HELPING PATIENTS TO CHANGE MINDSETS REQUIRES DOCTORS TO CHANGE MINDSETS FIRST!

The following advertisement was recently sent to me by a reputable nutritional business representing two companies. The intention of this ad was to create a win-win-win scenario. THESE COMPANIES would make money selling me (THE DOCTOR,) their quality products. I, in turn, would make money selling these quality products to THE PATIENT. The patient, in turn, would use these products to strengthen his or her immune system to avoid illness.

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I have a great deal of respect for these companies and personally use several of their nutritional products.

WHERE IS THE PROBLEM?

The problem is based on the fundamental belief that supports the concept that:

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GOOD HEALTH IS ACHIEVED AND MAINTAINED BY SWALLOWING PILLS

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Whether the pill is naturally or synthetically derived (ex. nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals,) its need and use should PRIMARILY be based on any balance required AFTER ONE IMPLEMENTS A REALISTIC HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Health based nutraceuticals are NO MORE THE ANSWER (in and of themselves) than pharmaceuticals.

ALL doctors (regardless of their education and specialties) have a professional and ethical responsibility to make certain the patient clearly understands his or her personal responsibilities for achieving and maintaining GOOD HEALTH. It is the doctor’s responsibility to recognize the more LIMITED THEIR ROLE, (as a result of patient compliance with the NECESSARY componentsΒ  for HEALTHY LIVING) the more EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL they are as physicians. Naturally there are those who will argue that this methodology will reduce the income for the physician. I disagree entirely. The physician capable of teaching their patient the necessary steps for healthy living and gaining their compliance would be compensated for this achievement. This will save the health care system billions of dollars while improving the health and quality of life for the average consumer. This becomes a TRUE WIN-WIN scenario. It is also important to realize:

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THIS METHODOLOGY DOES NOT REPLACE NUTRACEUTICALS OR PHARMACEUTICALS

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It places them back into their PROPER SUPPORTIVE ROLES instead of their ARTIFICIAL PRIMARY ROLES used today by BOTH PATIENT and DOCTOR.

This methodology creates a common ground for ALL DOCTORS to practice by. It reduces the stress they face today by rebalancing the working relationship between doctor and patient. The patient’s CORRECTED PERCEPTION regarding the doctor’s role as ADJUNCT rather than PRESCRIPTION PAD (for nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals) will further EMPOWER THE PATIENT to pursue a lifestyle achieving a level of health THEY desire. Doctors will return to there traditional roles as HEALTH CARE SUPPORTERS (as practiced in the days of Hippocrates) rather than perpetuating their current roles as CHRONIC DISEASE CARE PROVIDERS.

All this becomes possible when the DOCTOR recognizes his or her CHANGE OF MINDSET is the

FIRST STEP

needed in producing better patient outcomes. It is only then that the patients, THEMSELVES, will begin accepting greater responsibility to commit to REALISTIC BALANCED LIFESTYLES to achieve and maintain GOOD HEALTH.

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38 comments

  1. No kidding. It’s a shame how we all have this mindset that a pill with fix us. Talk about wish fulfillment! I think there is something modern and trendy about that kind of thinking. Like, why try to do it the old fashioned way, when we can take some pills and our problem will be solved. We need to take a deep breath and a couple of steps back and realize that good health is a one day at a time deal. There are no quick fixes. Eat intelligently and exercise regularly. Simple, but not easy … or at all trendy.

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    1. Excellent points, Tony. People should understand and practice these essential needs you discuss. It might be taken more seriously if doctors would do their part and explain the harsh reality that nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals are NOT SUBSTITURES for exercise, proper nutrition and stress channeling. The average patient today BELIEVES that blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication, diabetes medication, etc… (or their natural alternatives) “restores” GOOD HEALTH without the patient having to change their lifestyle. This is a dangerous precedent for the health care field to accept so passively. When doctors even “mention” exercise and nutrition it comes across as a “good idea” as opposed to an “essential need.” Doctors must begin reconsidering their approach to patient care if patient outcomes are going to improve.

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      1. Thanks, Jonathan. You are exactly right about the ‘good idea’ concept rather than an actual need. I hadn’t realized how far afield doctors had gone in the health situation. We are really messed up.

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  2. I take supplements and do experience some benefits but honestly I am unsure if they are more psychological than physical. Regardless ,they work for me BUT, you are so correct that they cannot be a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and good diet. Too many people look to a pill or even surgery to fix health issues that can be done naturally through better self care.

