I'm pretty sure I have tennis elbow. That's a form of tendonitis. Of course, I haven't been to a doctor yet. And I haven't played tennis since 1970. Still, that's my self-diagnosis, and I'm sticking to it.
There are many modalities to healing. Combining experience and knowledge, gut instinct, lifestyle and, most importantly, the individuality of each patient will help counter medical reversals and better our health.
My profession needs to change focus to health and prevention, to system and process. Medicine has a lack of appreciation of the second law and its emphasis on the effect of energy flow on matter. its conceptual framework is shallow. It is dysfunctional. It is illiterate.
A new question is arising with greater frequency in the discussion of how to restrain excessive growth of medical costs. Perhaps, an answer lies in more, better and independent help for patients in making the tough decisions modern medicine presents to them.
When 75 percent of our medical costs are for chronic diseases that are largely due to poor lifestyle habits, where are the studies on prevention? On behavior? On effective patient-doctor or public health strategies?
By spring, strains of the speedy influenza virus will evolve again as virologists race against next season's deadline to create a new vaccine. For all the wonders of modern medicine, nature always seems to be one step ahead of human ingenuity.
There is an implied faith here that if a new drug manufacturer has paid for the research for FDA approval, then it is scientifically proven to be effective. As it turns out, this belief is by no means fully justified.