Dr Kokayi has the opportunity to interview two doctors who have just returned from Haiti earlier in the morning after being part of relief efforts for over the last seven days. Dr Henry Paul a nephrologist is Hatian born and Dr William Lois a surgeon is Cuban born. Both have practices here in the NY area and Dr Paul is president of the NY chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Haitians (noahny.org). Both share their impressions about the devastation taking place there and the field hospital that they were a part of establishing. Both doctors along with Dr Kokayi’s long time friend Dr Jonel Daphnus, also a guest for this program, are preparing to return to Haiti next week. All three doctors are looking to a future in which massive efforts will be needed to bring some level of restoration to a land where people are living under sheets tied to four poles with a rainy season just a couple of months away. There account is emotionally provoking an informative. Callers also shared comments and questions.
Archive for January, 2010
Today we have the interesting task of trying to create a picture of a four dimensional reality that you can appreciate on these airways. I have an able guest…a professor of some thirty years but let me set the stage.
The question we have to ask ourselves in 2010 is whether our problems on a global level have outpaced our ability to solve them. Western culture the dominant culture on the planet has taken the world in a direction that brings into question whether this wave of humanity can survive to 2100. While many of us are inspired by ancient an indigenous cultures the larger mainstream seems to be moving in a headlong course that guarantees an acceleration of cataclysmic event that will further destabilize human life. The machine can’t slow itself down whether its global warming or need to maintain global dominance. No sooner that do we create one solution perhaps in the form of an alliance with a political regime or inventions that are the hallmark of western civilization like the atomic age do we create a series of problems of increasing complexity that will have to be confronted down the road. You don’t have to be too old to see the similarities between Viet nam and AFghanastan.. The same is true for our own development. Any one who has spent time with themselves or undergone psychotherapy will be a witness to how certain situations will repeat themselves over and over in our lives until we have gained mastery.
I wanted to take some time at the beginning of this year to share some of my own thoughts about medicine, healing, and health care. Outside of my radio intros I have not put anything in print since last January’s letter to Obama.
The easy part of this commentary is the health care piece. Health care for working people is abominable, this being the case for overwhelming majority of the American population whether you can afford it or not. And many times you really don’t realize this until you are sick and have to interface with the health care system on any consistent basis. If your problem fits neatly into modern medicine’s conceptualization of what is going on with you then you may get thru the system unscathed and even recover your health. But this is not the rule. Being medicated is not the same as being healed. Your options become really limited unless you spend disposable income. Yet your premiums are going up.
Beyond the administrative and financial headaches the real question is what is the intention of your practitioner and the health care system as a whole and how is your problem being conceptualized. Are you someone to be fit into a protocol or is something being designed for you during that five to ten minutes that you are with your doctor. In modern medicine you are working in a closed solution set dictated by the pharmaceutical and insurance industries….not by science. Much of what goes on in medical practice is by way of convention and not the hard science that is constantly being referenced. Your doctor may not have any training in nutrition or any other modality other than making a pathology diagnosis and prescribing drugs. Who would want to be in this situation?
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