How to Find the Best Doctor

Fun MedicalOne of my mentors said that the most difficult patients were those who already see “the best doctors” so are therefore unlikely to consider alternative medicine.

What influences people to enter the field of healing in the first place?  To say “I want to help people” is true…but there’s always more to it than that.  I had an interest in knowing how things and people work; how to “correct” illness; and learning something that had thousands of years of history behind it.  

Some people hate doctors; and some people can’t seem to get enough of them.  

Doctors have information that we need.  They have ACCESS.  Access to –>

1. Drugs (prescriptions / herbs / etc.)

2. Information / knowledge

3. Treatment (surgery / acupuncture / physical therapy / etc.)

Some things you just can’t figure out or do on your own.  Sometimes I try to diagnose myself.  I try to check my own pulse.  It doesn’t really work.  I kind of get an idea of what I need, but sometimes you need to pull in some professional help.

One thing I really don’t care for in Allopathic medicine is how they tend to shine a light on the worst-case scenario.  Not all docs or nurses do this, but for sure, there’s a tendency in Western medicine to not get your hopes up too high for fear that if everything doesn’t turn out as planned, then you may sue them or worse:  write a negative review on Yelp.

One thing to remember is never allow anyone give you a permanent label.  “Oh, you have rheumatoid arthritis.  I’m sorry; it’s incurable.”  The same could be said for innumerable other dis-eases:  lupus; diabetes; nerve damage; etc.  You are told that you are going to have it for life.  You need to take medication for life…until the problem gets worse, which of course it will, and then you will need more medication and possibly surgery.  Unless you die from it.  Gloom and doom.

It’s like, “Well, I have _____, so that’s how it’s going to be now.”  

Not to say that those dis-eases (and many others) are not serious.  They are and need to be taken as such, but they can be reversed at least 80% of the time (not a statistic, just my opinion).  Most docs don’t know how or don’t have the tools they need to reverse them, but there are documented examples. even of people with MS, reversing so-called “incurable” illness.

But only if your best doctor stands up.  And that person is you.  You have to learn how to trust your gut instinct.  If a procedure just doesn’t sit right with you, don’t do it.  Research alternatives.  Get a second opinion.  If a certain doc rubs you wrong, trust that vibe and find a new doc.  Ask more questions.  

We have been trained from a young age to not question our doctors, and not to trust our instincts.  We have had the fear of God put into us – “If you don’t do (this treatment) or take (this medication), then you will die!”  It’s time for a change.  Question the medications.  Question the treatment.  Do research yourself.  Don’t assume anyone else is going to do it for you.  

The doctors are only there for you as a resource.
When you need help –> 

  • figuring out what is happening: “what is what I have called?”  make sure it’s nothing too serious, or if it is serious, what is it?
  • what can I do about it?  what are the options?
  • how can you help me?  is there a procedure I need?  medicine?  

Some times you may need a whole team of doctors to figure out a problem!  Some doctors have answers for certain questions that others do not.  

Often I find that the people I see are more experts on their particular dis-ease than I am!  I have learned so much just from what my patients tell me.  Sure I’ve been wrong, like, a lot, but I am always open to learning more information.  Always do the research.

 

2 Comments

  1. Nicole, you are so right! As you know I stopped taking several of my medications for rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia about 6 mos after I started acupuncture. When I returned to my rheumatologist after not seeing him for a year he supported my decision! He actually said my rheumatoid arthritis might be in remission. We agreed I should resume taking a pain medication for my osteoarthritis which he feels is safer than over the counter medications. My doctor also applauded my decision to continue acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. It is reassuring to have both disciplines working to sustain and improve my health.

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  2. Thankyou for your comments! My mother was diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis when I was 8 yrs and had experimental surgeries as her joints deteriorated and I wish we would have had accupuncture then. Her pain meds weren’t good for her stomach so she had intestinal problems also (and I was told arthritis is referred to as leaky gut syndrome). So glad you are getting proper treatment now!

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