Have you seen the video documentary "9000
Needles"? If you haven't, I highly recommend this video to my
patients, friends and family and especially prospective AOM
students. Why you ask?
While we watch, the video asks us one powerful question. How far
would you go for a fighting chance? The documentary discusses the
complicated case of a person named Devin Dearth. He was a healthy
40-year-old married man, a father of three, who suffered a stroke
that paralyzed the right side of his body. His case is a
complicated one because of his brain stem bleed, which was the
cause of his major stroke.
I was moved by this documentary--Devin's determination to fight
his way back to a somewhat normal life after his severe stroke and
his family's deep seeded love for him and each other. I could not
contain my tears of joy and sadness for the Dearth family.
I don't want spoil the documentary but this documentary is not
just about Devin Dearth and his family. It also brings to the
forefront the importance of integrative medicine and our failing
health care system in United States.
What do I mean by failing? The U.S. continues to have the
highest cost per capita--twice what other major industrialized
countries spend--for health care, and has dropped to last among 19
countries on a measure of mortality amenable to medical care. We
spend more and more money with nothing to show for it. We have a
number of Americans who have little or no health care insurance. We
lack adequate preventive care. We lack appropriate primary care. We
allow greedy insurance and pharmaceutical companies to take
advantage of our health care system, therefore, taking advantage of
I close with this quote:
If people let government decide
what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their body will
soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under
-- Thomas Jefferson
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog! Happy
4th of July!