Hippocrates thought convalescence was important to recovery and health. For convalescence to happen, sickness must come first. This places sickness as part of the natural order of life.
Today, Western medicine attempts to skip the natural order; take immunizations as an example. The chief idea is to use technology to prevent pain, save healthcare costs for society, get people back to work more quickly, and enrich the entrepreneurs that bring us the magic.
Vaccinations are a technological attempt at a preemptive, hurry-up offense to dictate to nature. They are essentially the opposite of the Hippocratic, or Benelles approach, which is to seek health in a slow, steady, long-term manner.
The top two causes of death in the United States are heart disease and cancer. But few people realize the third leading cause of death: medical treatment.
Iatrogenesis is harm caused by doctors. It’s not a word most Americans are familiar with, because they trust doctors to make prudent health decisions. But if prudence were happening, iatrogenesis would not be the third leading cause of death.
Truthfully, 225,000 annual deaths caused by doctors is low-balling (Starfield 2000). Much heart disease and cancer has been caused by medical treatment but the difficulty of proving that leads to undercounting. If we could magically trace people’s cancer and heart disease to the original damage, medical treatment would probably be the leading cause of death in our country. In fact, a group of doctors already believes this; that conventional medicine is causing over 780,000 deaths a year (Null et al 2004).