When you take a drug with known side-effects, do you make an effort to find out the potential side-effects? Is it difficult to decide if the reward is worth the risk? FOR EXAMPLE:
* If your meds take your blood pressure down but leave you with a nagging cough, is it something you’re prepared to persist with? If your answer is yes, then you must truly believe that the change in the numbers on the little machine make a huge difference to your longevity/quality of life. Is that so?
* If your cholesterol pills rob you of your memory and libido and cause your joints to ache, do you persist? Is it because you believe you will die without them?
* If you are using oestrogen patches, are you aware of the cancer risk? Is it worth it? Have you explored healthier options?
* Has your gp discussed diet and lifestyle changes that would minimise the need for drugs and their associated side-effects?
* Do all your chronic meds work together or against each other?
* Does your medication require extra vitamin and/or mineral supplementation? Were you told that certain drugs use up lots of vitamins and leave you depleted?
THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS ARE ALL DIFFICULT, SO DIFFICULT IN FACT THAT MOST PEOPLE JUST DON’T ASK THEM. IT’S APPARENTLY EASIER NOT TO KNOW.
Also, we still trust the doctor won’t abuse his position, and we are happy for him to be in charge of our health…
This blog is to to urge you to take responsibility for your health. You’re as responsible for the outcome as you are for settling the bill. This is your life, and these are your decisions, and these are the questions you should be asking because you are paying for the correct answers in order to achieve the desired results from the treat you are choosing.
If you don’t get satisfactory answers, ask again. Get a 2nd opinion. Educate before you medicate.