Medical technology is great for GDP

Contact lenses, hip replacement, pace makers, open heart surgery, IVF… are all marvels of modern technology.

We can’t help but admire the technical prouesses that they imply.

But couldn’t their aims be reached by other means, possibly more natural, less painful, with fewer or no side effects, and cheaper?

Take contact lenses for example.

They may seem a great help for short sighted people. They do enable to see with more accuracy, but at the cost of a significant intrusion: the eye surface is definitely not meant to be covered by a layer of glass or plastic.

And lenses do not restore natural vision.

According to conventional ophthalmologists, restoring natural vision is impossible. Once you are short sighted, there is nothing else to do than wearing glasses or contact lenses, or having the shape of your eye corrected by surgery.

But what exactly is short sightedness? And why does one become short sighted in the first place?

The eye is a globe whose movements are commanded by very powerful muscles.

These, like other muscles in the body, are subject to abnormal tensions when the mind experiences certain emotions.

When particular states of mind persist, eye muscles become permanently tense, causing the eye shape to be altered, with the optical consequence of short or long sightedness, and/or astigmatism.

Clear characteristics in the psychological profiles of short sighted and long sighted people are well documented.

For instance, underlying fear and anxiety are always strongly present in the minds of short sighted individuals.

One doesn’t usually become short sighted before a certain age, say eight or nine, the time for basic fear and anxiety to get in and take root.

What it is not generally known is that some people, through fundamental changes in their outlook on life, manage to improve their vision significantly, sometimes back to sharp accuracy.

This always involves deep relaxation and reaching some state of “let go” of fear.

Conventional ophthalmologists are usually not interested in the deep seated psychological problems of their patients.

They haven’t been trained to deal with them. Their extended knowledge concerns the physiology of the eye, and all the possible forms of eye diseases.

Their focus is on the eye, not the person.

In contrast, when you follow the path of improving your vision naturally, you concentrate on your mind, and even on your soul.

You learn to relax, to meditate, to accept life with more confidence, to experience what happens as fascinating events in the bigger picture of universal consciousness.

When you were a child, fear and other emotions settled in you and caused different things in your body, including tensions in eye muscles, resulting in the symptom of short sightedness.

Once you realise that connections between soul, mind and body are the key to all, you regain your freedom.

Nothing is irreversible. Life is movement, flow and changes. If parts of your body are malfunctioning, there is always a subtle reason.

Always very deep in your fundamental outlook on existence: fear, ego, distrust, impatience, rejection, bitterness, …

These induce subtle messages in the energy/consciousness fields of all your cells, with myriads of physical consequences, invisible and undetectable until they consolidate into manifest symptoms.

In the particular case of short sightedness, changing one’s mental dynamics towards trust, acceptance, patience, etc., has two kinds of effects.

It induces improvements of visual accuracy, often first only during occasional brief spells of a few seconds or minutes: “flashes of clear vision”,  indescribable bliss to whoever has been short sighted for many years.

It also brings a much enhanced comfort of vision: pleasurable sensations in the eye and around, fewer headaches and facial pains. The energy starts flowing again in your eyes. And your thinking becomes clearer, less rigid, less anxious.

You may still need your glasses for driving and other activities requiring accuracy, but most of the time you can live happily without them, enjoying long hours without the tension always present with lenses on.

As for contact lenses, only use them very exceptionally, when you need lenses and absolutely do not whish to wear glasses.

Once you start wearing glasses and contact lenses for much reduced periods of time, you obviously need to buy fewer of them.

Which is great for you, but not so good for business, and not so good for GDP.

Here we are: the money motive, omnipresent in every aspect of life, is especially strong in things medical.

It is interesting to note that Essilor, the number one multinational in contact lenses and glasses, was one of the few companies whose share price improved significantly in 2011 while most of the market booked a strong decline.

It is also interesting to notice that kids tend to wear glasses at a much younger age than was the case a few decades ago.

Could it be that feelings of fear, lack of trust, …etc develop earlier in today’s society which is distinctly child unfriendly.

But for ophthalmologists it seems so much easier not to ask too many questions or to dig too deep. Just prescribe the specs.

Anyway, there are so many trendy coloured frames nowadays that good mothers almost find it a pleasure to buy them for the little darling.

Which is jolly good for business, share price and GDP. Why is it that we see young kids with fun glasses in adverts, films,…etc.

Everything is connected. Nothing happens without a reason.

It is pretty obvious that we could develop a similar line of argument for many other medical conditions and brilliant technologies that are supposed to deal with them.

We focused here on short sightedness because it is often (wrongly) not considered so serious and therefore would not raise the same controversies as more life threatening diseases.

But the gist of the matter is this: there are two approaches to health, which are directly related to two opposing views of the universe.

One is mechanistic, materialist and great for big business, and the other is holistic, subtle, and great for free souls.

Finally, note that medical expenses represent now more than 10% of GDP in several developed economies, fast approaching 20% in the US.

Given the state of public finances, it is glaringly obvious that the system will increasingly focus on a very restricted fraction of population: the rich (generally oldish), and on a few mass public actions particularly remunerative for big business, like vaccination campaigns.

Fear not, be free and keep well.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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