Stories abound of people who were ‘sold a bill of goods’, meaning that you did not receive what you thought you were purchasing.
Excessive use of all the new technologies for peering into the human body may be a bill of health goods that warrants a second, more discerning, look. Canadians are undergoing more tests today than we did 20 years ago – with no obvious improvement in our health.
In his book “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health”, Dr. Gilbert Welch offers the insight that ‘widespread screening of people for health issues does not promote health; it promotes disease. People suffer from more anxiety about their health, from drug side effects, from complications of surgery.’
And, Dr. Iona Heath may have uncovered why we buy into excessive medical testing. She writes in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal: ‘We need to admit …the very real and dangerous conditions of anxiety and worry that are affecting this country and the world…that cannot be satiated by countless unremarkable medical investigations or needless and potentially harmful and expensive medication.’
Surely, no physician wishes to cause harm to a patient or have fear be the motivation for unnecessary screening that is financially costly and possibly physically harmful.
Dr. Heath counsels that fear needs to be addressed by doctors having honest discussions with patients coping with the uncertainties of life.
There are also other ways individuals can take control of their health and address their fears.
A friend of mine told me how she handled her fear of sun damage to her skin. When evidence of skin disease appeared, many friends told her to have the condition screened. She was scared and the treatment sounded very simple. But it wasn’t. After tests and treatment the condition reappeared. And her fear continued.
In every other situation in her life, she had turned to God to maintain her health as she had learned to do through
Now she’d reached a point where she wanted to find a permanent healing solution. She knew that fear was not a good motivation for any decision that heals. This led her to return to what she had always trusted – the idea that she was made in God’s image.
In her Bible study, she found another idea that proved very helpful: ‘you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you…For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:9,15)
She began to understand more how God saw her and the truth that God governed all of her life in perfect order and harmony, leaving no place for fear to really exist.
After feeling free of fear for many months, she walked by a mirror one day and realized that all evidence of skin damage was gone.
Patients and physicians are increasingly questioning what bill of health is being sold and bought – and what outcomes it is producing. The discovery of a divine source of health can provide a path to more permanent well-being for anyone.
You can also read this post in several Metroland Media news sites – read on the Simcoe News site here.