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    1. I agree with you. One of the main points I try to make is the role and responsibility the doctor must accept in altering this misperception that the pill (natural supplement or synthetic pharmaceutical) substitutes for a healthier lifestyle. Lab panels with “good values” do NOT determine a person is HEALTHY. The average lab panel doesn’t measure the VARIOUS markers for inflammation in the body; it doesn’t measure stress levels, it doesn’t measure the QUALITY of organ function, it doesn’t measure the LEVEL of immune STRENGTH, it doesn’t measure the quality of brain function, it doesn’t measure the level of nutrient absorption/deficiencies, etc… Interestingly, if the lab panel comes back without “abnormalities,” the doctor tells their patient they’re “healthy!” With these lab panels providing such limited information, doctors must re-evaluate their own thinking and the misperception their patients experience as they leave the office believing they’re in “GOOD HEALTH. GOOD HEALTH requires ACTIVE PARTICIPATION by the patient beyond swallowing the pill!

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      1. Funny you should sy that about doctors ignoring”abnormal” lab panels. I’ve had that happen to me and it made me wonder what’s the point of doing them in the first place!

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        1. My previous husband (now deceased) was experiencing some unusual symptoms/behaviors–to the point I knew something was wrong, but had no idea what at the time. I took him to the ER (in our small little town) where the ER doctor proceeded to tell me that he was “faking” his condition–despite tests indicating liver elevations. When I protested that there was no way he was faking his symptoms she then tried to tell me that because he was a vet that he must have a hidden alcohol problem! Really?? He never drank. Had I listened to her, he would have died within a few weeks. I took him elsewhere and it was discovered that he needed a liver transplant! It turns out he had contracted Hepatitis C from a bad transfusion the military gave him–back before medical professionals even knew to test the blood. The Hep C had laid dormant for years and for some reason suddenly got aggressive. (She no longer works there.)

          When it comes to your health or the health of a loved one, there is something also to be said for trusting your instincts!

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          1. Wow, what a !crazy story FF! You are so correct, trusting your own instincts is essential.

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            1. Yes it is. I just wish it wasn’t true!

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          2. I have heard so many stories like this. Sometimes my own profession embarrasses me. I’m glad you were persistent and listened to you instinctive “gut.” I’m so sorry that you and your late husband had to experience this ordeal.
            I’ve always said that NO ONE (including doctors) will ever know and value an individual more than the individual him or her self.

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            1. That was probably the worst thing I’ve ever encountered in the medical world as a patient’s advocate. I filled out a patient experience survey and I though I didn’t actually use the Dr’s name, I did give them enough information that they knew exactly who she was. I also said in the survey that we had never had a bad experience at that hospital (not that we had been there very often before that), but if we ever needed to come back and she was there, I would insist on another doctor. After that, I never saw her again. I don’t know what happened to her.

              There was another time after this incident–and before we found out about needing the liver transplant–that I took my (then) husband to the ER. He was behaving in very bizarre ways. For instance (he later told me) that he was dreaming he was getting a bowl of cereal and was putting sugar on the cereal. What he actually did though was to go into the kitchen and get the flour and throw it all over the place. EVERY service in the kitchen was coated with flour when I found him. He also would get up in the middle of the night and get fully dressed as if he was starting a new day and then insist that I get up and get ready to go (where I have no idea)…Then I would convince him it was the middle of the night and get him to go back to bed and then about an hour or so later, the same thing–but he would be wearing different clothes. He didn’t seem able to tell reality apart from the dream state. He did many bizarre things like this. This is NOT normal behavior and I knew it wasn’t him. He had other symptoms–but very general ones (I now know these general symptoms put together add up to liver issues).

              Anyway, I took him into the ER again where Dr. Smith (sounds like a made up name, but it is real) was on duty. Dr. Smith asked me what was wrong with him and I said with a smile, “I don’t know. Aren’t you supposed to tell me?” Doc did some tests…nothing showed up. I recited all the bizarre and general symptoms. Doc said, “Can’t find anything wrong. Take him home.” I said I didn’t feel comfortable with that so Dr. Smith said he would keep him there temporarily for observation. I was relieved and thanked him. I kept saying I didn’t know what was wrong, but I KNEW he wasn’t himself and not “right.” It was a slow night in the ER so the doctors and nurses were congregated at the nurses station having coffee. I stayed in the room with my husband and I thought he had fallen asleep. Suddenly he sat straight up, eyes wide, grabbed his chest and said he couldn’t breathe. I went running around the corner and told them what had happened and I have to say that I have never seen so many people run so fast and work so well together. Everything was coordinated with everyone in their places doing their part to take care of their common patient. I followed all of them into the room and stood out of the way, back to the wall. I still didn’t know what was going on though. After stabilizing my husband, Dr. Smith took me around the corner out of my husband’s ear shot and explained to me that he had had a massive heart attack and if I had taken him home as Doc told me to do, he would have died. Because he was in the hospital when it happened, he was saved. I know the general signs of heart attack–he didn’t have any. Even the doctor didn’t think he had them–then the heart attack occurred.

