Gentlemen and Ladies, Brothers and Sisters..People, whoever you are and wherever you are Welcome to the Truth Prescription
No Mantras, No Gimmicks, Just the Truth:
Let’s get into this.
As we advance more and more technologically, these advances have permeated almost all aspects of our lives. Most things nowadays are either “smart” or on the verge of becoming such. The “Internet of Things” has made some of its greatest advances in the medical field. You know how I feel about the truth, so I will be the first to admit that not all of these advancements have been the best and a few of them I could actually do without — however, one of the most interesting areas of growth is the access to information.
With the Internet, we have access to an endless amount of information within a matter of seconds. It has provided all of us with a greater sense of autonomy and control over things that are important. We are able to educate ourselves and be provided with a stronger sense of confidence to engage in conversations that may have once been more challenging or ask for greater clarity when there is a conflict between something we’re studying versus something we’re being told. This is something I experience regularly with my patients — now (as always) bringing it back to the truth, I will be the first to admit that I am not always a fan of having my years of medical training challenged by random blog posts. At the same time, it’s my duty to advocate for my patient’s health and, while defending my positions may not be on the top of my list of things to do, I have to check my ego and go about the work of effectively communicating, ensuring that they understand and are comfortable with our plan of action.
While we’ve experienced such growth and advancement in Western medicine, access to information has also created a greater influence of the Eastern approach to healing. That’s another interesting conversation to have with patients and I will tell you, just like I tell them- there is room for a comfortable reconciliation of both modalities. My second guest, Duke Garone, summed it up nicely during our discussion of health, fitness and wellness — “Everything has its place. Eastern medicine says drink these teas and it will help reduce your chances of you having an asthma attack; Western medicine gives you an inhaler. There’s a place for both ,drink the teas and keep your inhaler with you because if you’re having an asthma attack, don’t drink tea.”
What I love about that is it encompasses multiple truths — we can often get stuck in a single way of being, under the guise that ours is the only truth. There are some things that are pure fact and, without question, are the only truth. Then there are also others that are more personal truths and we do ourselves a disadvantage when we place a higher value of our “teas” over someone else’s “inhaler” — think of the progress obtained if we made room for both in our lives. Think on it.
Thank you for taking the time to open your ears to these words. As I always say — the truth will set you free, if you let let it!