A Plea to Doctors

I’m begging all doctors to please take some time with your patients, figure out their lifestyle and history, and stop prescribing prescription drugs just because it’s easy.

It isn’t always Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, ADD, ADHD… or any other labeled disorder.

What if prescribing a walk around the block every day could improve your patient’s life so much more than a prescription?

And why would you tell a patient who has alcoholism in their immediate family to have a glass or two of red wine every night to lower cholesterol and blood pressure? Are you kidding me! Doesn’t grape juice do the same thing?

And when family members, POA family members, tell you to stop prescribing muscles relaxers and anti-anxiety medications because your patient is having a terrible reaction, STOP PRESCRIBING THOSE MEDICATIONS! And don’t make the family tell you more than once, or threaten a lawsuit.

I understand what you’re up against… tons of television drug advertisements, less time with patients (which will only get worse with the Affordable Care Act), and the ease of writing out a prescription and rushing on to the next patient.

I also understand we live in a society of instant gratification and many patients want a quick fix with the least amount of effort on their part. Many would rather take a pill than go for a walk or eat some vegetables.

I get it.

But I’m begging please stop rushing to the prescription pad and start observing and listening to your patient. Shouldn’t a pill-prescription be a last resort?

14 thoughts on “A Plea to Doctors

      • I really agree that it’s tough for MDs these days. Many are leaving medicine because of the way they are being forced to practice with all the new rules and regulations and also because they have to work much, much harder just to keep their noses above water financially if they are in private practice.

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      • It makes me so sad and it’s only going to get worse. I lived in Canada for 15 years and it’s shoking that the US would try to move in that direction… especially when Canada is trying to move in the direction of the US healthcare… We’re moving backwards! 😦

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      • I agree, but with the socialist tendencies of our government, at least for the last 6 years, it was inevitable they would try to reinvent the British and Canadian model for health care, even though it’s clear it isn’t working all that well.

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      • Yup! Sure wish people would live in these countries before making the changes to ours… But we so need a better system to help those who can’t help themselves. My heart goes out to so many… ❤

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  1. I was going to say Amen but saw someone else alreay did 😉 There still are a few good doctors out there but in view of our fast-paced way of life it’s unfortunatley up to us to be our own healthcare advocates. I know this isn’t feasible for some (like my mother for example, I’ve helped her), but we need to educate ourselves as much as possible and go into the docs office armed with a battery of questions. Also, and I did this with two of my three sons it’s okay to disagree with their diagnosis. The doctor that was caring for my kids when they were younger gave a blanket diagnosis of ADHD to all three and as you state here, prescribed Ritalin for them. After about a week I took two of my sons off the medication becuase her diagnosis was wrong in their case. Great post!!

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