The Empowerment Show

Healthcare System Loop of Self-Destruction Anatoliy Pak

There is a lot of talk these days about the healthcare system and what can be done to provide more insurance to individuals in need.  But what if the concept of insurance was actually one of the problems with the United States healthcare system?  What if the problem was seeing Western medicine critical care as the fix to functional health problems?  What if the problem is our reliance on diagnostics versus the knowing of our own body?

The Empowerment ShowWhen I was experiencing major medical issues a decade ago, medical professionals and specialists performed a myriad of diagnostics but none could determine my illness, because at that time there was no diagnosable illness.  I was in the preliminary stages of illness.  I had just noticed that I was not functioning as well as I had before.  If I would have followed normal thinking, I would have simply taken more and more painkillers until years later the intensity of my symptoms lead to a major breakdown of my systems to a point doctors could remove organs or prescribe medications.  Thankfully, I looked for other ways to improve my well-being before it became too severe.   

Learn how my experience is just one of many individuals who are not served by our current viewpoint on healthcare.  Listen to this powerful episode of The Empowerment Show when Melissa Heisler is joined by Anatoliy Pak to discuss the Healthcare System Loop of Self-Destruction.  Learn how our current system is based on critical care which leads to individuals waiting until they are truly ill before seeking care, leading to more complications and higher costs.  Learn how to rely on your body’s warning signals versus medical diagnostic tools.

Change your thinking:

  • Focus on being healthier versus just being sick less
  • Focus on your wellbeing versus diagnostics
  • See human health from a broader viewpoint
  • Western medicine is a powerful tool to save lives with critical care, but is not meant for daily care
  • Explore a variety of approaches and modalities which can help you maintain daily health


Comments (2)

  1. Dennis James Deegan CTM
    January 13, 2014


    I like the direction of this message.

    Throughout my lifetime my doctors have rarely engaged me in meaningful ways about my symptoms. When I have attempted to ask Doctors questions I clearly experience a resistance to spend much time having dialog. It is like Physician Medicine is a one way process. The Doctor does things, asks questions, pokes and prods, listens to your heart, does blood pressure and a few lab reports and gives you his diagnosis, Rx or lab request. Some of the care works fine; but a lot of it, doesn’t really bring you health. Docs are not in the health business; they want to treat sickness. Hmm? Wonder why?

    There is not a reciprocal process where the patient takes out his or her list of questions. (I have done this with my family medicine doc.) Yet, I did not feel I got quality feedback about my stress test and what it showed. (It was very expensive)

    There is a book called Take Care of Yourself that every household should have. It should be an Ebook, however. Why waste all that paper. It is a consumers guide to medical care; symptoms, common complaints, and how to treat yourself or when to see doctor now, or make an appointment. It helps you triage your symptoms, with medical information by Vickory and Fries. The book also teachers you to be a more engaged patient, asking questions such as, is their an alternative to a prescription or surgery?

    I never get a call from my personal doctor asking me how my weight is? Did you lose the 10 pounds we talked about? Why can’t I send an email to my Doctor? Hey, Doc, what do you think of that new prescription that came out to reduce your pain in the knee- joints? I think we need to move toward health and wellness coaching. Hospitals tease us with their interest in Wellness, when it usually means we want to give you a health assessment, and test you. Wait a minute, I want a health coach. They don’t really do that. Medical care is primarily based upon symptoms instead of prevention. They really don’t want us to be well; they can’t afford it. They make money on reacting to symptoms.

    Medicine is high cost because competition is not really practiced in the field. It is almost like the gasoline pump. An office visit is x dollars and all docs charge about the same. We need some new competition that has a better price and more value. We just don’t have enough educated consumers, yet. We have to take them down from the pedestal and go into the office already having done our homework on symptoms from the medical knowledge that is on line.

    An idea for one of your shows would be to take various Consumer Guides to Health care and use some classic examples about how to avoid unnecessary medical visits. For example the common cold; too many people run in when they experience some congestion or a little scratchiness in their throat. If they have a virus vs. a bacteria there is no value in going to the doc. He is going to tell you to drink lots of liquids, rest, stay warm, take some over the counter stuff to help the congestion, and in several days it should pass. If they diagnose a Bacteria on the other hand, usually will give you an antibiotic and of course they want to see you for the office visit. Excuse me, I have green, thick, mucus that I am choking on. Last time I had green stuff coming out my nose and mouth you gave me curomyocin 🙂 and it worked. Can you please call in a prescription. I can actually get my doctor to prescribe an antibiotic over the phone. Most can not. My doctor knows my patterns. Same with poison Ivy which I usually get twice per year. It is in our woods; I am a gardener; I mulch leaves, handle black, rich humus from my compost heap; My doc knows I have a history; he sends me the MedPack; it works. We need wiser use of healthcare; that takes an educated, and assertive consumer/patient. We can not longer be passive and act like we don’t have a brain.

    • Melissa Heisler
      January 14, 2014

      Great comments Dennis. First and foremost, yes, we need more educated consumer/patients. Individuals would be well-served by taking back responsibility for their own health. Second, the problem with our current “health” system is systemic. The way doctors are paid and insurance companies reimburse is based on diagnosis. The focus is on labeling something and then prescribing based on that label. This concept hinders the whole person health you mentioned Dennis. To make true changes to how we receive healthcare, we need to rethink the entire system. Thanks again for your comments and for sharing resources.

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