of the percentage of patients who, regardless of actual need, had to be admitted to the hospital to keep the hospital at maximum profitability. This is wrong on so many levels and ultimately unnecessary, but given our present economic system, perhaps impossible to stop or even control. (more…)