Three Types of Lies and The One That May Seriously Impact You
Helping you to empower your health and your life is my ongoing quest. I do that by sharing knowledge.
Recently, I had a client ask, “How do you know so much?” I explained that I am constantly researching. I do this by searching the Internet, reading books, and taking classes. I learn from my clients too.
This journey began over twenty-five years ago when I was ill. When the doctors failed to get me well, I needed to know why and what I could do to empower my healing. I began researching everything the doctors told me (and everything they didn’t) and every prescription drug they handed me. I continue this quest for knowledge as I work with clients, giving me well over twenty years of experience. I suspect Google thinks I am a hypochondriac due to the ongoing searches I conduct to better understand illnesses and treatments.
I discovered this book, Lies My Doctor Told Me, through a series of synchronicities. What I love most about this book is that a doctor writes it, and it validates a lot of what I have known and practiced, both when I struggled to regain my health and my current goal to maintain it.
While studying for my real estate exam many years ago, I learned three ways a person can lie. The first is an outright blatant lie. The second is a lie by omission, meaning they know something that could impact the property’s value but fail to tell you. And the third is a lie by negligence. Negligence happens when you are in a position of authority and fail to know the facts.
Purchasing a home is considered the most significant investment you will ever make. Therefore, the law protects you by holding real estate agents to a higher standard. An agent can be disciplined, lose their license, and be sued for lying to you in any of these three ways.
Shouldn’t your doctor be held to this standard as well? Isn’t your health your most valued possession? Is it acceptable for a doctor to lead you astray or damage your health because they aren’t keeping up with the science?
One medical mistake could impact your life forever.
Our medical system is extremely complex, and science moves at a rapid pace. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that only eighty years ago, we didn’t have antibiotics, and people died from infections that are now easily treated. To help put that into perspective, think of someone you know who is over eighty, maybe a parent or grandparent. There were no antibiotics when they were born.
Science has come a long way, and discoveries happen every day. In your doctor’s defense, keeping up with all the latest information may be challenging. However, it is their job and their responsibility to keep up.
Whether you are struggling with a chronic health condition or your goal is to stay well, this book is a must-read! If your doctor is lying to you due to negligence, YOU are at risk.
It is common for people to question my knowledge. After all, I’m not a doctor, and no one knows everything. When this happens, I am reminded of the saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” If you’ve ever owned horses, you know how true this is. I offer the information, and then it’s up to the individual to follow through. Always do your research! If you find that I am wrong, show me. I love to learn new things, and I welcome the debate.
As I write this, I am searching for a new primary care practitioner. I’ve been with my current practitioner for well over a decade. Unfortunately, she has become too dependent on pharmaceuticals. Since I rarely ask for drugs, this surprises me as I notice it becoming a pattern. It has taken years to build this relationship, and it is disappointing to see it end.
I expect my primary care practitioner to know me and treat me as the individual I am. And you should too.
After assessing the results of blood work drawn during a wellness exam, I was instructed to start taking statins to reduce my cholesterol. There was no mention of lifestyle changes or potential side effects of the drug. NONE! And it’s my personal belief that lifestyle should always be addressed first.
Additionally, there is more and more evidence of the importance of cholesterol for brain health and more evidence of the devastating side effects of statins. Your brain is the fattest organ in your body, consisting of about 60% fat. Twenty-five percent is cholesterol and other lipids.
Could the overuse of statin drugs be the cause of the overwhelming cases of cognitive disorders in our elderly? Read the book and decide for yourself.
I refused the statins, saying I would first commit to diet changes and increase exercise. And now, I am in search of a new practitioner who is more in tune with current research and who can align with and respect my beliefs.
Each one of us must take responsibility for our health. And each one of us can do our own research. It is so much easier now than when I was ill. The Internet didn’t exist then.
Following the discovery of the miracle drug penicillin, many patients began to believe there was a quick fix for every ill in the form of a pill. Too many look for the easy way out and never stop to consider the potential damage those pills may cause.
Far too often, we trust our doctors implicitly. This is a mistake! You don’t have to learn the hard way as I did.
In conclusion, I highly encourage you to read this book a few times. You may be shocked by what you learn. Empower yourself now and always, as your health is your most important asset. Without your health, you have nothing.
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