By Shae Hadden | BioI got a rude awakening today while visiting my family doctor. As I was being guided to the examination room, the medical assistant handed me a brochure explaining that the clinic I go to was now going to offer extended healthcare ‘packages’ to their ‘clients’. The brochure outlined numerous different options to access ‘enhanced’ healthcare services and diagnostics, all for varying annual fees depending upon the complexity and estimated amount of ‘contact’ I could have with medical professionals. What bothered me more than this evidence of the two-tiered nature of the Canadian universal healthcare system was that none of the programs they offered included access to alternative or complementary healthcare. Unfortunately, conventional medicine doesn’t always treat all of our illnesses or alleviate all of our suffering. Unconventional approaches and treatments have their place in a well-rounded, healthy healthcare system.
Decisions about my health and well-being are the most important choices I have had to make in the past few years. Fortunately, I have a close network of trusted friends who help me see possibilities that I am blind to…and who remind me to stay with my inquiry into “Who am I?” in relationship to my body, mind and spirit. My experience these past few months has been that when you’re dealing with a situation in which it is difficult to diagnose (let alone treat) symptoms,