by Dr. Glenn Wilcox, D.O.M.
I’ve shared this elsewhere. I was called to a career in energy medicine in 1973 during a profound spiritual experience. At that time, I had no idea what energy medicine was. It did not exist in the West. I became a trailblazer. Vital energy is called Qi in Chinese Medicine. For optimal health and performance, a person’s Qi must be sufficient, and it must circulate freely and harmoniously. Vital energy is the essential foundation for a healthy and rich life. Without it every aspect of a successful medicinal experience is undermined. Over the decades, I have expanded beyond the traditional understanding of Qi, and learned how to stimulate this vital energy at deeper levels, both cellular and molecular. With increasing knowledge, experience and maturity I have developed a strategic, holistic and integrative approach to medicine that I call Wise Medicine®.
The dictionary definition of medicine is “the science and art of diagnosing and treating disease or injury and maintaining health.” I would expand that to include optimizing performance. Beyond medicine, but essential to it, is the art of self health care.
10 Fundamentals of Wise Self Health Care
- Breathe clean air; inhale and exhale completely.
- Drink sufficient pure fluids.
- Eat good foods and supplements appropriate for you.
- Live, work and play in a clean, safe and comfortable environment.
- Sleep as much as you need and deeply.
- Move, exercise and stretch physically and energetically.
- Enjoy loving companions, friends, family and colleagues.
- Be calm, clear, grateful, content and connected to your essence/soul/source.
- Laugh often.
- Love generously, both yourself and others.
Maintaining health and optimizing performance involves all of the above fundamentals. When these fundamentals are integrated into your lifestyle, resolving medical problems becomes much easier, as does optimizing health and performance.
However, there are an additional seven factors that can undermine and prevent your ability to actualize the above fundamentals. They are essential to treating your medical conditions, especially those that may not be responding well to conventional medical care. They are important for improving our nation’s failing health care system and are currently not included in it in any significant way. I call these factors the 7 Pillars of Wise Medicine. But first…
Does America Have the Worst Health Care System in the World?
Many people are aware that the health care system in America is significantly flawed. Per capita, we pay twice as much for our “healthcare” as the next nearest nation. This fact is seldom discussed. When it does come up, the story we are told is that we have the best health care in the world, and so this costs more. The facts do not support this fantasy. Annually, accurate data is compiled about health care from the countries of the world. Studies of this data from each country compare outcomes in many areas of health care. Unfortunately, the United States ranks far down the list in most of the outcomes categories and has done so for many years, now and also for years prior to “Obama Care.” If outcomes plus costs are compared, we are burdened with what may arguably be the worst health care system in the world. It’s time for a change – Wise Medicine®
7 Pillars of Wise Medicine®
- Clear parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi/yeast/mold; then restore a healthy microbiome.
- Detoxify metals and chemicals from self, home, workplace and environment.
- Create an individually appropriate diet and supplement program.
- Optimize the hormone and neurotransmitter symphony.
- Tonify and move vital energy and blood circulation, organ and tissue function.
- Improve cell respiration including mitochondrial ATP production (molecular energy).
- Nurture skills for calming, clearing, centering and expanding consciousness.
Successfully diagnosing and treating medical conditions involves all of the above seven essential components that must be evaluated, diagnosed and treated, or ruled out. Performing the best world-class, evidence based diagnostic testing is almost always the essential first step. These Pillars are strategic and synergistic, meaning it is wise to consider them in the proper order and relationship to each other because one will influence the next and they affect each other. They can also vary in importance for each person. These 7 Pillars are mostly not considered in conventional medicine and even if considered, they are not completely explored and ruled out or resolved. Successful medical outcomes, especially when dealing with medical conditions that are not responding well to past and current care, require thorough and competent exploration of the 7 Pillars of Wise Medicine®.
Genomics Considered: Genomics is the science of analyzing enormous amounts of DNA-sequence data to find variations that affect health, disease, drug response and even nutritional needs. Genomics is new. There is debate over what findings are useful, although some clearly are. However, the experts I respect agree that, with a few obvious exceptions, genetic factors contribute to only between 10 and 20 percent of the overall health picture. The other 80 to 90 percent is determined by epigenetics. Epigenetics is primarily about your lifestyle choices such as what you eat, where you live, who you interact with and how, when and how you sleep, how you exercise and other choices and influences. These can cause modifications around the genes that can turn them on or off. Obviously, the 10 Fundamentals of Wise Self Health Care and the 7 Pillars of Wise Medicine® play a critical role in positively modifying any genetic issues you may have. Until our knowledge of these genetic “flaws” matures, I am not including genomics in the 7 Pillars of Wise Medicine®. However, I consider the more proven of these factors when determining appropriate medical strategies.
7 Steps of a Wise Medicine®, Science-based Strategy
- Consider exploring one or more Pillars of Wise Medicine® concurrently or consecutively.
- Determine and complete the best appropriate diagnostic test(s).
- Agree upon a treatment strategy based on the diagnostic tests and clinical history.
- Follow-up to confirm compliance with the treatment strategy.
- Repeat the diagnostic tests to determine success.
- Modify the protocol if necessary, with consideration to test results and individual response.
- Revisit the diagnostic tests and clinical history at intervals that are appropriate.
All too often in conventional medicine, there is a lack of rigor when determining a thorough and science-based strategy for diagnosing and treating medical problems. It takes time to do so and most docs are not allowed much time with their patients. Furthermore, health care insurance providers will often not cover the best and most useful tests and effective therapies. The result is poor outcomes and significant patient frustration. Just a few decades ago, a major well-respected study concluded that 80 percent of what was done in conventional medicine was unproven scientifically. Since that startling awakening, the buzz-phrase became “science-based medicine.” Unfortunately, this wise and ideal concept has not been fully incorporated into the standard of care in medicine.
True Healers and the Soul of Medicine
Years ago, I occasionally had lunch with a friend who was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He was a respected and influential medical doctor, very involved in evolving medicine nationally. He was a pioneer at the forefront of the movement to include integrative and alternative medicine in conventional medical education. He shared this story with me. Behind closed doors, every medical doctor he interacted with was experiencing significant inner turmoil from the realization that conventional medicine had no soul. He told me that feeling was never expressed outside of very private professional discussions. I once asked him for his estimate about what percentage of medical doctors graduating each year in America were good healers. He answered “One.” I was surprised and responded “Wow, only one percent of all graduates.” He clarified by stating “No, one doctor.”
Conventional medicine lacks soul. It will take the wisdom and effort of the best elders in the profession to infuse a sense of soul into medicine and create an educational experience that encourages doctors to be true healers. Additionally, we must develop a health care system that cost effectively improves our medical outcomes. Our individual health and national economy depend on it. I believe Wise Medicine® is an essential part of that process. More importantly, Wise Medicine® can provide you with excellent outcomes now. It is not necessary to wait for our health care system to evolve. Take control of your health care now and embrace the Wise Medicine® motto. Good health is your most valuable asset. Invest wiselyTM.