First, we're (my husband and I) on Medicaid. Not Medicare, that's for people of a certain age. Medicaid is for people with no money, like us. (So, please donate by clicking the DONATE button to the right) Thank you!
Not many doctors want to take Medicaid patients. Just like Obamacare it's not the best way for them to make enough money to be able to afford new rims for their expensive 'doctor cars'. I'm waiting to see if a particular paleo doctor here in town will take me as a new patient on Medicaid. Fingers crossed.
After a barrage of questions, most focused on substance abuse (I don't 'use', drink or smoke so two rounds of this was annoying) more than medical history, I finally see the doctor. Well, not a doctor, a, 'PA'. What's that? Someone who didn't have the patience, or the 'right stuff', to go through the whole program to become a doctor? Who wants to be seen by someone who just an 'assistant' to the person you really came to see?
The reason why I caved and went to the doctor is because I did something to my foot about 3 weeks ago when I was working out. Yeah, three weeks ago. I was in that much of a hurry. Of course, when the PA poked around on my foot, nothing twinged. Lovely. But all his messing about with my foot made it hurt enough to where I was limping around for the rest of the day. I have a referral to have x-rays taken. Yay, radiation. :(
I told him I was looking for an anti inflammatory medication I could take instead of acetaminophen because I was concerned about liver damage. So what does he prescribe? An NSAID! So skip possible liver damage and head straight toward possible stroke. If doctor's still take an oath to do no harm, what the hell are they doing prescribing medications that can cause strokes, high blood pressure and diabetes? If I thought I could win, I'd sue him just on principle. Do no harm should mean do not prescribe potentially fatal or negatively life altering medications. The one thing I desperately want to have happen, have my tonsils removed, might be considered an elective surgery despite the fact that they are so swollen I choke on them all the time. I'm terrified of getting sick because if they swell, I choke on them. If I cry, or laugh too hard, I choke on them. But because allopathic medicine, and the insurance used to pay for it only works if they get paid to keep patients perpetually ill. Since having my tonsils removed would improve my health and then I would be gone, and not repeatedly filling prescriptions, I'm not worthy of treatment.Removing one's tonsils is not considered necessary unless one has chronic strep. That ended when I changed how i ate by eating the paleo way.
If I took the NSAID and developed complications, it could open the door to the need for more medications. No thanks.
So I continue to read my treasure maps (books on alternative healing methods) to find the buried treasure of good health. Currently, I am reading, or will be reading, the following;
The High Blood Pressure Hoax by Sherry A. Rogers
Detoxify or Die by Sherry A. Rogers
Could it Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis by SallyM. Pacholock
The Clay Cure: natural Healing from the Earth by Ray Knishinsky
Three books about magnesium, one about vitamin K and another about; The miraculous results of extremely high doses of the sunshine hormone Vitamin D3 : my experiment with huge doses of D3 from 25,000 to 50,000 to 100,000 IU a day over a 1 year period
Vitamin D3 miracle series., by Jeff T. Bowles.
The paleo diet, while it has been an excellent diet for me, is not enough to remove all the toxins from my system built up over the years from eating according to the SAD pyramid before I die. It's that bad. I'm desperate for an infrared sauna so that I can sweat out the toxins faster. I'd love to have enough money to purchase the vitamins and mineral supplements recommended in the books I read. I get what I can, when I can, but trying to patch together one's health from scraps is counter productive.
I'm not giving anyone medical advice or saying YOU should abandon your doctor. I'm saying that I am tired of being at the mercy of what appears to be a never ending cycle of illness and prescriptions for medications that cause further damage, that exists between our food, and our so-called, 'healthcare' providers. I want off the merry-go-round of death. Don't you? Why is it that organic food and homoeopathic medicine is only available to those who can afford the high prices of each? Why is there even two types of food and healthcare classifications? Healthcare (REAL HEALTHCARE THAT HEALS not this crap we have that keeps us sick and forking over money to big pharma), and eating GMO free/pesticide free food should be a basic human right. Not something only available for those who can pay for it. Meaning, neither health resource should have unreachable prices attached to them.
Do no harm should be the national mantra, not- get what you can grab. If helping people were the real motivation behind our food and medical systems, no one would be so ill as we are now.
I've been trying to be my own physician, pharmacist and nutritionist for years now. Some days are better than others but one thing is for sure, I'm not going to prescribe myself a dangerous medication like a doctor would. I know the motivation behind myself being my own healer... it's to be healthy. Obvious I know. I trust myself more than a doctor who's motivation may not be the most honest, but rather the most financially beneficial to themselves. A doctor who scoffs at recommending anything that cannot end up in monetary gain for themselves is not who I want managing my health. Is that who you want managing your health? A few hours a day spent reading up on the vitamins and minerals in food & supplements is time well spent. Be educated about the medications you take. Ask questions. Be a bit of a nuisance. This is the only body you're going to get. Don't you want it to be as healthy as possible? I do. Which is why I want better healthcare than masking symptoms with dangerous medications. I want my healing to come from the plants and earth that God put here for me to use. We must stop poisoning our pantry and medicine cabinet (the earth) so that we can use it to obtain, and maintain, better health.