The “health care industry” owns you, body and soul. The irrefutable fact that health care insurance is mandatory in the United States proves the “industry” owns your body. The idea that it owns your soul, too, requires a deeper look.
The “soul” is hard to define, and there are those who claim it doesn’t exist. Various religions have their own conceptions of what the “soul” is. For the purposes of this article, I will keep things simple by claiming the soul in this physical life is affiliated with mind, the ineffable generator and receiver of thoughts and ideas, the vast processing unit some people assume is in the brain.
The health care industry’s claim on your mind, and the mass mind, can be evidenced in multiple ways, most specifically in the mass belief that health care on a grand scale is necessary. Television, with its ability to influence millions through covert and overt mental manipulation, works to consolidate and perpetuate the belief that you need doctors to look for and treat problems you didn’t know you had, to “educate” you about warning signs of potentially life-threatening conditions. Media warns about “bad” foods, and signs of cancer and other terrifying diseases, all broadcast with the stated intent of helping you live a healthier life. It promotes a philosophy that the “health care industry” works to serve you, when, in fact, the “health care industry” works to manufacture and promote disease by undermining your confidence in yourself and your body’s natural tendency toward healthy homeostasis. It sells health care the way it sells cosmetics, by leading you to doubt your own beauty and your own body, enough to buy the product that will make you feel better about yourself.
The new “normal” for blood pressure has dropped from 120/80. The new normal for cholesterol has dropped from 200. No one mentions these are only numbers, and blood pressure fluctuates naturally during the course of the day, depending on activity and stress. More people are depressed, we are told, and better pills for dealing with uncomfortable emotions are coming down the pike every day. Never mind that TV itself is depressing and probably raises blood pressure.
Fact is, the body, which is well adapted for handling specific threats, is confused by more generalized, non-immediate, ones, like those generated by the mind, its imaginings, and the information the mind feeds to the body. Worry is a bad habit that creates constant stress, keeping the body on the alert for ill defined dangers. A perpetual state of hyper-arousal takes its toll on the body. Worry is only one manifestation of fear, a chronic condition in our society, not only perpetuated through media but alive and pulsating on the streets, in traffic, in grocery stores and shopping centers. People have short tempers, are quick on the trigger, and always afraid the other guy with a short fuse has a real gun that can do real damage in real life. We live in a violent world. Just watch TV to learn that version of the truth. We have real reasons to be afraid, and we tell our bodies that, despite the lack of immediate danger.
So what does this have to do with the health care industry owning our minds? Well, the idea that we absorb all this crap as if it were gospel, without the exposure to alternatives to determine how much is true and how much is propaganda, for the purpose of selling “health care.” The illusion that there is “care” in the “health care industry” ultimately leads to a sense of having been betrayed, because the “care” was siphoned off a long time ago. The system itself is greedily vampiristic, the parasites feeding off the host, bleeding and treating them ultimately to death, one life at a time.
Of course there are exceptions, and there are the medical heroes, those who have not lost the ability to care. These are the doctors, nurses, and other “providers” patients are lucky to have. But even the best of them are stretched thin and on the verge of burnout with the excessive demands of the system itself.
There are alternatives to the one-size-fits-none proposition offered by the “health care industry,” but you won’t hear about them on television. You might hear from those who have personally benefited from alternatives like acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, herbal therapies, or folk remedies, just to name a few. Ayurvedic medicine, but these are not likely covered by your mandatory insurance, so you would have to pay out-of-pocket.
But hey, it’s the price you pay for freedom.