Lessons from a Tragedy

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7 Responses

  1. Ezzie says:

    Excellent, excellent piece. It is in direct contrast with yesterday’s events, but it’s at least a hopeful sign.

  2. Chaim Markowitz says:

    I find it somewhat ironic that you wrote this editorials in a magazine that is constantly promoting alternative medicine and therapies.

    I am curious what your opinion is about these types of articles that appear in Mishpacha.

    Note: Please don’t publish this comment

  3. SephardiLady says:

    G-d Willing cooperation will be the wave of the future.

  4. Nachum says:

    The Tiferes Yisrael comments that “Tov HaRofim LeGehinnom” means “a doctor who thinks he’s the best.” That is to say, a doctor with hubris, who doesn’t consult his colleagues on difficult cases- exactly your point.

  5. Michoel says:

    I think Rav Bulman’s statement could also be understood as follows: Part of the drive toward alternative therapies comes from a desire to see oursleves in control. All we need to do is to tweak a small imbalance of some sort and that will allow our body to “heal itself” as the common phrase goes. This is sometimes couched in frumeh lashonos such as “all illness is fundamentally spiritual in nature.” This can be akin to avodah zara because it is an off shoot of kochi v’otzem yadi. Going to a top physician, on the other hand, sometimes bespeaks a recognition that “I am not in control”. The One Above gave me an illness.

    That being said, I think it is strongly incumbent on the frum medical community to lead the way for the rest of the medical community in showing the importance of humility. The gaavah of doctors is a michshol sh’ain c’mohu and can real undermine the ability of rational folks to have confidence in them.

    For the record, I do use a few alternative therapies that work well for me and I generally try to strike a balance in these things.

  6. Steve Brizel says:

    Yasher Koach on addressing a major issue-the popularity and promotion of alternative medicine a/k/a quackery 101 within the Charedi world. especially as one poster has noted within Mishpacha Magazine. No less a Gadol and Posek than R A Z Weiss has viewed the entire panopoly of alternative therapies as unproven and unreliable, and not worthy of being deemd a refuah for which one could violate Shabbos. R Weiss emphasized that noone can or should rely upon such remedies when mainstream medicine and physicians offer a cure that is documented. If we lived in an age where we did not have to rely upon doctors, Michoel’s statement would be well taken. Since as the Ramban in Parshas Mishpatim stresses, we have never been on such a level, seeking the best medical care is a chiyuv, nit a kiyum or a midas chasidus. The simple fact is that by seeking a physician’s services, you are relying upon the physician’s expertise as opposed to his or her personality or midos tovos because you don’t have the knowleddge that the doctor has. I would state that we as consumers should remember that fact when we seek medical advice, as opposed to seeking a doctor who is humble but incompetent.

  7. shmuel says:

    There are medical treatments which have been PROVEN effective via well conducted (ideally double blind) studies. There are medical and some “alternative” treatments which have been PROVEN ineffective via the same methodology. Unfortunately there are a large number (perhaps the majority) of treatments that have not been clearly demonstrated to be one way or the other. Conventional medicine is commited (at least in theory) to demonstarting the efficatiousness of one regimen vs another. Unfortunately, most practioners of CAM (complimentary and alternative “medicine”) are commited to avoiding such testing. Using unproven treatments is at best speculative and at wost detrimental.

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