Doctors Say the Darndest Things (Doctors Advice You Won’t Believe)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 15, 2014

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There is clearly great value in a second opinion!

This article on actual doctors advice given to patients got its start via social media when I noticed that two parents had posted what a conventional health practitioner had suggested as ideal food for their children.

One mother said her nutritionist instructed her to feed her toddler salisbury steak frozen dinners as it “was complete nutrition”.  The second suggestion was from a pediatrician who recommended supermarket hot dogs as a first food for a weaning baby “because they are soft and easy to chew”.

I was so shocked by these comments that I started a Facebook thread asking people to post the most jaw dropping thing a doctor had ever said to them. The discussion quickly snowballed into a string of nearly 600 comments from folks who contributed their own outrageous stories which were so unbelievable that I felt the material deserved its own blog post.

True to Facebook form, there were a few people who thought the discussion was not helpful. Peter N. said, “What’s the point? Shouldn’t you rather concentrate on making things better rather than pointing fingers?”

The overwhelming response to this criticism was that the discussion was in fact very helpful as it was demonstrating to people that outrageous doctors advice is given to patients all the time not just by their primary caregivers but also other medical personnel as well.  Bottom line? Don’t blindly follow their advice.

In addition, no doctors or medical practitioners were named in that forum, so there was not a single case of finger pointing or rumor mongering. The discussion was a simple sharing of experiences to the benefit of those who participated.

With conventional medicine now the third leading cause of death killing 225,000 people each and every year as recognized by the Journal of the American Medical Association and half of doctors routinely prescribing drugs they know won’t work, learning to stand up for yourself in any sort of medical situation and not take advice blindly can be a lifesaving skill.

An informed patient is a conventional doctor’s worst customer

Please note that the doctors advice and stories below are completely unedited. Do you have your own story to add to this list? Please share with us in the comments section.

