When I worked security in the Texas prison system, I had the most amazing health insurance plan. I remember paying $10 for the doctor visit when my son’s mother found out she was pregnant. That $10 covered all other doctor’s visits, a three-day hospital stay, anesthesiologist, emergency C-section, etc.
The doctor was a top-of-the-line, well-respected man who was sought after by women all over this huge state of Texas. Women flocked to him because he was great at what he did and because he, along with his team, produced positive, favorable results in even the most life-threatening situations.
When it comes to health care, isn’t that what we want and should expect? Do we not seek surgeons who have the ability to perform high-risk surgeries and ensure the safety of their patients? Do we not go to our doctors expecting to leave their office with a better understanding of our illness and a course of action that will lead to healing?
I’m sure your answer is yes, so let me ask, Is that what you’re getting?
Think about the question before you answer. You may think, “I’m not sick now so the answer must be Yes.”
Well, not really?
When we take advice from our doctor we are hoping – and paying for – information that will deal with the cause of our sickness not just the symptoms of it. I’m not paying to “feel” better. I’m paying to “be” better. THAT is my doctor’s job. So you may “feel” well but if the cause of your sickness has not been addressed, it’s just festering, waiting to rear its ugly head to a more serious degree later on.
Imagine that your garage is on fire. Everyone in your family is safe, watching the fire department pull up to the front of your house. You know there’s nothing really valuable in the garage. The car is in the driveway, your tools are almost indestructible and the children’s bikes are easily replaceable. The garage is not attached to the house but it is fairly close by.
Your brows wrinkle and he responds, “We know anxiety, fear and regret are results of this kind of situation. I just want to be sure we address those issues.”
(This is when you start looking for someone else to hopefully take charge of the situation.)
Obviously, the anxiety, feeling of loss, confusion, etc. are important issues, but they can be dealt with after the fire is put out. Concentrating on the symptoms just gives the fire time to spread from the garage to the kitchen, then to the bedrooms. I realize this isn’t a perfect analogy but you get my point.
Ask your doctor, point-blank, “Are you treating my symptoms or the cause of my illness?” If she/he cannot answer or refuses to answer, I’d start looking for another doctor. Personally I recommend a naturopathic doctor. They are less prone to prescribe pills which come with side-effects and they tend to dive deeper into your diet, routine, stressors and daily surroundings in order to find the cause of your sickness.
Example: A middle-aged man had been on high blood pressure meds for several years at the direction of his PCP. One day, he decided to try a naturopathic doctor. The new physician had the patient verbally go through his daily routine, listened and recommended the patient change his morning jogging route to avoid running around the chemical plants. Within six months the patient no longer had high blood pressure and never went back to his traditionally trained doctor.
The effect on this man’s wallet is obvious. The money he was spending on costly pills can now be devoted to retirement, savings, higher education funds or giving to charity.
I challenge you to take control of your health. Grab the reins from your doc and make him/her do their job. You wouldn’t keep a painter who did a horrible job on your living rooms walls, don’t continue paying a physician who can’t get you healthy.
What are some of the ways that you can take charge of your health today, right now?