Are You A Victim Of “Dogmatic Delusional Disorder (DDD)”?
By Dr. Michelle Kmiec, Founder OHH (Revised from Aug 2017)
Our society is sicker, and far more drug dependent, than ever before. Yet, few people are asking the obvious questions.
- Why are we so sick with new diseases and syndromes each year?
- Why the need for prescription drugs on top of more prescription drugs?
Where is it going to end?
And fewer still are asking the most obvious question of all:
Could all this sickness be due to health deficiencies caused by air pollution, contaminated oceans, nutritionally deprived processed and fast foods, nutritionally stripped land due to over-farmed soil and top that all off with genetically modified foods not found in nature? Or how about all the artificial chemicals found in food – here’s a big one…artificial sugars?
Or perhaps is it our overwhelmingly sedentary lifestyle compounded by extreme high-stressed living?
Whew! Thank goodness the answer is found in a pharmaceutical! I know because the constant bombardment of drug ads on TV tell me so. 😉
We have become a “symptom suppressing” society that is basically too drugged and numbed by doctors to even notice! The irony is that it isn’t illegal drugs that we should be worried about, but the “legal” ones!
Aren’t we all too familiar with the devastating opiate crisis that has claimed far too many lives? Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.” And this statistic is even more alarming, “About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.”
In the 2011 groundbreaking book and documentary, “Death by Medicine” found that a shocking 783, 936 deaths occur each year caused by conventional medicine!
Think about it.
That statistic is the equivalent to the horror of the 911 terrorist attacks happening nearly 266 times per year! And I’d wager that number goes up considerably each year.
I highly recommend watching the film in its entirety below.
So why do we accept this travesty, and it is nothing less than a travesty, to happen?
I believe we accept it because they (the “health experts”) have relentlessly been brainwashing us that we must take this or that drug, have this or that surgery…or suffer the consequences of death. Really? Seems to me that death is occurring anyway by the hands of the cure!
Further, if all these drugs are the answer to the ever-growing health crisis, then why aren’t people getting healthier? Clearly, this strategy is not working.
But, there is more to the problem than just prescriptions drugs and medical errors.
Call me a crazy chiropractor (and I’d consider that a compliment), but if you actually take a step back and really take a look at the state of our general health, as a society, it becomes obvious that we are simply counteracting our ‘chemically-polluted and nutritionally-deprived environment induced diseases’ with even more chemicals – Effectively striking humanity with a one-two punch of so-called “modern medicine” owned by pharmaceutical drug companies that take in around half of TRILLION dollars in yearly revenue. Will it be humanities knockout?
Did you know that nearly half of the global pharmaceutical market comes from the U.S.? Speaks volumes doesn’t it?
This leads to the following question, “How did we get here?” After all, with all our so-called medical advances, shouldn’t we be the healthiest people of all the past ages?
Maybe we should reevaluate the science behind the medicine.
If the purpose of science is to find the truth, acquire the knowledge, and apply the wisdom learned, why then isn’t it? What is distorting, or worse, blinding the truth about our current health methods, thus destroying humanity down to the cellular level? Is it really money and power as many suggest?
Well, there is absolutely no doubt that this is indeed a major factor based on the absurd yearly revenue of pharmaceutical companies, but is it really the main cause?
I have come to believe that there is a fundamentally deeper cause for our current state of mind regarding healthcare and I have even named it. I call it, “Dogmatic Delusional Disorder (DDD)”. And it’s an epidemic.
DDD is the term that applies to any person who disregards the fundamental relationship between “life” as it relates to “health” and chooses, instead, to adopt a specific doctrine that refuses to evolve beyond the rhetoric in spite of the obvious lack of logic. This process would compel an otherwise normal intellect to believe conventional illogical falsehoods.
Furthermore, the individuals involved in this type of medicine and science are convinced that their method, and only their method, is sound. After all, they are the “educated” ones with all the “right knowledge”.
Little do they know, however, that they are, in fact, unaware that they are victims of DDD.
So, it seems we have to answer a few more questions here before we go on.