    1. Mary K. says “Have a cigarette – It will help loosen the phlegm”
    2. Christine P. says “When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, on top of the medication, the pediatrician told me to get him playing video games to help with his focus!”
    3. Greta Q. says “A doctor told me to stop breastfeeding because my breasts belonged to my husband and it was time to give them back.”
    4. Mindi E. says “When my son was little we found out her was allergic to dairy. I asked what I could give him instead to make sure he was getting the healthy fats for brain development. She told me French fries.”
    5. Sherri H. says “My *former* cardiologist told me not to worry about my slightly elevated cholesterol levels because “he has a drug for that”. No talk of diet or exercise was mentioned. Never mind the fact that I was 25 at the time and nursing a baby.”
    6. Katie H. says “Last Friday an “MD” in St. Helens, Oregon told me to give my very sick, mucus-filled son ICE CREAM because he might have a sore throat from coughing. Yeah, let’s add some mucus to the mucus and get a sugar-high while we’re at it!”
    7. Alexandra Z. says “A neurologist: ‘Don’t read the warning labels on medication or you’ll never want to take them!’”
    8. Erica M. Says “My OB-GYN asked my what birth control I wanted to be on . . . He just tied my tubes a week earlier when I had my c-section. LOL”
    9. Becky S. says “When I told my OBGYN that I was waiting to have sex until marriage…..she said that was dumb and how would I know if i liked a car unless I test drove it first………(Very happily married for 11 years now and we both waited like we wanted to. She didn’t know what she was talking about)”
    10. Melissa Z. says “OBs nurse told me to stop taking my whole-food based, organic prenatals and to “just go get the ones from Costco”. When I questioned how a synthetic supplement could be better than an organic food-based one- she said “you never know what’s in those”!”
    11. Candace M. says “Mine told me to feed the girls McDonald’s chicken nuggets!!! I was flabbergasted! She went on to say, “Well if that’s all they want…. “. Like it’s an actual option!”
    12. Elvis and Bobbie C. says “Our ex pediatrician told us that we had to give our son jarred baby food because my homemade organic baby food (mostly homegrown as well), would kill him from Hepatitis A which is on all produce especially food grown at home.”
    13. Crank C. says “After having a C-section, (which if I knew what I know now would not have done) my doctor talked to me for 3-5 hours straight on why I should vaccinate my son. Now mind you I am doped up and she tried to use that to her advantage. She used every scared tactic she could. After I would not budge, she ended the conversation saying that people like me is a threat to her financial security!”
    14. Shana B. says “‘Yeah, you can use essential oils, or you could do a rain dance.’ (When trying garlic oil for an ear pain/infection) Lovely.”
    15. Dierdre B. says “Last week my child’s Dr. told me that I should get my kids the flu shot, which didn’t surprise me. Then she told me a child under her care had just died from H1N1, and it was so ironic because he had just gotten the flu shot a couple weeks before. Apparently another person at home who wasn’t vaccinated got the flu and the kid got a megadose of flu germs and it killed him. I’m still scratching my head. Did she just tell me a child died after getting the vaccine, but that I should have my kids get the vaccine too? Um…. No thanks.”
    16. Andrea B. says “my daughter was given flouride at her dentist appt, so I called the office and expressed my my disappointment. I asked the secretary to put a note on my childrens’ charts so no one would make that mistake again, and she said, “is that because they don’t like the taste or because it’s poison?””
    17. Lisa M. says ” Last year I took my oldest daughter in for something …. the doctor looked at my daughter and wouldn’t speak to me and said, “Are you getting your flu shot today? You know you need it. I’m going to give you one so you don’t get the flu.” My daughter said, “No!!! We don’t get shots.” Before I could say anything the doctor said in disbelief, “Do you want your baby sister to DIE. you know she is going to die if you get the flu and you make her get sick.’”
    18. June C. says “I asked my dr if they (Kaiser) could get me a mouth guard to wear at night so I wouldn’t grind my teeth. He said no, they couldn’t do that, but he could prescribe some Valium to help me relax!!”
    19. Elizabeth W. says “My sisters pediatrician told her at her babies 1 year check up that she should stop breastfeeding and switching him over to pediasure because it was healthier for him. The doctor said breastmilk has no advantage after 1 year of life.”
    20. Melissa A. says “When we explained to a doctor the reasons for our decision on why we are not vaccinating our child, he said ‘I know, people die from vaccines everyday but I truly recommend you get your child vaccinated!’”
    21. Courtney G. says “My OBGYN told me that the benefits of getting a flu shot outweigh the risks… I reminded him their was no documentation of studies on pregnant women and that the risk could be death!…He looked at me all glossy eyed and said, ‘Oh well.’”
    22. Skylar T. says ” A WIC nutritionist telling me to feed my 18 month old Salisbury steak TV dinners for optimal nutrition.”
    23. Crystal B. says “after a shoulder surgery my husband had, due to an accident, I put coconut oil a couple of times a day over the massive incisions and stitches to help the healing and prevent infection. At his one week check up that doctor was very impressed with the healing process of his skin and the lack of any infection. So I told him what I was doing. He got really red in the face and told me how I should stop immediately because doing that could cause a major infection.”
    24. Jacyln E. says “When my son was nine months old, he was a “slow-grower”, his pediatrician suggested “fattening him up” with foods like Mac and Cheese.”
    25. Jodie G. says “To give my daughter the gardisil because (and my 12 year old was in the room), ‘she’s going to be having sex soon.’”
    26. Ann B. says “Pediatrician told me that my 8yo daughter needed HPV vaccine because she might get raped.”
    27. Ruth T. says ” I had a doctor tell me that herbs would kill me. When I dumbed things down and asked “ok.. So you’re telling my peppermint and ginger could kill me?” He replied, “well… Those would PROBABLY be alright”.’
    28. Lisa S. says “‘not vaccinating I was “holding a loaded gun to my baby’s head.’”
    29. Tifani R. says “The nutritionist at WIC told me that if I didn’t spoon feed my daughter cereal and puréed baby food that she would never learn to eat off of a spoon because it isn’t a natural reflex.”
    30. Debby P. says “It does not matter what they eat as long as they have their one a day vitamin.”
