Let’s talk health care! It’s a subject many people are concerned about. Costs have gone up dramatically since I was in my late teens first shopping for my own policy. But the cost of health care isn’t what I’m here to talk about. While that’s a major problem with our current system, what I want to talk about is how our system isn’t really a health care system.
A health care system would want to get to the root of your problem and eliminate it. But that’s not what our system does. It prescribes a drug, often one you have to take for the rest of your life. It doesn’t focus on curing your concern at all. It focuses on masking or eliminating symptoms. You see, what we have is not health care, it’s disease management.
There are many, many reasons our disease management system is built the way it is. The main one though is profit. The FDA’s assertion that only a drug can cure, treat, or prevent a disease creates the standard that addressing a state of dis-ease comes from outside of you. External healing is how you get better. This seemingly simple statement is designed to divorce you from your ability to heal yourself and instead seek out a licensed medical professional, while simultaneously giving licensed medical professionals the corner on the market.
I’m not arguing against your seeing a doctor. But I do want to address why the FDA’s statement is misleading. Let’s explore why we don’t have a health care system, we have a disease management system.