Will the REAL Witch-Doctors Please Stand Up – Part II


Several years ago, it was reported that the third leading cause of death for adults in the US was… get ready for this… iatrogenic conditions.  And what, pray tell, are those?

Introducing: Dr. Pastiche!

Iatrogenic means caused by the actions of a physician, or by a therapy or intervention a doctor prescribed. Think about that: unnecessary illnesses, accidents and infections leading to death caused by allopathic (modern) medicine. Caused by diagnostic testing.  Caused by misdiagnosis.  Caused by inappropriate or over-prescribing of drugs. Caused by drug interactions, and by drugs improperly labeled or administered. Caused by unnecessary surgeries and surgical foul-ups during necessary ones. Caused by inadequate follow-up and unsanitary practices. Imagine! The third leading cause of death is… conventional modern medicine!

These statistics track only in-patient hospital deaths – and it is likely that far less than 10% of all iatrogenic ‘events’ are reported (for fear of law suits).

In later postings, we will be guided by the good Dr. Pastiche (above) on our journey to examine some of the “scientific” underpinnings of conventional medical practice.  For now, let us just say that we have not come very far from the backwards days of leeching or shock therapy. [Oh, dear, that won’t work… we’re doing those again.  Moving on…]

Despite the scornful attitude that doctors hold towards real traditional medicine, it seems more accurate to suppose that it is conventional medicine and the sickness industry that more truly wears the ‘witch doctoring’ hat.

It does not help that the vast majority of today’s medical industry is being run by corporations with a legal obligation to maximize profits for their stockholders. The result is that much of what masquerades as ‘health care’ these days consists of patients being quickly herded through clinics without the doctor being able to so much as identify a patient’s eye colour.

Don’t believe me? Try an experiment: call your doctor and ask him/her to tell you (without looking at your chart) the colour of your eyes, the names of your kids, or what is your greatest concern.

Who is in charge – and why?

Doctors are not gods. The good ones get up, go into work, and do their best – but even the good ones are ordinary people who put their pants on one leg at a time. Even the good ones do not have a crystal ball that gives them all the answers. And keep in mind that not every doctor is a good doctor! Not every doctor was at the top of the graduating class. Simple mathematics: the vast majority of doctors graduated nowhere near the top of their class. Some barely scraped through.  Plus, most practicing doctors get the majority – if not all – of their post-graduate training, along with very handsome ‘incentives’,  from pharmaceutical company sales reps.  So, no: not every doctor is ‘gifted’, up-to-date or even cares about the patient.

Where Do You Stand?

No-one, including doctors, can disempower or marginalize you without your permission.

Do your due diligence and educate yourself. Enforce your personal boundaries, and ASK those questions of your doctors. Do not accept ‘soft’ answers or technical jargon (aka bafflegab).  Demand objective, non-biased proof. Demand that you be seen as a whole person, not as just a disease or cluster of symptoms. THEN you can make informed decisions about YOUR body, YOUR health, YOUR quality of life.

If your doctor is good, he/she will respect you and won’t want or need you to give away your power. If your doctor isn’t… well, seriously, why would you even consider giving them the power over your body and your life?  If you won’t stand up for yourself, who will?

It is YOUR life – shouldn’t you be in charge?


About Victoria

I'm... complicated (aren't we all)! An inveterate researcher, natural health practitioner/mentor, certified Gateway Dreaming coach, certified life coach, social activist, Dreamer, tree-hugger, newbie vegetarian - and a veteran of the Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia wars. I am also the very excited author of the forthcoming book, "Fibro Flair: Empowered Living for Fibromites".
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2 Responses to Will the REAL Witch-Doctors Please Stand Up – Part II

  1. Bonnie Mechefske says:

    I am loving this series!! I already knew most of this information (except for the iatrogenic part- yay new word) but it is so marvelous to see someone talking about this so concisely. I also believe part of why we give our power away is the fear of not trusting ourselves as well as the convenience of say, walking in and having someone fix us. Sometimes in my healing journey I’ve been quite bitter when I have had to stop and take responsibility for my health. I didn’t want to because I thought that WAS the job of the doctor. Why should I? (I would think) It seemed such a hassle to have to sift through so much information and more importantly, so many feelings to figure out what was going on with my body. Now, after years, I realize it’s really the only way. If I want to genuinely heal, I have to take responsibility for my health, I have to take back my power. Not often easy, but it’s created amazing change! With professionals like you out there, it makes it so much easier to get the information and care we need! Love the blog!
    Be well,

  2. Armando says:

    What’s up, its nice piece of writing regarding media print, we all be aware of media is a enormous source of facts.

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