    31. Jessica W. Says “That it was “in the range of normal” for my newborn to go eight days without pooping.”
    32. Benita M. says “My doctor wanted to put my 18 month old on a 6 week run of antibiotics for ear infections as a “preventative measure”… She didn’t have an infection at the time. I refused.”
    33. Julie K. says “When trying to find the cause of my babies eczema a GP told me “there is no cure, get over it, she has it for life’”
    34. Alena E. says “Skim milk, they don’t need the calories.”
    35. Nat and Dan says “Before discovering GAPS, I saw a gastroenterologist who wanted to treat my severe stomach pain with a drug they give people who have lost a body part! Great idea – let’s trick the brain into thinking the pain doesn’t exist rather than finding the root of the problem.”
    36. Melissa B. says “Before being diagnosed as a Celiac the doctor told me “Don’t worry about it, it will get better when it gets better” this is after not holding down any food down for 3 years straight.”
    37. Melissa J. says “My husbands doctor put him on meds for tuberculosis because he wasn’t sure what he had and didn’t feel like finding out. The medication can be fatal in those who don’t have TB.”
    38. Rachel C. says “I went to the dr for a raging ear infection. I normally don’t take antibiotics but I couldn’t function at all. I asked if the antibiotic was safe to take while nursing. At the end of the appointment the doctor asked how old my son was. I said “he just turned 2″. He had a look of shock on his face and said “2?! I hope your nipples still work the same when you’re done!”
    39. Kate B. says “That there is more aluminum in my breast milk than in one vaccine.”
    40. Angie W. says “My OB who said all my crazy symptoms were because I was still nursing my 1.5 year old. ‘He’s sucking the life out of you!’”
    41. Melissa B. says “My doctor tried to put me on antidepressants when I started crying after he told me during an appointment that I would likely never have kids… I’m not sure why he considered crying to be an inappropriate or excessive reaction??”
    42. Kelly L. says “My daughter was a slow weight gainer so a pediatrician told me to put ice cream in her bottle around 12 months. Said it would fatten her right up. “
    43. Lisa W. says “A GP told me recently that in her opinion, other than in obesity, diet has no bearing on health whatsoever. When I pushed her further she justified this view by simply saying “I am a scientist”!”
    44. Brittany S. says “I have a good friend of the family who is 58 years old and she started to train for a 5K with her daughter. Her Dr. asked why she would want to start running at her age and told her to re-think it.”
    45. Charisse F. says “My husband took my daughter for a checkup and tried to push him into giving her some sort of shot. My husband said “No, my wife and I decided not to have that at this time” the doctor then asked my husband if he wore the pants in the family and just let him give my daughter the shot.”
    46. Janel E. says “After finding that my 3 year old had developed gluten antibodies, the allergist said gluten-free was just a fad.”
    47. Marta D. says “To get psychiatric help for myself when refusing vaccines for my youngest daughter.”
    48. Wendy S. says “My uncle was just diagnosed with a massive lung tumor and his doctor told him to keep drinking soda and eating sweets because he will need the nourishment during treatment.”
    49. Bex A. says “I was told to get the hep shot for my son by a nurse because “there was this day care worker who let an infant suck on her finger and the baby got hepatitis.”
    50. Traci C. says ” My son had a rash a Dr recommended giving him 2 1/2 at the time an anti depressant to stop the itching.”
    51. Leslie D. says “After my 10 yr. old daughter’s dx of severe Crohn’s disease and 10 days in hospital on a PICC line w/ no food, the GI dietician suggested she have cereal such as “Lucky Charms” for her first meal. When I told the Gastroenterologist we were thinking about doing the SCD/GAPS diet, her response, “Don’t do that to her! I don’t know what I’d do without my chocolate every day!’”
    52. Michelle F. says “Don’t use toothpaste containing fluoride for the baby, but here’s a prescription for fluoride pills to give her..”
    53. Kelly M. says “My daughter had an ear infection and he gave me a prescription for antibiotics. When I asked him if I could wait a few days to see if she got better he told me he wasn’t comfortable with parents making medical decisions.”
    54. Keirsten A. says “Diet coke in the morning to combat heart burn/indigestion.”
    55. Heidi P. says “Never eat chicken. It’s from the devil.”
    56. Nina A. says “To ignore my baby when he cried.”
    57. Kristine B. says “My mother was told, with me, that she should only give me powdered milk otherwise I would be fat.”
    58. Kimberly C. says “I once told my MD I was having trouble losing weight (with recent hypothyroidism diagnosis). I told him I was eating six times a day, 200 calories or less at each meal. His response, ‘eat even less’.”
    59. Christine S. says “At the one year check up doc said to stop breastfeeding because breast milk no longer had nutritional value!! Apparently my milk had am expiration date…!”
    60. Annamarie F. says “Ketchup qualifies as a vegetable and grape jelly qualifies as a fruit.”
    61. Rachell R. says “My first born broke out with the most horrid blisters and rash on his bottom come to find out he was alleric to disposable diapers the silly doctor told me ‘just cut holes in them’.. It’s called switch to cloth!”
    62. Amy C. says “I had an ER doctor tell me to let my non responsive-struggling to breath 2 month old “just go unconscious and then he will wake up.”
    63. Jenn R. says “She suggested that I give my 4-yr old daughter Kool-aid at mealtime to solve her constipation problems.”
    64. Elizabeth M. says “While going through chemo treatments and losing a lot of weight a doctor told me that I should go to McDonald’s and drink as many shakes as I want.”
    65. Angela W. says ” I was told to roll my toddler up in a long carpet runner from his shoulders down and prop him up in a corner until he would behave.”
    66. Kristen K. says “That I wasn’t getting enough iron because I don’t eat processed cereal!!”
    67. Danielle S. says “I as diagnosed with endometriosis as a teenager, At 17 my GP told me to go ahead and have kids now (yup, at 17!) so I could then have a hysterectomy.”
    68. Barbara R. says “A friend mine said her pediatrician told her to give her kids carrot cake to get them to eat vegetables!”
    69. Ali H. says “I was told I needed to put my 12 month old in speech intervention BC he wasn’t yet speaking words.”
