What do fish swimming in a school and the vitamin D revolution have in common? Through signaling a direction (quorum sensing), the school swims together as one group. It is very difficult for one fish to cause a change in direction of the school. So imagine a school made up of the medical industry, medical insurance industry, and government all swimming together. To be more accurate, fish swimming together for social reasons are defined as shoaling. The social reason that the stated institutions swim together is about the health of the medical economy and not about the health of the population. From Wikipedia, “The oddity effect posits that any shoal member that stands out in appearance will be preferentially targeted by predators. This may explain why fish prefer to shoal with individuals that resemble themselves. The oddity effect would thus tend to homogenize shoals.” Schools are usually fish of the same species while shoals are made up of fish with similar goals. I will simply use schools for this discussion.
I once asked a scientist in the Vitamin D revolution how change in the medical industry could be brought about to improve the health of the world’s population. His answer was simple, “It will take leadership.” Leadership is one of those words that is hard to define in social groups. We often mistake management for leadership. This brings to mind a business consultant’s description of the difference in leadership versus management. A group was asked to build a road across an island to the other side. The bush clearers did their job extremely well. The road builders followed in a coordinated manner. The guards spent their time keeping the predatory alligators away. At some point the manager climbed a tree and told the group what a great job they were doing and that they were about half way across the island. The leader climbed up a tree next to the manager and looked about. “Wrong island,” he stated simply.
This is the state of the present medical industry. The medical professionals are doing a great job with allopathic medicine. This island is the wrong island. Gradually we are approaching an island of holistic health, but no leader in government has stepped up to take on the responsibility of making the course change happen. The fear is that the health of the population would decimate the medical economy and could even cause a worldwide recession. The school of allopathic medicine for economic reasons has been the dominant school since the intervention of funding for this purpose that started in the early 20th Century. The reason the US is the leader in allopathic medicine is for the economy which commands more than eighteen percent of GDP. That is, groups not working together in a great conspiracy of keeping a sick population that uses large amounts of money for everyone involved, but action as a group for economic purposes for each institution.
At some point the realization must come that the economy would be better with a healthy population. If holistic instead of allopathic medicine is practiced, the population would be able to produce more than a population that is ill. Dollars spent on healthcare could be directed to more beneficial efforts for the population like building the infrastructure. This of course would take a great deal of training as the jobs lost in the medical industry in the US could exceed eight million.
Our leaders in government are focused on elections and the money needed to stay in power. Their empathy for the illness of the population is amoral. This is defined as evil in M. Scott Peck’s book “People of the Lie.” When an institution acts for the purpose of maintaining the institution instead of concern for the individuals that it serves, the institution’s acts are evil.
It has now been sixteen months since the IOM’s error in the average amount of vitamin D required for bone health. The IOM (renamed the National Academy of Medicine–most likely for fear of liability, since it is not a government agency it can be sued) stated that individuals only need 600 IU of vitamin D3 per day. The error was discovered by the University of Alberta and later confirmed by UCSD and Creighton University. The correct amount should have been over 7,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. The number of deaths because of this error since 2010 is in the millions. Victims of the medical economy have suffered pain and died simply to maintain the medical economy. Governments and the medical industry continue to ignore the science.
In a recent article, I wrote about pain in the population. This great amount of pain is being treated as a symptom with pain meds. The cause is a lack of nutrients. This lack of nutrients and the associated diseases could be treated using holistic medicine. That is “food has caused our illness, it is food that will heal us.” Dr. P. R. Raghavan. I take a significantly larger amount of vitamins and minerals than is recommended by our institutions. Through this higher intake, I have recovered from degenerative disc disease, severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, three decades of pain, and a heart that was failing. Doctors were telling me I didn’t know what I was talking about. This included the eleven members of the medical profession in my own family. After my cartilage healed and my metabolic processes reached homeostasis, I was free of pain and happy.
Presently, the school of allopathic-medicine fishes are swimming in the strong currents of the Niagara River. As a group, we are headed toward the falls. As leaders try to announce to the group of the danger, they are picked off one-by-one. If the group tries to change direction, the strong currents of the economy works against their efforts. Will we plunge down the falls into the abyss, or will we be strong enough to overcome the strong currents of the economy. Truly, a strong leader is needed. One of position and power that can overcome the “quorum sensing” of the economy and who can avoid the oddity effect. Swimming against the currant and pointing to holistic healing –Pandemic Survivor
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald. Does intelligence displace morality?