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Selecting A Medical Doctor and Radio Medicine
Many owe their lives to the care and expertise of medical doctors. Doctors are valuable and necessary members of our communities and should be honored when they do good. Winston Churchill, in talking about the state of healthcare in the United Kingdom in the 1950’s, said something that is even more true today, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
The purpose of this newsletter is to look at how the practice of medicine has changed—for the worse—and what you can do to ensure that you find the right doctor, get the right care and help change the system back to a better standard of medical care.
THE “PRACTICE” OF MEDICINE
It is called a practice because doctors, like all of us who work in a field that renders help to people, are applying their knowledge and experience to help a person solve their problems. Some doctors are more skillful at this than others—just like in any other profession. Just having an “M.D.” after their name does not mean that they are automatically going to do as good a job as another doctor.
Some people believe that the way to select a doctor is to find one who is very confident, even somewhat arrogant, about their ability. There is the old joke that asks the question “What is the difference between God and a doctor?” Answer: “God doesn’t think he is a doctor.”
The truth is that doctors act the way that we demand that they act. Even new doctors seeing their first patient have to appear all-knowing. The last thing we want to see is an indecisive doctor.
Since ancient times, healers have known that when someone they trust says that a particular action will cure their ailment, the person is highly likely to be cured–the placebo effect. For centuries the advice, “Take two of these, a hot bath and go to bed”, resulted in many cures.
However, just like any other professional, being confident is only good if your treatment results in handling a problem.
MEDICINE AS A BUSINESS
Most of us don’t think of doctors as businessmen, but they are running a business. Their business is providing health services but it is still a business. If they don’t collect enough money, then they will not be able to pay their office rent, office staff and support their families.
The practice of medicine is more and more under the control of insurance companies and government rules because most of the payments in our health care system come from insurance or government programs. In a bureaucratic effort to control costs, these groups have decided that doctors are generally paid no more for a two minute office visit than for a thirty minute visit, and they also keep reducing the payments that they make for office visits.
To run a successful business, a doctor must see more and more patients in a day. One former Novus patient works for a large medical clinic. She said that the owners of the clinic called a meeting of all the professionals and told them that they had to increase their number of patient visits by thirty percent. When one of the doctors complained that they didn’t have enough time to adequately diagnose their patients now and this would just make it worse, the lead doctor said that each practitioner had to meet the new guidelines or find work somewhere else.
Yes, some doctors have decided not to take insurance so that they can spend whatever time they deem necessary with patients. Most are making much less income than if they took insurance. Other doctors take insurance but make much less income because they spend the time that they need to diagnose the patient and try to find a cure to the actual problem.
But this is the exception. Just as in other businesses having to make cuts today, many doctors have chosen to not reduce their money but spend less time with patients so that their income will remain the same. The loser, in most cases, is the patient.
THE PURPOSE OF PAIN AND ANXIETY AND FATIGUE
Our bodies are remarkable. They perform a number of complicated things and, for the most part, do a very good job. When there is a problem with the body it signals us. One of the primary signals is pain.
Pain is something that all of us want to avoid. But pain serves a very useful purpose in warning us that something is wrong. This is extensively discussed in two of our newsletters on pain.
It is pain that alerts us that we have a decayed tooth that needs to be repaired or we will lose the tooth. It is pain that warns us that we are trying to lift too much. Pain warns us if we are about to damage something or if there is a serious problem inside our body.
ANXIETY AND FATIGUE
Other signals from our body are not as specific as pain. If we have hormone problems, then the signals sent by the body may be anxiety, fatigue, sadness, depression, weight gain, weight loss and inability to concentrate. But these signals are warnings from the body that something is not right and needs to be repaired. Some examples of this are discussed in our newsletter on the thyroid.
In summary, when the actual cause of the pain or other symptoms is located and alleviated or cured, then the pain or other symptoms vanish. The challenge is to find a doctor who is dedicated to finding the cure and not just practicing “Radio Medicine.”