    70. Minette W. says “I attended a birth as a doula. The attending OB refused to delay cord clamping and cutting because as she claimed it would “cause the baby to be anemic”. She believed that if she placed the baby on the mothers chest directly after delivery without clamping and cutting the cord the blood in the baby would drain out and back into the placenta due to gravity.”
    71. Christina M. says “hen I told him (Pediatrician) I was using a lotion for my son that had tea tree oil in it, he was worried and told me that my son may grow boobs.”
    72. Michelle A. says “Well this didn’t happen to me, but a customer a very regular one, one I would call a friend…just had a baby less than two weeks of this story. He had wanted us (we work for Starbucks) to come see her, so he proceeded to tell me that someone ACTUALLY came over to visit and hadn’t had a flu shot, so they took the baby to the doctor, afraid she may get the flu and you know what that doctor did…..PUT THE 1 1/2 WEEK OLD BABY ON ANTIBIOTICS…..this is real folks, I couldn’t make this stuff up. When I told him I wouldn’t be able to come visit, as I don’t inject poison into my body (I didn’t say it this way too him) he became furious spouting I am the reason the flu is rampant’.”
    73. Molly W. says “My Obgyn scolded me for gaining 1 1/2 lbs in a week. I should have only gained one! Also, did you know that fish oil is not safe because it could contain mercury, but vaccines are safe even though they contain mercury? Tongue tied babies only need to be clipped if they cause problems…except for nursing.”
    74. Ashley G. says “That my son didn’t need that ” junk, ” anymore ( breast milk after a year).”
    75. Keely O. says “Give baby a bath in water and bleach to ease the eczema.”
    76. April C. says “My OB told me my amniotic fluid was low and told me I should drink Gatorade!!! FYI: I don’t drink sugary drinks. Apparently I was drinking too much water.”
    77. Jevena E. says “After trying to donate blood I was told I was anemic. I went to a doctor who tested and said yes indeed I was “VERY” anemic and all of my iron stores were depleted. Treatment was to “take some iron pills” and then he tried to give me Prozac samples. I asked why in the world do I need Prozac for anemia? He told me most people have symptoms of depression with anemia and I said won’t iron alleviate those symptoms? He looked at me with total shock on his face and said, “most people are thrilled to get this’!”
    78. Ashley F. says “When I told my Dr. I was going to wait a while longer to get my child vaccinated he told me, “you think it’s ok to not get your child vaccinated? It’s all okay until your child dies, right?’”
    79. Shay M. says “That I didn’t have enough milk to breastfeed – should switch to formula.”
    80. Julie H. says “Pediatrician recommended breaking both legs and casting them for inward turning feet.”
    81. Christine T. says “When first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and listening to the Dr’s treatment plan, I asked if there was any alternative treatment rather than the three heavy duty medications he was prescribing. (Medications that had Horrible side affects.). He said, “if you want to move to California and smoke weed, be my guest!”
    82. Lilly W. says “When I was having gut/inflammatory issues (later to find out it was caused by gluten insensitivity) he told me to try Weight Watchers.”
    83. Eric S. says “Too much thinking for one’s self seems inflammatory. I think there is a pill for that.”
    84. Jessica C. says “When I was dealing with secondary infertility, the Dr I was referred to told me to just be happy with the one baby I did have and forget my dreams of having a large family. She was content with her career and 2 dogs, so I should be happy just having 1 kid.”
    85. Jackie B. says “mine saw NO problem with taking xanax to sleep and adderall for daytime.”
    86. Rachel J. says “Your still nursing your 20 month old? Oh, that’s more for you than for him, isn’t it.”
    87. Daedra S. says “I was missing periods quite regularly and this one old fart OG/GYN told me I should be thankful because many women my age are taking drugs to STOP their periods. It’s ok, he said.”
    88. Mary S. says “Oh, my doctor told me to limit my smoking to one pack per day while I was pregnant in the late 70′s. The same doctor told my friend to drink at least one beer per day for her kidneys while she was pregnant.”
    89. Charlotte M. says “I was having difficulty sleeping and the doctor asked what I was doing about it. I said I usually took one Benadryl at bedtime. He said Benadryl has too many side effects and promptly gave me a prescription for Ambien!”
    90. Heather D. says “When I was about 10 I had stomach aches all the time (Lactose intolerance wasn’t a “thing” yet to diagnose) My Dr. figured I was constipated and recommend eating more fast food. A McDonald’s meal once or twice a week should get things moving!! “
    91. Colette H. says ” My friend was told by an orthodontist that she should let her brake her 12 yr old son jaw because it wasn’t “manly” enough.”
    92. Michelle M. says “When I was a baby I had jaundice. When my mom told the doctor he commented by saying “we’ll look at the outfit you have her in! No wonder she looks yellow.”
    93. Amy H. says “I brought my mother in law to the doctor when she was having an extremely difficult time detoxing off of prescription meds. She was having a constant anxiety attack, spasms, and couldn’t hold anything down. He told her to drink soda pop to help her not get dehydrated!”
    94. Pam M. says “My mom suffered with severe allergy to cats but still wanted them in her home. The doctor back then told her to smoke 2 cigarettes a day (she was a non-smoker) and to have a tot of whiskey every day. “
    95. Kristen V. says “My pediatrician told us to give my toddler son benadryl to calm him down before we bring him in the office again.”
    96. Gregory M. says “My 32 year old Dr. Told me” there’s only two ways to lose weight. Exercise or drugs.” I disagreed. He replied. ” never underestimate the power of prescription drugs” I mentioned the possible side effects. He dropped the topic.”
    97. Nikki K. says “When my daughter was about 4 – 6 weeks old and constipated the doctor told me to stick my finger up her bum to stimulate a BM.”
    98. Ellen K. says “I told my doctor that I was concerned my son had a blood sugar problem. I asked for an A1C test. She told me to just keep a candy bar in my purse for when he started acting emotional.”
    99. Jiggle B. says “When I was pregnant with my second, we thought it was ectopic. The obgyn said in front of my son and husband that children were parasites and to stop breastfeeding so I wouldn’t be feeding two parasites at the same time.”
    100. Yvonne I. says “Well a Dr. who couldn’t find what was wrong with me, after seeing me 25 years later, said omg I thought you died.”
    101. Cheryl R. says “Health nurse told my sister to feed her kids hot dogs because they have a lot of calcium.”