What defines the distinction between ignorance and knowledge? The apparent answer is to depart from ignorance, via learning, in order to become educated. Right? Makes sense.
But does education equal knowledge and more importantly, does knowledge equal truth?
A perfect example of the so-called “knowledge” is when we “knew” the earth was “in fact” the center of the universe. And that the sun and other planets, in fact, orbited around the earth. So what does that say about knowledge?
This “knowledge” was so ingrained, that any opposition to it was actually considered heresy of the modern science of the day. So prevalent, that it was also deeply intertwined with religious beliefs. So, the inevitable occurred. The only science obtained knowledge that would be accepted as truth, had to correspond directly to the church. If it did not, then that knowledge would again be labeled heresy. This is a perfect example of how a dogmatic doctrine can taint, and disregard the truth, in order to keep the current belief alive.
And at any cost, in other words: DDD!
But, eventually, thank goodness, a change in paradigm finally occurred and we stepped away from the dogmatic quicksand and progressed forward. Or have we?
An article entitled ‘Scientific Savvy? In U.S. Not Much’ published in August of 2005 in the New York Times written by Cornelia Dean. She proves that dogmatic beliefs are more deeply embedded in the human psyche than you may think. She writes:
“Dr. Miller, 63, a political scientist who directs the Center for Biomedical Communications at the medical school, studies how much Americans know about science and what they think about it. His findings are not encouraging…
…Dr. Miller’s data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. (And this is really scary) One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century…”
Now, how does this all relate to our healthcare crisis of today? It relates, because although for the most part, it appears that we have not evolved with respect to healthcare. Sadly, our dogmatic positions are alive and well, because even with new information it is often not applied to whatever the current “accepted” knowledge is.
One perfect example is despite overwhelming evidence that saturated fat is not the villain we all thought (for a fact) it was, but instead, the real health issue is with the overabundance of sugars and carbohydrates. Yet most people and most doctors still cling to the old belief!
Okay, let’s be totally fair.
It could also be said that I carry a strong dogmatic position as well. Let’s explore this assumption.
I dogmatically believe that human beings thrive under healthy conditions and diminish under unhealthy ones. In other words, a human being would be healthier breathing non-polluted air, drinking chemical-free water, eating mercury-free fish, eating meat free of antibiotics and hormones who are fed a diet natural for them, eating vegetables free of pesticides, and a diet free of non-nutritious processed and fast foods. That if we, as a “modern advanced” society, would place our focus on achieving such an environment, we would dramatically reduce our level of health conditions and diseases; if not eliminate them completely.
I dogmatically believe that due to our current environment and lack of nutrients in our over-farmed soil thus our food, people are fundamentally deficient of multiple nutrients, which then causes the imbalances in the body ultimately resulting in disease.
I dogmatically believe that we live in a self-induced ridiculous high stressed atmosphere with our quality of life at an all-time low. Have you heard that the life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen yet again for the third year in a row? And worse, The Lancet predicts that our world ranking of life expectancy will fall to 64th place by 2040! Pharmaceuticals certainly do not appear to be the answer for this.
I dogmatically believe that we, as a society, are in competition with each other for so many things that are really so meaningless to true happiness, well-being, and health. Usually, it’s some sort of new gadget, some kind of fancy sport shoe or trendy jeans, perhaps a new hairstyle, or we readily get on board whatever the latest new cause is…of course actually knowing all the details about the “cause” is irrelevant because that really isn’t the ultimate goal, is it? For most the ultimate goal is to be the coolest… most liked…too fit in and belong, especially on social media. And we all know how “true” social media is! Sarcasm intended.
Follow what I am saying.
I dogmatically believe that we are far too sedentary as I have already mentioned. We sit unnaturally too long for what our physical bodies were designed for. Sometimes 8, 10, 12+ hours at a time in front of a computer, or in some cases multiple computer screens with little to no movement and then we wonder why we have so much chronic pain?
And, I dogmatically believe that treating the symptoms of these imbalances by using drugs and surgery does not result in a cure, but rather perpetuates the cycle of sickness and disease.
