Resolving the prioritization dilemma in medical practice
Brilliant though the new model of Living Systems Medicine is – as presented so far in Parts One and Two of this article – in bringing together the best of existing medical approaches within an ingenious brand new paradigm, there is a contemporary clinician who has gone even further.
He has determined an effective method of figuring out – and addressing – the “hierarchy of values” (i.e., clinical priorities) of the human body in sickness and in health; that is, of applying systems analysis and its pragmatic child, Decision Science, 12 effectively to clinical practice, in relation to our organs and tissues and the disrupting factors undermining their optimal functioning.
Savely Yurkovsky, M.D., and Field Control Therapy (FCT)
That individual’s name is Savely Yurkovsky, M.D., and the date of his achievement can be set at 1999, the year he first began to teach his ideas, new medical model and clinical methods under the name, “Field Control Therapy.” 3-9
Medicine can, as such, be boiled down to a decision-making process.
This key point – with reference to the field of Decision Science – has been utilized by Savely Yurkovsky, M.D., in his teaching, to illustrate why the new, more effective practice of modern medicine starts with the science of Living Systems, and ends, within this overall model, with applying Decision Science in order to make optimal decisions on a day-by-day basis in the clinic, using the ‘hierarchy of values’ (or, in other words, systems prioritization analysis) which is built in to the FCT clinical assessment and bio-resonance test “algorithm.”
A practitioner of FCT applies Living Systems Medicine (LSM) clinically by learning how to test patients using both clinical assessment with a systems emphasis, on the one hand, and the FCT Test Algorithm, on the other; and then by applying treatment strategies, advice and therapeutics based on the systems assessment. Having already introduced the systems approach in this article, it becomes really easy to understand the nature and relevance of FCT, which is directly based on it.
The FCT algorithm itself basically consists of a series of logical test steps relating to the system (body) and its sub-systems (the many different organs and tissues), and which priority factors (disease causes) are disrupting key areas – exactly in line with the theoretical discussions in this article. In other words, theory flows directly and smoothly into clinical practice in FCT. Upon understanding the principles of the Living Systems approach, and learning the FCT methodology, it all fits together like hand in glove:
Our medical emphasis is on the key stressors (pernicious agents) affecting key points of strain (organs and tissues), and the clinical assessment and test algorithm, together, have been ingeniously designed by Dr Yurkovsky to allow us to prioritize the findings in order to maximize success.
There is a lot more that can be said on this subject, but that is the subject of many other past and future articles focusing on more detailed or specific aspects of FCT. For now, suffice it to say that the FCT approach, in and of itself, embodies the application of the Living Systems model to medicine, including – importantly – its full and proper evolution including through the application of Decision Science 12 to enable effective clinical decision-making based on all we have learned about systems in this article.
The properties of living systems
Since every systems breakdown is unique, this also means that instead of focusing on generic disease labels, it is more effective to take an individualized approach: one which focuses more attention on the key individually damaged or weakened organs and tissues, on the one hand, and on the key disrupting pernicious factors impinging on them, on the other. This approach needs to be individualized not only for every person, but even for every month that passes for the same person – because of the manner in which living systems have the properties, among others, of being individual, open and dynamic. 3
There are also many other conclusions we can draw, for clinical practice, from further investigating this subject, but for space reasons I won’t go any further into the properties of Living Systems in this article, even though it is also an essential topic in its own right, and one which is foundational to LSM and FCT. It is, however, covered elsewhere in numerous of our writings as well as courses.
True cure of diseases
This brings me to my sixth and final diagram demonstrating the application of Living Systems Medicine to Motor Neurone Disease (MND/ALS). Below we move from the vast complexity of criss-crossing interrelationship lines pictured between organs and systems, in my last diagram, to a supreme simplicity that results in clear-cut clinical decision-making and a true resolution of the state of illness. After presenting this picture, I will attempt to discuss and explain its key elements, to bring Decision Science to life by way of this example (this text is not yet written, but I aim to add it later when I return to complete this article):
Evolution of Field Control Therapy (FCT)
In the few short years since its introduction in 1999, Field Control Therapy (FCT) has grown in a number of ways, becoming even more clinically effective and easier to use with each passing year, and still now it is an evolving field. However, as an FCT student at one of our courses once said to me – in words which I am unable to report verbatim, but which I nonetheless remember clearly, as they touched me and I felt he was making some excellent points:
“Simon, I’m at last beginning to understand FCT. It’s far more than just the clinical steps and testing algorithm that we learn, or the remedies that we use. Unlike in other therapies I have learned, I find that the more I study FCT, the more I see that there is an essence – a golden nugget of truth – at its core. Other approaches, lacking this, frequently find clinical situations which they cannot handle, and so they have to keep adding on new complications each year to try and compensate for what is actually a primary deficiency in the original model. In contrast, FCT doesn’t grow all these extra complicated arms each year, but uniquely it seems to boil itself down each year to an ever greater simplicity and focus, as the essence of the model gradually unfolds. It’s exciting to be a part of this movement!”