              After that, if I brought my husband into the ER, Dr. Smith ALWAYS took me seriously and believed everything I told him no matter how bizarre it sounded. By this time, he knew I wasn’t one to just bring him in over a sniffle. He also made sure that he told EVERYONE to believe anything I said. Dr. Smith turned out to be one of the best local doctors. My husband and I both had great respect for him. Of course later when we found out about the liver issues, if I had to bring him in to be stabilized, we knew he would be transferred out to a bigger hospital because our local hospital doesn’t have any liver specialists.

              So, all of that to say that Doctor Jonathon there are times where you can be very proud of your profession. From that night on, my husband was given top notch medical care and I can’t say enough good things about all of the men and women who were involved in his care–all of them made up for one bad apple.

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              1. The only person I didn’t see addressed in this entire scenario was YOU. As a doctor, I’m aware the patient receives ALL THE ATTENTION necessary during an acute state. As a PERSON, I’m also aware that “supporters” needs (spousal or any other caregiver) must ALSO BE ADDRESSED (even if it’s as simple as making sure the person is emotionally and/or physically ok.)

                I’m glad your overall experience with physicians has been positive. Most (from my experience) care deeply about the welfare of their patients. Thank you for taking the time to share this experience with all of us.

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                1. Thank you for your concern about me. I was fine though. I have (and had) a great support network through family, church family, and friends. Doctor Smith was actually a great support. Later, the transplant team was also a great support–to both of us.

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  3. Thank you for this healthy, ego-in-check, perspective…I’ve heard criticisms of doctors–in that general practice way indicative of mainstream society–where we tend to elevate, then denigrate those in prestigious careers. And, as well as being unfair, it ignores the fact that–as a society–we give our power to doctors and abdicate responsibility for our own health. I love that you use the word “empower”…that speaks to your integrity and your grasp of your role. You are giving us the tools to take our power back, rather than encouraging us to actively seek out panaceas encapsulated in passive solutions that require as little effort as it takes to pop a pill. I really can’t thank you enough for the difference you are making for so very many of us…and, I know you don’t do this for the accolades, but I really want to let you know how admirable and uplifting you are. My life is so much better for having people like you to help me, so I can do more to help others…and, I know you know that is what it’s all about. Thank you for being so giving , for the ongoing education, and the irreplaceable inspiration πŸ™‚

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    1. I don’t know how I missed your comment and am sorry for the time taken to reply.
      The depth in your writings; the depth in your responses make you the unique person you are. I appreciate the value you attach to my words. Most importantly, I hope these words resonate and positively impact the lives of those seeking new direction. I can be pretty direct, but intentions are ALWAYS aimed at eliciting helpful emotions and deeper thought. Change is rarely easy, but usually worth the commitment and effort.
      Your words inspire me. I look forward to the unknown in 2017!

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  4. Oh yes, it is all about ‘the quick fix’ today…just pop a pill and all will be well. Absolutely not !!!!! We (the people) need to change our mindsets completely !

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    1. Lynne, I can see you speaking these words of TRUTH and COMMITMENT! It’s time to jump on board the Lynne Hoareau train!! πŸ™‚

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  5. There is no question our health system needs a major overhaul!

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  6. Im finding eating healthy foods each day helps me more than any pill every did! and truly the smell of fresh veggies oh my gosh whats better? I slice a big eggplant in the morning and the smell of it I love! lightly bread and cook in coconut oil and that is what I will snack on all day. My energy level is up I look and feel better than ever! I think sometimes people might think in order to eat healthy its going to be tasteless and that is just not true at all. I can finally taste what real food taste like with no chemicals and sugar messing me up and real food is amazing! I got excited making ground turkey with asparagus for my dinner tonight using no butter even…came out delicious! Thanks for the post Jonathan hope the new year is treating you kind my friend! πŸ™‚

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    1. If people could just read your comments and see how DELICIOUS healthy food can taste, they would be significantly less resistant to change. I have never read about asparagus, turkey and eggplant and salivated at the thought! You have a way of eliciting the best responses.
      Looking forward to another wonderful year with you and the many exceptional bloggers throughout the world.

