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In Good Health: A position statement on the state of healthcare

I’m all for progress. it’s change I can’t stand. —Mark Twain
 
Am I a proponent of the extreme: that all medicine, doctors and the pharmaceutical and industries are categorically bad?
 
No. Way.
 
Medicine is miraculous. Our human race’s leaps and bounds in the realm of health, healing and, ultimately, longevity are downright extraordinary.
 
Could there be a more exciting time to be alive than right now? I think not—unless you count what lies ahead… and if we continue to keep up the pace of Moore’s Law—that technological advances double approximately every 18 months—can you even begin to wrap your mind around what’s next?
 
This awe-inspiring revolution in technology has given way to medical advances that even a few years ago were purely unfathomable.
 
However, there exists another, equally fervent revolution transpiring in non-traditional medicine, and it’s also being driven by technology.

For the first time in human history, people hailing from Earth’s farthest reaches are finding the opportunity to share their own health experiences with others, and, in turn, read others’ stories about the same. And we’ve run with it–all over the Internet, messageboards, listservs, Facebook pages, you name it, there’s a place where anyone, with virtually any malady, can now go and compare notes with others in the same boat. The commiseration can, of course, be therapeutic, but it’s the possibility of finding answers and new ways to treat illnesses that are so far ahead of the curve, not to mention most any doctor, and you’ll likely get either a blank stare or, worse, immediate rejection of the notion.
 
Standard deviation is expected. Deviation from the standard? Good luck with that. On our brutest, most base level resides an abject fear of change.
 
Although signs of change can serve as harbingers of hope or good things to come, it can also be scary for many a reason, most of which ultimately come down to survival. Vestially, for our ancestors, change more often than not meant the latter.
 
The impermeable empire that is comprised of the pharmaceutical, insurance and medical industries, bankrolled by the world’s most powerful, has the GNP of a good-sized, developed country.
  
It ultimately comes down to survival, right? Consider what’s at stake. Profit margins measuring in the millions—and certainly billions, in some cases.

Yes, yes, I know. This is “In Good Health,” and that’s what this blog will be all about. In this forum, I plan to open what I really hope to be a comprehensive dialog about holistic health.
 
Nevertheless, and as many, many others I know, I had a profoundly harrowing health scare that would serve to change the course of my personal history. And not just in health. In everything. When I opened up my mind to the possibilities of holistic medicine, a paradigmatic shift took place.
 
Given the serendipitous opportunity to cover all things In Good Health here, on this platform, I feel it imperative to share my all-too-real wild ride, partly because it feels great to finally put this story in writing, but also because I hope you’ll do the same.

 Alicia McGarry’s journalistic endeavors began at The Chicago Tribune before her passion for all things Kansas City called her back to her roots. She has written for KC Magazine, The Kansas City Star and LakehomesKC and offers her unique perspective on holistic wellness each month for the readers of Good Health KC.