When I was a boy, my family was heavily involved in western medicine and as a result I grew up revering it deeply and for years I was utterly prepared to carry on the family tradition. My mother was a nurse for a long time. My grandfather is a retired physician and my uncle still practices internal medicine in the clinic my grandfather built years ago in a small Illinois town. My uncle was born and raised in that very same town along with my mother and two aunts.

My grandfather is the person most responsible for my fascination with western medicine. I was raised by a single mother without much contact with my dad so my papaw is my father figure. When I was a child he was like a god to me. I remember once when I was young he took me with him to the hospital. We entered a room in the hospital that was steeped in chaos. There on the steel table, writhing about, in apparent agony was a girl about my age who had split her lip wide open on a diving board at the local pool(her diving career was probably permanently stalled thereafter). The wound was an ugly open gash, she was bleeding profusely and heaving these blood curdling screams that actually resonated in the room and hurt my ears. Her mother was standing over her head at the far end of the table, half trying to hold her daughter still and half keeping pressure on her split lip with a towel. Two nurses were in the room as well scurrying about without much purpose.

When the swinging doors closed behind us the atmosphere completely changed. There was a tangible shift in the energy and order of that small room all because the doctor had arrived. You could see and feel the relief that my grandfather's mere presence brought through that door. Quickly, with a few quiet instructions from him, the nurses were moving calmly and with purpose as they prepared an I.V. and an analgesic shot. The young girl wasn't writhing anymore and her screams had lowered to a volume that was somewhat tolerable. In what seemed like seconds the scene had changed completely from chaos to peace, relief and calm. Before I knew it, the little girl was only wimpering quietly, with her mother gently stroking her hair as my grandfather deftly stitched her lip back together. He had saved the day.

This entire scene amazed me and I became obsessed with being a doctor. In my mind my grandfather got to be a hero, a chaos crusher and he got to earn a good living at it as well. This seemed like a desirable combination. I thought that getting paid to help people was a pretty cool idea and from that time on I wanted to be a physician just like my grandfather.

I was born in the same small Illinois town my aunts and uncle and mother were born. I was delivered, by my grandfather, in the same hospital where I would later experience the scene that I just described. For years I was on the family tradition path, feeling it somewhat as a responsibility. I was a biology major in college and received the grades and test scores necassary to get accepted into the Indiana University School of Medicine. I finally had a seat at the table. My mother had never seemed more proud of me than when I received my acceptance letter. This was supposed to be a triumphant moment for me but things had changed since that afternoon with my grandfather and the split lip girl.

I had become disillusioned with western medicine over the years. In college I took a class on eastern philosophy which led me to investigate some eastern medical techniques as well. I was stunned by some of the differences in eastern and western medical philosophy. One of the most striking differences was that in eastern medicine your doctor gets paid when you are well, not when your sick. Eastern healing is not a sickness business its more about intelligent prevention,maintenance and bolstering the body's natural health with nutrition herbs and common sense. Eastern medicine attempts to get to root causes of disease rather than simply mask its symptoms. A common analogy is if you took a sick tree to an eastern doctor he would examine and treat the roots for free. A western doctor would simply remove the affected leaves and send you a bill. I realized that I thought the eastern methods were more sensible and fair. Also, when I was a kid, I had not seen the dark underbelly of many prescription drugs. I was unaware of all the dangerous prescription drug interactions that were literally killing and disabling hundreds of thousands of people per year in America. I didnt know there would be drugs for something as trivial as hair loss that would carry the possibility of causing birth defects if they were so much as touched by a pregnant woman. Touched? Think about that for a minute. Prescription drug makers and your doctors think that its worth the risk of causing unknown permanent harm to unborn children so that some johnny Qball out there can grow a little more peachfuzz on top of his shiny noggin. This risk and reward ratio disturbs me at the deepest levels.

So I decided I would rather not join the sickness business. I would never completely dismiss western techniques all together. Our diagnostic and surgical techniques are top of the line and a few of the drugs out there are amazing. But for the most part western methods employ the use of potentially dangerous, even lethal prescriptions that only really mask symptoms and dont effectively treat anything. Eastern methods enhance the bodies own natural abilities heal and be well. The eastern philosophy, especially the herbal and nutritional aspects of it focus on helping the body help itself.

I would like to meet people who believe in eastern and nutritional medicine
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