Social-Innovation1 Part 11As I was listening to a Q&A session during a health conference, I heard a Will Rogers quote that struck a chord. He stated:

“a man’s mind is changed by experience, not by argument.”

I thought to myself this means, “without experience mankind is willing to resist greater abundance and greater opportunities?” Where is the disconnect between cognitive awareness and the inability to apply practical modifications without experience? Have we truly sacrificed our ability to see new realities without pre-existing experiences? Have we grown so fearful of change we are willing to sacrifice self improvement and self worth for social “stability?”


What makes us follow a destructive path to the point we must experience PAIN (whether it’s physical or emotional pain?) Why must we travel this far before considering changing course? Why doesn’t knowledge (education) and witnessing other people’s experiences help us navigate life’s choices reducing unnecessary stress, frustration and failure?

The BEST answer (as well as the WORST answer) for this phenomenon is:


We place ourselves in the role of helpless, powerless, non entity bystanders living a life without forethought. We place greater value in seeking approval from society and blending with it, than questioning societies motives and taking personal responsibility for the actions we live by. There is a belief that this approach keeps order and stability within our varying cultures. In reality, it prohibits independent creative thinking further diminishing an individual’s commitment to themselves. This concept has been imposed on us with such magnitude we become unwilling to accept the truth until we EXPERIENCE the PAIN OURSELVES. Even then society has taught us to turn to other people for answers, for this acts as a barrier to safeguard the current patterns in life we follow.

For example, if a person develops high blood pressure, they seek medical advice to solve their problem. The medical establishment maintains its influence over society by providing “THE ANSWER” to high blood pressure in the form of a synthetic drug taken for the rest of the person’s life. The next person found with high blood pressure follows the same regimen with the same outcome. Why does the individual have so little belief in the integrity and intelligence of their own body they are willing to blindly follow the advice of these medical physicians to remain on drugs (without any chance of cure) for the rest of their lives? The answer:



If I may be so bold as to provide an alternative answer to “IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY” by taking Will Rogers statement and modifying it to read:

“a man’s mind can be changed by argument (intelligent discussion) and reinforced by experience.”

This approach restores individual creativity, responsibility and provides the incentive to regain control over one’s body as well as one’s mind. It avoids the ongoing destructive patterns so many have faced from generation to generation by abstaining from (blindly) following a society imposing its pressures to follow “traditional ways” of thinking and behaving. It opens the mind to accepting new truths and new ideas that seek actual solutions by providing the tools necessary for the body to heal itself rather than artificial synthetic substances that compete with the body (often causing additional complications and symptoms) to create temporary changes.

This new approach lets REASON guide our decision making rather than relying on our traditional need of EXPERIENCE. This leads to a greater sense of SELF EMPOWERMENT and SELF CONFIDENCE making it possible to take back CONTROL OF OUR LIVES. Health care professionals begin providing OPTIONS rather than simply mandating “prescriptive solutions.” Our new intelligence recognizes the potential conflicts of interest that perpetuate a “pharmaceutical only remedy.”

This new awareness creates resistance to our traditional approaches in health because we see the limitations they impose on us. At this stage in this transitional thinking words regain meaning and alternative actions become real solutions. We are no longer metaphorically shackled to the need to  “EXPERIENCE PAIN” before considering altering our course in life. Opening one’s mind to this REALITY opens new doors to endless possibilities.

Would you rather remain a passive participant in life controlled by those benefiting from your reluctance to think independently or become a critical thinker balancing options put forth and taking responsibility for directing your own life?

The title of this post asks:


I suggest the answer may be:

The willingness to LISTEN; TRULY LISTEN and utilize those ideas that help define our purpose, meaning and direction in life.



  1. That a wonderful post!! so well said.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I’m enjoying your writings and their influence on society.

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  2. This post brings your readers great truth. When I was diagnosed with T2D I felt 1. ashamed. 2. foolish. 3. hopeless. and 4. powerless over the disease. I went through stages of denial and disbelief. Finally, I got angry! I was not going to deal with this the same way my mom and sister and grandmother had! I was going to make my first point of attack food and exercise. I intuitively thought that was right, because to my way of thinking it was bad food choices and a couch mentality that got me where I now found myself. I could go on and on with my explanation of what happened to me along the way, but suffice it to say that if I had followed traditional thinking and my PCPs advice on this one, I would be on meds and dealing with the complications they bring to a body, instead of where I am: T2D still, but healing through diet and exercise.

    I hope to lose the rest of the weight I need to lose to be within a healthy weight category. I believe I can. Its just a matter of time and effort on my part.

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    1. What a great story of SELF EMPOWERMENT!. You approached your diagnosis from a unique perspective and continue to EFFECTIVELY heal your body by providing it the tools needed to restore it to a state of balance and healthy function (without pharmaceutical intervention.) Although it requires a good deal of effort, this commitment to “self” will be worth it. You will experience the quality of life you choose to live. You should be very proud of all you’ve accomplished.


  3. Elaine · · Reply

    I really like your retooling of the Einstein quote. I believe that is so true!

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  4. Although I agree with the accuracy of Einstein’s message, acceptance of its meaning results in continued complacency. We cannot afford (physically or emotionally) to live our lives the way we do. I am beginning to see more readers “stepping up to the plate” and accepting responsibility for their plight as well as their ongoing solutions. This message will resonate as more people become disillusioned with traditional approaches to health and life.

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  5. This week I came across a quote which I was going to use for my own blog – but I’ll share it here first because it seems appropriate.

    “Information is pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience”.
    – Clarence Day (1874 – 935)

    It seems to me that some humans have a natural tendency towards complacency (in many facets of life) unless faced with an immediate threat to themselves or others. Are all humans like this?

