The Idea Behind This: Changing the Way We Think

You got here wanting to see what we are about. In my history classes we were always encouraged to look at the historian before studying their history. If you agree with this concept you may want to look at who we are before continuing with what we are about.

The Current Model of Thinking 

Common Sense Medicine aims at promoting alternative thinking—to change the way we think about ourselves, our bodies, our cultures, and our world.  The key to this is changing our paradigm, as the term is used by Thomas Kuhn: the model we use in our brains to explain the world. That model, for about the past five hundred years, has been the analytical one where we take objects apart to see how they work. That is the first of the three areas we discuss here. They are very broad and include a lot of new ideas. If you would rather look at them in book form you can order a copy of The Boids and the Bees here. It has wide margins if you do want to insert your own comments.

Analysis vs. Common Sense

This page looks at the analytical model that we have used for most of the last 500 years, how it has progressed, and the problems encountered on the way.

Homeostasis vs. Allostasis

These two models have to do with the way doctors and medical researchers see the body. Briefly, the homeostatic model looks at symptoms as imbalances that need to be balanced with drugs. The allostatic model looks deeper into what the symptoms mean and since many of them represent defenses that  help us to better survive, this model concludes that balancing them with drugs may not be in our best interest. We think the allostatic model is far better than our current way of thinking.  Examples are presented of what happens with our current faulty thinking, as well as links to how to help our defenses and enhance our survival. More here.

Survival vs. Cooperation and Diversity

Darwin saw both of these aspects, but he and those coming after him have had a harder time seeing how the second aspect worked. Survival is easy: if there is an adaptation that improves ones life and reproductive potential it will expand into the whole population in time. Not so easy with cooperation and diversity, yet we see the trend clearly. And if there is any better measure for the health of a living system than its diversity we have not found it. In this section we look at these two aspects of adaptation and at how we can promote them.

*Insurance is designed to pay for the unexpected crisis. Health insurance started that way in the U.S. but gradually, because the companies we work for were paying for it and getting a better tax break, it morphed into paying for it all. That means we have less interest in getting the ounce of prevention than if we were paying for some of those costs. Children we talk to about the dangers of drugs just say they’ll get a brain transplant if they burn theirs out. That’s why we think that Health Savings Accounts should be promoted by the government more; they put the individual back in a position of responsibility in making more choices in their health care. With Health Savings Accounts an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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