Thrasymachus wrote: You don't see many doctors out there at the front line presenting medical objections against pollution from the new factory opening near a residential area, opposing new highways which will cause lung problems from all the increased particulate matter in the air, opposing the increasing work hours most people are undertaking which always takes a bodily and psychic toll, opposing nuclear plants, or doing anything in general to promote health in a preventative matter.
This struck me as a really interesting point. While I appreciate modern medicine in the event of trauma and injuries, their main objective does seem to be damage control. They are certainly not championing the cause for a healthier and environmentally safer community. I find it ironic to be in the hospital waiting room next to a vending machine full of junk food and sugar drinks.
I've been scoffed at by medical 'specialists' for inquiring if there was an alternative to taking HRT (hormone replacment therapy). And don't even get me started about the number of doctors who've expressed 'concern' about being a vegetarian - if the people looking after our health believe in the propaganda from the big business meat, dairy and sugar industries (and not even talking about big pharma kickbacks) then it's hardly surprising we're getting fatter and sicker.
I get it - the job of doctors is to cut you open and sew you back up & get the bed freed up asap - but then what? This is what bothers me, there's a total disconnect between modern medicine and you, as not just a body part but a person with feelings and a history and lifestyle. I'm yet to feel like I've ever been treated like a 'whole person' by a medical professional.. just a body part or a diagnosis or a test result that that matches up with pricey medications.
What I'd like to see is doctors who recognise they can only offer a 'damage control' service - and are taught about traditional medicines/alternative therapies enough to offer a choice of referrals for preventative and holistic health care(instead of laughing in your face when you ask if there are alternatives to meds or surgery). It's a pretty big ask, but more likely (imo) than doctors taking diet, mental health, lifestyle and preventive health seriously themselves.