Angry Doctor

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Clues for the Clueless – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – It's NOT going to get better

Some illnesses resolve by themselves. We usually leave them alone and you get better.

Some don’t. Some worsen. That is when we advise treatment. If you don’t follow our advice, chances are you are not going to get better.

If you are not going to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, your health is not going to get better.

If you don’t avoid those food or material we told you are causing your problem, if you continue with those activities which we told you are causing or worsening your problem, it’s not going to get better.

If you don’t want to escalate your therapy or drug treatment regimen when you need to, your problem is not going to get better. 'Wait and see' until the next appointment is not a logical plan if there is not going to be any change in the way you handle yourself or the treatment you receive. OK, maybe it will get worse.

'Miraculous' cures do occur, but they are rare enough to be called 'miracles'. If you are unlucky enough to get the illness you have got to begin with, what makes you think you are lucky enough to be one of those miracles?

Either accept the consequences of your action/inaction, or do something about it. Simply hoping that it will get better usually isn't good enough (prayer has not been scientifically proven to be helpful for all medical conditions).

Yes, I know all about being 'in denial' and 'in the precontemplation stage', but I prefer to call a spade a spade and call it 'stupidity'. Afterall, if you know you have a disease, you fear the consequences of your disease, and you are offered a remedy for the disease which is not worse than the consequences and which you can afford, I really don't know what else to call it.


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