“Thanks, Doc, But No Thanks”
I’ve recently had opportunity to decline medications recommended to me by two different doctors. Doing so once didn’t set off any triggers, but after the second time it occurred to me that maybe I ought to write something about it.
How often do we get to practice what we preach, after all, and maybe there’s something I can share that will help others question whether all they’re recommended by way of medical interventions is actually worth pursuing.
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I think we’re over-medicated and over-treated in America – and I’m not alone.
The reasons are obvious…
a payment scheme that encourages doctors to do more to us instead of for us,
physician over-reaction to malpractice risk, and
patients whose fears often outweigh their common sense (see “America’s Health Scare System“).