If I was going to start a movement…

Well, there are tons of things I’d like to set right, but today, tonight, it’s the whole of Western medicine. If everyone who reads this could consider their last doctor’s experience and then if they felt as wronged as I do, simply write one letter stating what happened and how/why you feel ripped off, and make three copies of it.

The first copy should be sent to your doctor. The second copy should be sent to your congressman. The third copy should be sent to your local news outlet.

I won’t tell you what to say. All of our stories are different. Some common threads though are these:

  • We pay too much for the service we get.
  • Doctors are often unprepared and insensitive.
  • They don’t spend enough time with us.
  • They don’t hear us out.
  • They judge us based on our profession.
  • They don’t have good listening skills.
  • They aren’t empathetic.
  • They are pharmaceutical drug pushers.
  • They apply band-aid treatments instead of getting to root cause.
  • They insult our intelligence.
  • They insult us in other ways.
  • They forget that we are in charge of our health.
  • They forget that we are hiring them, not the other way around.
  • Often they aren’t knowledgeable of natural treatments.
  • They are rude and interrupt us when we are trying to speak.
  • When prescribing drugs, they don’t explain the potential side effects.
  • They are not healers.

This is what’s wrong with health care in the United States.  The problem isn’t that everyone needs insurance. The problem is that we have given up our power and have handed over our wallets. We have stopped thinking critically when it comes to our own health.

But things have shifted in the last 20 years. Today we have the Internet. Today we have knowledge at our fingertips like never before. WE could change this. WE are the ones who pay.

If you or anyone you know has had any of these experiences, write a letter, make three copies, affix stamps, and send.


6 thoughts on “If I was going to start a movement…

  1. That is absolutely true. All of it.

    I also recommend that a fourth letter be sent to the med school that they graduated from, a fifth letter be sent to your insurance company, a sixth letter be sent to the business school most closely connected with the medical school they graduated from, and a seventh be sent to the American Medical Association.

    I think it’s important to understand their situation, as well, because their awful behavior didn’t just happen by accident. Too much of the bad behavior is systemic — and consistent all across the board.

    Doctors are actually graded now on their patient responsiveness and the level of service they provide. There are questionnaires that go out about how they’re doing that get logged and checked.

    The massive disconnect that I see trashing modern medicine, is that doctors tend to conduct themselves as overlords and purveyors of secret knowledge and potions, rather than as consultants for valued clients, which is what they really are. Sure, they may make decisions about people’s lives in an extreme emergency, and yes, they are tasked with tremendous responsibility. But a lot of us are, too. Firefighters. Police. Power plant people. Bus drivers. Technology people who keep all the machines running to make our lives possible. Everyone is needed. And a lot of people have a critical role to play that is just as important as a doctor’s — only less prestigious.

    if you’re conscious and able to make your own decisions, their role needs to be that of partner. Supposedly, that changed many years ago, with med schools retraining them away from the overlord role and being more of a partner. But their education is not teaching them that. It’s not teaching them how to consult. It’s not teaching them how to care. And the pressures of the insurance industry and group practices (where doctors are pressured to “treat” patients in 15 minute time slots like a production line) are actually preventing good practices.

    Functionally, a lot of these folks don’t have a clue about how to run a business, which in essence is what practicing medicine is. A young relative of mine graduated from med school a few years back, and they took over the practice of a retiring local doc. But they made terrible business decisions, and they lost the practice — and a lot of money. Doctors in private practice are being required to start and run a profitable venture, but they’re not being taught how. They need a whole year of business school, in addition to med school, in my opinion.

    But by far, the biggest gap is with their attitude — overlords vs. consultants. I know a lot of them are trying to make that change, but it’s not working. They don’t seem to realize how they are — or that it’s not okay. And we don’t have enough time with them or enough power in the system to actually make that clear.

    Good idea for a revolution. I think I may do that for my last doctor’s visit.

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    1. Sorry. I meant to respond to this. These are great ideas! It’s crazy how prevalent this “doctor” attitude is. I don’t understand why so many of us put up with it.

      I am trying to learn more about nutrition for the brain and have come upon some opposing views. Are you following any special diet? My husband’s naturopath has advised a ketogenic diet and makes no distinction between animal fat and vegetable fat.

      I was wondering if you have any thoughts or experience with that.

      Hope you are feeling well! Thanks for writing.


