Towards Sustainable Healthcare

There are times, eg in the case of a broken leg, when conventional treatment is required for part of a healing process. The role of complementary treatment in this case is very important though, it can help to speed up healing and also help the patient to achieve the best possible level of recovery and rehabilitation. In general, there could be an even stronger partnership between doctors, surgeons, nurses and their counterparts in the complementary world. As I write this, we have a situation in Greece where pharmacies are running out of medications. The drug companies haven't been paid and are refusing to supply them any longer. There are also concerns all over the world with the over prescription of antibiotics and the appearance of  "superbugs” for which there will be no antibiotic treatment. We have a situation where patients have starved to death in hospitals in the UK because staff haven’t found the time to make sure they eat. Modern medical practice is over-stretched, tends to treat the symptom rather than the patient and often seems to revolve around the finances of the pharmaceutical companies rather than world health. I’ve treated elderly patients who have been on a dozen different medications at once – who knows how a cocktail like that will react together for anyone? In a world of collapsing resources, surely it's time to start doing as much as possible as simply, gently and sustainably as we can. Maybe before long we will be treating disturbances in the energy field before they even show up as physical symptoms.

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