I sent this as a private email to my dad today, since he’s needing to evaluate some recommended treatments. Even with my own dad, I am not diagnosing or prescribing — just encouraging him to keep his eyes, ears and Spidey senses open. I thought my comments were worth sharing here, too, with a little addendum at the end:
On the rare occasions I was allowed into one of [my very health-challenged ex’s] doctor’s appointments, I would invariably ask two questions after the doctors had had their say:
1) If this were you, would you pursue this same diagnosis and treatment?
2) If this were your spouse, would you pursue this same diagnosis and course of treatment?
The squirming, lack of eye contact and question dodging were usually quite telling. Every once in awhile, a doctor would look me in the eye and say, “Well, if it were me, I would get acupuncture” or “Well, if it were my spouse, I would do what YOU are suggesting, but I’m not allowed to suggest that to a patient.” Usually, they would just mumble about how those questions were completely irrelevant.
On the contrary, I found the questions ever so instructional! If someone answered yes, I would ask them to tell me why they would choose this particular treatment or diagnosis over all the others available, making sure to ask them if they knew of the variety of other options and how much they had studied those other areas to see if they actually knew what they were talking about.
Not surprisingly, I was usually not allowed in my [then husband’s] appointments, but I was always very polite. At least one doctor in Reno and one in Monterey changed their definitions of and treatment of Lyme Disease based in large part on our conversations. One doctor in San Francisco admitted to me that he would not pursue traditional medicine at all and in fact, only uses TCM/acupuncture for his own and his wife’s health issues. I understand that a large percentage of surveyed oncologists would refuse chemo themselves.
Anyway … in your decisions you might want to ask your various doctors recommending certain courses of action what they would choose for themselves as well as for their spouses. Then watch their body language, listen to tone of voice and see if they make eye contact if they’re still trying to sell a particular item –because, unfortunately, sales are a factor. Chemo drugs are very, very expensive, and many doctors get major kickbacks in terms of bonuses, grants, and other perks based on what level of drugs they prescribe. This is not me being paranoid. It’s quite well-documented if you look for the information. I also heard it straight from the pharmaceutical rep’s mouths when I knew sales people from Merck and straight from the MD’s at the Lyme conference I spoke at in January 2011.
Cancer and drugs are big, big business.
Along the same line of questioning, one might ask Congress if they would engage in the same “care” offered in the body-sovereignty crushing “Affordable” “Care” Act. Of course, they have kindly saved us the trouble of asking that question by quietly exempting themselves from Obamacare. The IRS — who will be enforcing this “health” “care” is arguing for an exemption, too. Sometimes silence is deafening, even in a torrent of rhetoric and sales pitches. Sometimes hypocrisy screams so loud you wonder how the whole world isn’t suffering from tinnitus!
Whenever anyone — doctor, priest, armed FDA agent, mandatory vaccine pusher, or Congressional critter — insists he or she knows what’s best for you and your body, take a moment to ask if he or she would willingly accept the route they want to impose on you. Maybe they will, but often they won’t.
Even if they would follow the imposing protocol, that still doesn’t mean they know what’s best for you. It might just mean they’re stupid, brainwashed or mis-educated. When I spoke with some lovely state representatives in Wisconsin back in 2011, they didn’t even know what a GMO was, and they thought people who wanted to drink raw milk would be buying it from factory farms! Um, ewwwwww! No crossover market there: it’s vegan or organic raw dairy from small farms. I gave them a little education of my own, all about accepted pus levels, factory farm conditions, antibiotics and Frankenfoods. Let’s just say, many of them pushed away their snacks during the course of our conversation. I don’t know if it ultimately changed their votes, though. Lobbies work hard for their corporate money, providing free “education” and perks to lawmakers, just like BigPharma reps do for doctors … just like all those Rockefeller grant regulations do for Med Schools.
Personally, I trust myself and my own body’s wisdom far more than a corporation, government or system that only profits from me being sick, weak and too brainwashed to fight back. There’s a time and a place for everything, including Western Medicine. I just personally do my best to ensure that I’m far, far away from that time and place.