First Do No Harm? You Say?

Inspired by a blogger reply to “The Doctor is Way Out,” Compliments of Mojammel, for who the journey has just begun:

We need to change our lifestyle for our good health. Thanks!

WARNING: OPINION FOLLOWS AND LIKE I DIDN’T ATTEND 8 YEARS OF MED SCHOOL!

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Yes! Lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle and maybe only see your doctor every so ‘once in a while’ for checkups and serious problems as best determined!

And if the doctor immediately recommends a medication or procedure, well, maybe ask if there is something else you could do instead?

And he’ll probably reply,

Say what! Did you complete 8 years of medical school?

You see, all he may likely knows from med school is how to diagnose and treat symptoms with meds, procedures and /or refer you to another doctor instead!

I feel it’s the whole body and mind you should treat: not just a particular organ, you see!

And finally……

The slogan of the American Medical Association (AMA) is “First Do No Harm!”

So I did once contact the AMA and said:

Shouldn’t Your Motto be “First Do Some Good?”

Well! You can no longer go to the AMA site and make a comment by email unless you are a doctor, med student or hospital or recently returned from the dead! You need to input your credentials to move ahead! But you can write them you see!

WHY?

Maybe it’s because of people making politically incorrect comments like little old me!

So this is my rant from the ‘mad as hell’ far side!  My favorite Voltaire quote loosely interpreted:

Doctor’s  seem to know little
About the meds they prescribe

Maybe even less about the patients 
They prescribe them to…

And, I feel, next to nothing
About the illnesses and diseases
They prescribe them for! 

An example follows:

A few years back, I had been diagnosed with insufficient kidneys on blood tests. Luckily I went to a kidney specialist who knew something about the side effects and interactions of my drugs. So, the first thing he said to me was, “I see you’re taking a statin drug for cholesterol and a fenofibrate to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It is my experience that this can cause kidney problems. Stop taking the fenofibrate, get a blood test and come back in two weeks.”

I did and he said everything looks great. No follow up appointment was needed. Bye!

Insufficient kidneys was Nevermore!”

Now he did lose a patient for drug treatment which to me is setting a bad example for todays American Health Care System!

Quoth the Quoting Ravenous Blogger
Nevermore!

19 Comments Add yours

  1. judybarbera says:

    The truth! Nothing but the truth!

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  2. gemstrong63 says:

    No different over here in the UK. My usual cry is find the cause stop treating the symptom. It took 5 years before someone actually listened to me. That person listened and then saved my 29 year old disabled son’s kidneys and his life! Too quick to give a tablet to one already sick, it makes doctors blind to new illness and they blame the old one readily and move on to the next patient and the next prescription. Your sentiment of first do some good should be taught in every medical school worldwide! Loved the poem. Rang a few bells in this tired head. Well said Sir, well said.

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    1. Halbarbera says:

      That is the truest and nicest comment I have received! I had been diagnosed with insufficient kidneys on blood tests. Luckily I went to a kidney specialist and the first thing he said to me was, “I see you’re taking a statin drug for cholesterol and a fenofibrate to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It is my experience that this can cause kidney problems. Stop taking the fenofibrate, get a blood test and come back in two weeks. I did and he said everything looks great. No follow up appointment is needed. Bye!

      Now he lost a patient which is setting a bad example for the American Health Care

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      1. Halbarbera says:

        … System! Finding the cause? Are you some kind of subversive?

        Maybe you should do a post based
        on your reply to my post!

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      2. gemstrong63 says:

        ah but that I had the time or enough emotional distance and fortitude to tackle that immensely painful and heartbreaking story. But yes, you have seen through the thin veil of my conformity, subversion is my truest nature and I have already beaten the system but could not quite whip it enough to change it. We have money people at the top of the tree and they decide our NHS fate. While that remains true and is now true for a minimum of 4 years, nothing can change, they have the majority. Power by numbers rules in this beleagured nation not by voice and common sense. I shall instead remain vigilant and catch my boy when he falls, and scream and shout at them so they have no choice but to search for the cause of any malady that may strike him. I’ve been doing this 29 years, they all hate me but that brings with it a certain amount of fear for what this maverick mother may do next and they bow to the inevitable and they do search for the cause now, and more often than not, it saves them time and money in the long run. Expensive business treating the symptom.

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      3. Halbarbera says:

        A brilliant call from the UK ‘mad as
        hell’ far side!

        My favorite Voltaire quote very loosely interpreted:

        Doctor’s 🤮 know little
        about the meds they prescribe 🤡

        Even less about the patients 😩
        They prescribe them to

        And next to nothing
        About the illnesses and diseases🤒
        They prescribe them for! 🤑

        Quoth the Ravenous Blogger
        Nevermore!

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      4. Halbarbera says:

        If it’s alright with you, I would like to post our conversation about the sorry state of unhealthy healthcare.

        No names without your permission!

        Liked by 1 person

      5. gemstrong63 says:

        of course you can, I’m pleased as punch you would want to! Use names with impunity my friend. 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

      6. Halbarbera says:

        Will do shortly!

        Liked by 1 person

      7. Halbarbera says:

        Please Johnny Doc! … Post submitted!

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  3. Moises Ramos says:

    Shots fired, get’em doc. Good poem

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Halbarbera says:

      Thanks💉🗣👤🔫

      Liked by 1 person

  4. gemstrong63 says:

    A new post on my blog, the continuing thought process from our above conversation. More an explanation of where my anger comes from I suppose, it’s a difficult and painful subject for me to write about, but I have given it a shot. I refer back to your blog in mine so have made mention of you in it. Hope you don’t mind.

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    1. Halbarbera says:

      Great! Don’t mind at all! Will read shortly…

      Like

    2. Halbarbera says:

      Again! Brilliant! Please feel free to use my smiley face from my reblog!

      A picture can improve readership. I had a recent post that had only 10 likes the first 24 hours. So I changed the picture to be more humorous and inviting and I got over 20 more likes in a few hours!

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    3. Halbarbera says:

      See my latest post: A Tale of Twelve Medications!

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  5. When I get back from the dead I will post a comment on the AMA website, just for you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Halbarbera says:

      A doctor
      or ghost
      you must be
      to post and
      for me
      to see

      Liked by 1 person

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