The Significance of Shifting the Medical Model From Structural to Functional Analysis in Healthcare

Beloved Family:
When we face a health challenge, nothing seems certain anymore. What happens if you don’t get a guarantee from your doctor that everything is going to be fine or a recovery percentage that’s in your favor? Most people, especially those with supposed terminal illnesses, don’t get such reassurance. In this frightening uncertainty, how do we find a way to coexist with our dis-ease so we can go within and find the healing answers we need?

Poet, John Keats said negative capability is man’s ability to “be in uncertainties, mysteries and doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason, from being incapable of remaining content with half knowledge.” Our ability to heal physically is directly proportional to our ability to remain at peace spiritually, even if we don’t yet know how our personal story is going to play out. Do you remember seeing a movie that you love for the first time? Even though there was suspense and danger, you maintained a certain level of confidence that the hero would prevail in the end, even though you didn’t know how the plot would unfold. That’s negative capability. It means sitting with certainty in the midst of uncertainty. It’s allowing yourself to be okay with not being okay.

Every tumor is surrounded by a thick, fibrous capsule. It’s the body’s defense mechanism to keep the cancer from spreading. Because of the fearful way we’ve been educated about cancer, our immediate reaction is to cut, poison or burn it out. Just get rid of it. The standard practice is to perform a biopsy where a needle is inserted into the mass and cells are tested for malignancy. The problem here is that in our rush to react, we puncture the protective membrane our body created to contain the cancer, allowing it to escape and spread to other locations. Without negative capability, we rush in to solve our problems only to create breaches where they can spread and expand.

Before Rene Decartes was a scientist, he was a mystic. It was his later scientific discoveries that would all but erase his earlier spiritual work. One of his most significant is the Primary Method of Analysis. It’s the model all medical diagnostics are based on today. It uses structural analysis to find the root of a problem. It assumes all physical problems have a physical origin. This is why medicine is dominated by tests like the ultrasound, CAT scan, PET scan, MRI and x-ray. It uses these to find a physical cause. Once found, quantitative analysis asks, “How much is there?” This physical model implies if we can find some-THING, we can count it. If we can count it, we can label it. If we can label it, we can control it and if we can control it; we are God. Without negative capability, we’re physically focused, fearful and try to control everything. When man tries to play God, it always ends very badly.

Functional Analysis in Healthcare: Rene Descartes

Instead of structural analysis; it’s time for our medical model to shift to functional analysis. It’s based in qualitative observation rather than quantitative. Structural analysis is a reductionist approach that continuously breaks the body down into ever smaller separate parts from organ systems to atoms and asks, “how” something is happening, all the while assuming these trillions of different parts have no universal relation to each other. Functional analysis views all parts and systems as interdependent and asks “why” something is happening.

Finding out why a particular condition is occurring for a patient is the foundation of everything I do. Answering the why informs how we will approach treatment, and it’s never the same for any two people even if they have the same illness. That’s because the why also includes the patient’s psycho-spiritual state of health as well, which standard allopathic medicine doesn’t even consider. Without answering the why for each patient, we end up with one-size-fits-all cookie cutter treatment which is the state of healthcare today.

Patients often ask us how it’s possible that they experienced healing breakthroughs at Be Hive of Healing Medical Center after having received similar treatments from other doctors to no effect. They often say things like, “It just feels different as it’s going inside my body! I can feel it.” We explain to them that our job is to find out why a disease is occurring in their body and no one else’s based on their physical, spiritual and emotional condition, and then to formulate a personalized treatment based on what we discover through that holistic diagnostic process. For example, no two IV combinations are the same, not just with regard to ingredients and their levels, but also the attention we put into preparing them. We say a prayer over each one with the direct intention of achieving the required psycho-spiritual and/or physical healing shift the patient is working toward. To reinforce this process we also infuse the consciousness of this intention into each IV bag in a physical way, as well. We write out a specific intentional prayer on a clear transparency sheet, then shine a cold laser beam through it and into the IV bag, carrying the healing energy of those powerful words into the liquid itself. I mentioned this psycho-spiritual preparation process in an interview with Vogue magazine about why the same people respond differently to the same treatment when administered by different providers. I guess it was too “out there” for them because it was cut from the published article. Apparently, they weren’t interested in the why of things.

When we panic and rush into a healthcare “solution”, we’re focusing only on the how and not the why of our personal situation—why disease developed in the first place, which will offer vital information with regard to how treatment should be approached differently for each person.

We sincerely believe that it’s psycho-spiritual preparation in treatments such as this, as well as our intensive personal work with patients through Integrative Psycho-Synthesis (iPs) sessions that yield such powerful results, even from similar treatments a patient may have had elsewhere. That’s because most of our attention is on why a patient got sick in the first place and not how they should be prescribed the same generic treatment everyone else gets. I was presenting at a conference recently where people were lining up to all have the exact same IV cocktail promoted by the newest “hot” clinic in town. No blood tests, no personal evaluations, no emotional exploration of any kind. Just 100% focus on the how…and people have to wonder why they often get limited or no results from alternative care. It amazes me that people are more concerned about how a meal is cooked to their personal specifications in a restaurant than they are about how their healthcare is administered in a generic and uniform way. Regardless of whether it’s dinner or disease, an ancient Persian proverb assures us that the same herbs brew different medicine in different hands.

When we panic and rush into a healthcare “solution”, we’re focusing only on the how and not the why of our personal situation—why disease developed in the first place, which will offer vital information with regard to how treatment should be approached differently for each person. In the case of cancer, it’s not the cancer we need to be paying attention to, but our reaction to it. Cancer is a gift the body gives the soul. It’s the signal that says the cancer isn’t the issue but how we’re relating to it is! We never accept the invitation to look deeper, to a functional level. That’s why most cancers that are physically removed always return, because cancer is a functional (why) issue, not a structural (how) one. A tumor’s fibrous membrane is our body’s insurance policy. It buys us time to take this journey and discover our why. If you can practice negative capability and stand in the eye of a hurricane where all is calm, you will find it.

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Love, Light & Clarity in the Month Ahead,
Dr. Habib Sadeghi


Dr. Sadeghi
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative medical center based in Los Angeles. He specializes in multi-disciplinary treatment for chronic illnesses that include osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, psychosomatic, family, and German new medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He is the author of two books, The Clarity Cleanse: 12 steps to finding renewed energy, spiritual fulfillment and emotional healing, and Within: A spiritual awakening to love & weight loss. Dr. Sadeghi is also a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and the Huffington Post, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN. Read biography 
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