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?