Summary of 14 key points of this article
To summarize just some of what I have sought to cover in all three parts of this article:
- There is merit in scientific reductionism and conventional medicine 3-9
- There is merit in holistic therapies 21, 22
- At the same time, both are seriously lacking 14, 3, 7, 38
- This is correspondingly echoed in their limited or at best sporadic clinical results in trying to cure many modern diseases, allied with – fundamentally – a lack of understanding even as to the reasons why the failures are occurring so often. Namely, “The car has broken down, and I can’t fix it with anything in the existing manuals of car mechanics, and yet I have no idea why not.” Worse still, at times, is a prevailing lack of interest in what the true causes may be.
- A revolutionary new model of science has, since 1956, been evolving. Its name is “the systems sciences,” and it is based on “systems theory.” 1, 2, 11, 26, 27, 36
- The core concept is the “science of perspective,” i.e., identifying systems as organised wholes, and then the other systems – same size, larger and smaller – with which they are continually and dynamically inter-relating and on which, in some cases, they greatly depend for their survival and well-being. Picture a web of inter-connectedness, 10, 13, 37 or perhaps an endless series of Russian dolls within dolls. The fabric of the universe, including the human body and its organs, is thus not one of separateness (the outdated particle theory), but one of connectedness, coherence and communication (the new information fields theory).
- This has already launched the modern fields of ecology (and the ‘green’ movement) and economics, although these in turn also remain in their infancy, due to not having, in general, evolved an effective method of assessing the ‘hierarchy of values’ for each individual system in distress. Thus, by way of example, ecologists are aware of the importance of toxicity issues, 34, 35 but have not in general recognized their high priority due to a lack of application of Decision Science 12 in the field thus far.
- The systems sciences have not been applied fully to medicine until 1999, when the Field Control Therapy syllabus 3-9 was first presented by Savely Yurkovsky, M.D.
- Living Systems Medicine – or LSM, for short – is the umbrella name for the type of medicine to be practised in the coming new medical era: that based on systems theory.
- Field Control Therapy – or FCT, for short – is the clinical methodology for assessing and acting upon the ‘hierarchy of values’ of the human body as a living system. Without FCT, Living Systems Medicine would be an unprecedented brilliant theoretical move forward for modern medicine, but would lack a clinical methodology for actually treating people, curing diseases and optimizing health. It would lack this because – brilliant though the model is – a method of assessing and acting on the ‘hierarchy of values’ (systems prioritization analysis) is absolutely essential in order that clinical decision-making is successful.
- Medicine can thus be boiled down to a decision-making process. This needs to be afforded scientific scrutiny in its own right, if we are to make decisions on a routine basis which genuinely aid systems in distress. Decision Science 12 – overlooked in other forms of medicine – therefore becomes an important part of Living Systems approaches, and indeed forms the practical basis of FCT. This means that the decisions we make on a day-by-day basis in the clinic are made based on a rational logic, using a set of rules for the integration of knowledge, as taught with notable originality in Savely Yurkovsky, M.D.’s work. These, in turn, will allow us to determine the system priorities through a combination of FCT clinical assessment and a corresponding bio-resonance test algorithm, then to choose optimal treatment and/or health maintenance strategies accordingly.
- A key part of this effort is therefore Causative Medicine, in which the underlying causes of disease (which we can call the system stressors) are distinguished from their pathological effects (which we can call the system strain). Disease Causation thus becomes a central topic of medical tuition, for the first time in history, with an in-depth study of toxicology, 15-20, 31-35 the physics of organisms, 22, 23, 21, 30, 25 and other sciences which help us to understand and address the key extraneous disrupting pernicious factors that cause disease – such as toxins like mercury, or infections like bacteria, or assaults like injuries or traumas, or poor lifestyle such as sleeping in a bedroom with “electrosmog,” and so on, with many possibilities to study, understand, consider, diagnose and potentially address therapeutically.
