3 Fearless Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Their Own Health Practice By Natasha N. Deonarain, MD, MBA (part 1 of 3)

In 1949, the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company made a television commercial. It showed an actor portraying a doctor sitting at his desk smoking. The announcement said, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” 

 Americans today are struggling with their health. They go to a doctor for a health check-up, believing that physicians are the most qualified people to give health advice. But, are doctors really the health experts you want to consult? 

 Physicians that are conventionally trained spend between 10 to 15 years learning about diseases. They study disease names, symptoms, and treatments. They have at their fingertips a variety of prescription pills, chemotherapeutic agents, and radiological or surgical choices for treatment. They are the authorities regarding disease. 

 Doctors are taught to work backwards. They look for diseases such as high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. They are the ones we go to when we want to know how to be healthy, but they are already specifically treating us for disease.

 Does it make sense to begin with the end-stage of a sick system, and then work backwards from there to conclude that a person is healthy because he or she has no detectable disease? 

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Become a CEO – of your own healthcare company! By Natasha N. Deonarain, MD, MBA Part 3/3

What if you looked at your health in the same way you would if you decided to open your own health care company? You’re going to be control. You can do what you want to do. You can use a new language and give yourself a new title. The mission of your company would be to become the most successful in the world.

First, you might begin by calling yourself the CEO! You’re absolutely the Chief Empowered Optimist of your health care business; the one who is going to take your company into an exciting new future of health and life!

Next, get the word “patient” out of your vocabulary. You can’t run a great business if you believe that you’re suffering before you’ve even started.

And finally, build a network of professionals who are health experts to help you run your business. Doctors are experts in managing your disease. They’re not really health experts. Just like health insurance, these are not for your health.

Seek to change these three basic paradoxical beliefs, and become the CEO of the most successful, healthy, joyful and integrated health care business in the world! 

 

Become a CEO – of your own healthcare company! By Natasha N. Deonarain, MD, MBA (Part 2 of 3)

I truly believe that our words shape the way we are and how we act. They contain messages aboutour beliefs. And often, what we believe comes true. So, could calling you a patient be the reason our country continues to suffer from rising rates of diseases?

Previously, we discussed that the word “patient” means “to suffer” in Latin. Let’s now take a look at the words “health insurance.” Should we be taking these words literally?

We’re coming to understand that health insurance doesn’t insure our health. We buy insurance on the rare occasion that something bad happens to us, like a car accident or earthquake. Unfortunately, by putting these words side by side, we Americans have come to believe (without question) that there is such a thing as insurance.  We’re so willing tobelieve that we need this insurance that we justify spending millions ofdollars to keep Americans healthy, like we did with the healthcare.gov website fiasco.

In reality, what we did do was make “health” a rare event. Then, we have taken out insurance to “protect” us- against health! And despite what we want to believe, getting Americans insured isn’t going to make us healthy. We should haveunderstood this after seeing the rising rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many other preventable conditions due to the entrenchment of health insurance companies in the marketplace.

Now is the time for you to change your language concerning how you relate to health and health care.

Become a CEO – of your own healthcare company! By Natasha N. Deonarain, MD, MBA (Part 1 of 3)

By Natasha N. Deonarain, MD, MBA

 Has it ever occurred to you to think about what the word “patient” really means? If you know the answer, that’s a great start. The truth is, this word is also not very well known in the medicine world. For us, it’s part of the medical jargon that we just accept.

There are numerous things that we accept as part of our health care visit with doctors. To name a few:

1. You become a patient when you go to a hospital for a medical check-up.

2. You must have health insurance to get health care.

3. Your doctor is responsible for providing healthcare.

There is something wrong with the statements above, and most people don’t realize it. I’m here to divulge a different point of view that probably hasn’t crossed your mind, and show you exactly why these statements are untrue.

Let’s analyze the word “patient.” In Latin, the word “patient” means, “to suffer.” As soon as you enter your doctor’s office for a check-up, you’re immediately referred to as a “patient”. Now comes the conflicting part: If you are going to your doctor for a health check-up, but you’re not actually “suffering,” how does this word apply to you? Is it possible that they’re only calling you “patient” to give you a reason to believe that you’re actually suffering?

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