One of the tragedies of modern life is that the so-called health care system knows virtually nothing about health.
It is actually a trauma and disease care system, and with some of these conditions, particularly trauma, it does astonishingly well.
Yet, what about chronic conditions like the ones I have addressed at Whole Woman, namely pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, chronic hip or knee pain?
For these common women’s health issues, the system is worse than useless. Their “treatments” are notoriously ineffective and unreliable, anatomically inaccurate, horribly invasive, and frequently do permanent damage to the woman’s quality of life.
How can this be?
There are three reasons for this. And while the situation may be marginally better in countries with free national medical care, “western” medicine has become the global de facto standard, so the same problems persist around the globe.
First, western medicine evolved during the industrial revolution.
Henry Ford’s famous comment about the available colors of his early automobiles, “Any color you want as long as it’s black” characterizes the mass production mindset that emerged from the huge productivity boom that was the industrial revolution.
In medicine, this has translated into “standards of care”, pre-determined and defined algorithms for treatment of virtually all diseases and conditions.
We’ve had many customers visit their gynecologist some months after starting the Whole Woman work. When the puzzled gynecologist can’t find the prolapse that was prominent just months earlier, and the woman whips my book or one of my videos out of her purse to explain why the prolapse has gone, only to have the doctor walk away saying, “I don’t want to know”,
it is a slap in the face from someone who is supposed to be caring for us. “It wasn’t taught in medical school and therefore it doesn’t exist”, the doctor will often exclaim. Another classic response we hear is, “You never had prolapse in the first place!”
The medical system is actually a prison for doctors. They dare not step a millimeter outside the boundaries of standards of care for fear of
- the derision of their peers and loss of reputation
- loss of visiting privileges at local hospitals
- potential massive legal liability
all of which are potentially deadly for a medical practice.
Standardized treatment protocols are a double edged sword. On the one hand, they protect patients from creative but possibly incompetent, or worse, psychopathic practitioners. On the other hand, standards of care profoundly inhibit the emergence of new and better treatment processes, especially if they are inexpensive and don’t involve drugs or surgery.
This inhibition is further supported by those who control what happens in medicine, the major drug and surgical device manufacturers, who largely control the medical school curriculum, and therefore the standards of care.
They also fund the bulk of medical research, which is then circulated in peer-reviewed medical journals with known and unequivocal publication bias.
Ultimately the problem with medicine is that while it wears the trappings of science, it is practically and functionally, a business.
Consider for a moment that in the US, for every dollar that changes hands, whether it’s a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a multi-billion dollar defense contract, roughly eighteen cents of each and every dollar winds up being funneled into the medical system, either through insurance or direct payments.
What that means is the economic scale of the medical system is huge!
The kinds of money flowing through the system profoundly impacts the culture of medicine.
For example, there was a time, not long ago, if you had a hip or knee problem, or a broken limb, it would be treated with a cast, braces, exercises, traction, massage, or a variety of effective, non-invasive techniques.
The doctors who practiced this type of orthopedics bitterly fought (and lost) a hundred-year-long war with the doctors who wanted orthopedics to be a surgical specialty.
The surgeons won for a very simple reason. Money.
An orthopedic surgeon can treat (and be paid for) many times the number of patients an “old fashioned” orthopedist could treat. Furthermore, hospitals spend millions of dollars building and maintaining high tech operating theaters. These investments only earn a return when a surgeon is in there with their staff of nurses, anesthesiologists, and assistants.
Surgeons are driven to do surgery, and they are supported and encouraged by hospitals, universities, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Anyone who has invested a decade or so of their life, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in their education to become a surgeon in the exceedingly competitive and demanding environment of medicine, wants to do surgery.
Who in the system is interested in simple, inexpensive methods for self-care that a women can administer herself without doctor visits or surgery?
Absolutely no one.
So we have
- the mass production culture of medicine,
- the economic interests of the drug and surgical device manufacturers who largely control how medicine gets practiced, and
- the economic and professional interests of the doctors themselves, who have zero interest in simple, natural healing methods.
The only conclusion we can reach is that if a woman is struggling with a chronic condition, the only help she can expect from the medical system will involve drugs and/or surgery.
I learned this the hard way when in the early 90s I was talked into a bladder suspension surgery to “fix” a very minor incontinence problem as an adjunct to a fibroid removal operation. You probably have heard the phrase, “While I’m in there anyway…”
Imagine my horror upon discovering two weeks later that my cervix was sticking an inch and a half out of my body! And through my subsequent research that profound uterine prolapse is virtually always the inevitable result of the deeply misconceived bladder suspension I had been subjected to.
Refusing the hysterectomy I was told was now essential, I faced a ten-years long, lonely, and painful search for a way to understand what had been done to me, and how I could naturalize my pelvis. I was blessed to find my answers, and even more blessed to share those answers with thousands of women around the world.
My point is simply this. The medical system is best at treating acute conditions like trauma. For chronic conditions, however, you are likely to be best served by looking elsewhere for solutions you can integrate into your self-care.
And if you need to draw on the medical system for care, never passively accept what you are told. Doctors are notorious for virtually never explaining all the potential risks and long-term consequences of their treatments, and cannot discuss the non-medical alternatives available at all!.
You wouldn’t stand by passively while someone hurt your children. Why would you be any less diligent about protecting your own precious and miraculous body?
A long time friend and supporter of Whole Woman recently wrote on our forum in response to a woman considering hysterectomy, “I was half-tempted to get “No Hyst” tattooed on my belly, lest there be any doubt about my wishes if I couldn’t speak for myself…”
Only at Whole Woman will you discover anatomical truths that the medical system has concealed from women for over a century. And only at Whole Woman will you find real and anatomically accurate solutions to prolapse, incontinence, and chronic hip and knee pain.
For more information on these natural alternatives to surgery, please download my article “Why Kegels Don’t Work”? by clicking the link below. Thank you.