Innovation is Essential for Breakthroughs In Improving Our Physical and Emotional Health
I f we wish to uphold the tenants of free markets and democracy in the West our healthcare system should be run, at least in part, on a capitalist system. Real competition ensures funding for research and development, seeding innovation that brings forth useful breakthroughs and remedies.
Despite who develops these remedies, a free market gives people the freedom to choose action that appears to have achieved the best results.
Results require time, however, and innovation always requires trials.
In the medical (pharmaceutical) world those trials are conducted as research.
In the natural healthcare industries–that don’t use potentially dangerous drugs–those trials often occur as part of the free market.
A free market ensures there is a range of options for people to choose from, with product reviews allowing that customers results be compared with others.
Slick sales copy and dishonest reviews mire the integrity of the free market, just as political lobbying and tainted drug trials do in the pharmaceutical domain.
There will never be a 100% safe way to trial things. Despite the dangers, people must be allowed to choose who they trust for healthcare advice. I will explain in a moment why this is also essential in protecting our relationships and mental health.
I am in support of governments funding healthcare and feel fortunate to live in a country (Australia) where our government provides this. I have also witnessed the many problems that occur in that system when our government and free markets collide.
With drug companies having so much lobbying power in our governments and institutions, natural health practitioners find it hard to compete. The market is dominated by hospitals where people have the limited choice of competing brands of drugs–most containing the same ingredients. A limited market that focuses on disease, with little consideration for improving patients’ health.
This political lobbying also results in public government health advice encouraging people to engage with that limited market.
Pharmaceutical companies domination of the health care sector is pushed a dangerous step further with government-mandated healthcare, hindering consumers ability to choose.
This not only impacts health modalities that are considered ‘alternative’ but also works to sideline such basic remedies as sunshine, diet, exercise, good company and fresh air.
Governments Divide Us
Government health advice often disregards the importance of the health of our relationships. Mandated isolation has caused an escalation in suicide and other mental health emergencies. Likewise, families divided by law often become vulnerable to crisis.
Isolation in both of these cases may be necessary sometimes. But when a family is in crisis, we feel it more urgent to focus first on building family members self-worth, confidence and community support. All of which greatly improve most people’s ability to regulate their emotions.
Our life ring and safety net symbolise this focus. Everyone needs a network of support in their community, and each must build their own ‘love safety net.’
Government health care advice reacts to crisis instead by sending everyone to their room!
Mandating government health policies will block competition and stifle innovation in the market. This includes people like Steve and me, who are innovating systems and processes that help families learn to work together.
If we all don’t want to end up in isolation cells, the continuing trend of drug companies and government domination of the health care sector must be resisted.
The old cliche is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff patching up people who have fallen off, with no one above guiding them to stop running off the same cliff.
Yet prevention is much more powerful than cure.
Competition is just as essential as innovation in a free market.
Yet, dangerously, government mandates in health care have recently justified the censorship of information about remedies developed in the wider market.
These mandates and censorship work on the premise that there is only one right answer and that pharmaceutical industries mistakes and failures are all in the past. The current epidemic of Oxycontin addiction challenges this premise.
Despite the dangers, competition in a genuine free market is vital for the overall health of our healthcare ecosystem.
I have engaged with that free market for most of my adult life and this has often involved trial and error. I have certainly made some embarrassing mistakes!
Yet mistakes are often essential for growth, as is our ability to acknowledge them.
There will never be a 100% safe way to trial remedies for our physical, mental and emotional health. Despite the dangers, people must be allowed to choose who they trust for healthcare advice and which remedies they will try.
Governments might consider that attempting to force their will on people isn’t good for their relationship with the people they govern.
Does the area of relationship health need attention in your life? On whose authority will you accept that advice?