What happens when you see the doctor

You’ve got some kind of physical or mental complaint and go to your doctor. What happens?

He’ll very likely prescribe a drug, one that has side effects and in many cases could be worse than the illness. Sure, if you have an infection, you need an antibiotic. If you have a broken bone, you need painkillers (and more). Many conditions exist for which modern medicine literally saves lives.

What about if you have high blood pressure? This is a condition which lifestyle factors are important. But does any doctor prescribe diet? No, not a one, or at least as statistically close to zero as you could want. And even if they did, they don’t know what to prescribe. In many cases, they’re just as out of shape as their patients. No, you’ll get a pill, which has serious side effects.

In doctors’ defense, precious few of their patients will do anything to help themselves beyond popping a pill. So even were they so inclined, they don’t discuss lifestyle factors – diet, exercise, sleep – or OTC supplements.

What if you’re depressed? Medication can be of value, but these do have real and serious side effects, including possible long-term effects on the brain or perhaps a little suicidal ideation. However, they’re a doctor’s first resort. Exercise, magnesium, light therapy, n-acetylcysteine, even sleep deprivation therapy, all these can combat depression, and doctors are either ignorant of them or won’t bother telling patients about them. Mostly the former, I think.

What if you have fatigue? This is possibly the number one symptom that patients tell doctors about. If the doctor discovers that his patient isn’t sleeping well, he’ll prescribe a sleeping pill, paying no attention to the coffee the patient drinks all afternoon that prevents him from sleeping. Again: diet, exercise, OTC supplements? No.

Feeling a little fuzzy in the head? Forget all the sugar you ingest and your lack of sleep. What you need is speed.

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Shawn says August 29, 2014

No drugs = reduced chance of repeat business.

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Anonymous says August 30, 2014

I can vouch for magnesium. I started taking it and quickly it was a like a cloud lifted off my shoulders. I must have had low grade depression most of my life. I would have said I was normal but obviously not. I didn’t even know magnesium deficiency caused depression until I read your supplement guide after the fact, so no placebo effect. I’ve been able to connect some dots that convince me magnesium is the difference.

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BigFatGuy says August 30, 2014

Oh, man, you touched a nerve. I hate doctors. Doctors killed my parents.

Dad had numbess in his feet from trenchfoot in WWII. As he got older, he needed to use a walker for balance. The last thing I said to him was, “Dad, you walk ok. You don’t need another operation.” But like most people he had an unquestioning faith in doctors, and so they killed him. Of course they falsified the real cause of death, MRSA, which is epidemic in hospitals, to deflect blame from themselves and wrote instead the more innocuous sounding “respiratory failure” on his death certificate. He was 89.

Mom took longer to kill. She ate candy all the time and wouldn’t exercise, so naturally she got fat. Then the doctors got hold of her which led to stomach reduction surgery, knee replacement surgery, a metal rod in her back (twice), handfuls of pills. The pills caused side effects which led to more pills to counteract the side effects of the first pills. They made a lot of money off my mom.

After every operation, her dementia got worse. The end was horrible. I still can’t think about it. Mom was only 85, which is young in my family.

Someday old age will force me to go to a doctor, but until then I am doctor of myself.

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    Mangan says August 31, 2014

    Horrible, but I think all too common a story.

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Shawn says September 1, 2014

My 93 year old grandmother was in the hospital in dire straights. She was very very frail after falling and there was really no chance of her getting better; she had lots of UTI’s and other infections. She was on pain meds and was there mentally half the time and was not other other half. A surgeon came in to suggest a back operation because she was not able to get out of her wheel chair . She said she didn’t want the operation. A nurse came in later that day to talk with her about it, and then later on in the day another surgeon, and then another nurse hours later. She had to keep saying no. The family said no too. No way she could have handled an that a surgery given her condition. They didn’t care, they wanted money. Actually they were likely under pressure from the hospital administration. She died a month later.

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