Talking to Doctors
KEVIN P. MILLER
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Before talking to your doctor, you may want to read what other patients have to say about him or her. You can use the pay-for-service web site Health Grades.
Tough Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Before you give a conventional doctor complete authority over your treatment selection, consider how narrow their education was. Most doctors only know pharmaceuticals. After all these years without a decent cancer treatment it is clear that pharmaceuticals are not the likely answer.
Many parts of modern medicine are complicated, but treatment selection is not. Ask your doctor the following questions about the treatment he or she is recommending and you will know enough to make an informed decision.
What are the chances of success?
What are the side effects and what percentage of patients experience each side-effect? If side affects are known the percentage is also known.
What medications are usually prescribed as a result of each of those side effects?
What are the side effects of those medications?
You will find that doctors do not want you to know this information. The reason is that they want you to have the most positive attitude towards the treatments they recommend. However, if you are considering alternative treatments you must learn all you can about the recommended conventional treatments in order to compare them to alternatives.
Approaching Your Doctor with Alternative Information
Before discussing alternatives with your doctor, realize that your doctor has received disinformation about alternative treatments. There are many books on this subject, but the best is "The Cancer Industry" by Ralph Moss. If you read such books you will learn that your doctor:
Has completely distorted information about alternatives due to the pharmaceutical controlled medical establishment.
Can not tell you about contradictions between alternatives and conventional medicine.
Will most likely get upset at you and insist that you not take the alternatives even though he or she does not know about alternatives.
If you want to discuss alternative treatments with your doctor, consider that your doctor should give you at least as much control over "repair decisions" as your automobile mechanic.
Your doctor should realize that there are other viable treatments than the ones he or she knows about. Therefore, you might be able to discuss alternatives without your doctor trying to intimidate you with anger and threats to discontinue care. These are typical tools doctors use to persuade you to continue to come to them for treatment. They cannot morally refuse to see you and you do not have to do not have to take what they tell you to take.
Many doctors appear to have an open mind about alternatives and then try and convince you to take conventional treatments first.
The Best Way to Make the Treatment Decision
The best way to make the treatment decision is to make that decision at home with all the information you have collected at your fingertips. The doctors office is the worst place to make this decision. You may not be able to understand how different treatments work, but you can easily understand the risks and effectiveness of different treatments if your doctor is willing to tell you. If you agree to make the decision at home, then you will know that the decision was yours.
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