So there, before anybody tells me that I am dogmatically positioned, I admit it. I am. You got me!
Now with that, all cleared up, let’s continue with our discussion.
Here’s something interesting. Do we even know, or have any idea, about the long-term health effects that all these chemicals, which bombard us on a daily basis, may bring? I haven’t even begun to mention the possible ill-effects from microwaves, computers, cell phones, chemtrails, etc.
Now, hold on, let me be clear here.
I have nothing against technology. In fact, without technology, I would not be able to have Online Holistic Health, or OHH Facebook, or a YouTube Channel that I recently began creating. Or even play games on my PS4 Virtual Reality. I love it all!
So, I’m not suggesting that we throw away new inventions. What I am suggesting is, that if money weren’t the bottom-line to just about everything, perhaps healthier precautions could be taken against the dangers that are known to accompany such technological advancements. However, such as it is with cars, the more expensive the car the safer it is…the cheaper the car, the higher the health risk. Is that really fair?
When did society become so obsessive-compulsive regarding money and total profit over human health and well-being?
This brings me back to the original question I alluded to. How is it that two different intelligent people can have such opposite points of view on any given topic?
The difference is often a battle of whose knowledge is better. Whose knowledge is correct? Someone must be “right”, and if one is “right”, then the “right” one has the knowledge while the “wrong” one does not.
But, before we go any further, let’s talk about knowledge.
The opposite of knowledge is ignorance. I think we can all agree on that. Then the correction of ignorance would be knowledge. But what if the learned knowledge is based on misinformation, half-truths, and propaganda?
Since what we are seeking is the truth, and only knowledge based on truth is correct, then why isn’t that which we deem as knowledge based on truth?
Even in science, the so-called non-affiliated field of exploration in search of truth is immersed in the shadow of dogma. As long as scientists are human beings, then their beliefs and actions can be tainted by those who fund their research, and by the misuse of power. Thus, they end up with dogmatic views. Scientists themselves are aware of this and that is why the “Scientific Method” was developed in the first place.
In hopes of having specific guidelines that prevent the tainted nature of man and his dogmatic views, to infiltrate into science and the search for pure truth.
However, no method created by man can prevent the innate condition of the dogmatic view, which is innate to man.
What do I mean by this?
In the effort to create a scientific method, one vital component was forgotten. Man and his never-ending greedy ego.
Despite the effort to protect the scientific method from humanities apparent flaw, we forgot that what we create, we can manipulate. After all, it is “man” who makes the rules in the first place.
But, I have to admit, that this is a brilliant way to manipulate the population. How? By keeping the population in ignorance via the belief that their health and well-being, is in the good hands of the “correctly” educated. With that said – if the antidote to ignorance is education, then what is the antidote to the misinformation embedded within that education?
While it seems logical that misinformation can be counteracted by giving people the true information, to political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler, co-authors of, “When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions“, found that despite learning of the correct information that should clarify the misperception, it was virtually useless against the dogmatically positioned doctrines.
In other words, despite the presence of the actual truth, people still didn’t want to change their dogmatic position.
So, what are we to do when even in the face of truth, we continue to deny its existence?
First, admit that we all have dogmatic positions and then choose to open our minds to the possibility of what lays beyond them. Trust me, you will be surprised.
Second, and this is so important, question everything! I can’t tell you how many times I have gone back and revised articles because my dogmatic position had shifted due to newly learned truths by asking different questions. Sounds logical, right? Including this article! So I guess like works of art, the truth is ever evolving and never “truly” finished.
Lastly, it is so easy to paint a bleak picture of anything. Never forget that a picture is only a snapshot of a current point of view…a current point of perspective. And when you instead chose to see the entire picture, then it becomes so obvious that the answer to health and well-being doesn’t come from a bottle of synthetic drugs. The answer comes when you open your mind to all possibilities. Holistically…everything is connected.
- What you believe
- How you think
- How you behave
- How you talk
- What you eat
- How you move
Remember all things in life are ever changing, ever flowing, and when we learn to flow with it…with our own nature, is when the wonder, the beauty, and the miracle of life embraces us!