living with lupus, day by day, moment by moment

Every symptom I list is met with new medicine.  If I’m lucky, one is prescribed but usually there are a few suggested, since despite being created in a lab, treatment with medicine is not an exact science.  And of course, there are more medication to treat the side effects of the original medications. 

Thomas Edison once wrote:

Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless. The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. They may even discover the germ of old age. I don’t predict it, but it might be by the sacrifice of animal life human life could be prolonged. Surgery, diet, antiseptics — these three are the vital things of the future in preserving the health of humanity. There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth — that you can’t improve on nature. ““Wizard Edison” in The Newark Advocate (2 January 1903), p. 1 

It’s been over a century since Edison made this prediction and we have gone in reverse.  I don’t agree with everything Edison stated.  There has been impressive advancement in medicine and some diseases have been prevented and cured by these advancements.  But medicine now dominates treatment, and doctors are trained to treat the disease and not the patient. 

While doctors administer life saving treatment, they fall short in all other areas.  If the symptoms do not correlate to the lab reports, doctors do not know what to do.  There is little they could offer aside from offering you more pills.  Hence, the patient is left doing research on their own.  This is often a daunting task. 

I wish doctors are able to advise you on the whole treatment of your being, with medicine, nutrition and physical manipulation. 

2 thoughts on “Medicine is Only Part of the Solution 

  1. kgreene86 says:

    Great post! I hear many who share your sentiments about the lack of a holistic approach in today’s Western medical environment, causing many to reach out for alternative and complementary therapies and support. I’ve started writing about it on my own blog over at I’d love you too check it out and let me know what you think. I’ll be back here to read more. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing! – Katherine

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ll definitely check it out! Love to know more options for care out there. Thanks.


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