Tamara Dorris

The Elephant in the Exam Room

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to doctors and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are unAmerican and despotic.”  Dr. Benjamin Rush, founder of Dickenson College, signer of the Declaration of Independence

We all have choices when it comes to our health, or at least we should. The main choices I want to discuss here are what many seem to think are an either or proposition, but I have another idea. The two choices I refer to are allopathic medicine, which is medical doctors, pharmaceuticals, and sometimes surgery, versus alternative medicine, which is not considered legal to practice for medical purposes, but can include energy work such as acupuncture and or herbs, or even frequency healing. The problem as I see it, at least in part, is that the divide has become almost as tragic as the conditions we seek to recover from. So at the risk of glossing over details, let’s just loosely define each camp. The allopathic  approach works matter to matter. It uses chemistry and cutting to “get rid” of whatever seems to be the issue.

Alternative medicine is equally concerned with helping people heal, but it takes a more gentle approach and ultimately strives to help the body find balance so it can heal itself. To be clear, allopathic medicine can be much quicker, but to better understand that, we need to grasp the energy body. The field of energy that surrounds your body is the source of well, everything, including your body. The field comes first (energy) and feeds into our body (matter). That said, long before you feel the symptoms of an acute or chronic condition, chances are 100% such issue was already present in your energy field. Thus, by the time it manifests as illness in your physical body, it has been a part of you a long while. Once something has developed into matter, it can be more challenging to remove or change it, which is what Allopathic medicine attempts to do and definitely has its time and place.

If you find yourself needing acute care, stiches, or some other immediately beneficial procedure, allopathic medicine can be your best friend. Further, brilliant advances in medicine have allowed for state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, organ transplants, and other life-saving endeavors. But we have to understand its limits. Western medicine is designed to be palliative; it strives to fix what’s wrong rather than determine what caused whatever is wrong. Often times the medications bring along worse side-effects than the condition they intended to heal. But alternative medicine isn’t magic either.

Since most alternative medicine seeks to bring balance to the body, ease symptoms, and address the source, energy over matter, it’s not a quick fix. Remember, all ailments start in our energy field, and often times have been simmering for years so to expect an immediate cure on the material level, isn’t usually realistic. While I am not a medical doctor and would not dare to dispense medical advice, I will say, based on my own experience a combination of both allopathic and alternative medicine has been life-saving. It’s a fairly well-known fact that chronic conditions are rarely cured via Western medicine (hence the term chronic) and this is because of what I call the elephant in the exam room.

Emotions. Thoughts. Expectations.

Western medicine has a term for when someone heals who wasn’t expected to. They call it the Placebo Effect. What is interesting to note is that Placebo Effect is nothing more and nothing less than the patient’s ability to heal themselves. There are a documented 40,000 cases of spontaneous healings. These were serious or terminal cases that “just disappeared.” Because allopathic medicine doesn’t allow for miracles, they call these cases anomalies, or attribute them to being placebo in nature. But if that doesn’t demonstrate mind over matter in medicine, I don’t know what does.

When I say alternative medicine and energy work should be in everyone’s arsenal, I want to clarify what I mean. I am not saying if you find you have a growth on your torso, blood in your stool, or any other sudden or building symptom you should just go get some Reiki and call it a day. Nor should you think a good chakra clearing will have you feeling good as new. This is the problem as I see it. Those in the alternative spaces often forget that allopathic options can and should be applied, if only from a diagnostic perspective, when a serious health crisis occurs. Likewise, those in the Western medicine mindset have been trained to think cut or prescribe, poison or not. The latter is to such an extent that many good forms of healing have been banned and deemed illegal in the United States. A good example of this is Homeopathy, one of my favorite forms on energy medicine. Homeopathy is alive and well as an accepted medical practice in other countries for many years. At one point, this included the USA. In fact, the term “allopathy” came from a word play on “homeopathy.” Even the Queen of England enjoyed a long life with the family homeopathic doctor. This state of affairs is sad indeed, especially when it comes to pushing poison in our veins for profit, which I consider a crime against humanity, but now I’m getting off track. The real issue is simple.

First and foremost, take any health condition with an open approach; understand that both allopathic and alternative medicines can work quite nicely together. Educate yourself. Do not take things that will make you sicker and do not allow people to do things to your body without your full understanding and consent of what that is and what it will accomplish. And now again, back to the elephant in the exam room.

No matter what your condition is or could be, do not hand it over to anyone to fully fix. YOU are the common denominator between your energy field and your body. While some pills and procedures may give you immediate relief (and that’s fine) if you don’t get down to the nitty gritty of your emotions, thoughts, and expectations, you have not even touched upon the cause. When this occurs, whatever your ailment, is surely doomed to resurface over time. Certainly we live in a toxic world with e-smog, processed food that is the opposite of edible, and high stress. But make no mistake; your inner world has everything to do with contributing to the cause as much as it does to the cure. Lifelong trauma leaves tears and blocks in your energy field that can and do manifest into disease and chronic conditions.

Regardless of your condition, and even if you just want to avoid and prevent illness, please consider addressing that elephant because when we fail to do so, what kind of medical approach is of much less consequence than we might think. Your own conviction and determination and faith that you can heal your body will always be the most important component in any healing journey. There are many ways to do this, and I do not profess to know them all, but learning to address our bodies from a more holistic approach of mind, body, spirit, and recognizing that our energy bodies are essentially a lifetime collection of our most frequent thoughts and emotions is a good start.

“I firmly believe that if the whole Matera Medica (medical drugs), as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be better for mankind–and all the worse for the fishes.” –Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Homes, MD


Tamara Dorris is not a medical doctor nor does she provide medical advice or treatment. If you have a medical condition, please seek the support of a qualified health care practitioner. Tamara Dorris provides adjunct support from a spiritual and energetic perspective only, helping address emotional, causative factors to help people live better, healthier lives.