We need help!

Like many small children, I fell under the spell of Tutankamen, Mummies and Egyptian Hieroglypics. In those days, the Pharoahs High Priests, embodied medical, ritual and sarcophagean technology and used their ritual knowledge to run the country. They were the politicians, doyens of big business and civil service. And their most important task was to sell the prospect of immortal life and crossing the River Styx to the Pharoah. Medicine, like all priesthoods, is the most conservative of occupations. Nothing changes because change means power shifting and no one gives up power voluntary.

Eventually the myth of the Egyptian after-life was dispelled, Moses led his people out of Egypt and the mad race towards modern civilisation began.  

This can be summed up by Arthur C Clarke’s 3rd Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Or, alternatively, any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don’t understand it

These days, very few people can follow medical science. Forty years ago, although not simple it was for the most part coherent. This is no longer the case. Treatment is no longer rational, practices in one part of the discipline are the antithesis of others. Paramedical, alernative and complimentary medicine, along with Chinese and Aruveydic medicine are at odds with Good Medical Practicce. It is as though any pretence at a unifying grand narrative of medical science has been abandoned. Foucault to all intents and purpose has won. Every narrative from every corner of the kingdom of medicine is given equal precedence, providing it is part of the ‘Body of Medical Opinion’. Step outside that boundary and you enter the world of medical heresy, where the penalty is to be burnt at the stake and be defrocked. 

Yet the point of science is that it does provide a systematic coherent narrative. If something is true in one corner of the universe, it must be true in all parts of the universe or else we have not understood the problem and our explanation is incorrect. 

What is the answer to the competing narratives of medicine? 

5 Replies to “We need help!”

  1. Dear Liz Miller:

    I am a 34 year old Chilean woman that was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type II three years ago on my second psychotic episode (I had three of them, two on 2014 and one in 2016, all of them triggered by canabis which I no longer smoke). I have been on lithium for almost three years now and it is starting to affect my thyroid and my psychiatrist wants me to start taking another pill to control this.

    I am not a fan of pills and I know the reasons why all this happened, it has a lot to do with fears burried deep within that I had not brought to the surface on a conscious level. I could type for hours explaining this but that is not the aim of this e-mail.

    I saw you on the BBC documentary about bipolar disorder with Steven Fry and I wanted to see if it was possible to get some advice from you since I am planning on leaving lithium and the documentary showed you managed to cope with the illness based on a particular diet. I saw fish and cheese there but I was wondering if you may have something a bit more detailed that you could share with me like how many times a week and how much of each thing would help.

    I am convinced I can do this on my own and I feel ready now.

    Could you help me?

    Hoping this message finds you fulfilled and happy I send you my kindest regards

  2. the governments responsibility to the NHS should not start at a black towered ringo dog chew inserted into technological support systems economical black wiz way
    They really need to understand the wiz way first

  3. Hello I’m Paul retired dentist used kno Liz miller at kings…so my to say but I’m artist..poet…and interested in transcendental meditation.. Helping stress damage….bliss. Consciousness is the healer but you must let it come through give it chance…otherwise too busy!!!! Pauly

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