Medical specialists are brilliant. They save lives by performing complicated surgeries, they deliver babies, they are hard working and respected members of the society.
However, few of them know ANYTHING about holistic health, proper nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
Their busy lives prevent them from staying current on the latest nutrition, wellness and exercise research.
They're slammed with patients and writing prescriptions.
The truth is - our bodies don't just break down for no reason and none of us are antibiotic or pain killer deficient.
There's always an underlying problem.
And that's why next time you visit your physician's office, don't rush to leave it and grab the prescription right away.
Ask him/her some of these questions first:
1. What lifestyle changes do I have to make to prevent this from happening in the future?
As I mentioned before, there's always an underlying reason why things are happening to your body. See if your doctor has any suggestions for the future
2. What foods would help me support my immune system?
Dietary habits often determine how good you feel, how much inflammation you have in your body and how strong your immune system is. If you don't hear your doctor say "Unrefined, whole foods, as close to their natural state as possible" or something similar - run!
3. What can I do instead of taking medication?
That's a tricky question and depending on how severe your condition is, this question might not be appropriate. However, if you're just having constant headaches that might simply be dehydration. So your doctor should offer getting a trace mineral solution to add to your water instead of Tylenol.
4. How can I support my gut if I take this medication?
It is well known that pharmaceuticals wipe out the gut flora. Our gut microbiome is our second (arguably first) brain. Your doctor should be able to give you a good probiotic formula and know what colostrum is.
5. How can I minimize the damage that this medication is going to cause?
It's not just your gut flora. The damage and side effects can affect your kidneys, your metabolic health, immune system and DNA.
6. What would happen if I opt-out of treating my condition?
Always good to know your options. If the downside of no-treatment is not too bad, time to make some lifestyle adjustments and move forward!
If your doctor is not able to answer these questions - simply leave.
Why stick around when a medical professional doesn't have your best interest in mind? Prescribing medication is easy. Addressing the underlying problem is not.
So find someone who cares enough to address the underlying issue instead.
Stay empowered. Stay healthy.