Suzanne Somers is a great source of information. She has done her research! My personal views of western medicine based on personal observation and experience.
Here are my positive observations first. Emergency medicine is a modern day miracle. Lives are saved in auto accidents and war in miraculous ways. Neonatal care keeps babies alive at merely six months old. I know people who are here only because of modern neonatal care and the intervention of emergency medicine. Skulls being rebuilt and people being airlifted to a hospital from a remote location. This is where modern medicine excels. Scientific research is still the gold standard. When medicine follows science it excels.
Here is the down side. A propensity to treat symptoms without looking for underlying biological causes. A tendency to ignore all other evidence that contradicts the "western medical model of medicine". Slow to incorporate modern technology that could save the lives of those with disease. Slower to improve quality of life when chronic illness is involved.
Institutionalized medicine is about making a profit. That doesn't mean every doctor is out there to make a big profit. Many doctors work long hours for far less money than they would make as a specialist or proceduralist. Yes, major institutions look at their bottom line. Pharmaceutical companies make huge profits and pay there sales people extremely well. Doctors are influenced by these companies.
At some point, I coined the term "the modern medical industrial complex". My observations came from watching both of my parents die of cancer. Within the last two weeks of my Dad's life, a doctor was going to do a colonoscopy on him. He had already been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Was a colonoscopy going to prolong his life? He also refused a feeding tube. In both instances I had to speak up on his behalf. Dying humanely when you have medical insurance that will pay for unnecessary procedures is highly unlikely. My Mom had died thirteen years earlier of Colon Cancer. They both had insurance and followed their doctors advice. Ty Bollinger lost both of his parents to cancer and he made the documentary "The Truth about Cancer". Links below
Science is making great strides but we are not yet benefiting from all that is being discovered. We are not getting the best care possible. Stem cell research and the research being done on the gut microbiome may be the future of medicine. In the mean time, we have to defend ourselves and our planet from what has become a truly toxic system. Tim Spector has done some brave work on the gut microbiome. His analogy that we are all a little world speaks to me. "If we treat our bodies well by not polluting them, maybe we will do the same for the earth." Love his thought process. If you don't have concerns about cancer, skip ahead to his amazing work in the last two links
My initial observations about modern medicine were from an enviromental pollution perspective. I was mainly concerned with human pollution and the consequences. Humans pollute in so many ways. The list is so long and discouraging. Extreme change in our behavior will be necessary to preserve the diversity, beauty, and life of this amazing planet. I do believe this current devastation is part of the human learning experience.
As we grow older, many of us, myself included, want to help make changes to leave the world a better place. My personal definition of a better place is a more holistic world. Living in harmony with the natural world we are all dependent on. It is also very important to me to protect wild diversity. I can't tell you this will make a difference in your little world. You may never see a Wolf. You may not care if we have Grizzly Bears. The coral disappearing in the oceans may not concern you. I am always amazed at how differently humans can perceive their world and one another. The fire in my belly wants to wake people up to what they are destroying, what has already been destroyed, and how to say "no" to the sources of that destruction. That's it.