As we age at some point is the realization that the most important thing in your life is your time and how it’s spent. In a culture that has become more and more crass in how we interact with each other the biggest single thing that gets ignored is how we waist others time. Time they will never get back. You see this often in grocery store checkouts lines. The first thing is when you step in line to pay for your items you know in advance that this is a participatory activity. How many times have we all waited while the person in of us front figures out a way to pay for their items? Then they get chit-chatting with the cashier and in doing so they are taking seconds or minutes of your time that you will never get back! When you tell someone that you are willing to help them what you are really saying is that I am willing to give up my time for you. That is something that should not be taken for granted. Life events often gives you a new perspective of time and how fleeting it really is and will be gone in a flash!
A few years ago after my second shoulder surgery ( and they don’t know what is causing the pain) I asked my doctor what he thought about alternative medical methods. He said the Chinese have been practicing different methods for over 4000 years so they must be doing something right. That mindset is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s western medical mindset. That is a good and necessary thing to be happening. Modern western medicine has the mindset of fixing people after they get sick instead of trying to keep people from getting sick in the first place. There are so many theories as to how to control medical cost. Wouldn’t it make sense to keep people from getting sick in the first place? Yet many Americans don’t want to change the way they live but prefer to run to the nearest ER at the first sign of illness. Of course the ER is the most expensive part of most hospitals. So why not at least explore other forms of treatment? What do you have to lose?
Many mental health professionals are resistant to looking at alternative forms of treatments. The question is why? Well for one thing many have a vested interest in keeping things the way they are now. As a patient you have no idea the ties your mental health professionals might have with a drug company. There are certain doctors who prefer a certain way of doing things and that can lead to a big problem for you as a patient. Treating a mental health condition is NOT a one size fits all proposition. Many are simply lazy about looking at other forms of treatment. If it doesn’t fit into their “little box” of treatment plans they simply ignore it. I had a orthopedic surgeon tell me one time that he was not opposed to alternative forms of treat. He said ” the Chinese have been doing things for over 4000 years so they must be doing something right” For many it flies in the face of what many consider trained in western medicine were taught. The average human brain weighs about 3 lbs. Think about that for a second. Something that is so small can be so complicated. For thousands of years humans have been trying to solve it’s puzzle. Looking into alternative forms of treatment surely couldn’t hurt. For those who think pills are still the answer think of this for a second. How are you hurting your body by just pumping pills into your system? In reality there is no way to answer that question. Scary thought.