There are no doubt a lot of people who may not be familiar with the term allopathic medicine, and even less that may understand what this term even denotes. A more popular term for this would be so called conventional Western medicine, also known as modern medicine, given that this practice of medicine is so ubiquitous nowadays.
So when you go to your MD, they are trained to practice allopathic medicine, they are allopaths, although they don’t consider themselves to be, because in their mind allopathic medicine is the only real medicine.
So what is allopathic medicine and why do some people call it that? Well the term originated from the early days of homeopathy, and homeopathy denotes like cures like, where allopathy is held to mean different cures like in the same vein.
So this is a very simplistic definition, and homeopathy is just one example of a non allopathic medical strategy, but what the meaning of allopathy comes down to is treating the symptoms of disease rather than the disease itself, working to oppose the body instead of working to assist it.
The other day, someone commented that allopathic medicine is empirical not ideological, which struck me as very funny and got me thinking about doing a post on this in fact. The real funny thing is, allopathy does not see that it does embrace an ideology, much like we don’t think we speak like an accent but everyone else does, and it takes someone who speaks a different accent than ours to even notice.
So allopathic medicine is indeed ideological, and the ideology is indeed what we just mentioned, to treat symptoms. So when it comes to diabetes for instance, the only thing that they are concerned about is our symptom of high blood sugar, they aren’t even concerned about how their treating this affects the progression of the disease and aren’t even bothered when it does progress. That’s because the disease itself isn’t being treated at all.
The example of diabetes is a pretty clear one, although the allopathic connection may not be so obvious with other conditions, but it is there, because it is part of their ideology. So for instance with high blood pressure, they give you things that lower your blood pressure artificially, without a care in the world about what’s behind it, they will also tell you things like lower your cholesterol even though cholesterol in the arteries is but a symptom of the disease and not a cause at all, and the things that do cause it, such as damage from excess insulin, elevated homocysteine, vitamin K deficiency, and so on, do not even get noticed, because they aren’t even looking.
The antithesis of allopathic medicine is what we could term holistic medicine, looking at the organism as a whole and seeking to improve health organically, looking into what actually may be wrong and doing our best to fix that, and we may not be able to, but it’s always better to try than not.
Actually, a lot of the symptoms that we get is from the body’s attempt to heal itself, or to at least deal with the problem so that a better balance can be achieved. So when you get a fever, that’s the body’s attempt to help kill off the pathogens that are causing the infection, and by elevating body temperature this assists the body to fend it off, or with high blood pressure it is the raising of it to provide adequate circulation when raising it is required to do that.
When we get inflammation, that’s the body’s way of trying to rectify a problem, and by just getting rid of the inflammation with drugs for instance, we are not fixing the problem, we make it worse, because the problem is still there, we might feel a little better for a time, but the issue is being less remedied as a result of our treatment.
So allopathic medicine is indeed empirical, as all medical strategies are, it’s impossible to practice medicine without observation, as you always need to observe outcomes, whether immediate ones or ones over a longer duration.
Both the empiricism and the ideology of allopathic medicine are way too short sighted, this is where they fail to achieve their objectives properly. Their ideology just focuses on apparently improving things in the moment, what is right before our eyes, the condition at its most superficial level, and their empiricism suffers from exactly the same problem, your blood sugar just went down right now, all is well.
Now this sort of thing has a time and a place, if someone has an acute infection that will cause them to die without antibiotics, and there’s no other way to save the person, then the damage done by this can certainly be worth the cost, as that becomes meaningless because it doesn’t matter if we are messing up one’s intestinal flora if one is sitting in a casket.
What we always need to do though is step back and ask ourselves what the hell we are doing, and in the case of antibiotic use, it is of course abused to the point where we are well on our way to creating a pandemic of resistant bacteria. If these things were used when they were really needed, we wouldn’t have this problem, nor would we have all the dysbiosis and other afflictions that results from the misuse of these drugs causing so much illness.
So the real ideology of allopathic medicine is, act first, do not think at all about what the hell you are doing or even what you are trying to do, just do it and if you observe any immediate benefits at all, this is exactly what we want and all we want.
Allopathic medicine is so pervasive though that it even has become the standard of rationality, where you’re seen as irrational or worse if you don’t partake in it. They have certainly done a fine job at brainwashing people toward thinking this way, I get people all the time who can’t believe I don’t believe in this because anyone in their right mind presumably knows that these are the experts in all things medical and health care related, and they will even tell you to clear non allopathic practices with an MD, as ridiculous as that sounds since they aren’t even trained in such things and have no real knowledge generally.
So what we need to do instead, once again, in all cases, is to use our brains and not just assume that we are weak and uninformed and incapable of making such decisions on our own. We need to fight the belittlement that we have been subject to and do our best to learn and think about these issues ourselves, and perhaps open our minds as well to other approaches, strategies, and yes ideologies, that may make more sense to us.
So I don’t think allopathic medicine has nothing to offer, they are great for things like fixing broken bones for instance, situations which do require an acute response to which there intervention is a better choice than alternatives, but this is a question we always need to ask ourselves and not just make assumptions that it is.
I’m still waiting for these people to come up with their first good idea on how to treat diabetes by the way, a condition that does not give itself over to short sighted approaches at all, as is the case with all chronic diseases, which is why their management of chronic disease in general is so terrible.