Can You Spell Your Disease?

May 3, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More

Flickr - Prescription - Life Mental HealthTracy Kolenchuk, Guest
Waking Times

Can you spell the name of your disease?  Do you know the name of your diagnosis, and the specific variation, if it is one with many variations?

When many people go to the doctor, they get a verbal diagnosis “it seems you’ve got mumble mumble”, and a verbal treatment recommendation “I’m going to put you on mumble mumble, take n pills a day until it runs out and we’ll see what happens.”  You get a written prescription, which you may, or may not be able to read.

Your prescription, if it is properly written, has your name, the name of the medication, the strength, the frequency to be taken, the amount, the refill information. But.

Your prescription, even if it is properly written, does not have the name of your disease or diagnosis. 

Studies of medical diagnosis estimate that diagnosis errors occur from 5 to more than 50 percent of the time, depending on the illness.  There are many different types of diagnosis error, from wrong diagnosis, to no diagnosis when one should have been made, to overdiagnosis when none should have been made.

When you leave the doctor’s office with a verbal diagnosis and head over to the pharmacy for your medication, you have poor ability to check your diagnosis, and poor ability to research the effects of your medication on your diagnosis.

Everyone has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness.  But, it’s difficult to exercise this right if you can’t spell your diagnosis.  You have a right to research your diagnosis – to validate it in your own mind.  To seek another medical opinion if you believe one is needed.

You also have a right to validate the treatment recommended. Only you can ultimately decide if it is right for you, for your diagnosis, for your specific situation.

It is estimated that, even in hospitals, medication errors occur more than 10 percent of the time, although most errors are errors in dosage.

It’s easy, once you have a prescription, to learn the ‘side effects’ of your medication.  But it can be very, very difficult to learn the medical effects.  Take a few of the top selling medications for 2012, (Humira, Enbrel, Advair/Seretide, Remicade, Rituxan, Crestor, Lantus, Herceptin, Avastin, and Lipitor) and jump over to Wiki to try and find their success rate for each of the conditions they treat.  Good luck. You might learn, if you take the time, that NONE of the top ten selling medicines for 2012 actually cure a disease.  They all qualify for the Medicines Myth. Most of them simply mask specific disease symptoms.

How well do they work?

If you can’t find the success rate – can your doctor?  Does he have some secret that you don’t know about or can’t find? Well, he does if he looks for it, but it’s not an easy read.

The Physician’s Desk Reference of medications lists clinical results, for example, of Humira for rheumatoid arthritis, which can be summarized as: about 50 percent of patients had positive results, and as the dosage was increased – fewer had positive results. So, the right dose works about 50 percent of the time. That means it fails about 50 percent of the time. Studies show diagnostic errors in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis range from 12% underdiagnosis to 30% overdiagnosis. In the case of misdiagnosis,  all you get are the side effects of a medicine, which in this case, include fatal infections.

Your doctor might say “take this and we’ll see if it helps”.  It’s anybody’s guess as to what might happen in your specific case. The manufacturers of Humira, and other top selling medications, consider their drug a success – they have little financial interest in learning ‘why it fails some of the time’.  Just sell it to everyone, and let them sort it out.

What can you do?  You need to get as clear a name, and description of your diagnosis as you possibly can.  For your health.  You are the one person who must understand, validate or challenge your diagnosis. You need to get the stats for medicine or treatment that has been prescribed.  It’s easy to find the ‘side effects’ list, but side effect statistics can be difficult to find.  As the medicine is used more – more information becomes available.  Your doctor cannot possibly keep up to date on all of the medicines available.  Health, and freedom, do not come to those who sit and wait.

It’s up to you to exercise your health freedom.  Learn to spell the name of your disease. 

Some people may say that ‘challenging’ your doctor is a bad idea.  Doctors are smart, hard working people. They deserve our respect.  But remember that even the best doctor makes some mistakes.

Suppose you have arthritis. There are many different types of arthritis. There are dozens of different ‘treatments’ for arthritis. Most medical references say that arthritis is incurable.

Suppose you have rheumatoid arthritis. None of the patented treatments for rheumatoid arthritis has an effectiveness rate much over 50 percent reduction of symptoms.  None claims to cure rheumatoid arthritis. Fifty percent symptoms reduction is the score of the top selling medicine of 2012.

Unfortunately, no-one studies arthritis healthicine. When treatments for arthritis are tested, they are usually toxic patented chemicals that work by decreasing your healthiness instead of enhancing it. Few scientists are busy measuring healing or healthy treatments – even if they might work better – there’s little money to be made.

GreenMedInfo is a database for natural medicines – not patented, not sold by the big drug companies (because there is less profit).  At GreenMedInfo you can learn that in one study, Cod Liver Oil proved as effective as the current best selling patent medicines for relief from rheumatoid arthritis. With fewer side effects.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, or many similar diseases, you need to accept one thing.  Unless you find a cure – you have this disease for life.  You’ve got an entire lifetime of decisions to make.  Some people do manage to treat this disease effectively, but it’s not easy, maybe it’s not always possible.

