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Trust Me I'm A Doctor

Updated on December 11, 2011

A Phrase Known All Too Well

We've all heard it before, if not in a Dr. Pepper commercial or hospital, somewhere we've heard the term casually used. The term "trust me I'm a doctor" seems to indicate that doctors always know best. The term may have originated from early surgical procedures which had patients screeching in fear, for which the doctor calmly reassured to them that he knew what he was doing. This hub is not about the term itself, but more so an evaluation of our use of doctors.

The one thing that we all have in common is that we all get sick and may need a doctor. There have been instances where people have returned to full health after there seemed to be no hope that they would live. I have had experiences with doctors that were both good and bad. When it comes to doctors, there are plenty of fields they cover; although we usually associate the term with medical doctors.

There are doctors in education, law, and a wide range of other fields. A doctorate is the pinnacle of success for someone going through college, it means Dr. So and So instead of Mr. or Ms. So and So. Doctors are often referred to as experts in their fields.

Aside from everything else, this hub is to examine the medical field in general. There have been many cases in the United States of heart disease and other chronic conditions where the person has needed medical help. There has been a rise in many other conditions for which people have sought medical help, including depression and sexual health.

"CandyLand"

There was a time when medicine was a temporary relief option for our ailments, but now the times have changed and we have a pill for everything. In short, we have become a drug addicted society. The reason I say this, is because we have so many long term drugs that we take. An example of this is when a child is prescribed medicine because he or she can't sit still (ADHD) and has to continually take the medication for an indefinite period of time, if he or she stops the child may suffer from withdrawal.

There are prescription drugs being abused all the time and many of the abusers aren't looking for another way to get high, they just experience dependency and go on to higher doses to treat their symptoms. Pain pills are one of the most commonly abused drugs and many times it's because there are pain clinics on every corner and the pills are given more than they're needed.

It's not simply enough for one's doctor to recommend a prescription, the patients are recommending prescriptions too. We've all seen the commercials where the company advertises their drug. The commercials usually ask you if you have certain symptoms, tells you the drug may help, tells you about some of the side effects, then tells you to ask your doctor how the drug can help you. 

Ultimately there are people going to the doctor for things that aren't serious, just so they can be put on some medication they don't need. We're bombarded with enough advertisements from everything else, but when you take someone dealing with stress of everyday life and tell them that the symptoms are serious and need medical attention, certainly Stacy no longer wants to listen to the music that once calmed her down. 

Keep The Doctor Away

There are things in life that will need medical attention, we all know that, but medication isn't always the best remedy. There are tons of things found in nature to remedy the flu, infections, and many other things we commonly go to the doctor for. People often say "If this is so good, why hasn't my doctor told me about it". The thing is doctors study and prescribe medicine, so when it comes to anything else they don't tell you about, they either don't want to take the risk, don't know about it, or don't want you to know about it.

Many doctors over-prescribe medication and hand out prescriptions like they're candy. Some doctors would rather their patients take care of themselves by eating healthy foods and maintaining an active lifestyle, but feel like that's the one thing that patients won't do. A healthy lifestyle can't be taken in pill form, but only is maintained through some hard work and a little sacrifice.

All in all doctors play a vital role in our health, but the most important role that we can play in our own lives involves working to maintain wellness and make fewer visits to the doctor. 

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    • fucsia profile image

      fucsia 6 years ago

      I am agree with you... I am the responsable of my health. The doctor can help me, but a doctor is always a person, therefore he has his limits and he can mistake. Furthermore he has a limited vision of person because he generally is concentrated only in the disorders of the body, or of the one part of the body. He is very important, but he is not a magician!

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      Angelllite 6 years ago from United States

      We need doctors and we also alternative medicine but most importantly we need to be able to choose for ourselves

    • Dennis Pace profile image

      Dennis Pace 6 years ago

      take two of these , is now : continue taking these.

      The medical system is all about disease. Alternative solutions are about disease prevention and health solutions. Pills compound the problem. pills heal no one.

      Why do people keep taking pills, knowing the problem is not solved? The body can fix itself. What we have today is much more harmful than in days gone by , with quacks and snake oil.

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