Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit – the original Blueprint of every Human!
“The Doctor of the Future will give little medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas A. Edison
“Everyone should consider his body as a priceless gift from one he loves above all, as a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty and mastery beyond human conception, and so delicate and frail that a word, a breath, a look, nay a thought, may injure it.”
I comprehend Medicine as one very complex matter, which is both Art and Science. It is hard to measure where the one ends or the other begins. For ease I picture it as a circle or a spiral. All its components flow together, parallel or one after the other, or mingle together just as the human evolution, or the human chromosome. For practical purposes I believe in the marriage of the two: Western and Alternative Medicine. The two are complementing and enhancing each other where 2+2 makes 5, 6 or 8. I am giving you the idea that medicine is also an art and not a pure calculus or science.
What had happened to Medicine is that it had “separated” from its soul. That started with the invention of the antibiotics in the 1940’s, then the introduction of vaccines, later CT Scans and MRI-s. All this scientific advents were very helpful, but gradually they “took over “the field of Medicine. Old proven healing methods got forgotten just because they had not been scientifically researched.
Patients and doctors started to rely more and more on medical tests, devices, pills and procedures as a way of healing. The diagnostic tools that healers from the past had been using were their senses: touch, smell, vision, hearing, gut feeling, vibes and dreams. In order to use these tools, doctors have trained for many years with other healers. Many of the healers of the past had also been philosophers, astrologers, initiates, magicians. They had to know Latin to be able to access information likewise the Pope. Up until WW2 the physicians who respected themselves were writing their doctoral dissertations in Latin. Latin and philosophy is still a part of the curriculum in the medical schools in the old world and some of the American schools, together with ethics, aesthetics, gym and chemistry.
I believe that it is very important for doctors to have knowledge in science and philosophy too. I also believe they should remain human too. It will help them handle better their patients. It would also change the shameful statistics of doctors having the highest suicide rate.
I have an appeal to all persons when they become patients. Be nice to your doctor. Send him a card when you go on vacation to the Islands, invite him to your wedding. Don’t think “What can I sue him for?” when you go to see him. They are going to pick up on that one and all that you are going to get is defensive medicine.
Let’s go back to what Thomas A. Edison and Nikola Tesla told us. Edison was of the opinion that the doctors of the future will give little medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the “human frame.” What is the “human frame”? Do we know? Can we treat and prevent diseases with little medicine by knowing the “human frame?“ Maybe Tesla is giving us the answer: The human is “a marvelous work of art” Can we use our “word, breath, look, nay a thought” to repair and heal the human instead of injure it? Are these not working on the human frame? These are questions that are being tackled more and more by the scientists. We are getting back our confidence that it does not need to be necessarily an injection or a pill that is going to heal us. Our healing can happen in a much more subtle and elegant way, using tools that everybody has for their own use or to help the others. Nature has gifted us with healing powers. She has given us also healing foods, herbs, water, sun, air that we can use to maintain our health.
Siranush K. Cholakian MD
To the memory of our mother Arsiné Cholakian and our father Dr. Kapriel O. Cholakian and to All our Patients.