But wait, there’s more!

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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (261)

  1. Number 97 works though. A friend of mine’s baby had constipation and was screaming in pain. Mother in Law was called and a rectal thermometer was lubed up and gently inserted. It worked! They kinda “worked” her every couple minutes. It was quite a mess but it worked. No drugs or expensive doctor or sugary drinks (she was under 1, maybe 6months even.)

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  2. I took my one year old son in to see if he had an ear infection. Dr. Checked him and there was no infection (probably just teething) and prescribed him antibiotics and then told me I needed to get him a pertussis vaccination just in case. I left without the script or another word. Moron.

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  3. Seconds after putting my legs up in stirrups, my gynecologist says, “Well you definitely have a yeast infection!” I asked him if he was sure since I had NO symptoms. All he said was, “Yup. I see this kind of thing all the time…” He was wrong.

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  4. Shannon Wood via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    When I was having severe back, joint and nerve pain, I told my doctor that I was now having nerve pains that felt like an ant bite on my feet and on my butt. He suggested perhaps the ant crawled out of my back and bit me on the bum? Then got his stethoscope out, requiring me to partially remove my shirt and checked my heart…? I was wondering why until I saw his erection. I finally figured out myself that gluten and dairy were causing my nerve & joint pains.

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  5. Christy Moore Thompson via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I was hypothyroid (untreated). I was working with a doctor and dealing with my weight issue. She said maybe i should duct tape my mouth shut.

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  6. Crystal 'Wilson' Bradley via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    My sis is 7 months pregnant. She told her ob that she was taking encapsulated liver and the doc got furious saying she should only be taking her prenatal and an iron supplement. To prove my sister how wrong she was she did an iron test on her only to find her iron was above average. Now feeling stupid the doc asked why it was so good to which my sis said duh… The liver!

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  7. Amy Use via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I was told by a nurse as she went down the list of what a pregnant woman should avoid eating, that if I wanted to eat lunch meat it was fine and to just “zap it for 10-20 seconds in the microwave to get rid of the nitrites, nitrates, and preservatives.” I just smiled and nodded.

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  8. After finding out my 5 year old son had a thyroid issue due to a gene mutation, I started heavily researching it only to find I was having all the major symptoms. I went to a mainstream doctor because I knew the tests would be covered by insurance as our holistic doctor is not covered by insurance). I explained the situation, told him I needed the full thyroid panel as well as the MTHFR gene testing and his response was “Somebody’s been on WebMD a lot”… He also told me that the gene testing was pointless that it would just cause me to worry. When I mentioned that we were considering having more children and it would be very important for me to know what prenatals to take he rolled his eyes and said, “I will do the tests, but honestly, I think it’s a mistake) He then proceeded to NOT do the full thyroid panel and only did the ones hat I knew were normal.

    I decided that insurance wasn’t worth it at that point and went back to my holistic doctor.

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  9. My husband had a sore leg from a fall the night before. He couldn’t put pressure on it and thought it must be broken. He went to an ER and the doctor there poo-pooed the fall and diagnosed him with gout! He was sent home…15-20 minutes later he got a call saying they reviewed the x-ray and spotted the fracture, come back to get it casted.

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  10. Mindy Boyett via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I have been dealing with bloat ever since a steroid injection last year. I went from a size 6 to not really fitting in 10s, gained 30 lbs, thought I was dealing with water retention. Dr said no fluid was seen on my ultrasound so he suggested I get liposuction, of course he performs the procedure! I know its not fat What the Heck!!!!

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  11. Denise Trudeau via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I was recently in the ER for an illness & happened to be having an excessively heavy period so asked the Dr. about it. He said that since I’m 45 I don’t need my uterus any more & should have it removed.

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  12. Holly Massie via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Insanity. While Docs are human and some of these have grains of truth in them many are just nonsense — shared one of my stories in your comments section of the blog – to many to count though!

