posted on Nov, 21 2011 @ 08:57 PM
I think that, in order for you to be a TRULY ethical physician, you will need to face the fact that allopathic medicine for chronic diseases is
inadequate, and in most cases the cure is worse than the disease. I find the best physicians use a combination of allopathic, natural, and
I have several physician horror stories which I won't go into, but here is one worth mentioning:
In 1999, at the age of 39, I woke up one morning and felt like I had been beaten all over by a 2 x 4, especially my hands and the bottoms of my feet.
All my energy had drained away. I went from a hyper, energetic young mother to being bedridden.
It hurt for people to even brush up against me. It was like the worst flu in the world. I thought for sure that I must be dying, because nobody
could feel that sick and have that much pain, and not be dying.
Initial blood tests were worrisome, and I was told it could be lupus. Further blood tests ruled lupus out. I went to a rheumatologist, who was a
woman so unpleasant and uncaring that I only saw her twice, once for the blood tests and once for the diagnosis.
She said that I most likely had fibromyalgia. She said, "There's nothing I can do for you, just take some advil. Good luck." I wanted to punch
her out. She shooed me out of her office and that was that, hundreds of dollars later.
Every doctor I saw was concerned about me asking for pain medication. They didn't say anything about nutrition, supplements, physical exercise, or
how my mental state was from having the rug pulled out from under my life overnight. I had two small children and a husband who didn't like to pitch
in. I could barely get out of bed to use the restroom, much less do everything that I did before. Not ONE doctor gave a damn. They were so
concerned about addiction and the DEA, they couldn't have given a rat's behind about me.
I went from doctor to doctor, frustrated, exhausted, and then, abandoned by a husband who said he didn't want an invalid for a wife, which only added
to my stress level.
I did find a pain clinic, in which the doctor was nice, but he was an anesthesiologist by trade and so I ended up, at the end, taking the equivalent
of 60 vicodin per day, along with a cocktail of other antidepressants, sleeping pills and tranquilizers. I started to worry that I wouldn't wake up
in the morning. I became heavily addicted to several substances and was unable to perform the simplest task. My kids were running wild and I thank
God nothing happened to them while I was incapacitated.
I walked into the pain clinic one day, put all my pills on the counter and said I wanted off of this insane merry-go-round. The doc warned me the
withdrawal would be terrible. I said I didn't care, so he gave me some librium for a few days and something to keep my blood pressure from
skyrocketing while I was withdrawing.
I did go through that, no need to detail how dreadful it was, but I pulled out of it and that was the end of my trying to alleviate the symptoms and
only creating a new disease.
I started to educate myself, especially after the fibromyalgia turned into rheumatoid arthritis and my joints started to deform. I realized that my
immune system was shot, so the only way to treat it was to boost my immune system with vitamins and herbs. I also realized that, although it is
painful to start moving with this condition, move you must, otherwise you only hurt worse, so I started walking and trying to move as much as I
Fast forward to years later. I am in a small town, and I see a P.A. at a local rural clinic. The only problem I haven't fixed is my ability to
sleep through the night, so I do need medical help with that. He is such a cool "doc", he listens, and we discuss all issues relevant to my
problem. Sometimes he'll talk with me for an hour, but that's because we're in the middle of nowhere and he's got the time. It only costs me $40
I have taken charge of my health, and I use doctors as prescription pads. But I have learned that, when it comes to chronic illness, western medical
doctors are horribly underinformed, and the drugs they push to kill the immune system in order to kill the symptoms, rather than help your body to
fight it, are almost criminal in the way they further destroy the body and leave one open for cancer and opportunistic infections.
You wanna be a good doctor? LISTEN, look at the whole patient and not the symptoms, and incorporate non-allopathic remedies. Teach WELLNESS. Don't
be like the one doctor I saw who said to me in disgust, after seeing me limp in with hands and feet swollen like balloons, "Oh, what's wrong with