Medical tourism and the healing codes

Medical tourism and the healing codes

Academic blog posts

Let me first share some blog posts from friends in the academic and business worlds:

The Healing Codes

Doctors at the General Assembly

Doctors at the General Assembly (Photo credit: Waldo Jaquith)

The Healing Codes by Alex Loyd, PhD, ND and Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD, is found both on their website (Website healing code)  and Amazon (Amazon Healing Code).  It has gotten an overall favorable Amazon user rating.  I was able to get the book The Healing Code for free via my local public library.

I’ll be asking the question if this is a scientific or spiritual approach to healing in my future review.. Now I’m no stranger to exploring spiritual or metaphysical approaches to healing.  After all:

  • I’m been though many sessions with a Roman Catholic charismatic priest in the Chicago area.
  • I’ve been in healing ceremonies with Native Americans.
  • I follow the TV programs of Christian motivational speaker Joel Osteen.
  • I have taken part in the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends healing meetings.
  • I’ve read different works of metaphysical healers Joel Goldsmith, Mary Baker Eddie and Emmet Fox.

Anyway, the full book title is The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue.  The key is that both authors have impressive academic credentials and the title talks about six minutes of time.

Although I do wonder why the second author has both a DO and MD degree.  According to Wiki at Doctor of Medicine, “Holders of the DO degree are known as osteopathic physicians and have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as physicians with a Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.).”  I know the only difference is that they also learn manipulation (i.e. similar to a chiropractor). Perhaps he had an M.D. degree and wished to add manipulation to his repertory?

I’m reading it now and can’t put it down.  It’s as exciting as reading Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – although I don’t agree with her philosophical stance.  Look forward to me reviewing this book in a near future post.  I’ll be sure to finish the book first, join their free membership site and sign up for their Facebook group.  If there are any red flags, I’ll let you know.

Medical tourism

Medical tourism

Medical tourism (Photo credit: SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations)

Medical tourism is defined by Wiki at Medical tourism as “a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care.”

I’m sitting in this fast food Indian restaurant.  I start talking to the owner about this topic.  He mentioned to me that folks from Arab countries like Indian hospitals and regularly travel to India for care.  That’s interesting.  It means that rich Arabs also like Indian hospitals.  I also known that Indian has Ayurvedic, homeopathic and Unani hospitals, in addition to allopathic medical hospitals.

Here’s the problem.  Let me list some factors here:

  • The costs of some tests or procedures can vary widely in the US.  You can know this simply by following news programs like ABC news.
  • An US millionaire friend complains he would have a long wait for certain transplant organs. That’s why websites like Planet Hospital (i.e. Planet Hospital) have sprung up.
  • Cuba is widely known for good medical care but is directly inaccessible to US citizens.

There are some problems I see with medical tourism:

  • Costs can depend upon the current money exchange rates between two countries.  This reason would influence whether I go to Israel, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, etc., for medical care.
  • If something goes wrong – depending upon the country – a person might have limited legal recourse.
  • Would US hospitals and doctors work on a patient that had surgery in a foreign country?
Institute of Mental Health at Buangkok, Singapore.

Institute of Mental Health at Buangkok, Singapore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So why can’t either the US government, insurance companies, etc., come up with a list of recognized foreign hospitals?  After all, isn’t the insurance company interested in saving money?

And medical tourism wouldn’t be a US topic at all, if we had any kind of universal medical coverage.  After all, I think we are the only country that doesn’t have one.  Is this the kind of statistic to be proud of?  And the United States is not rated at the top for health care, by the World Health Organization.

Where would I go?  Israel, India, Costa Rica, Singapore and Thailand top my list of countries to  consider.  I would look at what the country’s government and international regulatory agencies rate as top hospital choices. You can find a top 10 world hospital list at world hospital.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi… how is it possible??

    • I assume you mean the Healing Codes? If so, I am currently reading the book and the authors devote a great deal of time to a plausible scientific explanation. I’ll talk more about this when I actually review the book, which will be soon. Or you can read through the reviews at the Amazon site.

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