Patients Must Take The First Step…

Patients Must Take The First Step…
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Every week I consult with at least 2-3 patients that always ask, “Dr. King, why is my doctor not talking to me about this information?” and “Dr. King, why will my insurance not pay for your specialized care?”

I explain the reasons at our Thursday night workshops, and almost everyone in attendance seems to ‘get it’ at the time, but…some of those same people still get caught in the ‘trap’.

The ‘trap’! What is it? It is the belief that someone else or something else is responsible for your health! Let me re-word that statement. The greatest threat to your health, is the belief that someone else or something else is responsible for it!

Wow!!! A little in your face? Maybe! Is it the truth? Take it to the bank!

What do I mean by that statement? I am simply saying that it is YOUR responsibility what happens with your health. It is not your doctor’s responsibility, your insurance company’s responsibility, or your friends/family member’s responsibility for you to get healthy! It is YOUR responsibility.

Our society today, whether you agree with this or not, is living in a time that is morally corrupt. The ‘powers that be’ are only interested in one thing, MONEY! By now, you can probably see where I am going with this. Our society is in the hands of money-driven, pharmaceutically based officials that could care less if you are living a quality life.

Medicals doctors are great at working with acute conditions. If you have a heart attack, they are, hopefully, going to be able to save your life. If you break a bone, they will pin it/plate it back together. BUT…when it comes to working with chronic health conditions, our medical model is dropping the ball. Out of 191 countries the United States ranked 37th when measuring the quality of health care systems. Yet, the United States spent more money than any other country on health care…only, to be ranked 37th???

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910064

Something is failing!

Yesterday, a husband and wife sat down with me. Great people! We actually went to the same college back east (University of South Carolina). When we reviewed her laboratory results, I was shocked to see that her blood glucose was 151 (85-99 is my healthy range), the HgA1c was 6.9 (it shouldn’t be over 5.6, as this is a diabetes, inflammatory, and cardiovascular disease marker), and her CRP was 6.3 (it shouldn’t be over 3.0, this is a cardiovascular disease marker). So, I ask them…has your doctor discussed you being a diabetic and the risk for cardiovascular disease that you have? Absolutely NOT! The only thing the doctor mentioned was for her to lose weight and that she was pre-insulin resistant!

Can you believe it? This is how her medical doctor was treating her!

Imagine how many more patients are being managed this way! No wonder diabetes is now affecting approximately 25 million Americans each year. It is because of doctors like the one I mentioned above. Don’t get me wrong, there are good doctors out there, but how many patients do you know are going through this?

Patients, YOU, must take that first step! YOU must get serious about figuring out what is truly going on with your health. If your doctors are NOT giving you the right answers, the correct management, and you are sick and tired of taking medications…then find a doctor who cares! Find a doctor who understands what you are going through and is passionate about helping you achieve your health goals!

YOU must get serious about YOUR health, because NO ONE ELSE WILL!!!

I am going to leave you with a quote from the Medicare manual about what they cover: “a treatment plan that seeks to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong and enhance the quality of life; or therapy that is performed to maintain or prevent deterioration of a chronic condition…is NOT a Medicare benefit”

Until next time…

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