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      1. I have tried to follow a ketogenic diet, and I found it did not work for me at all. I know it’s very good for us, in many ways, and I hear amazing stories about how great it is, but I could never keep up with it. It is a LOT of work, it takes laser-like focus and dedication and consistency, and the benefits can take a while to kick in. My situation is not extreme enough for that to appeal to me, I have realized. However, adding a lot of healthy fats to my diet has made a huge difference in how I feel and think. I put a big glop of Kerry Gold grass-fed butter in my coffee (when I’m not fighting off a cold), and I use MCT oil (highly concentrated medium chain triglycerides, as well as coconut oil. I have cut out as many “cheap” carbs as humanly possible — processed sugar, junk food, bread/crackers, pasta, basically just about all grain-based carb foods. But I will let myself off the leash, every now and then. Especially when there is a plate full of Christmas cookies just sitting there at the office 🙂 I think dietary distinctions are very personal. What works for one, won’t work for another. I do much better with animal fats than with vegetable ones. Coconut oil is fine, but the grass-fed butter gives me a huge burst of good energy that lasts much longer. It’s also more noticeable as soon as I eat it. Thinking about the things that have turned me in the right direction: exercise has been huge, cutting down on caffeine has all but eradicated my headaches, learning to juggle taught me to handle frustration and function better on my toes, getting in bed an hour earlier each night has transformed my days, but perhaps most of all, getting more healthy fats in my diet has corresponded with a really noticeable improvement in my thinking, coping, and quality of life. I was just thinking about this the other day — what’s turned me around more than anything I’ve done to date? What’s the thing that tipped the scales in favor of sanity? Sleep, yes. Exercise, yes. But until I got healthy fats in my diet, every improvement felt like a struggle. Kerry Gold is available at all the grocery stores I shop at — you may have it near you, as well.


  2. Oh, also, the thing that ketogenic diet folks don’t seem to mention is that it can be really hard on your kidneys. It can lead to kidney stones, low blood pressure, and also put added load on your kidneys. Different studies have shown different things, and some say that ketosis is easier on your kidneys than high carb diets. You just have to be careful. Extreme changes will tax any system.


    1. Yes. I know someone whose husband died of kidney failure and so this has been on my mind too. I’ve been reading about bulletproof diet and I’ve heard for so long that this kind of diet can be bad for the heart and kidneys and could potentially even cause a stroke, so it’s a big shift for me.

      I tried the bulletproof coffee, but with ghee, and I didn’t like it so much. Maybe it was psychological but my heart had this heavy feeling after I drank it. I tried it with only the coconut oil and I felt much better.

      One thing that made a lot of sense to me in the Bulletproof diet book was how much mold is probably in our food supply. Most of what he’s said has rung true. High-fructose corn syrup is like poison to me. I actually break out with painful sores when I have that stuff and it took me a long time to figure out that it was the culprit.

      I will try the Kerry Gold. My husband loves his coffee and says he needs it to function, so I’ll try mixing this in and see what he thinks.

      Stress is a hard one too. When I read through the results of his latest MRI, I felt like a weight dropped on me. The doctor said my husband might have to have brain surgery and my husband got really freaked out. If we were robots, we could hold this together a bit better, but it’s quite overwhelming with the diets and the brain terminology (it’s like a foreign language), and the doctors, and the money, and the worry about what could really be wrong with him and what are we actually facing. And it all continues and continues. He’ll be seeing a fourth neurologist next week.

      Which reminds me, I should go read your blog, maybe you have posted on this already, but do you have any thoughts on the Amen Clinic? This Clinic focuses quite a bit on addiction and the brain, but it also has a brain trauma area. I’ve been reading one of Dr. Amen’s books and he’s making sense. But I also see online where people call him a scam artist. The supplements, the imaging, the exercise, sleep, a balanced diet, games like ping pong—all these things seemed to make sense.

      Well, I’m off to go shopping. Going to pick up the Kerry Gold and try it out. 🙂

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  3. Oh geez – ghee in coffee is terrible! At least that’s my experience. I tried it once – learned my lesson 🙂 I used to put both Kerry Gold and MCT oil in mine, then I realized the butter was enough. Supposedly you’re to use non-salted, but the salted butter actually enhances the flavor, and it also makes it less bitter, so I use the salted. I used to work for a medical services company that provided kidney dialysis equipment and ran clinics, so I know you can live a long life, even on dialysis. But after working there, I swore I would protect my kidneys at all costs. Reading about the process all day, and also knowing what you have to go through… yeah, no thanks.

    Daniel Amen has done a lot to advance awareness about brain issues, and he has some valuable things to say. Personally, I can’t stand the guy. I’ll change the channel quickly, if I ever see him on t.v. (usually at PBS pledge time). He makes my skin crawl – he strikes me as a chameleon who will say and do and become anything to get attention, and get rich. He seems to have a habit of conducting tests and finding results that all “prove” his own hypotheses — that’s dangerous, in my book, not to mention unscientific. Also, the SPECT tests that he recommends for people are not cheap, and they expose people to potentially harmful radiation – but the pictures are very nice and reveal interesting data. He’s a psychiatrist, not a neurologist, and he’s raked in millions through is clinics.

    That being said, he *does* have some good and helpful things to say, which nobody else seems willing to put out there, and I’m not sure he’s any more dangerous than the armies of other medical specialists pontificating out there. I just have a strong personal bias against him and his clinics and wouldn’t trust him as far as I can throw him. Personally, I’d like to see him and his whole line of supplements and products and services shut down, and have his millions donated to actual charities, instead of his mansion overlooking the Pacific.

    But I am often proven wrong, so use your own judgment, I say…

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