You have one lifetime. In that lifetime, you can try your best. The medical establishment considers rheumatoid arthritis ‘incurable’ – as it does many other illnesses, including cancer.  The Arthritis Foundation says ”Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, meaning it can’t be cured.” I believe that if you think you can’t – you are right. However, doctors also recognize that sometimes, due to unexplained circumstances - rheumatoid arthritis, like many incurable illnesses, goes into ‘remission’.

When you go to a doctor and get a diagnosis, and a prescription, you have a choice.  Accept what the doctor says, or try to learn more.

I recommend you try to learn as much as you can about your illness and about possible treatments. The longer you have the illness – the more time you have to learn about it. Learn to spell your disease.

For the health of it.

About the Author

Tracy is the founder of Healthicine.org and the site PersonalHealthFreedom.blogspot.com, where he expects to change the way the world defines and looks at health, healthiness and healthicine.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

~~ Help Waking Times to raise the vibration by sharing this article with the buttons below…

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Category: Community, Contributors, Guest Writers, Healthcare, Natural Health, Self, Society

Comments (4)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. abinico warez says:

    Health freedom is dumping the allopathic/pharma approach. Doctors kill 200,000 yearly – if that ain’t good enough reason to dump them, what would be? Learn about and take supplements and get plenty of sun and you’ll never need to see a doctor again.

  2. Brad says:

    Abinico has it right.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Excellent article. Good advice, I’d add get the doctor to write it out (printed so you can read it).
    With the Internet an intelligent motivated person can easily know more about their own condition than any doctor because they have to keep up with hundreds of diseases whereas you are only focused on a couple.

  4. Aude Sapere says:

    “With the Internet an intelligent motivated person can easily know more about their own condition than any doctor because they have to keep up with hundreds of diseases whereas you are only focused on a couple.” That’s what doctors are afraid of!

Leave a Reply

Must Watch Videos

Open Source Plans for Modern Tesla Free Energy Generator Released to Public

Open Source Plans for Modern Tesla Free Energy Generator Released to Public













Terence Newton, Staff Writer
Waking Times

In a world of problems and solutions, few ideas spur both immediate hope and skepticism as the idea of free energy, and, on the brink of ecological disaster, nothing may be of greater importance to the human race.

The story of Nikola More

April 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields

Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields













Kevin Samson, Guest
Waking Times

Neuroscience has come under scrutiny for its involvement in an array of mind control initiatives and other ethically questionable research. But at least one neuroscientist from Sweden has gone on record to caution against the increasing dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on human beings … More

April 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
On the Eve of Construction

On the Eve of Construction













Zen Gardner, Guest
Waking Times

I love the sound of construction. I always have. Not the industrial sound from the kind of massive, offensive structures made with other-worldly looking machines, but the intentional, gentle kind. Small structures going up, improvements on homes, road repairs, even tending to gardens whether … More

April 13, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Are You Inadvertently Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy?

Are You Inadvertently Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy?













Brandon Baker, Eco Watch
Waking Times

Monsanto didn’t achieve $11.8 billion in sales and 404 facilities in 66 countries all on its own.

The company is valued at $60 billion in the marketplace with 525 million shares outstanding, but the three largest mutual fund shareholders, Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street, … More

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
7 Ways Our Children Are Being Brainwashed

7 Ways Our Children Are Being Brainwashed













Gregg Prescott, M.S., In5D Guest
Waking Times

From birth, virtually all of us have been brainwashed through various outlets that encourage materialism, ego, subservience, control and conformity. But where do the origins of mind control begin and what can we do about it?

1. Religion

As children, the brainwashing begins … More

April 9, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More

Activism Works

The Truth About Fluoride Becoming More Widely Known

The Truth About Fluoride Becoming More Widely Known













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

Fluoride is a poisonous substance added to many municipal water supplies across the US, Canada, and elsewhere without the permission of the residents. Is there a model that communities can follow to remove it from their water supply? The short answer to this question is yesMore

April 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated By The Food Industry

6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated By The Food Industry













Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet
Waking Times

While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, breeding animals into mutants and violating mother/offspring bonds are truly crimes against nature.

The horrors of factory farming are multifold. Treating animals like heads of lettuce—”forget it’s an animal” says one farming magazine—has created institutionalized ruthlessness toward … More

March 28, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Our Respective Journeys Into the Valley of Reason

Our Respective Journeys Into the Valley of Reason













Michael T. Winter, Contributor
Waking Times

The Internet awakening has given birth to a worldwide multitude of people that are disengaging from the programmed paradigm created for us, and awakening to the reality of the dangers we face. The web has supplied a platform for writers to take a crack … More

March 26, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
13 Ways Foodies Are Changing The Food Industry

13 Ways Foodies Are Changing The Food Industry













Heather Callaghan & Jeffrey Green, Guests
Waking Times

A major shift in the consciousness of food consumers is forcing the industry into a competitive race to become more natural.  The market is telling food producers that they no longer want so-called factory food because of its many harmful effects on … More

March 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action Is Taken

American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action Is Taken













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

You may be aware that bees are dying in large numbers across the globe, courtesy of the ever-increasing presence of toxins in our environment. But did you know that the monarch butterfly is also becoming endangered, and for the same reason?

As reported by the New More

March 22, 2014 | By | Reply More