Brittany's rant got me thinking about our medical system in general. Do you girls remember hearing the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" when you were younger? Now, you don't really hear that anymore. It's more like "Take this pill and let me know if you have any 'major' side effects from it".
A couple years ago my DH and I had some blood work done for life insurance, well, we have high cholesterol. Mine is barely elevated and DH's was just a tad over mine. He went to see our primary care physician (PCP), Dr. Pill Pusher, and he suggested DH get on meds to lower it right away. DH and I talked and agreed that we would both try to lower our cholesterol through diet changes first. Needless to say, Dr. Pill Pusher, didn't like that theory and gave DH 3 months to do it. Even though it's a lifetime accumulated thing, he was on a strict 3 month time limit. Well, he went back 3 months later and it really hadn't gone down so Dr. told him to start taking the pills. Anyway, fastforward a year on meds for it and his cholesterol was lower, but he was having other problems from the meds. Dr. Pill Pusher said well we can put you on this to help with this side effect and that to help with the other side effect. I finally convinced DH to just start seeing my chiropractor and really give a "lifestyle" change some time to work and while we haven't had his cholesterol checked since then he feels better than when he was on the pills anyway. He's losing weight in a healthy way and I would definitely be surprised if his cholesterol hasn't lowered. Oh yeah, we switched PCP's!
I got a new family dr that was older and from a small town. I like him a lot. When DS was around 5 months he got an ear infection. It wasn't bad, but dr prescribed antibiotics for it anyway. After he finished his antibiotics he got another ear infection within 2 weeks. I opted to just keep an eye on him and let his own body work it out. After that he was fine. He's had some minor ear infections but each time I've let his body work it out and it does, in record time I might add. This same dr asked me at one of DS's well baby checks if I was going to give him juice. I said probably not, I don't see the point. Dr. said well I don't either, but everyone does it so I was just going to go over how much you should give him with you. I asked, why would you even suggest it if you don't even believe it's a good idea, he just shrugged his shoulders and said that people do it because their parents did it and so on.
I've begun to question everything recently! I've never been a good herd follower anyway, but as an adult I'm finding that just because that's the way it's always been doesn't mean that we should just keep doing it that way.
Anyone else had an epiphany like this?!