5 Things Docs Won’t Tell You
That Could Make the Difference Between
Feeling Like Crap and
Living a Life of Optimal Health.
#1: Medical Errors are the 3rd Leading Cause of Death.
Medical Error—the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, BMJ (British Journal of Medicine) (May 3, 2016).
That’s about 250,000 per year, just behind heart disease and cancer. Another source documents nearly triple that figure. People trust doctors and hospital staff to take care of them. Due to mistakes, however, that hopeful light at the end of the medical recovery tunnel turns out to be — well, a train. Now, imagine if a study were done on patients whose doctors made mistakes but didn’t die! Misdiagnoses, drug reactions, poor outcomes – you, your family, and friends deserve to be treated better.
#2: The Pharmaceutical Industry is Rigged.
[P]harmaceutical companies spend tens of billions ... every year trying to change the treatment decisions of doctors: in fact, they spend twice as much on marketing and advertising as they do on the research and development of new drugs … [T]here is only one possible reason for such huge spends: to distort evidence-based practice.” ― Ben Goldacre, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Bad reactions to drugs. Overprescribing. Prescribing for the wrong diagnosis. Getting offered antidepressants and antibiotics willy-nilly. Take a moment and think: what if many natural, evidence-based approaches worked just as well, or even better, than drugs (and might even prevent surgery)?
#3: 3 out of 4 Doctors Never Took a Course in Nutrition.
Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools: Latest Update of a National Survey, Academic Medicine (September 2010).
You wouldn’t scream bloody murder at your doctors if they didn’t know how to fix your car. That would be silly – they weren’t trained how to fix cars. (But they also weren’t trained in nutrition or evidence-based approaches to getting at the sources of your ailments and fixing them.) Of course they’re going to prescribe drugs and lead you down the path toward more drugs and surgery, because for most, that’s what they know. Heck, if you need drugs and surgery, by all means see a doctor. But how do you know you need drugs or surgery?
#4: You Will Only Get to See Your Doc for 15 to 20 Minutes.
Time and the Patient–Physician Relationship, Journal of General Internal Medicine (January 1999).
You’ll likely spend more time waiting for your doctors than being seen by them. And how much are you paying for your health insurance? What does that work out to in dollars per doctor hour? Oh, and add in those co-pays, too! Imagine what might happen if someone just as concerned about your health spent two or three hours with you … in just the first month or so? We could talk with you about all sorts of things – diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress relief – all those important things doctors don’t have time for.
#5: Your Doc Will Interrupt You After Only 18 Seconds.
The Effect of Physician Behavior on the Collection of Data, Annals of Internal Medicine (November 1984).
Later studies found similar conclusions. What if you don’t get a chance to tell your whole medical story? In some cases, documented in several medical journals, bad communication can lead to misdiagnoses and even malpractice. It’s quite likely that you’ve heard stories (unfortunately, particularly regarding women) that your symptoms must be “in your head,” due to aging, or psychosomatic. That’s a signal that your doctor has run out of “treatments” for you. Wouldn’t you be interested in knowing what might actually be at the source of your physical and/or mental issues? They might be one and the same!