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Seeking 03-13-2014 03:04 PM

The Independent Patient: An Open Letter to Patients Everywhere
 
The Independent Patient
An Open Letter to Patients Everywhere

I am a patient suffering from insulin resistance and possibly other health conditions that I have not yet fully confirmed via blood tests. I know that I have insulin resistance because, in addition to a list of symptoms, I took a fasting insulin blood test and my result was 12.8 uIU/mL. I discussed this result with several doctors who deal with insulin resistance on a regular basis in their practices and they said that I had insulin resistance based on this test result. I currently take no medications for insulin resistance and manage my condition by including protein with every meal, or most meals, and by cutting back on carb intake.

I vehemently reject the current and prevalent medical method of treatment in which each condition or symptom is treated acutely, as though it were in a vacuum, and a pill prescribed for each one.

But I also vehemently reject the notion that one must treat one’s condition(s) via trial and error, spending hundreds or thousands on medications or neutraceuticals to see which ones, and in which combinations, will be effective. It is time to demand more from “modern medicine.”

It is time to demand more than each symptom or condition being treated acutely or separately or as though it existed in a vacuum.

It is time to demand more than to have to try many different medications or neutraceuticals or combinations of them in order to know which one(s) will work.

It is time to demand that doctors take the time and make the effort to find the root cause of your condition(s) and symptoms and find effective targeted treatment(s) for it/them.

Anything less is to lower yourself to the level of a lab rat awaiting life-disrupting and potentially life-ending “treatments.”

Dear doctor, I am not a lab rat. I am a human being. And I demand enough of your time and attention to discover the root cause of my symptoms. If you will not take the time and give me the attention required to find the root cause, and instead insist on treating each symptom acutely, or treating me by trial and error, then I would be better off not even coming into your office. As a patient who is suffering, I deserve more.

Ultimately, by health is in my own hands. If you cannot respect my health as much as I do, then it will stay that way.

Sincerely,
The Independent Patient

pulchritudinous_j 03-15-2014 08:25 PM

Bravo!
Physicians must learn to treat each patient individually instead of lumping them into a "one pill fits all " category based upon their disease.
Ive reversed my IR with a low garb lifestyle, and believe many people could do the same if their health care provider would empower them with the knowledge needed to do so.

Mistizoom 03-17-2014 10:07 PM

You can treat the root cause yourself by eating very low carb. How many grams of carbs are you currently eating per day?


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