This week’s Sunday Inspiration is brought to you by “Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver”. Watch and if it doesn’t piss you off, maybe you should “ask your doctor”.
I watched this the other night at my best friend’s and we were all pissed when it was over, for different reasons. But, mainly because of the truth in it. I think what pissed me off the most is the idea that our doctors are asking for medical advice from pharmaceutical reps. Doc, You do realize that these reps are just sales people who have learned their sales material well.
I hadn’t really thought to post about this until I read a post on Fightin the Fibro about the “trial and error” method doctors use to treat our ailments. And, they really do us a trial and error method, because they really don’t know what will work. The combination of the two got me thinking about who is making our health decisions. A couple of the problems are the lack of knowledge about our ailments, and the lack of real treatments that have been proven. The truth is the doctors have no idea what will help and all they can do is start with the treatments they know best (which are likely to be the drugs that reps present most often). They throw that drug at us, then they throw another one, until we either get so fed up with the side effects outweighing the symptoms and give up, or we find a medication that works.
This is just one more reason why more and more of us are turning to naturopaths and alternative medicine. Why? Because these providers might be a little less biased about a specific treatment. I won’t say they aren’t getting paid to provide a treatment, they are. And, in many cases you can tell pretty easily which treatments they are getting paid well to provide. Who is paying them? You are / We are. We are paying them because they have convinced us that this treatment works, and for some of us it may. So, we moved from a drug rep providing a doctor with their opinion of what works, to a doctor selling the treatment they can make the money on. I guess that’s not much of a change at all.
The more I write the more I’m making a connection. It doesn’t matter what treatment a provider offers, they are making money or they wouldn’t be providing it. Nothing is free – nor should it be. But, this does underscore one important thing. It’s up to us to research our own treatments and to pay attention to our bodies, and make the best decisions we can without relying on someone else to make those decisions for us.