- To achieve this, Information Medicine 3-9, 22, 21, 28, 30 must be utilized primarily, rather than emphasizing the biochemical and structural level of intervention, because of the nature of living systems. Otherwise, the Law of Unintended Consequences 7-8 is likely to take the helm, i.e., we may frequently cause unintentional harm, 14 due to taking a more superficial approach. 3
- Living systems exhibit a number of general properties 3 which must be taken into account in any effective form of medicine, otherwise it would be like helping someone to drive a car without understanding the basic characteristics of cars. Key properties mentioned in various parts of this article include the fact that all living systems are: complex, dynamic, individual, diverse and open. These and others, and their significance to medicine, are explored in greater depth in other articles.
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Information fields and why we emphasize “living”
Last, but certainly not least, you will see that most of this article has focused on the ‘systems’ part of the phrase ‘Living Systems Medicine.’ Correspondingly, you may like to learn more about the ‘living’ part – and also more focus on what we mean by referring to the importance of a system’s ‘properties’ – and for that I would highly recommend you continue your reading by turning to the article by Kevin Eakins, N.D., which complements this one, entitled Living Systems and Information Fields. In it, he covers a number of essential topics which I have left out of this article, knowing he is covering them separately in their own right.
This includes the reason we choose to emphasize the ‘living’ nature of the systems we are treating – and, indeed, why that is so important, and what in fact constitutes ‘life.’ Kevin Eakins shares in his article the basis of his brilliant conception of life and the universe as a giant inter-connected web not merely of parts, but, more to the point, of information fields.
Indeed, in the midst of many ongoing discussions with Kevin in which we sought to define the exact nature of the new model we were developing together, in a close process of collaboration which has resulted in this website, it was on the sighting of a double rainbow over my house at dawn one day which struck me suddenly with the fact that – powerful as the systems concept is – we fall well short of the “full Monty” if we merely discuss systems in a mechanical sense with no appreciation for their living quality, and for the nature of life itself and what living beings are made of. As to defining and clearly explaining what that is, including with reference to the groundbreaking information fields model (and here we are referring to “information” in the physics sense, of informational vibrations in space which make up the fabric of the universe) – for this, I will refer you directly to Kevin’s article, as he explains these concepts with élan, clarity and, I might add, a grand sense of inspiration proportional to the enormity of what he is describing.
Worthy of multiple nobel prizes
Savely Yurkovsky, M.D., deserves our thanks for everything which has been described in this article. The way I have described things, and the concepts and examples chosen to illustrate points, and my perspective on the historical development, can be blamed mostly on Kevin and me in collaboration. But the key concepts and content of this entire article are based on the brilliant work and achievements of Savely Yurkovsky, M.D., our medical mentor.
I’m not the only or first one to say this: I hope that he is one day awarded not one but a series of Nobel Prizes in Medicine for these and all the other ingenious discoveries he has made on behalf of modern medicine.
On that note, I’d like to end with a humbling quotation which cuts to the essence of why medical practitioners the world over have an urgent need to study Living Systems Medicine:
“We all have been trained to fail. Simply, to fail our patients by being incapable of curing them from chronic diseases. For the first time in the history of medicine, the missing subject of the rules of integrating knowledge is being introduced in its midst. It has started with a humble premise: “We don’t know, but we want to know,” “We don’t get good results and we want to know why.”
Savely Yurkovsky, M.D.
Below is a small selection of key works which I have drawn from and which have contributed to our conception of Living Systems Medicine as laid out in the various parts of this article and website. Most of these works are books, and all have been published in the last exciting half-century of human development. I believe that these works (which are in themselves only the tip of the iceberg, as there are many more which have also informed our work) can not only be warmly recommended to the serious reader and/or to the student of Living Systems Medicine, but moreover represent key examples of the nature and diversity of ideas which are a turning point in human history, and the rising of a new paradigm of science, medicine and life for our collective future.
I did not cobble this list of references together from hearsay or secondary sources. These are literally the titles of the books on my own shelf which I have chosen based on which ones have most influenced my own thinking in this and other related articles on this subject.
After extensive research, learning, reflection and experience in this field, it is my personal view that this list, and the contents of this article, truly represent the gradual dawning of a golden age for humanity and the planet Earth, provided the sun of this inspiration is not squashed back below the horizon but instead allowed to rise!
1. Laszlo, Ervin, “The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time,” Hampton Press (1996). (Original earlier edition was published in 1972).
2. von Bertalanffy, Ludwig, “General System Theory,” George Braziller Inc (2003). (Original edition was published in 1969, and included reprinted articles from previous years, including the first public announcement of General System Theory dating back to 1945).
3. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D. (DVD), “Field Control Therapy Basic Level Seminar,” SYY Integrated Health Systems, Ltd. (Dublin 2004).
4. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D. (DVD), “Field Control Therapy Basic Level Seminar,” SYY Integrated Health Systems, Ltd. (London 2007).
5. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D. (DVD), “Field Control Therapy Post-Graduate Seminar in Patient Management,” SYY Integrated Health Systems, Ltd. (New York 2007).
6. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D. (DVD), “Introduction to Field Control Therapy,” SYY Integrated Health Systems, Ltd. (Athens 2008).
7. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D., “Guided Digital Medicine: The Law of Unintended Consequences and Non-Disease Treatment of Diseases – Part 1,” Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (2004).
8. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D., “Guided Digital Medicine: The Law of Unintended Consequences and Non-Disease Treatment of Diseases – Part 2,” Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (2004).
9. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D., “Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Warfare – Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones: The Power of Digital Medicine,” Science of Medicine Publishing (2003).
10. Laszlo, Ervin, “Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything,” Inner Traditions (2007).
11. Miller, James Grier, “Living Systems,” Mc Graw-Hill (1978).
12. Pugh, George Edgin, “The Biological Origin of Human Values,” Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd. (1978).
13. McTaggart, Lynne, “The Field,” Element, HarperCollinsPublishers (2001).
14. McTaggart, Lynne, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You: The Truth About the Dangers of Modern Medicine,” Thorsons (2005).
15. ed. Chang, Louis W., “Toxicology of Metals,” CRC Press (1996).
16. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, “The Scientific Case Against Mercury Amalgam,” www.iaomt.com (2011).
17. Ziff, Sam, and Ziff, Michael F, “Dentistry Without Mercury,” BioProbe Inc. (1997).
18. Ziff, Sam, and Ziff, Michael F, “Infertility and Birth Defects: Is Mercury from Silver Dental Fillings an Unsuspected Cause?,” BioProbe Inc. (1988).
19. Ziff, Michael F, “The Missing Link?: A Persuasive New Look at Heart Disease As It Relates to Mercury,” BioProbe Inc. (1991).
20. Ziff, Sam, “Silver Dental Fillings: The Toxic Time Bomb – Can the Mercury in Your Dental Fillings Poison You?” Aurora Press (1984).
21. Becker, Robert O., M.D., and Selden, Gary, “The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and The Foundation of Life,” Quill (1985).
22. Tiller, William A., Ph.D., Dibble, Walter E., Jr., Ph.D., and Kohane, Michael J., Ph.D., “Conscious Acts of Creation: The Emergence of a New Physics,” Pavior (2001).
23. Ho, Mae-Wan, “The Rainbow and The Worm: The Physics of Organisms,” World Scientific (2008).
24. Wolff, Milo, “Schrodinger’s Universe: Einstein, Waves and the Origin of the Natural Laws,” Outskirts Press (2008).
25. Sheldrake, Rupert, “Morphic Resonance,” Park Street Press (2009). (Original earlier edition was published in 1981 as “A New Science of Life”).
26. Weinberg, Gerald M., “An Introduction to General Systems Thinking,” Wiley Interscience (1975).
27. Meadows, Donella H., “Thinking in Systems: A Primer,” Earthscan (2009).
28. Yurkovsky, Savely, M.D., “Chelators of Mercury, Lead and Other Heavy Metals: Theoretical Benefits, Suboptimal Results and Real Dangers. The Implications for Autism, Other Brain- and Somatic Diseases,” www.yurkovsky.com (2009).
29. Greene, Brian, “The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory,” Vintage (2000).
30. Oschman, James L., “Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis,” Elsevier Limited, Churchill Livingstone (2000).
31. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (DVD), “The Smoking Tooth,” www.iaomt.com (2011).
32. The University of Calgary (DVD), “How Mercury Causes Brain Degeneration,” www.ucalgary.ca (2011).
33. Tsuchimoto, Noriaki, (Documentary), “Minamata: The Victims and Their World,” Higashi Productions (1972).
34. Carson, Rachel, “Silent Spring,” Hamish Hamilton (1963).
35. Steingraber, Sandra, “Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment,” Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (1997).
37. Bohm, David, “Wholeness and the Implicate Order,” Ark (1980).
38. Coulter, Harris L., “The Controlled Clinical Trial: An Analysis,” Batus (1991).
39. Our Mercury Bibliography – Forthcoming at www.keytoxins.com – but in the meantime on our home computers. This is an extraordinary compilation of tens of thousands of scientific studies in the field of toxicology, and they have proven a great resource and inspiration to enrich our understanding of toxicity.