There is no health care industry in this country anymore ... It is a sickness industry, and the only way to remain healthy is to educate yourself, read and ask questions
I had comprehensive blood tests done before I went on to my medicine regime...you tar the medical profession with the same brush, but ours are not financially motivated as we have a National Health Service (you said in another post all WESTERN doctors follow the AMA).
Again, I am very interested to find out the level of your Medical training that allows you to make such sweeping statements...
In the late 90s, I was a 2nd year pre med student with aspirations of becoming a psychiatrist ... When my dad died during a routine stress test at a hospital, it changed my world in two ways: I lost my best friend, unnecessarily, and I decided instead of pursuing a medical career, I choose to return to the family business ( auto repair and restoration ) that my parents had begun in 1982 .. That business meant everything to him, as he and my Mom sold their wedding bands to start it ..
Soon after, my Mom developed blood clots in her legs .. I stood there while her doctor told her that she would require surgery, and be on Heparin for the rest of her life ...... At that point, we took her to a integrative MD with practiced acupuncture ... Not only did he completely clear the blood clots with acupuncture and herbs, but he also helped my Mom kick a 25+ year Valium habit ... ( Mom is current 86 years old and still going to work everyday )
Personally, I have experienced the worst of the worst in doctors with my own health, which, if you are interested, I will write about ... But my recovery began with falling back on what I had learned, plus a lot of common sense - something that I feel Western doctors do not apply often enough to their diagnosis ..
I volunteer with a lyme disease support group here in NJ, as this infection has become epidemic here in NJ, and until recently, along with the host of other infections transmitted by ticks, was largely ignored by doctors, even to the point of denial ..
It was by my own unflinching refusal to believe that my condition was "for life" : when I was unable to walk up and down stairs unassisted and I had anxiety so bad that I could no longer go outside my home, I was told "that's it" ... bullshit
There are a lot of very good things people can do on their own to solve health issues that they absolutely should present and speak with a good doctor about ...
Ancient Ways mentioned a DNA test and Vitamin D - tests like these were all but out of the question a decade ago to anyone but a specialist, but now can be done thru simple saliva tests very reasonably and accurately thru a service like 23and Me ..
What a lot of doctors dislike about this is that all of a sudden, their patient has valuable tests results or info that they ( the doctor ) have no idea how to interpret or how to go about treating ..
Again, I am NOT in favor of someone doing anything without the guidance of a good MD or other doc ... But in the course of my recovery, due to all the reading I have done, my limited education and from speaking the other people who have gone thru or are going thru what I did, I feel THAT was as important as part of me getting my life back as anything ..
There is a reason for everything .. Just keep asking WHY and if your doctor doesn't have an answer, get another doctor
All very interesting, but it doesn't alter the fact that your experience is exclusively with American, not WESTERN doctors, and it certainty doesn't mirror the experiences that I and many others I know have had over here.
Taking responsibility for your healthcare is of course a very responsible thing to do, something I practice myself.
Your anecdotes, whilst you have my sympathy, are certainly not evidence of the entire medical profession misperforming.
Fridge dude I think you hit the nail right on the head. I suffered from depression caused by relationship break up, being bullied at work etc
I mean I am a MAN. It is awful to feel like you have no control. I was in an office environment where you had to be so so correct about everything.
If I had been a construction worker or a factory worker I could have just said "OK lets go outside and sort this like man to man" I would not have cared if he was bigger than me, we could have had a good old fashioned punch up and if I got a hiding then fair enough, all would have been resolved then we could get on with it after clearing the air.
But in an office environment you cant do that, the mental bullying chips chips away at you over time it is horrible.
So I left and I was depressed. But all of the Therapists I spoke to knew jack shit. They learned everything from a book and at college. They have no experience of what it feels like
In the end with the help of my dear mum I sorted myself out
Sorry to be negative but, YOU are the only one that has control to get better.