The Well­ness War­rior

India Today - - SOCIETY & TRENDS -

MICHAEL DIXON, UK He courted con­tro­versy by say­ing doc­tors have lost their power to heal He has al­ways be­lieved in one sim­ple truth: As a doc­tor, if you can’t tell in ten min­utes what’s wrong with a pa­tient, then you prob­a­bly don’t know what you are talk­ing about. Mod­ern medicine, he says, has noth­ing to of­fer to those suf­fer­ing from chronic con­di­tions, headaches to back­aches to fre­quent in­fec­tions. “In­stead of heal­ing, doc­tors rou­tinely give them some tablets or send them to some­one else,” says Dr Dixon. That dis­en­chant­ment, what he calls “purely self­ish rea­sons”, drove him to­wards al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions.

That also led him to set up Col­lege Surgery in Cul­lomp­ton, Devon. Here people are steered to­wards ap­proaches that help them get bet­ter. If you have a prob­lem that needs a con­ven­tional medicine, you would be given that. If you have that chronic pain, tired­ness or in­fec­tion, Dr Dixon might give you a herbal rem­edy that you can buy from a health food shop.

The idea of in­te­grat­ing dif­fer­ent types of heal­ing is some­thing that is ahead of its time, he be­lieves. A vo­cif­er­ous sec­tion of Bri­tish doc­tors, how­ever, has called Dr Dixon’s ap­proach a “smoke­screen for un­proven treat­ments”. But he ar­gues that the ef­fi­cacy of com­ple­men­tary treat­ments sim­ply can­not be mea­sured by stan­dard lab tests. “Pa­tients should never be forced into an ei­ther/or sit­u­a­tion.”

Pho­to­graph By NILOTPALBARUAH

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