I am inclined to say even more, but I want to respect those today that are really contributing to medicine like diagnostics, surgeons and genetics. Everything else in the medicine seems to be working by following simple algorithms. You have these symptoms, you get those medicines. This looks to be true especially for general medicine practitioners.
Since I recently started my research on a particular disease, I was convinced that I could gain more knowledge about it than a local specialist by simply looking it up on the Internet in two-three days. You can be surprised how much information you can find, especially if you are an avid user of Internet like me.
It seems to me that modern doctors rarely use this giant library for research purposes and still rely on the books and seminars as a source of knowledge. But medicine knowledge like everything else is developing at a quick pace. I think it can be forgiven for a car mechanic if he doesn't check Internet site of his car manufacturer, but in medicine it's a different story. They are working with human lives and if staying up to date with current findings can increase world-wide survival rate by only 1%... enough said. Just calculate that in human lives.
The real problem comes from big-pharma (how these huge pharmaceutical conglomerates are usually called). At the beginning of last century, pharmaceutical companies started 'helping' medical schools with generous donations in return for just one member in the board. Over the years this influence grew, and medical schools started straying away from traditional medicine practice and more into the pharmaceutical medicine practice, which has led to the next problem.
Medicine cures the wrong thing
When you have an headache you get an aspirin from your doctor. This practice is so common that we are used to it without even thinking about it. But if you think about headache as a symptom of the problem our body is trying to warn us about, things start to get entirely new perspective.
Imagine you are driving a car and an oil light bulb lights up. What do you do? Would you take the bulb out or stop the car and fill the engine with oil? Medicine does the first, it 'solves' the problem by taking care of the symptom. No one in their right mind would chose to do that if they knew what the consequences could be.
And why does medicine work that way? Simply because it is much more profitable. By endlessly curing the symptoms you are putting money in their pockets as long as you live.
In Internet Marketing terms if that's closer to you, pharmaceutical companies are membership sites, where you need to become a member sooner or later despite the membership being very expensive. No wonder big-pharma are richest companies of the world.
Dealing with symptoms rather then problems is not exclusive only to medicine. World politics and terrorism for example. Terrorism is a symptom of a bigger problem, strong countries are trying to deal with by attacking 'terrorist nests' and what not. But you will never be able to clear the world of terrorism no matter what you do, until you remedy the problem behind it, which is usually big oppression and unhappiness in some part of human population. Or until it gets you eventually.
Point is, symptoms are much quicker to deal with then problems. Dealing with problems takes time and demands empathy. And we all know time is money. Simple as that.
Prevention is the key
Leading healthy life style is absolutely the key. Cancer kills millions of people every year, yet there are parts of human population where cancer rarely or never appears like Eskimos and Tibet tribes. The reason is the natural food and stress-free life.
Today you can not go into any supermarket and buy food without conservants or additives. Even if you could, chance is the food or the source of the food is not natural ie. it's genetically modified.
Think about it more and inform yourself. It is your life that will be in question sooner or later. For start I suggest watching the video called Science and Politics of Cancer as a mean of getting another perspective.
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