Modern medicine has come a long way. Most cultures are not using leeches as a major source of healing. People may ignore their various maladies until they become more severe, but many of the cures can be simple. And, cures and the promise of them seem almost miraculous.
So, what’s there to complain about?
The problem is that we are turning over our care, the care of our bodies, to medical providers without really questioning what they prescribe and suggest. Instead of following blindly, perhaps a bit of study and some healthy skepticism is in order.
Being in Charge of Your Health and Well-Being
Having someone to ask about health issues is comforting. After all, the medical people in the many medical complexes have studied, have experience, know everything — or almost. We can trust them. Maybe.
Fortunately for us, we have online sources to learn about various diseases and cures. But, can we trust them? Who posts the information on those medical sites?
On every computer page, miraculous cures for everything from sagging skin to bloat abound. Do we fall for the cures that can be had for such reasonable prices? For that matter, do we give our medical care to people just because our caregiver is preferred by our medical plan?
Here are some suggestions for staying healthy and in charge of your own life:
Consider Carefully Before Starting New Medication
The medicines that are promoted on TV often list the many possible side effects. “Death” is often listed as a side effect. This is the one life you’ve been given, so don’t toy with nostrums that might not doing anything but make the corporation behind the product rich.
Doctors are susceptible to drug company reps who always have a new cure or a great new medicine that will surely help the doctor’s patients. Some patients who question their pharmacist may find out that the medicine prescribed has absolutely nothing to do with the health condition for which he or she is being treated.
When Working With a New Medical Provider List EVERY Problem Medicine and Reaction
A patient who couldn’t seem to kick a bad cough was given a codeine cough medicine. She had plainly listed in her intake form that codeine made her ill. Plus, she had put that on record at her pharmacy as well. After three teaspoons of the medicine in two days, she awoke in the night with her throat, tongue, and lips swelling. Luckily, she survived. She switched doctors and pharmacies.
After what seemed like a routine dental visit to fill a tooth, the dentist disappeared to treat other patients while the medicine numbed the patient’s mouth. Gone so long that he forgot, the careless dentist didn’t look at the paperwork and started to drill the tooth on the wrong side of the mouth. The patient shoved his hand away. When the dentist questioned her action and she indicated it was the wrong side, the dentist responded, “At least someone was paying attention.” The patient switched dentists and brought the dentist up before the dental licensing board.
Trust Your Gut — and Your Head, and Your Reactions
If the medical provider seems aloof to the point of not caring, switch providers. You do have a choice. If you’ve been mistreated tell someone in authority. If you don’t get a response or consideration, you might want to work with one of those attorneys who fight the big companies to help the little guy. Asbestos, Legionnaires Disease, contamination, and negligence are all instances where you could get some satisfaction. Mick Jagger “can’t get no satisfaction,” but you might.
Recent reports that people who took Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) were more likely to develop intestinal bacterial infections when treating their digestive issues — heartburn — were due to reducing the amount of digestive acids in their stomach. The result: Bacteria could flourish in the intestinal tract, causing illness, like food poisoning. Even a popular heartburn pill has been linked to bacterial infections.
Eat healthy food, in sufficient quantity to nourish you. Don’t overeat. Don’t eat food that makes you ill. If it smells bad, it is probably spoiled, so don’t eat it.
We have heads to think and mouths to question. Use both before taking anything that could lead to possible harm. It might keep you from that unpromising side effect — death!