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Exclamation When to Say NO to Your Doctor!

Interesting article on when to say no to your doctor.




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It's been a couple of years, so you decide to see your primary-care physician for a physical.

You feel fine, but it's the responsible thing to do. You get your blood pressure measured and your blood drawn. Within a few days you'll get the lab report that will give you the readout on the amount of cholesterol and sugar in your blood. (This drill is so routine that you and your doctor don't even discuss the implications of a possible bad test result.)

If you've entered your middle years, he'll probably ask if you want the lab to test your blood for PSA, a screening test that can tell you if you're at an elevated risk for prostate cancer.

You figure it's probably good to get out in front of these things, so you nod yes. Insurance covers it anyway.

Congratulations – you've just stepped onto a conveyor belt pulling you into a broken system that delivers disappointing results at ever-increasing cost.

To wit: The United States spends roughly twice as much per capita as most of the nations of Western Europe, whose citizens on average outlive us by a couple of years.

Our own national Institute of Medicine says we waste $210 billion annually on treatments of no or marginal benefit. In a study last year, researchers from the Mayo Clinic went through 10 years of the New England Journal of Medicine, from 2001 through 2010.

Of the established tests and procedures reevaluated in studies in the journal, 40 percent were found to be worthless.

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/...#ixzz3Ywa8LqQU
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Doctors test you to see which pills or injections made by the big p(harm)s can get you hooked on. It's shown time after time that ignoring your pill pusher is more often positive than following his advice.
As to prostate cancer, Artemisia is proven to cure it in two weeks at most, but the p(harm)s don't make a dime from it, so it remains an "alternate" cure that is ignored.
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Less is more: How to save the NHS. Spend less on unnecessary drugs
At least there are some doctors in the UK who are moving in this direction.
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Choosing Wisely in the UK: the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ initiative to reduce the harms of too much medicine
This is quite interesting and the rapid responses that follow the paper are also worth a read.
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