I set up this post yesterday, in hopes of putting up enough posts that I could take a break for a week. However, daily stresses forced me to complete this post with just the title. hehe This morning, once I awakened, I had a new energy. I’m recharge and ready to go. Talking to mommy helps too. LOL
But let’s get back to the title at hand
When I was a child, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had a lot of answers (actress, all around superstar for examples) but the answer they liked the most was a doctor. Yup, when I was young, I wanted to be an OB/GYN. I wanted to help women be healthy and have babies. So it wasn’t a huge deal that when I started going to the University of Maryland, my major was Biochemistry (Pre-Med Intensive).
Obviously, that didn’t last too long.
As the years went on, I moved my focus from medicine to computers. At that time, I didn’t have a problem with any of my doctors (dentists were a different story) but as I witnessed first hand how doctors mistreated patients, I started to distrust them. My mom never liked doctors so I guess I picked up her disdain for them as well. My feelings towards doctors inadvertently lead me to the Master Cleanser, which has ultimately led me right here…..on my way to being a holistics health counselor (and if everything works out the way I plan…a doctor hehe). I’m right back where I started from childhood….wanting to help not just women but all people and if I can deliver a baby or two fantastic!
There are many different types of doctors out there. Today, I’m going to focus on two kinds and why you need to see them. Allopathic Doctors are the doctors we deal with today. They are our internists, gynecologists, surgeons, etc. that you go because your insurance covers their services. Then you have the Alternative Doctors – the Homeopathic and Nautropathic Doctors. The Iridologists and the Holistic Health Counselors. The difference between them is that Alternative Medicine and its doctors “prefer not to use invasive surgery, or most synthetic drugs, preferring “natural” remedies, for instance relatively unprocessed or whole medications, such as herbs and foods. Practitioners from accredited schools are trained to use diagnostic tests such as imaging and blood tests before deciding upon the full course of treatment. If the patient does not respond to these treatments, they are often referred to physicians who utilize standard medical care to treat the underlying disease or condition.” (from Wikipedia, click on the link for the source)
Now don’t get me wrong, an alternative doctor may tell you to take a pill but it would be more like a supplement, made of all natural ingredients. As I am growing in this health field, I realize that both types of doctors are necessary to maintain physical health. Let’s me explain why:
Theoretically, when it comes to advice a Conventional Doctor and a Doctor in Alternative Medicine should be able to give you the same information. They both should keep up with medical advances in their fields, even though one focuses more on the natural ways of healing than the other. On the other hand, it’s easier to go to a Doctor of Conventional Medicne (most insurance covers them and there are plenty of them).
If you want to start an exercise program or just get a check up to see if you’re overall physical health is sound (or not), then by all means, see a Conventional Doctor. Most Nautropathic Doctors and the like do NOT do blood work (since they do not prefer surgery) so if you need that done, see a Conventional/Allopathic Doctor. There will be cases where you need surgery. Then, you would need a Conventional Doctor.
Once you know what’s wrong with you, YOU can make the choice as to how to proceed further…what if you don’t want surgery? You can get a second opinion for an Alternative Medicine Practitioner as well as have them treat you. I am a personal fan of Holistic Dentists – those who use digital X-Rays and non-Mercury Fillings. There are many choices available to you so once you know what’s going on with you, you can now do research on how best to help yourself. That wisdom gained should give you a great mental boost to aid your healing process.
One complaint with Conventional Doctors is that they are “too” clinical. A friend of mine that I’m helping out (she could be considered a “client” but she isn’t paying me…yet) thanked me for the way I speak to her when we talk about her health. She is slightly obese and had surgery after thanking me (she needed it). She told me that when she spoke to her doctor, he told her that she was “fat” and “obese” and talked down to her, which in turn made her feel like not wanting to get any help. She explained that when I spoke to her, I never used those terms (I would use “overfat” and other terms that would make her feel like this is something that can change) in a degrogatory manner. After showing her my gratitude, I said something to her that made her a little shocked:
Even though I appreciate your kind words…please don’t dismiss what your doctor said. Even though he said it in a negative way, he wasn’t lying.
My friend was open to a lot of health risks because of her weight and her lifestyle. I explained to her that instead of feeling bad about how the doctor spoke to her, take those words and use it as armor…armor against all the other negative comments that will inevitably come her way as she takes steps to be healthy. Armor your heart and your mind from things that will keep you from feeling free and happy with yourself. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” She smiled when I told her that we are moving forward because we know what the problems are. Next step, is the research and wisdom that comes with figuring the best way to heal and the understanding and patience that comes with putting these plans into action.
So even though most doctors seem like pill pushers and healers of the holes in their pockets, we still need them. Make it a point to find a quality doctor that is within your budget (it is possible…you just have to make the effort to find them…but as always, I’m here to help). Once you find out what ails you (or what doesn’t ail you, you just may need to tweak your wellness a little bit), then you can take the steps to make sound decisions that work for you. And what if you make a mistake and pick a bad doctor? That’s okay too…now that you know that doctor wasn’t right for you (as opposed to just “bad’), you can take the necessary steps to pick the proper one or go towards Alternative Medicine for your needs.
Now go see the doctor…and see me afterwards.
Your homework assignment until the next post is to check my health links to choose a sound doctor and to stay strong, stay healthy, and fight dis-ease!