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Pathways of Healing: The Paradigm Shifted

By Dr. Brad E. Fraum, DC
 
As doctoral students, we were taught to be very uncomfortable with the word "healing" because it had a spiritual connotation; diminishing the supposedly "scientific" aspect of treatment. The idea of being in partnership with one's patients was inconceivable. It was the doctor's job to know what needed to be done and the patient's job to "follow the doctor's orders." While this old model may still function for many acute problems like a broken bone, it is woefully inadequate for dealing with chronic illness.

My most important job is to help the patient deal with the causes of "unwellness", so that the body can heal itself. I like my patients to, as much as is reasonably possible, know that their body does the healing and with and any other doctor being seen as the driving force. Educating people to assume this role is one of the most important aspects of my work. Remember that the word physician means teacher.

I teach patients to look at the healing process as a function of physical, mental and spiritual wellness. There continues to be a lot of discomfort with anything at all to do with the spirit. Yet it is imperative that this aspect be taken into consideration; as a person's faith or spiritual conviction is one of the most powerful forces for recovery.

At the present time, there is a very interesting situation. We have never had stronger drugs but, the pharmaceutical industry has a death grip on the medical profession through journals, advertisements, meeting, etc. to persuade doctors that the proper role is to select which drug or drugs to use to suppress which symptoms. Natural healing systems understand that any suppression of a symptom will cause a diminished general state of health. 

As a person is healing, their symptoms will improve from above downward, from vital to less vital organs, from most recent to earliest symptoms which disappear in the reverse order of their appearance.

Because this is theoretical, I'll use a hypothetical case to illustrate. A patient who has arthritic pain gets treated with aspirin (or Celebrex®, Motrin®, or Vioxx®, etc.) now their pain is reduced but they have GI symptoms such as heartburn, pain, and eventually bleeding. The same person, treated with chiropractic, restorative medicine or nutritional supplements as well as dietary modification - now the patient's pain is also better but they are overall stronger and healthier.

Many traditional practitioners think it's good enough to get symptoms reduced to a level that the patient can function; but I do not consider anyone with a chronic illness to have been adequately treated until they express the idea that, "It took a long time to have a health problem but I am glad I found the pathway of healing”.

"To love life is a natural consequence of good health."

- Brad E. Fraum, DC


As doctoral students we were taught to be very uncomfortable with the word healing because it had a spiritual connotation; diminishing the supposedly “scientific” aspect of treatment.