“Medicine has made so much progress that no one is healthy anymore,”
said the visionary writer Aldous Huxley.
Indeed, with all our inventions that we call progress, are we really in a safer life? More comfortable ? More alive? More free ? More peaceful?
Today we are offered an unparalleled opportunity to redefine medicine.
Despite the incredible progress of modern science, technology and allopathic medicine, we are unable to provide quality health care for all. But, in my opinion, what is not accessible to all can not be revolutionary.
Medical science, despite so many achievements and progress, finds difficult to reach all peoples and to cope with diseases and disorders that are increasing. Yet the majority of the world’s population, mostly in developing and underdeveloped countries, lacks access to modern medicine and relies on proven traditional / alternative / complementary medicine systems, many of which are much older than allopathic medical wisdom.
Thousands of therapies are fighting today in a ridiculous quest. Our scientific medicine, certainly more and more conscious, focuses on the cure of diseases and neglects the maintenance of good health. The patient has become an object, an assembly of dissociated and dissonant parts. The patient’s personality and psyche is neglected or relegated to the realm of psychology or psychiatry, which often has difficulty providing real help and the patient’s history is reduced to the history of the illness.
Experimentation, statistics and causal thinking have become the basis of medical research. A Cartesian preoccupation for mechanistic structure and functions according to questionable but undiscussed rules and unsatisfactory, reductive and alienating explanations of the disease are erected as sentences.
Dietetics has lost its broader or anthropological meaning and has come to refer simply to the consumption of food and drink that no one really agrees with, or in the long run. When once this approach was the cornerstone of the art of healing and involved a whole lifestyle.
But slowly, medicine finds the importance of individual and social circumstances in health and the person becomes subject in place of object. The disease begins to find a meaning in place of a cause and it becomes pluricausal. Cosmic influences find a dimension towards which many people turn and, resurrected from materialism, the soul also finds a central place in the approach. Between the rejection of the industrial diet that led to the other end of the scale to orthorexia, between the total loss of confidence in medicine and the self-medication and dangerous experimentation of multiple unreasoned alternative approaches, the equilibrium seeks itself.
In this integrative medicine to come, and based on ancestral wisdom and common sense, life should be encouraged rather than combating disease, or fighting together. The greatest achievements, the beauties of humanity, the greatest works, are they based on hatred … or on love?
Let’s look our achievments from basing our “evolution” on destruction. We put all our energy to fight and not to love. Watch carefully the lexical field of war used outrageously by modern medicine: “fight against cancer”, “campaign against AIDS”, “eradicate the disease”, “threat of cholesterol”, “strategies and protocols”, “bombardment with rays “,” killing cancerous cells “,” anti-biotic “(lit.” against life “). Thus, according to this general perspective, contemporary people associate the disease with the following interpretations: challenge, enemy, punishment, weakness, loss or damage, and find themselves lost, frightened. This can not continue this way, because it is just as destructive as the disease itself.
WHO listens and has developed and launched the “Traditional Medicine Strategy for 2014-2023” emphasizing the integration of traditional and complementary medicines to promote universal health and ensure quality, safety and health. The records of the WHO provide a very relevant and detailed description of the curriculum in terms of criteria and content for osteopathy, naturopathy, Ayurveda and many others, which ultimately should serve as a foundation or standard to standardize or regulate the enormity that is called “alternative / complementary medicine” and what it encompasses.
At a time when pharmaceutical scandals are multiplying, where modern science often seems to lead to a dead end, at the time of the forum on Fakemed targeting traditional medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, in modern times where the diseases of our western way of life are spreading, where people are increasingly questioning how to regain their health, where more and more people are turning to natural and alternative medicines while often lacking sound and scientific discourse; it seemed to me that this project took on its full meaning.
The commercialization of Yoga, the marketing of Ayurveda, the marketing of Chinese, Indian and other ancestral wisdoms, their marginalization under cover of “charlatanism” or “esotericism”, lack of efficiency or “scientific evidence” is a big problem today. It confuses people by diverting the original purpose and generates a distorted view of the medical public.
Yet those of us who have been taught in a certain tradition, those who have enough of this cold and technical medicine that does not replace the physical and psychological human misery it tries to hide, those who do not want to be locked up anymore in a system but take the wealth, the diversity and the authenticity of the medicines of the world, those who have enough of the race to the health and the fear of the disease, those who have enough drugs which do not cure anything and do not palliate that To the symptoms while being iatrogenic, those who are weary of the miracles professed by debilitating alternatives, all of them: are already at work.
And are waiting for you.
· Redefining medicine: The practice of integrative medicine should be based on distinct definitions, should be informed by evidence and evolve from guidelines developed by conventional and complementary medicine experts. Regulate and redefine “alternative” medicines that have become “pseudoscience” or even “charlatanism” by forcing a factual approach that is to say the conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use with real open and effective documentary research, and the application rules and criteria in the evaluation. Redefining the naming and classification of “alternative medicine” to bring together and regulate all medicines under one “integrative” by ceasing cleavage and opposition.
· Promoting Education: Academic leaders and health leaders should provide future practitioners with the knowledge and skills to understand how integrative medicine can be integrated with conventional care to improve the health of the public. Therefore, it is essential to share best practices on how to create strong curriculum opportunities for medical students to experience the systematic teaching of the principles, strengths and limitations of Integrative Medicine. Broaden the knowledge of academics in their degree programs in medicine by integrating hours of training and discovery on the world’s medicines with comparative studies of systems and approaches in a rigorous opening and offer parallel courses recognized for those who wish to specialize . Enrich modern medicine with ancient and oriental medicine while maintaining a critical approach that appreciates each other’s limitations and contributions.
· But also, focus on education and prevention with the general public. Organize meetings and exchanges between hospitals / structures and different practitioners and their approaches at the local level to expand treatment options, offer patients different perspectives and work hand in hand.
· Recognition of Traditional Healing Systems (Alternative / Ancestral Medicine): Traditional healing practices are an important and often underestimated part of health care. They are found in almost every country in the world and the demand for its services is increasing. Research that contributes to evidence-based decision-making is imperative for developing a cohesive and integrative approach to health care that enables governments, health professionals and, most importantly, those who use health services, to access it safely and respectfully. Promote freer access to the range of health care in integrative medicine and especially freer speech, with transparency, listening and collaboration of their doctor. Forcing the government to protect the right of patients to decide on the nature of the treatments they want (conventional and / or complementary medicine) and the opportunity for physicians to accompany their patients in their safe treatment choices. Greater clarity and accessibility to all therapeutic care of “Integrative Health”.
· Science and consciousness: Rehabilitating the patient as subject and not object. To reintegrate the person and the living into the heart of any process combining consciousness and science beyond logic, Cartesian and materialistic reasoning. Recognize and integrate the arts and expression (music, visual arts, writing, singing, dance, etc.) into integrative therapeutic interventions to achieve optimal health and healing. Set up a new, more “holistic” diagnostic and listening system.
With this in mind, the signed petition is ultimately intended to be formally submitted to the Government and the various major players (High Authority of Health, WHO, major universities, etc.) having influence in the field, in the Francophonie and elsewhere.