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Physicians do die young: when they forget the basics

Updated on July 1, 2011

"Physician, heal yourself"

After having practiced medicine for more that 20 years, in many active roles, in many places, globally, I have taken upon myself the "right" to write upon this subject. Physicians heal. They usually heal other people. Physicians love healing others. Physicians have a passion for the practice of medicine. Nothing gives a physician more joy than watching the process, and playing an active role in the process, of the healing an ill or injured person.

Many times, or should I say, often times, a physician fails to recognize when he or she is in need of healing. Physicians have worked very long hours, traditionally, with too little sleep. Many times a physician may be dehydrated from drinking to little water, or hungry because he or she has not taken the time to eat because he or she has been to busy taking care of sick and injured people. Because the physician starts off his or her career as a very young person, many times, his or body and mind is strong and can endure under hardship and pain and duty that only another physician can relate to. By the time a physician is older and is make a good living, practicing medicine, his or her body has "taken a beating" and the stress and strain has taken a toll on his or her body, mind, and spirit.

Not all physicians will agree with me as I talk about "the price" that a physician has had to pay in order to become a qualified, effective, and respected clinician. I am not exaggerating, however, in the story that I am telling about the price that a physician pays in order to become a renowned healer. One has to experience it, or go through the process of becoming a physician, to know the cost.

Am I saying that all physicians are sick? No! Am I saying that most physicians are in need of help? Again, the answer is "No!" What I am saying is there are those physicians who are in need of help and don't know it. Their families do not know that they need help. Society does not care that they need help. And worse of all, most people do not care that physicians may be in need of help. What most people think is, that most physicians are wealthy, they drive expensive cars, wear expensive clothes, and live in large, expensive houses. This is not true for the greater number of physicians in the global community. Notice, I am talking about all the physicians in the world.

I know what it is like to be a physician and to be ill or injured because I am a physician and I have experienced these things. I am not a wealthy doctor, but only one who exists in the world, while trying to make the world a better place for all of us to live in. Even now, I am ill, and I am trying to heal myself. There is no honor in covering over the fact that one is in need of help. When one acknowledges the fact that one is ill and is suffering and is in need of help, this is the beginning of procuring a healing. The healing process starts with the acknowledgement that one is ill or injured.

Consider this. One can be sick, one's self, and still success in healing others. One can continue down this pathway for a good distance. But, and sure as "night follows day and day follows night, " if a sick physician continues down this pathway, rest assured, that he or she will come to grief, by and by, as he or she approaches the end. I will say no more. Believe me. Physician, obtain one's on healing, and have Life. And "have Life more abundantly."


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      Deb Welch 6 years ago

      Dr. - Voted your Hub Up - Useful, Beautiful, Awesome and Interesting. I used to watch St. Elsewhere years ago - when the doctor in charge of the entire hospital got a serious disease - a fellow doctor said to him, 'Physician Heal Thyself' - at first he laughed and then got sad. That scene stayed with me throughout the years and I have tried 'self-medicating' and using alternative medicines - etc. before going to a doctor and learned so very much from the practice. Yes - I have noticed many doctors don't look very healthy and don't follow a healthy lifestyle. Thanks.

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      Momma Mia 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Exceptional hub here as it truly depicts a true healer!Thankyou so much for this well written and wise hub!

      Looking foward.... always