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  13. I had a doctor tell me that the reason my sick baby was losing weight was because I was “to small breasted to breastfeed” and that she needed this expensive nasty formula…. rather than the fact she had gastroenteritis and had to be on iv’s for 3 days … If I had had the energy (after three days in hospital whilst hubby was in Korea) I would have slapped him. (I ignored him and nursed all 4 of my babies – the last til age 3). Seriously?! (Thankfully the lactation nurse I had to go see before they would discharge us had more sense – took one look at my output – asked how long baby was sick, and where hubby was and said go home get some rest and drink lots of fluids! :D)

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  14. Rhi Mueller via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I went to a Reproductive Endocrinologist about a year ago, and I told him I wasn’t going to take the synthroid he wanted to prescribe me, that I would eliminate grains etc from my diet. His response, “your diet has no effect on your thyroid!”…I was SO ANGRY and of course, never went back.. (and my thyroid improved in just 5 weeks)

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  15. Colleen Siren Webster via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

    My son was 9 months old and covered with eczema (head to toe). I told the pediatrician that I wanted to determine the cause. He said, ‘he just has bad skin’.

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  16. Christine Banford via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I forget why I was at the peds, we only went for two years and then I changed doctors. Anyway we were in the office and the doctor looked at my son’s chart and made a comment about him being healthy in a surprised voice. That struck me as odd. Why would you be so surprised at a healthy child? My new doctor is all about building immunity. He recommends organic food, elderberry and homeopathic remedies.

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  17. Christine O'Connor Eberhardt via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

    At a dr visit for myself a few years ago, my 3 usually well behaved kids were not so great. So after trying to calm my screaming infant and one preschooler who was just at school all day and needed to run around, I was not having any luck. In walks the dr who first tells me that’s why she went back to work. Proceeded to then tell me that’s why she only had one and then if that wasn’t bad enough told me I hope your done!

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  18. Stephanie Anderson via Facebook August 7, 2014 at 3:27 am

    When my mom was feeling fatigued and sick and wasn’t digesting food the doctor told her to get more rest. A few weeks later my sisters took her to the ER because she was confused and they found multiple brain tumors. She died two weeks later. Doctors are stupid.

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  19. Just over 8 years ago, when I was 14 I was in a car accident that paralyzed me from the thighs down, and while I was in the hospital after the accident the doctor decided that I was depressed and would stay depressed (for most of my life, if not all of it) because 1: I’d never walk again, and OBVIOUSLY I couldn’t be happy with my life if with that happening. 2: I slept a lot. And 3: I preferred to have the very bright light directly above my bed turned off (mind you, that was only one of about six lights in that room)… This doctor decided to have the nurses start giving me an antidepressant without speaking to myself or my parents, or having a nurse talk to us about it. The first time it was given to me I noticed it was a new pill, asked what it was and refused to take it, ever. Like I said it has been more than 8 years since the accident, and I have never been depressed about it, ever. I slept A LOT while recovering after it happened yes, but I was healing from this freak accident, my body being in shock, major emergency surgeries, and my body becoming used to being newly paralyzed. I have had many more ridiculous experiences with doctors, since unfortunately I do have to see them very often, but this was the first time I realized all doctors aren’t always so great and helpful, unfortunately!

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  20. My son’s former pediatrician told me that diet was not that important, “I have a patient that eats toaster waffles with syrup every morning for breakfast and he’s healthy. The brain is so amazing it’s able to get what it needs from anything you eat.”

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  21. About number 2. Psychologist at the University of Hawaii Manoa have does studies proving that First person shooter games help with cognition and concentration. Kids with ADHD that can sit and play these games don’t need anything but a better teacher and time to get there energy out. Some do need help with medication, but most it’s a lack of interest in school. Also, if your kid ever has a concussion those same first person shooter will help him recover faster then without them.

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  22. Oh I have dozens of these. My favorite, though, was the doctor who diagnosed my mother with breast cancer after being on HRT for 35 years, “What genius kept refilling that?!” (It was her.)

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  23. I’m a medical doctor and a huge fan of the Weston A Price Foundation/traditional foods…there are some sensible physicians out there, but not many. I’m sure some of these examples were the result of miscommunication, but many of them didn’t surprise me.

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  24. Just this week my son had a respiratory attack (not officially diagnosed with asthma) and needed to go to the doctor’s for a nebulizer treatment. They admitted him to the hospital. After being there for almost 10 hours his health returned to completely normal conditions. The hospital would not release our son despite our insistence. One of the doctors kept trying to recommend a mortician. Both doctors said we were not intelligent enough to wake up every 2 hours to check on him. My husband picked up our son and left the hospital only after being physically assaulted while they tried to keep him there. The hospital later called our local sheriff’s office and demanded they take our children away. It’s been an absolute nightmare. Thankfully, the sheriff’s office knows us (in a good way) and said absolutely not.

