I just read your SBN pain article [A recurring pain, October 1999] with interest. I have been telling friends and family for years about the circus our medical system has become, but was just written off as a whiner.
Then, after 39 years of excellent health, my wife finally had to enter the game and quickly began to experience the frustration that you and I experienced.
She decided it was more healthy to stay sick.
Although you must have felt you were at your wits ends, you actually found the right doctor fairly early on in the game. I am still chasing the wild goose after decades of this merry-go-round.
Friends, family, associates, churchgoers and fellow sufferers were quick to steer me to their favorite doc who would most certainly be able to fix me right up. I found that these lay referrals only served to provide a never-ending fountain of dead-end avenues chewing up time, money and frustration endurance.
The system cannot be changed with knowledge alone. For years, I have come to feel that I knew more about the diagnosis, symptoms, drugs and alternative treatments for back pain than any doctor I ever met. Certainly I knew more about my pain. Knowledge of the medical system is more important than knowledge of the medical condition, as it turns out.
The real problem is that doctors are a legal monopoly. If you need drugs, surgery or elaborate diagnostics, the only place you can get it is from the system. And you can only get what they say you will get. You have the right to decline service, but you cannot demand it.
You cannot threaten to go somewhere else, because there is nowhere else. So they get away with practices which would doom any other free-market organization overnight.
The same solution that works for runaway government works for runaway health care: The people need to take control. For this to happen, a whole lot more people need to care.
But you and I are a good start, dont you think?
D. Keith Lamb
Micro Resources Inc.
So do something
This letter is in response to your editorial, A recurring pain. I usually scan SBN for any information that may be helpful for me. Your editorial caught my attention.
Actually, Im a little confused by it. By the standards that you set, you may have had a successful experience.
The drugs didnt harm you. You could have had a myelogram. How about exploratory surgery? Your insurance, it covered most of the inflated bills, right? What you went through is a typical scenario. The medical people are looking for a disease. No disease, no pay. They found no disease, so they figured you would get better anyway. You are lucky you did not find a really aggressive specialist.
So you want to change the $1.7 trillion [thats a lot of zeros] medical system? Me, too. However, if you intend to wait for your next issue to develop, then you are actually doomed to repeat the experience you just wrote about. Excuse me for telling you that you will need a completely new way of looking at health, but you do.
As a leader in the business community, let me put it to you this way. If we shifted our consciousness from disease and symptoms, looking for the quick fix, to a proactive health care approach, all levels of productivity would be increased. Fred, if you had a fleet of vehicles, would you rather protect your investment by maintaining them or would you wait until they began to break down? This is the approach to health that you describe in your editorial.
I am a chiropractor. I want you to know that chiropractic is not about pain. Pain is a symptom. Pain is the bodys way of telling us that something is wrong. Chiropractic is about removing the cause of your disease, which is interference to your nerve system, or vertebral subluxation.
The chiropractic you were referred to is actually physical medicine. You tell me, was it different than the physical therapy? There are a lot of my colleagues that treat symptoms. Unfortunately, it is not what chiropractic is about.
Mr. Koury, the time to do the research is now, not when you are having an issue. If you have been in business more than a month, you know that there is usually more to the story than what meets the eye. This is certainly true in the health industry.
To begin with, health comes from within, not from a pill or potion. The nerve system is the most important part of your body. It is the first system to form in the developing embryo. It is the only system with its own protection [skull and vertebra]. You will only get one. It controls every function of every cell in your body.
If there is any interference with its message, you cannot be healthy. Chiropractors are the only profession trained to detect nerve interference. Check it out; no one else in town is talking about the nerve system for health.
Just think, if everyone was concerned with maintaining their health, there would be fewer days missed at work. Employees would be able to concentrate better, make fewer mistakes. The possibilities are endless. You said you could do something about it.
Brian G. Foltz, D.C.
Network Chiropractic Center