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About Drugs and Doctors

Even if you are healthy, it’s important to have health insurance and a primary care MD that you know and trust. If you are dealing with severe or chronic health problems, you may need to put together your own best medical team, beyond what is available through the usual channels.

If you want a holistic approach to your healing, I recommend that you find practitioners who can assist you with nutrition, bodywork, energy healing and energy psychology. If you do not feel comfortable talking with your primary care physician about complementary and alternative medical approaches, consider finding a new doctor.

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Develop skills in self-advocacy. Write out in advance of any medical visit a description of your current symptoms, what you have already tried to deal with those symptoms, and the specific questions you have for this practitioner. Bring an extra copy to give your doctor.

I find it very helpful to bring my own detailed and updated medical history, in easy-to-read, bulleted form. This can be very helpful, even if you fill out extensive medical history forms provided by the doctor. I also provide a brief description of my diet and list all medications and supplements I am currently taking. Doctors must work within strict time constraints when they see you. Having this important information in writing helps you get the most out of your time with your doctor.

Personally, I don’t believe that pain and suffering make better people out of us. Don’t let yourself get stuck in a downward spiral of pain. There is definitely a time and place for using painkillers, even heavy-duty (prescribed and legal) narcotics. Consult your medical doctor. Find out what alternatives are appropriate for your situation and the pros and cons of each.

There is no substitute for an accurate diagnosis. If you have no idea what is causing your pain or other symptoms, be sure to see your doctor, especially with any sudden onset or acute pain. It is not always possible to obtain a clear diagnosis, but it is important to keep looking.



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