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  25. My dentist told me he could no longer continue treating me because I repeatedly refused x-rays, even though I signed a waiver. I told him I just wanted my teeth cleaned. He said it was necessary to look for cancers or cavities. I’ve never had a cavity in my life. Do I full CT scan at every physical in case I have cancer somewhere?
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  26. Once I went to the doctor because my jaw was swollen shut, I couldn’t eat, and was in the most excruciating pain imaginable. They looked at me and said “We don’t know what’s wrong – here’s some Vicodin. Go home.” I later self-diagnosed with google and miraculously found out I had “sialolithiasis” – basically like a kidney stone, but in your salivary gland. I fixed the problem myself, went back in, and they were flabbergasted because they’d only read about the condition before. Apparently I needed oral surgery. They also yelled at me for losing 10 lbs … that happens when you can’t eat for a week …

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  27. I was pregnant and knew my levels weren’t rising normally and I would lose the baby. I became very dizzy, started a nose bleed, and had terrible stomach pains, and nearly passed out. After waiting forever in the ER waiting room I was finally seen by an ER doctor who told me that the site of blood from my nose bleed most likely caused me to pass out. Oh yeah, like I don’t see blood once a month. He then sent me home claiming I was most likely having a miscarriage at which point the ectopic pregnancy I was having ruptured and I ended up in emergency surgery!

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  28. Okay, I agree that all of these are 100% ridiculous and I definitely take everything my doctor says with a grain of salt until I can further research. So, I am NOT advocating ANYTHING that the above doctors are reported to have said. However, I think doctors definitely have their place in our society and have a ton of school and experience under their belt. I know that they can be misinformed, but no more than you or I have the potential to be. We’re all human and are susceptible to mistakes. I don’t think that it is their goal to harm you or me or our families and I think they hold positions that need to be respected. How will we ever expect doctors to even consider natural alternatives if we come at them with such sensationalist nonsense? Also, please remember that we are not getting the full story with any of these comments. There is no way of knowing the circumstances or backgrounds of these situations. It was an interesting read for sure, just very one sided. I hope that the natural community will show doctors and the medical community the same respect and open-mindedness that we demand of them. It’s the only way that real change can ever happen. Please note, I am by no means saying that you should agree with them, follow their advice, or take their prescriptions. I’m simply making the point that this is petty and unhelpful.

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  29. I have a few:
    1. When I was having all sorts of bad symptoms, the doctor said, “Let’s take your gall bladder out and see if that helps”. Oh, sure, just start removing organs…WTH?
    2. While trying to figure out why I couldn’t lose weight no matter what, my ex doc had me write out what I ate for a month, then come back. I had put down that I had strawberies for breakfast, and he said, “Strawberries? With what? A Chocolate fondue?” (it turned out I had a liver disease causing metabolism problems, but it would be years before anyone found that out.
    3. Our ex pediatrician gave three of my kids the chickenpox vax while I was distracted with my baby. I was furious. My kids who were vaxed have since had chickenpox 3 times (one has had it 4 times). When I asked him why this was, pray tell, he said that for some reason (LOL) the chicken pox seems to have mutated in recent years. Really, you don’t say? By the way, the unvaxed kids have still never had chicken pox. He’s sure that’s a coincidence.

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  30. 1.I worked as a live-in nanny a year after I came to the US-I was 20(the mother was a MD) and I was shocked to see that she gave her little girl popsicles for a sore throught-was I was used to was warm herbal tea&honey, salt water gargles, lemon&honey etc for that; she also put the fan on high in the toddlers room one night when she had a fever to ‘cool’ her down. I turned the fan off at night soaked the girls socks in vinegar put them on her and the next morning she was all better. 2. When we had our second son we wanted to change the ped and we told the new one we were visiting for the first time we wouldn’t like to vaccinate our children anymore. He literally yelled at us and called us irresponsible parents and when I told him having lived my first 19 yrs of life in Romania that I don’t recall seeing so many autistic children as here in the US he told me that the communist authorities would put them in special institutions so the people wouldn’t see them. he didn’t realize that i was 4 yrs old when the communists fell-in my 15 yrs living in a communist free Romania the only mentally and physically impared person I knew in my community was one that was so due to a polio vaccine. Of course we didn’t chose that ignorant doc to be our ped.

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  31. Regarding comment #23: I see post-op patients and always advise them not to put anything besides an antiseptic on wounds until they are healed and keep covered at least for a week or two . It is great that the man healed so well, but coconut oil is not going to be sterile or clean (in the medical sense). It’s really best to wait a few weeks to put something to minimize scarring.

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  32. Ditto to the comment about eczema. My Ped said to get over the eczema and that my baby girl would have it for life. I reduced my own dairy intake (breastfed her) and her first solids were based on WAPF diet (lots of broth, egg yolk, liver, meats but minus dairy) and her skin is smooth and eczema free.

    Also was told numerous times my baby will DIE if I do not take the pitocin, get a c section, give her the vaccines.

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  33. Few doctors have the time or interest to venture out of their comfort size of what they learned in med school or expanding their knowledge. Thank goodness for the Internet enabling use to be empowered with the ability to do our own research.

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  34. I had a doctor tell me to take my one year old who was having a problem with being very stuffed up from a bad cold to hold him upside down, squirt saline in his nose and hold him upside down for a minute! Um, no!

