Our Healthcare System manages sickness in place of promoting health
Authenticity is being truthful, courageous to be yourself and stand for what benefits all. Becoming a doctor is not only a huge undertaking with the amount of education that is required but also in a sense of commitment, dedicated to helping others with their health and well-being.
Our healthcare system is clearly sick and business analysts have focused so much on how to turn healthcare into a performance system just like fixing a car to race faster and better.
But is speed the area to improve upon? When it comes to emergency medicine, yes of course. But what about chronic diseases?
5-10 minute visits with a doctor who can barely look you in the eye because they are racing through to the next 60 patients while not offering most people any sense of relief. Why should you spend time out of your day going to a doctor who doesn’t have the time to truly listen and care about you?
Being a doctor and standing truthfully in front of someone who is clearly in pain, one cannot honestly give them a pain killer and shove them out the door. That is not right!
“Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind!” Dr. Seuss
Our medical system, over the past century, has been built on a drug based model that is fueled by drug and insurance companies to palliate symptoms vs addressing the root cause(s) of disease while being highly profitable to those companies.
Thankfully we now have in place “anti-kickback laws” that prevent drug companies from incentivizing doctors to prescribe their drugs.
On another note, how can a doctor give any sort of advice on what to do to become healthy when they, themselves, are burning out left and right. Hospitals are filled with sick people, and that does not include the patients.
Physicians and staff are working dangerously long hours, with decreased productivity which has lead to mistakes that cost patients their lives. Furthermore, seeing people in scrubs outside smoking cigarettes does not convey health to a passerby.
Back in medical school, we had a project called “Physician Heal Thyself.” This project was built to have the med student look into their own mind and body to discover areas of potential improvement and get resolution before beginning to work on others.
Authenticity is something that we all crave from others in these modern times. Marketing and advertising tactics are getting so good at directing people to purchase the latest and greatest fad or trend, but what we really need is the good-old family physician to build a relationship with their patients and teach them how to live a healthier life.
It is my true passion and burning desire to help people live a better life. Asking questions about sleep, stress, family, job, diet, exercise all clue us into the connectivity that we all share. We are in fact social creatures and being a part of a community, holding hands and celebrating health warms my heart.
Simple Action Plan: be a part of the solution and help others. Lead by example and be straight up authentic, regardless of the approval rating.
About the Author:
Dr. Steven Sorr is the founder and chief medical officer at Source of Health in Scottsdale, AZ and has been in clinical practice using regenerative medicine since 2013. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from SCNM and is a licensed healthcare provider in Arizona.
Dr. Sorr brings a huge passion for life and a diverse educational background of food, yoga, and medicine to Source of Health. His goal is to revolutionize the standard of care mindset by making significant strides in evidence-based therapies that are drug and surgery-free to restore high-level health for all.