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      1. You are so kind to say Jonathan! Thank you for that! I know though even reading it myself before when sugar I thought was my everything and diary was a staple,
        I would say things out loud to people like ‘oh I could not go without eating sour cream’ or ‘ I HAVE to have my one bottle of coke everyday, I couldnt live without it’ We dont realize the power we give these things and in the sound of our own voice its the worst thing a person can do to themselves if they want to change. Speaking about it to yourself in a positive way is more likely to produce a change. Truly I started instead to teach myself that ‘Sugar is the ememy!’ haha and I would say it everyday if I was asked if I wanted a slice of cake or anything. I do like a bit of caffeine in the morning so now I drink an herbal tea that took me some time to find its orange and cinnamon and taste like Christmas! I dont need to add anything to it at all! And no weird awful chemicals or sugar it has never set my fibro off like sodas can! Once the chemicals are out of your body and it only taste maybe a week if that for you to actually enjoy the taste of real food! the less you eat crap the less you crave it bottomline! πŸ™‚

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        1. Small ongoing steps is definitely the key for most people. “I just need a jump start” is a phrase that often predisposes a person to failure. As you have said before, “it has taken time to reach the depths of dissatisfaction.” Racing to reverse this life simply doesn’t work. Patience, persistence and REALISTIC changes is the key.

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          1. and I remind myself of it daily too! and to some people I tell them not even baby steps I say tiny steps even if its an inch toward the door you are an inch closer than you were yesterday and you will reach it! πŸ™‚

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              1. You are the best!! πŸ˜€

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  7. Two great “Truths” in life…1) There is no free lunch 2) There is no magic pill

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    1. No question about it!

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  8. […] HELPING PATIENTS TO CHANGE MINDSETS REQUIRES DOCTORS TO CHANGE MINDSETS FIRST! […]

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    1. …and this one, as well! πŸ™‚ …

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  9. Over the weekend I heard two stories of people who had gone to the doctor and come away only having been told of drugs they could/should take, without any consideration of potential other ways to deal with their problems. I immediately thought of you!

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    1. There is a saying, “to a carpenter, everything looks like a nail.” Unfortunately, to many traditional medical doctors every answer looks like a prescription. It is only recently that consumers have begun looking for more comprehensive answers.
      Thank you for sharing this event and for thinking of me.

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  10. This was a great post. My issue is this even when people eat a nutritious diet, exercise, manage stress well…..you still have to deal with toxic chemicals in food, air, water and products. Lack of nutrients in the soil. Making our food low in nutritional value. People are sick from poor lifestyle choices and deception. No one talks about the importance of nutrient balance of your macro and micro nutrients. No one talks about cellular testing along with blood testing.

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    1. Functional medicine is a growing field in health care designed to address these deficiencies you mention. In the meantime, if people start taking small steps forward by making REALISTIC changes they can make lifestyle habits, the health and quality of life for the majority of people would greatly improve.

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  11. I was never one that swallowed a pill to feel better or solve a problem…I would try to solve my aliment naturally first…my husband had a pill for everything when I met him…we have been working to change the mindset that a pill is the answer and try something else first before we jump to the medicine cabinet…..its been a long hard road but he is coming around…he is even going to join a gym with me….whooo hoooo

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    1. Persistence leads to improved results. It takes some longer then others. This is why the claim is made, “patience is virtue.”

      Congratulate him on deciding to join the gym. Make certain he approaches it in a REALISTIC manner to keep him going for the LONG TERM.

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      1. I have a meeting with a trainer tomorrow at 4p…he thinks that’s silly, but he’s not fighting me on it…so we will see…I am not pushing just offering….I told m him it would be so much better to do this as a couple…so I am hoping!!!

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        1. You are right. It creates additional POSITIVE time together participating in an activity that’s good for both of you.
          The trainer (if he or she is good) must show their value to help (your husband) achieve the results he is looking for. They must demonstrate how their experience can SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY help your husband avoid the pitfalls that plague most people that begin an exercise program.
          I wish the two of you much SUCCESS!

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          1. Thanks…were heading over in the morning…..at my husbands insistence that we get it over with early…LOL

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