Anyone that reads my posts knows I write with optimism, a positive attitude, a willingness to “tell it like it is,” and a great deal of compassion for everyone. This writing style comes naturally, because my writing comes from within. I never pre-plan my posts because I enjoy the spontaneity and what it produces. Today’s article will focus on a special Miracle and an unlikely healing.
Healing is an amazing process. Whether we are injured or exposed to opportunistic infections, the body (in most cases) will heal itself without relying on the individual to help. I have written many times that no better doctor will ever be found than the one that resides within our bodies. In the United States, we have been raised believing that western medicine is the “true” healing science required for maintaining and restoring health. Although western medicine has many beneficial components, it is arrogant to believe that we hold the “magic scepter” for “real” health care. To begin with we have successfully ranked LAST out of 11 countries evaluated by the World Health Organization (including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.) We have done so in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014. The point is not to debate our ranking, but rather to expose a likely flaw in our belief that the United States offers the best health care to our patients in the world. Whether it’s arrogance, insecurity or simply naivety, we scoff at other cultures that offer different healing solutions to the same health care problems. A good physician doesn’t rely on the “limited” knowledge and exposure provided by an education. They seek out any and all approaches that offer the best solutions choosing the least invasive and least likely to cause ANY HARM to the body.
Recently a rescue horse named MIRACLE was found bleeding profusely from a 12″ laceration in her leg after colliding with a fence. The injury was so severe that the various veterinarians that evaluated the injury recommended the animal be euthanized. This was the second time in this horses short life where she was facing death. This horse was rescued four years earlier when it was learned she was scheduled to be put down. Stray dogs and cats are not the only animals that face this unfortunate dilemma
Veterinarian “medicine” provided no answers for restoring this horse’s life. One Veterinarian came forward offering an alternative option. He operated on the horse’s leg out in the field and then told the rescuer to apply honey to the leg daily to help with the healing process. This honey came directly from the rescuer’s personal beehive and acted as a natural antiseptic permitting the horses body to heal itself. The rescuer described the healing process, “like silk binding her leg back together.” Miracle survived this traumatic ordeal and remains a thriving animal today.
A doctor’s job is to diagnose and offer treatment options. When a doctor has limited exposure to treatment options, the patient is not going to be provided with many choices. It is important to realize as a patient that all health maladies have MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE. Just because your particular doctor may not be well versed in various non western choices doesn’t make those options any less viable. This horse’s life was saved by one Veterinarian willing to use a non traditional approach to veterinarian medicine. How many human lives could potentially have better outcomes if less traditional approaches were included as choices the patient could choose from? Whether the diagnosis is a cold or cancer, options with good outcomes are available. To believe we must always follow our doctor’s recommendations places our physicians on par with those able to possess omnipotent powers. They are human and bound by the limitations of being human. We should seek their counsel and recognize their expertise and OPINIONS as ONE SOURCE of information as we gather additional information from other credible professional sources to base our final decisions. This self empowering approach which recognizes the individual patient as the arbiter and final decision maker will receive the qualitative benefits this process produces. Ironically, giving the patient the tools needed to make the best decisions for themselves will likely result in an improved World Health Organization ranking for the United States.
For Miracle the real miracle was finding a doctor willing to give her body a chance to heal itself. This doctor performed surgery to prepare the horse’s body to heal itself; not to heal the horse through surgery. This is a profound point because it challenges our current belief system that doctors are responsible for “healing” people. Once we doctors are willing to place our egos outside our practices and recognize the privilege we are given attending to patients seeking our help, our willingness to consult each other and find the best possible answers to approaching health maintenance and health restoration will begin. Our focus will shift from business, from pharmaceutical pressures, from patient volume, from quotas, from disease to where our attention should have ALWAYS been; you, the PATIENT.
Without further adieu, I give you a beautiful MIRACLE.