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Just because it’s healthcare, doesn’t mean it’s good for you

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Wellness is about pushing employees into the healthcare system, almost always both against their will and their better judgment.  This story is a perfect example of the consequences of how too much healthcare can be hazardous to your health, and why your best defense against overdoctoring is knowledge.

Once you start asking questions, doctors have to start answering them.  While many doctors welcome that, others start fidgeting.  If your doctor is one of the latter, it’s probably time to switch.

I myself get occasional bladder tumors.  Ironically — and once again, showing the unintended consequences of wellness — I got bladder cancer from eating more broccoli, which of course is exactly what wellness programs would have us do.  (And which, in all fairness, is generally a good idea.)  The problem was that the broccoli was grown in a garden that was way too close to railroad ties, which leach creosote into the soil.  Creosote causes bladder tumors.

So every few years, one grows back and has to be scooped out “non-invasively” (that’s easy for the doctor to say).  And every year I go in and get checked, also “non-invasively”.  After my last check, the urologist — a new one, whom I had never seen before — suggested a CT scan of the kidneys and ureters.

I asked her why, and she said, because I had had bladder cancer for 15 years and never had this scan.

I replied: “Well, I founded a company, Quizzify, that educates on overutilization.  CT scans have 500 times the radiation of x-rays, and that particular set of views is likely to spot tumors on my adrenal glands that are completely clinically insignificant, and yet once spotted will be tracked and possibly removed, for no good reason other than that they are there.”

She said: “OK, why don’t we just start with a urinanalysis.”

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3 Comments

  1. Tim Sullivan says:

    Access to medical doctors does not equal better wellness, seeing the doctor needs to be viewed as a safety net, not a way to get healthy. People need to take some personal responsibility for their own health and that of their loved ones to take the time to ask questions…I totally agree if the doctor fidgets…that’s not a good sign. It might be a sign that he’s spouting practiced lines rather than truly analyzing you condition.

    When my son was in the PICU several years ago, the pediatricians doctors (whose care helped put him there) asked us to let them be the “Captain” of his care.

    My response was that they could be Captains on the team, as long as they recognized that the Parents were the Coach, and the coach tells the Captains what plays to run!

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  2. paula silva says:

    Janet Speers Lewis, forever loved,forever missed,but never forgotten, REST IN PEACE,HAPPINESS AND LOVE.

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