What results do you want to experience as you work with your healthcare providers? What do you want to experience as your physical, emotional and mental aspects are influenced by the impact of “medicines?” If you were doing a vision board, journaling, or talking with friends about your journey to well-being, how would you describe your ideal journey? Big pharma is big business.
This article about how big pharma works demonstrates that your needs, wants and dreams of well-being and the road to well-being may not be aligned with the focus of the pharmaceutical industry. Big pharma is big business. Their number one priority is to make a profit and return value to shareholders. To do that, they have to have products for which there is continual increased demand – meaning increased consumption. If people actually “graduated” and eliminated the root causes of their lack of well-being, that would create a significant challenge for big pharma to continually increase consumption.
Big pharma makes money by creating diseases. When there is a “disease” then there is an associated diagnosis code. This code is like a magic wand in the power triad paradigm of pharma, allopathic medicine and health insurance. Having a diagnosis code drives what treatment MDs prescribe, and, if the insurance company agrees the prescription or treatment is suitable for that diagnosis code, then the insurance company divvies up the available funds. Creating diseases creates the opportunity for new “medicine” that insurance companies will then deem acceptable treatment for disease management. There’s rarely anything in this power triad geared toward eliminating the root cause of what has gone awry and thus at some point eliminating the need for the “medicine.”
Symptom or problem? In contrast, traditional medical systems, like Chinese, Ayurveda and Homeopathy, view human experiences like depression, acid indigestion and even high blood pressure as indicators, symptoms, or simply as information about underlying imbalances. These were not diseases until there were pharmaceutical pills to “manage” the disease. A recent article in Spirituality & Health magazine about new research states “The take-home message is that gut bacteria influences anxiety-like behavior . . ..” Traditional medical sciences understood this connection. Allopathic medical research is quite literally about 5,000 years behind. Your choice in medical sciences and services will greatly impact whether your experiences are viewed as symptoms or problems. With no disease to manage, there’s no pharmaceutical to consume, no big pharma companies to support, and no divvying up of the funds ‒ because it’s highly likely whatever you are doing isn’t considered acceptable treatment under your insurance policy, even if you’re actually feeling better.
Knowledge is power: create your action plan Knowing the goals of big pharma can put you in the driver’s seat for your care. Here’s what you can do:
• Look at the list of these new diseases and even become aware of the range of ailments classified as diseases. If your practitioner says you have one of these, before accepting that these are diseases to be managed, ask yourself if you feel, deep inside, if what you’re experiencing is a symptom of something else, or a root problem. Get in touch with your inner guidance system. You know best.
• Identify if, or when, you want disease management and if, or when, you’re seeking relief from suffering and elimination of root causes. This may vary from time to time and situation to situation.
• Have a credo about spending, and use that as a factor in your healthcare decisions. Practice conscious consumption with your healthcare dollars. Where we spend our dollars and who we do business with quite literally shapes every aspect of our lives. From the air we breathe (clean or toxic), to the food we eat (genetically modified or organic), to the attention the Occupy Wall Street movement is bringing to the impact of corporate greed – the world we live in is shaped by our spending habits. Our healthcare decisions do more than influence our individual well-being. How we spend our healthcare dollars and who we spend it with shapes the very nature of what is considered “well-being,” “health” and even “care.” Much like watering a plant to insure it will grow, what is supported financially as a part of the unwieldy healthcare system is what will continue to grow. Spend in ways that support what you want to experience.
Additional resources: http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/magazine/2011-july-august/