Is unnecessary medical care is harming you physically and financially? I am amazed when people tell me about all the medical appointments that schedule and the medical procedures that they endure. Often people tell me that they request these procedures and other times their MD hands out expensive tests like candy. I cringe when my 94 year-old mother tells me the tests that her general practitioner prescribes. I’m convinced he runs these tests for the benefit of his own wallet.
I acknowledge that I grew up in different times. When I was in first grade, I was alone in the barn feeding hay to the cows. I shoved a pitch fork though the top of my foot and out through the bottom. I fell back and then was pinned by the wall and the floor. My brother heard me hollering and came and rescued me. Mom soaked my foot that night in a dishpan of Epsom salt. When there was time the next afternoon, I was driven to the doctor who treated it with Unguentine, wrapped my foot and sent me on my way. Going to the doctor was just something that wasn’t done hastily. To this day, my annual visits to the doctor are about teaching medical hypnosis and how I as a healthcare support hypnotherapist can benefit the clinic and their patients. I’ve never been healthier in my life thanks to hypnosis, exercise and eating whole plant-based foods.
For many years now I have been talking asking why the healthcare system is focused on prescribing pills and surgery rather than focused on prevention. Today, the largest killers in the United States are the lifestyle diseases of heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease. Mayo Clinic estimates that nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. In spite of the highest healthcare costs of any nation, life expectancy is declining and we are fatter and sicker than ever.
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An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
The New Yorker, May 11, 2015, Atul Gawande: Virtually every family in the country, the research indicates, has been subject to overtesting and overtreatment in one form or another. The costs appear to take thousands of dollars out of the paychecks of every household each year. Researchers have come to refer to financial as well as physical “toxicities” of inappropriate care—including reduced spending on food, clothing, education, and shelter. Millions of people are receiving drugs that aren’t helping them, operations that aren’t going to make them better, and scans and tests that do nothing beneficial for them, and often cause harm.
Another powerful force toward unnecessary care emerged years after Arrow’s paper: the phenomenon of overtesting, which is a by-product of all the new technologies we have for peering into the human body. It has been hard for patients and doctors to recognize that tests and scans can be harmful. Why not take a look and see if anything is abnormal? People are discovering why not. The United States is a country of three hundred million people who annually undergo around fifteen million nuclear medicine scans, a hundred million CT and MRI scans, and almost ten billion laboratory tests. Often, these are fishing expeditions, and since no one is perfectly normal you tend to find a lot of fish. If you look closely and often enough, almost everyone will have a little nodule that can’t be completely explained, a lab result that is a bit off, a heart tracing that doesn’t look quite right.
Excessive testing is a problem for a number of reasons. For one thing, some diagnostic studies are harmful in themselves—we’re doing so many CT scans and other forms of imaging that rely on radiation that they are believed to be increasing the population’s cancer rates. These direct risks are often greater than we account for.
[Roger’s Note: This is an excellent article. I really encourage you to read it in it’s entirety.]
In 1903, Thomas Edison said that the “doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases.”
I’m not at all suggesting that you shouldn’t go to the doctor when it’s necessary. I am suggesting that healthcare reform begins with you being responsible for your own health care. By that I mean, you must stop eating the foods that make you fat and sick and you must stop your unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Medical Hypnosis with Roger Moore can help you do that no matter where you live.
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I choose to nurture my body with whole plant-based foods.
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