Questioning intervention, when less treatment and procedures leads to better outcomes
The NY Times recently ran an article which questions the idea of more treatment. Recent articles have questioned the need to more chemo therapy, more surgery, and more drugs. This particular article focused on more intervention and had doctors questioning when they should not intervene. One of the tenants of chiropractic is the faith that the body through its own innate (inborn) intelligence will heal itself. While many believe this is true for the skeletal system, many who have medical emergencies or diseases want it done and done now, when sometimes more intervention will actually worsen the problem or in many cases either makes little difference in the outcome or creates problems that could have been avoided altogether. Check out this insightful article below:
When Less Treatment Is MoreBy PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D., Columnist The patient, a slender middle-aged woman who’d had multiple operations and radiation for a cancer in her belly several years earlier, was struggling with nausea and vomiting again. Initially, the pattern was familiar: She would vomit every time she tried to eat. After a day or two, the problem, probably a kink in her intestines caused by residual scar tissue, would resolve on its own.
This time, however, the vomiting persisted. By the time she arrived at our hospital, she was so dehydrated that the skin on her face looked like fine crepe hanging from her brow and cheekbones.
Some of the doctors who heard her story were certain she needed an operation. That debilitating kink, they thought, could be snipped away in minutes by a surgeon’s skilled hand!