There are providers of health care (doctors, hospitals etc.) and there are consumers of health care (patients).
Good health depends primarily upon the consumer, not the provider of health services.
The lack of preparation of the patient is the major reason why many treatments either fail or make the patient worse, the latter scenario currently believed to be the fourth highest cause of death in the United States.
Whilst medical science and medical practice has become very focused upon technology and medications, the patient side of the healing equation is just as important.
Lifestyle, diet, exercise and relaxation are now part of the doctor’s prescription.
However, these account for only a small portion of the patient’s contribution to health.
The principle factors behind many of the illnesses presenting every day to health practitioners across the world are psycho-social.
Attitudes, beliefs, opinions and emotions related to jobs, finances, education, health matters, relationships, raising families and everyday living create stressors which are at the bottom of many illnesses, and failure to address these results in failure to recover and in chronic disease, whatever the treatment.
These personal elements constitute the patient portion of the health contract.
Few people, consumers and suppliers of health care alike, have been prepared to address this patently obvious fact, because neither believed it was in their interests to do so.
The doctor has wanted to remain in control of health care delivery and the patient has wanted to hand responsibility for his health to somebody else.
How has this changed?
The public has become more informed.
There is an increased understanding that “dispensed health” is not entirely safe.
Much medical research, particularly in the field of pharmacology, is less objective than might be expected.
Recent revelations indicate that neither prescribers (doctors) nor consumers (patients) can rely upon information supplied by drug manufacturers.
In addition drug resistant organisms have developed in response to overuse of antibiotics, making hospitals dangerous places to be.
Iatrogenic (doctor induced) illness is now the fourth highest killer in the United States.
These, and other health matters, are now publicly known.
“Perhaps one-third of all medical spending-some $600 billion dollars-may be unnecessary, out-of-date, or even dangerous treatments.”
Business Week August 26, 2002
The fact that health information is the second highest search item on the internet demonstrates that people are now doing their own research and taking a greater interest in their own health.
We can no longer expect anyone else to “make us better”.
But what’s available to assist those people wanting to play a more active role in their own health?
Alternative or complementary medicine consumer products such as herbs, exercise products, skin applications etc. are products in which the consumer is, once again, asked to rely upon the expertise of someone else, and, once again, many will be disappointed.
They will not work any better than orthodox drugs, (mostly they’re less effective but with fewer side effects), because the ground in which they’re expected to work is not prepared, i.e. the patient is not fertile ground for healing.
There’s virtually nothing available to help the patient help himself, without recourse to health potions or expert services.
The m3health Program assists people maximise their own healing potential.
It does this by addressing the underlying factors affecting health.
Old attitudes, beliefs and opinions as well as left over unresolved emotions cause or contribute to illness, both physical and psychological.
The m3health Program prepares the patient to respond beneficially to medical treatment by identifying and removing obstacles to healing.
These obstacles restrict the ability of the immune and the endocrine systems to respond to immediate threats and cause long term disease.
m3health has addressed these issues over 25 of clinical practice and has developed a program which the patient undertakes himself, with the assistance of his practitioner, should both parties desire it.
While the patient is attending his or her own practitioner of which ever persuasion she chooses, she undertakes the m3health Program to clear any obstacles which may be stopping the treatment being successful.
The convenors of m3health remain anonymous in order to facilitate the relationship between the patient and the practitioner he chooses.
Health is the most researched subject on the internet Conventional medical treatments have a major place in medical treatment but are not as effective without the patients contribution to healing.
Complementary treatments are also augmented by the patient’s involvement in his own treatment.
The cost of all medical practice is reduced by the patient being an active particpant in treatment.
The challenge for health in the third millennium is to create a “fertile patient environment”.