The old axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” no longer holds entirely true in caring for our health. We are all looking for more accurate and safer ways to prevent illness. But to find them we’ll have to tackle a key driving force behind the current approach of excessive tests and screenings – i.e. the fear factor.
To tackle this factor we can’t continue in the same thinking that is creating the problem – “fixing humans” as if they were just pipes and plumbing. Rather, it will demand a more holistic approach to health in which the mental nature of fear is countered with a spiritual remedy.
Healthcare costs are rising in Canada, and not just because of our aging population. Canadians are undergoing more tests – and more unnecessary procedures – today than we did 20 years ago – with no obvious improvement in our health.
Our consumerism lifestyle, rapid technological innovation, and TV dramas such as House, have spawned a health care culture where the fear (both patient’s and doctor’s) of missing a diagnosis has put many a patient at risk of over diagnosis and overtreatment.Continue Reading