Be Your Own Doctor, Please
Healing, American Ology, and Ologists
Majid Ali, M.D.
Several years ago, on my WBAI radio program in New York I introduced the term “ologist.” The word just slipped from my lips. I do not know if anyone else has ever thought or used this word. I often used it with my patients. Now I publish on-line my first article using the words “ology” and “ologists.”
For 29 years I served as a hospital pathOLOGIST. During this time I examined more than 14,000 colon and 5,000 stomach biopsies sent to me by gastroenterOLOGISTs. DermatOLOGISTs sent more than 7,000 skin specimens. The hospital’s eleven gynecOLOGISTs contributed their share of thousands of biopsies of the uterus and ovaries (conservative estimates of biopsies).
I have given innumerable conferences to cardiOLOGISTs, neurOLOGISTs, rheumatOLOGISTs, urOLOGISTs and several other types of ologists. That is, of course, what chief pathologists do.
The requirements of treating acute illnesses are different from those of healthful aging, disease prevention, and the reversal of chronic illness. In many cases, but not all, people need specialists (ologists) for acute illnesses. In general, specialists are considerate, hard-working, and well-trained professionals. The problem is that in the matters of health and healing, American ology is not interested in issues of toxicities of foods, environments, and thoughts. People recognize this but seem powerless to counter the ruthless masters of American ology. Many of my ologist-friends have shared with me their frustration on the subject. Specifically, they told me how they do write some scripts and orders following the standards of ology and then tell the patients that was bo the right thing to do.