9000 Needles

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 us.

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 tyranny. 
-- Thomas Jefferson

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