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How to Spot a BAD Doctor… and How to Find a Better One

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

Finding a doctor can be hard… but finding a good doctor is even harder!

A lot of times you’re forced to  settle for a doctor simply because they have an opening, take your insurance, or are located nearby.

Sometimes it works out, but far too often, it doesn’t.

And huge problems can arise when your doctor isn’t looking out for your best interests.

Today we’re going to talk about how to spot a bad doctor… and how to find a better one.

EVERY healthy relationship is based on respect and trust… and your relationship with your doctor shouldn’t be any different.

We’re used to demanding a lot from people around us, but we all tend to just settle when it comes to our doctors.

Let me give you some things to look for whenever you are evaluating (or choosing) a doctor.

  • Eye Contact. Your doctor should look you in the eye, especially as they enter the room and sit down to talk with you. Doctors have a TON of paperwork that they have to fill out, but they should take a few seconds to make eye contact.
  • “It’s all in your head.” Telling you that your condition is “all in your head” is, thankfully, becoming less common, but it used to be the go-to for whatever a doctor couldn’t figure out. The word “hysteria” (which is derived from the Greek word for “uterus”) was a common diagnosis for women who were overly emotional and distressed. If your doctor is too dismissive, or is telling you that you’re making things up, head for the door.
  • Your doctor should be open to alternatives. If you have high blood sugar, they should be open to you trying to drop it through exercise, diet, and the right supplementation. Most supplements are far less harmful than any drug, so if your doctor really believes in the oath they swore “to do no harm,” then they should be open to non-toxic approaches. If they say “my way or the highway,” choose the open road!

I always tell people that you have to be your own advocate whenever you step into a doctor’s office.

Try as they may, even the best doctor won’t know your condition as well as you do – they need your help. If you think you need a test, then press them for it. If you think you need to change medications, tell them.

It may be hard to find a new doctor but finding one that can work with you is worth your weight in gold.

 

P.S. A lot of times, even the most well-meaning doctor can get things wrong, including cancer treatment. Click here to find out which mainstream treatment could SPREAD breast cancer.

 

SOURCE:

Wachob, Jason. “3 Red Flags In A Doctor To Look For, From A Medical Decision-Making Expert.” 11/19/21. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/red-flags-in-a-doctor-you-should-not-ignore

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