(Note: This is the first of quite a few posts that I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. These topics are controversial, which is why I’ve hesitated to share what I’m learning. I don’t like arguing and debating, so this is really just me sharing my heart with you. These are things I wish I had known years ago and I hope they will bless, encourage and challenge many of you!) 🙂
“Follow the doctor’s orders.”
“Just do what the doc says and you’ll be fine.”
“Doctors know what they’re doing so we’ll just have to trust them.”
You’ve heard these things before, right? We’re taught that doctors are in a league of their own. They are practically worshiped in our culture and questioning the knowledge or wisdom of somebody in the medical community is looked upon as blasphemy. Even most Christians act like the word of a doctor is equal to the word of God. Modern medicine is treated like a religion and the doctors as our infallible priests.
I can imagine what an Old Testament passage in the Bible would read like if it were to describe us. Something along the lines of, “They worship the creation, rather than the Creator. They trust in the foolish wisdom of man, rather than the wisdom of God and they sacrifice their bodies and the bodies of their children to the greedy ambitions of wicked men.”
Here’s the thing. Doctors are just plain ol’ humans, just like the rest of us. They are fallible. They make mistakes. They don’t know everything. They are sinful, just like us. There are godly, wonderful, kind, compassionate doctors, just like there are the same kind of people in every single other profession on this earth. There are also greedy, selfish, lazy ones, just like in any other profession.
People seem to think that if a person is a doctor (or some other medical professional) that they somehow can only possibly be motivated by wanting the very best for each and every patient, no matter the cost to themselves. Sorry, but being a doctor doesn’t change that “there is none righteous, no not one.” There are some godly doctors, but being a doctor does not make a person godly and it certainly doesn’t make them a god.
Even the very purest of hearts in the medical community are still limited by the training that their brains receive. Yes, many doctors have training to help people in ways that were unimaginable until this last century. Open-heart surgery to save a baby with a heart defect. The ability to put broken bones back into place so that a person isn’t crippled for life after a horrible accident. But what about things like cancer, autoimmune diseases, obesity, diabetes and all of the many chronic diseases that plague our culture?
For the most part, doctors are trained to treat sick people, not to make them well. Their training is to order surgeries, prescribe toxic drugs and just keep “treating” a person for the rest of that person’s very unhealthy life. They are not trained in how to actually discover the problem, correct it and bring that person back to vibrant health. It’s being done every single day outside of the medical community, so why aren’t doctors being taught how to truly heal a person?
Follow the money. Medicine is not a charity, it’s a business. As well-meaning as so many doctors are, they are employees of the medical community. Healing people doesn’t make money. Treating people for life makes money. It brings in many billions of dollars a year. Healing people would crush that money-making business. And so we continue on as sick patients, drugged and dependent, trusting our all-knowing doctors to heal us when they’ve only ever been trained to “treat” us for life. We are trapped by a lack of knowledge and a blind faith in the wrong things.
In spite of all of that, I am not “anti-doctor.” We see a doctor when the need arises. What breaks my heart is seeing all the pain and suffering and death caused by doctors practicing what they are taught when there are much, much better ways. The trick is to realize that many times money is made by things that aren’t best for the patient. To know when that is, we have to understand what I’ll talk about in the next post: Medicine is a Business, Not a Charity