My years of education and successful completion of all academic requirements granted me the privilege to place the letters “DR.” before my name. There are many people with far more education and credentialing who have published articles and books elevating their status to the tops in our profession. Although I applaud their achievements, it appears these advanced degrees have not helped produce SOLUTIONS to the leading causes of disease. How can an “elite” profession with so many accolades maintain its authoritative status with SUCH A POOR RECORD? We have FAILED at resolving Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders, Cancer, Heart Disease, Strokes, High Blood Pressure, and so many other named diseases yet the consumer continues to come to us and follow our recommendations.
What other profession has a record this poor yet remains unchallenged?
Chiropractic Physicians adjust their patients, Acupuncturists rebalance energy points, Naturopaths provide supplements and herbal remedies, Medical Physicians provide pharmaceutical drugs and the list of health care providers and their services/products goes on. With all of this EXPERTISE,
WHY DO WE REMAIN AN UNHEALTHY NATION?
In my opinion, (we) doctors have lost our focus by failing to define a mission statement of purpose. What goals do we providers set to measure our success and failure of performance? When was the last time any provider sat down without distraction and questioned whether his or her services contributed to advancing a healthier nation?
Just like most people, we wake in the morning and go to work to “do our jobs.” Those three simple words define the word TASK. Maybe this is part of the problem. A task is often viewed as nothing more than a CHORE. How much energy and effort do most of us apply when performing “chores?” They are simply responsibilities we are “required” to do. Once they are completed (regardless of how poorly done) we can move on to doing other activities we WANT to do. The title DOCTOR doesn’t magically change this reality.
Maybe it’s time to introspect and see if this explanation applies to your life (THE READER) as well. How can we make REAL positive strides in life if so much of our time is spent completing “CHORES?” Regardless of our “title” in life, maybe we should ALL:
CREATE A MEANINGFUL MISSION STATEMENT
as a starting point to help create a path to follow. I use the term “meaningful mission statement” because it should NOT be viewed as a CHORE! This statement should create excitement, purpose, positive energy and motivation. It should provide each person the opportunity to ultimately measure success and failure and help identify any modifications in behavior or actions needed to achieve this statement.
Maybe ALL types of doctors should consider including in their MISSION STATEMENTS a sentence relating to services which
PREVENT PATIENTS FROM DEVELOPING CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE
rather than simply maintaining them once they develop. Maybe doctors should include an oath promising to practice a lifestyle of healthy living. They could ACT AS ROLE MODELS and create better awareness so people understand the importance of these lifestyle choices.
There are many challenges facing our nation. In the world of health, it is time we confront them and stop denying they exist!
As doctors, we must decide whether it is more important:
to follow an institutional policy that takes little responsibility in changing and improving the quality of our patient’s lives while financially benefiting from this relationship
to develop a MEANINGFUL MISSION STATEMENT that results in a healthier nation, greater self purpose, greater personal satisfaction and greater pride in a profession choosing to make a quantifiable contribution to our planet.
As patients, we must decide whether it is more important:
to willingly continue to participate in a flawed health care system designed to medicate us for the rest of our lives
to develop a MEANINGFUL MISSION STATEMENT that results in a positive attitude, increased energy, improved overall function and quality living by taking responsibility for our individual roles in achieving and maintaining GOOD HEALTH.