Picture yourself driving down the road. You hear a strange noise coming from the engine. This strange noise is almost certainly an indicator of a problem in the engine that will only get worse. The wisest course is to pull off and have the cause of the noise found and repaired before it becomes a problem that ruins the engine.
There is a second alternative—simply turn up the volume on the radio. You no longer hear the sounds from the engine. You can hope that the sound was merely something that was temporary and will go away on its own. After all, you can no longer hear the sound and the engine is still running.
Of course, in most cases, the problem will just worsen until the car is on the side of the road and the engine is ruined.
RADIO MEDICINE DOCTOR
A Radio Medicine Doctor is a doctor who hears a patient’s symptoms but instead of spending the time necessary to really diagnose the patient’s problem, just prescribes a drug that will prevent the patient from having the symptoms. Often this manner of practice is dictated by the realities of business as we discussed above.
If you have a common infection, the prescription for the antibiotic drug may clear up the rash or infection and not require more of the doctor’s time than to hear your symptoms. In other cases, it is more complicated. How is a doctor to learn enough about a patient’s fatigue in five minutes?
RADIO MEDICINE DOCTORS AND NARCOTICS
At Novus we regularly see patients addicted to prescription narcotics, like OxyContin, who were initially prescribed these dangerous drugs for an injury by Radio Medicine Doctors. Radio Medicine doctors hooked them on dangerous narcotics that only turned up the volume on the radio. Of course it was profitable for the Radio Medicine doctor. The patient has to come every thirty days to renew the prescription for the narcotics and since the narcotics don’t cure the source of the injury, this is a long-term guaranteed income stream.
- Acts in the body just like heroin;
- Only blocks the pain signals to the brain (turns up the radio volume);
- Doesn’t treat the source of the injury;
- Leads to more, not less, pain (opioid-induced hyperalgesia);
- Prevents the person from receiving the pain signal if they are doing something that further harms the injured area;
- Often leads to lesser cognitive awareness because of the fog created by the narcotic.
We have had patients who came off all their opioid narcotics, and their pain went from eight on a one to ten scale to a three with no other treatment. Regularly our patients withdraw from the narcotics and decide to find a way to address the cause of their injury. They go to physical therapists who treat the cause of the pain and the pain goes away.
RADIO MEDICINE DOCTORS AND PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS
Other patients come to us who are seeking help coming off dangerous psychoactive drugs. In many cases, the patient went to a Radio Medicine Doctor who heard that the patient was having one or more of the symptoms of a thyroid problem. Maybe the doctor even ordered a thyroid test, but it was inconclusive and the doctor prescribed a psychoactive drug like Paxil or Cymbalta. These drugs do not even pretend to treat the cause of the problem but seek to prevent the patient from feeling the symptoms.
Many of our patients are placed on a series of these drugs until the doctor found one that worked to turn the radio up enough that they ceased having any symptoms. Of course, the problem was still there and was worsening and required more drugs to increase the volume of the radio enough that the patient no longer felt the symptoms.
Many times, particularly with psychoactive drugs, the symptoms that these drugs are given to treat are the same symptoms that are listed as side effects of the drug.
Winston Churchill once said, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
The truth is that too many doctors have become Radio Medicine Doctors and this is unhealthy for all of us. It is time that we start demanding that our doctors treat not just symptoms but help us find a way to handle the cause. Sometimes, the cause can be dehydration.
Other times it is simply treating the thyroid or the adrenals, but if you find the cause then the symptoms disappear. It is up to each of us to demand that our doctors look for the actual cause, or we need to find doctors who are not Radio Medicine doctors. If we don’t do this, then we will be condemned by our own irresponsibility to a steadily decreasing state of health.
Also, you get what you reward. If we reward Radio Medicine by continuing to go to these doctors, then we will see more of this type of medical practice and all of us will suffer. If as Churchill said, healthy citizens are our nation’s biggest asset, then we must insist that doctors actually provide treatment that allows us to have healthy citizens.
At Novus we regularly help people withdraw from narcotics like OxyContin, methadone, heroin and Vicodin. We also help people withdraw from psychoactive drugs like Paxil, Effexor, Xanax and Cymbalta. Please call us if we can help.
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