    Do we know if other cultures/tribes or primitive people pro-actively took responsibility for their well-being and health?

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    1. I knew your comments would be an asset for readers interested in participating in the quality of their own health!
      Where does information come from? It usually originates from some source of experience. The problem I see in patient care starts with the belief that “TRUTH” and/or “BEHAVIORAL CHANGE” is based on the experience of PAIN. Until our actions produce enough of a negative response, behavior remains (basically) unchanged. Shifting paradigms to producing healthier outcomes often involves sacrificing the FREQUENCY of habitually unhealthy patterns. We must begin LISTENING TO WORDS and thinking in terms of the “BIG PICTURE” before blindly following behaviors known to produce damaging results.
      To simplify this response (while likely offending some) we need to be less “child like” (SPOILED) pursuing our “perceived” WANTS, in favor of qualifying our “actual” NEEDS and responsibly providing them. Whether it’s food, exercise, proper water consumption, etc… we must begin to understand these IMPORTANT SELF IMPOSED DECISIONS (based on our understanding of WORDS/EXPLANATIONS) and their impact on our quality of life. This needs to be the bases of living healthier AND happier lives. Relying on the need to EXPERIENCE slow gradual irreversible damage before modifying one’s life must no longer be seen as a viable choice.
      As far as primitive man is concerned, there were significantly less “man made” choices. People relied on the instincts of survival to direct their behavior. Innate intelligence guided their responses to satisfying the “need” over the “want.” Today, technology has blocked our innate intelligence by creating hormonal imbalances driving people to REACT rather than RESPOND to their environment. Until we face the reality that we have become a society surviving to satisfy our addictions in place of our physical and emotional needs, the problem will continue to grow.
      Thank you for sharing your ideas and contributing to the need for positive changes in all our lives.


  6. Great blog! Good follow up, would be how the Rockefellers influenced the Medical schools to push pharmaceuticals as opposed to a natural preventative approach.

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    1. Carnegie and Rockefeller were powerful figures in history with great controversy surrounding their lives. Their historical contributions are greatly responsible for the current approach to medical care today.
      In an attempt to remain objective and offer credible information the average person can utilize, I have approached the topic of “health care” in a manner that most people can relate to. My diplomacy sometimes falters, but my honesty and integrity remains steadfast. I will continue to share information I consider relevant and beneficial to quality living and help everyone interested in recognizing the value of lifestyle modifications and disease prevention.

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  7. Doc, one of your highlighted quotes was “Its always been this way”. It would be an interesting perspective to find out why its always been this way…sometimes “the ax needs to be laid to the root of the tree”.

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    1. It seems in most people’s lives, the “ax” is the symptom creating a reality to a problem. Why people need to wait for the symptom is the unfortunate nature of our culture. We do not use the term PRO-ACTIVE much. Hopefully, hammering these points home creates enough thought to help people recognize better choices in life exist.

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  8. Unfortunately, as you say, “it’s always been this way” This type of thinking keeps people from being proactive when it comes to their health. It also lets this accept doctor’s prescriptions and advice without questioning the possible side effects.

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    1. I’m hoping if people see it doesn’t have to continue to always be this way, some will opt for better choices. It all comes down to the value we place on our health and our lives.

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  9. good post!!! as always…kat

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    1. Thank you, Kat. 🙂


  10. I love that quote and to be honest, I have to say that I am in that camp. To my mind we all talk a good game but until we are ready to experience the other side of the argument, nothing will touch our lives. Maybe this is more for the compassion-less people of the world but as the saying goes “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” and there are plenty of elitist “I’m alright Jack” people in this world that could do with experiencing the other side of life.

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    1. I believe in the “round world theory.” Whether you are poor or rich, if you “do wrong,” it will come back to bite you in the a_ _. Those believing themselves superior to this belief often wind up with difficulty sitting from all the bite marks they’ve been exposed to. 😉

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      1. I like to think that too Doc. Here’s to a lot of uncomfortable folks with bite marks on their backsides!!

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  11. “a man’s mind can be changed by argument (intelligent discussion) and reinforced by experience.” Agreed but the majority of people have closed minds eg not open to even engaging in intelligent discussion. They have their ‘version of any story’ and most don’t even check where that came from ie church, state, parent they didn’t like, etc. And until we can engage in intelligent conversation with ourselves and where our ideas and opinions come from I think most people really are not interested in change until a crisis hits them … then they have to look deeper.

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    1. I don’t know if I agree that most people have closed minds. Most people are used to following a patterned life, therefore, altering this pattern may cause stress. If people are shown (rather than told) a different pattern and truly believe it will create a better outcome, they will be less resistant to change. If they do not truly believe they will benefit, they will likely remain steadfast in original patterns. The burden falls on those providing the information and their ability to clearly communicate a message worth changing for. I am not convinced that detriment must be experienced before a new path is traveled. I hope not anyway.


  12. Well every living person knows that good diet and exercise will keep them healthier and prolong their life; we all know that drinking and smoking will shorten our life BUT …!?
    Behavioural patterns are very ingrained and tricky to challenge. With years of professional experience in helping people to change I know that an intervention during a crisis does increase the probability of a preferred outcome. Being non-judgemental and available; group work where peers can challenge each other or present viable alternatives in a less threatening manner … we all have options and choices. Please share what techniques or timing that you have found most beneficial?

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    1. I have never approached this topic with any formal technique (although I’m sure many are effective.) First, people must be responsive to change. Without this, failure is certain. I have spoken with people in a manner to have them identify the need for changes in behavior. I have asked questions that have created answers (FROM THEIR MOUTHS) and simply agreed with their opinion. This approach has reduced the typical defensive posturing while reinforcing a new thought process the patient has expressed. It is much easier to gain compliance when the patient’s own words determine a new direction to follow.

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