William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 21:14:30 UTC 2016
If our trust in doctors is so poor, why do we believe them when they tell
us that the tests are OK and no health problems were highlighted. Surely we
should treat an 'All clear' with just as much suspicion? bill k
I agree completely and think I have the answer, which I posted a short time
ago: the medical profession is conservative - first, do no harm. Next,
follow standard practice unless you want a lot of law suits. My take is
that legal problems, or the anticipation of them, are driving a lot of
modern medicine. My wife was booted out of her physician's practice and
put in a pain management clinic where they are treating her as a drug
addict and are not 'managing' her pain. She is now in a practice that does
not prescribe opiates at all: one million dollars a year in insurance if
So while being conservative has likely kept quacks out of the profession it
also fails to adopt new technologies and drugs (often available in Germany,
btw, or in clinical trials, if you can beg your way into one). The other
problem is that they are afraid to admit that they have bought ideas that
weren't fully tested and in effect have lied to the public about what works
and what doesn't. They are being forced to accept that a low fat diet is a
poor choice for the treatment of anything.
So, Bill K, you are correct: a diagnosis of nothing wrong can kill you.
If you have symptoms that they dismiss, get a second opinion and maybe a
third. Plenty of people have died because of not getting these. Medical
mistakes, according to one source (?) I read lately, kill 100,000 people a
year, which includes those who got their illness while in the hospital, as
On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11 September 2016 at 20:43, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> > Please send to people you know with diabetes. Notice cachet of authors.
> > Also please notice that yet another national organization (the other -
> > American Heart Assoc.) is denying the latest research in favor of
> > based on old and refuted science. Is a basic Atkins diet the answer to
> > everything?
> > http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/opinion/sunday/before-
> This diabetes and statins discussion makes me wonder why we bother to
> consult doctors.
> If the doc diagnoses a problem and recommends a treatment our reaction
> appears to be to immediately question both the diagnosis and the
> treatment and start frantically googling to see what this week's
> internet opinion is.
> If our trust in doctors is so poor, why do we believe them when they
> tell us that the tests are OK and no health problems were highlighted.
> Surely we should treat an 'All clear' with just as much suspicion?
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