This guest post on Lymeology is a letter I've been writing for a while as a way to express my feelings about conventional medicine. It's an emotional issue for Lyme patients, because the medical establishment has traditionally not been kind to us.
There are many amazing, phenomenal things about conventional medicine. Just today a friend of mine was discussing the miraculous separation of conjoined twins. On the other hand, there are many people with chronic disease who are dissatisfied with our treatment options, which are often only to manage symptoms and have serious side-effects.
Functional and integrative medicine seem to offer us much more, but are not commonly recognized as legitimate.
There seems to be a pervasive narrow-mindedness within medicine these days. There is this idea that unless something can be proven in a double-blind clinical trial, it has no value. We are an over-medicated society, because pills are the easiest thing to test in such a trial. It's not as easy to test diet, exercise, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and massage, but these therapies offer relief with far fewer side-effects.
I'm not asking conventional medicine to drastically change its research and development procedures, but simply to acknowledge there are still so many things we do not understand, and maybe, just maybe, admit they could be wrong about some things.
You can read the full post here:
Open Letter to Conventional Medicine from a Lyme Patient
I know someday Western medicine will be a combination of conventional and alternative approaches, and it will truly be the most innovative healthcare system in the world. However, I think it will take a a great awakening. For the millions of people with chronic illness, I hope it happens sooner rather than later.
"Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits." - Sarah Ban Breathnach
I'm Kerry and I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2016. This is a positive space for those of us coping with Lyme disease and other invisible illnesses.