A Healthy Discussion
It’s been hot this summer, but the heat of August has been surpassed by the heat of the health care debate radiating around the country. Having followed the debate and its labyrinthine logics, it feels right to focus in on the role simplicity and traditional medicine play in maintaining or regaining one’s health. To get started, let’s listen in to what two prominent voices for progressive health care are saying: Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil.
In his recent article, Health Care and Daniel in the Liar’s Den, Deepak Chopra says:
“I keep thinking about the road less traveled: taking responsibility for your own wellness. That’s the ultimate way to cut costs for individuals and families. If you sincerely investigate what diet, exercise, meditation, stress reduction, and natural treatments are all about ...” you’ll be insuring yourself against the ill effects of poor personal decisions and industrial medicine.
As a provider of Oriental Medicine (which includes acupuncture, Chinese medical herbs, 5 Element diet and nutrition, and Chi Kung) I agree with Deepak Chopra whole-heartedly; an agreement based on professional, personal and family experience.
Dr. Andrew Weil also has weighed in strongly on the need for a more personal and insightful approach to health and well-being. In his several recent articles he raises an interesting point:
“Since when is it conservative to embrace new, overpriced, corrupt systems like the health-destroying and ruinously expensive protocols of much of modern medicine?“Conservative” has several meanings, but two central ones are “favoring traditional views and values,” and “avoiding excess.”
He goes on to say that we need to be “philosophically conservative” in our approach to health care by “restor(ing) core values of medicine that were strong in the past, such as a reverence for the healing power of nature and the importance of the therapist-patient relationship.”
This is the approach I’ve been following my whole adult life and is exactly how I practice Oriental Medicine at BIOM. For example, when someone is having a health problem, the first, easiest, least costly, and least painful step to take is to see how simple things like diet (5 Element Eating) and exercise (Chi Kung) can be used as a catalyst for cure. At the same time acupuncture (with or without needles) and Chinese medical herbs rebalance and strengthen the internal organs to help the body regain and maintain its health.
The objective of Oriental Medicine is to get the body’s energy balanced, and strengthen the organs to be able to generate the power you need to live a healthy, happy, productive life.