Emergency treatment would include repairing a compound fracture, stitching a laceration, treating a heart attack, providing a blood transfusion, etc.
Actual emergencies are rare. And currently, our healthcare system is handling emergency treatment without major needs of reform. The one problem would be a tendency to overreact instead of providing careful observation. For instance, poisonings and head injuries are often over-treated, causing further harm.
Overall grade for emergency treatment: B+
Non-emergency treatment is temporary in nature but usually sudden. Included in this category would be food poisoning, poison ivy, sinus infections, and the flu.
In many cases, a sudden onset of feeling bad is virus-driven. And with treating viruses, our healthcare system has the problem of pretending to do more than it can. A virus must run its course, the primary solutions being rest, light exercise, and proper diet.
Even worse, radiation is used liberally. Common bronchitis or sinus infection might incur x-rays, plus antibiotics, when a virus responds to neither. Repeat these treatments once or twice a year for 15 years, and you’ve done some serious, unnecessary DNA damage. If it’s a young lady on this course who damages her reproductive DNA, she’s also damaging her potential for children…in return for no health benefit.
In non-emergency situations, our healthcare system is not transparent about risk. For instance, before childbirth, most women are not clearly told that an epidural is strongly associated with urinary incontinence (Serati et al 2008). A woman might wish to consider the emotional pain of incontinence against short-term pain relief. To facilitate sober analysis, our healthcare system should pay a doctor as much for a clear risk analysis delivered to a patient as for an epidural.
Often, what people need most in non-emergency situations is a nice, clean placebo effect. Instead, they’re getting a dirty placebo effect, dangerous to benelles, and likely to cause chronic disease down the road.
Overall grade for non-emergency treatment: D
Chronic conditions come on over long periods of time, and include: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, lupus, and Alzheimer’s.
Treating chronic conditions is where our healthcare system is failing us the worst. Here are a few main causes of its failure:
- lack of knowledge of benelles
- lack of ability to make structural changes
- lack of an evidence-based focus
Lack of knowledge. The surest foundation of health is a supply of fresh young cells with healthy DNA. Such “good cells” are benelles.
Chronic disease comes with loss of benelles, which could come from: age, lack of circulation, consumption of chemicals, exposure to radiation, environmental pollution, etc.
Benelle protection is not a goal of our healthcare system. Benelles are not defined or measured in the current system, which moves straight to drugs, radiation, and surgery.
Lack of ability. When a patient with chronic disease steps into our healthcare system, the system seeks to use technology to override biology.
For instance, a chronic heart failure patient will be put on prescription drugs that try to control fluid levels and blood pressure, but which make kidney benelles sick and reduce circulation. This might, in turn, lead to a heart transplant, which would be followed by permanent medication to suppress benelles. Suppression of benelles by biotechnology wrecks the intelligent, swift system of benelles.
Lack of evidence. For instance, a heart patient will be told to stay away from tea and coffee to avoid their diuretic effect, then will be put on prescription diuretics which present dangers.
Here’s another example. Evidence shows coffee may be our best defense against Alzheimer’s, but coffee can’t get government backing, despite offering equal-or-greater benefit than expensive drugs.
A notable strength of our system in this category is joint replacements, one-time structural changes. But joint replacements are not enough to prevent a failing grade in this category.
Overall grade for chronic condition treatment: F
In summary, the system is failing. It creates treatments which are likely to increase chronic disease, and treats chronic disease unsuccessfully. The logical option to solve this poor treatment and high cost is for national healthcare to add a new path.
Serati M et al “Prospective study to assess risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction after delivery” Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica. 2008; 87: 313318. doi: 10.1080/00016340801899008