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  35. All but the first of my nine children were homebirths. During the birth of my eighth, my midwife was attending another birth when I unexpectedly went into labor shortly before my due date. I tried calling the hospital to page a local doctor I trusted, he was in Texas. A local ob-gyn who was on call at the small local hospital was, I felt, unstable, as he had shown up at my home unbidden several times in my earlier pregnancies to ask if he could be my doctor and asked to examine me. I declined. When he caught wind of the labor and imminent delivery, he started calling my home and threatening my fifteen yr old daughter telling her if she did not get me to the hospital immediately I was going to die and it was going to be her fault, she tried explaining she couldn’t MAKE me do anything. He said he was going to come to my house and drag me to the hospital. He showed up with an ambulance and tried opening my back door, my daughter and her siblings had to leave attending me to try to barricade the door so he couldn’t get in and drag me out. I pushed harder and faster than I should have at that point to try to have the baby before he could break in. Baby was born, big sister cut the cord, all was well, beautiful baby is now an 18yr gorgeous and healthy young woman.

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  36. When my husband and I took our 2 month-old baby girl to the pediatrician, considered to be a top reputed doctor here with over 30 yrs of experience, he tried to push vaccines. We *kindly* (irony) declined and he said: “Oh don’t worry, they were all tested in African babies/children!”

    We were speechless.

    Needless to say that he was the last pediatrician our girl had.

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  37. At 13mths our daughter had a reaction to a vaccination (the last time anyone in our family had any sort of injection). Fortunately she didn’t have any long term effects, but at the time it was quite dramatic. We saw a lot of drs in the space of a couple of days. A few weeks later I went to discuss it with one of the drs at our surgery and I hadn’t even finished my first sentence when he declared “You can’t have a reaction to a vaccine.” I assumed he was talking semantics and carried on. He interrupted me again and said “You cannot have a reaction to a vaccine – your daughter did not have a reaction. When things like this happen its because the nurse administering the vaccines doesn’t know how to do it properly!” Way to lie to me and sell out your coworkers in 30 seconds!!!! (Not to mention, you believe there are people incapable of doing their jobs at your practice, but you’re letting them carry on anyway!)

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  39. I took my 3 and 5 y.o to the dentist for the first time this summer. I politely declined the flouride treatments several times. The dentist finally “got real” and asked why. I told him my thoughts and he said ” well obviously I’m OK with it since the less people do flouride, the more cavities they’ll get and the more money I’ll make filling them.” He’s so so young, like brand new into his practice, so I didn’t hold it against him but just thought it was too funny. At the kids most recent check up no one questioned it and there were many comments on how clean my kids teeth were!

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  40. I have another one. When one of my boys (uncircumcised) developed a lump inside his foreskin, I took him to a urologist. This doctor told me that it was a cyst completely inside the skin of the foreskin. Not between them. It would never go away and he needed to have that nasty foreskin cut off immediately. Well, I had already been researching like crazy. Learned about smegma and how that can get stuck in there and looks strikingly similar. I asked about this. He got mad at me and yelled. Told me I had to have it done asap. My husband was deployed at the time and I asked if it would hurt him to wait about 3 weeks until my husband got home. He got even more mad at me and practically kicked me out for questioning him. So, I had to tell him no, i’m waiting to discuss this with my husband. Within 2 weeks, it was gone on it’s own. It was smegma. Many years later, he is still uncircumcised and it never came back. The stupid doctor also ripped the skin when he tried to force it back.

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  41. When I went to a doctor to get a sports physical to join the high school swim team, he said I shouldn’t do the butterfly because I already had large shoulder muscles and the butterfly would just make them larger.

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  42. amazing. When my son was born, we opted out of the typical shots given to newborns (Hep B & Vitamin K). The hospital pediatrician responded, “If you don’t get the shots and get into a car accident on the way home, your son could bleed to death.” uhhh…..

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  43. Also, I agree w/ Jennifer about some doctors realizing the circle of health, wellness, and naturopathy—which I am all for, btw. If you want some solid info about our diet + health crisis you should watch Sugar: The Bitter Truth. It’s a free documentary on YouTube.

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  44. Honestly, if I was a doctor and you chose not to vaccinate your kids…I would kick you out of my practice, too. Just look at Peshawar and its polio problem. Come on people. When you don’t vaccinate your kids you put so many other people at risk. Same w/ the flu shot.

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    • The amount of ignorance behind this statement is truly overwhelming.

      1. Polio in the US was almost entirely gone BEFORE the shots ever became available. There are many different theories to what it was (contaminated water among them). Shots have never been proven to be effective.

      2. Why would a unvaccinated child be of any danger to a vaccinated one, if you believe the vaccines work? New research indicates that the vaccinated children are far more dangerous than unvaccinated ones. It certainly is driving shingles.

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  45. I had a gall bladder problem (stones) and the first doctor I went to thought it was my heart. He had me on heart meds for an entire year. I started having horrific chest pains and finally had to go to the hospital. The ER doc said I had gall stones and had to do emergency surgery. After it was over he said he had never seen so many stones. Recently, I was hospitalized for severed chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. After many tests the ER docs told me I had pancreatitis. My hubby and I were totally shocked. That is usually caused by drinking alcohol and having a gall bladder. I don’t drink and don’t have a gall bladder. They had no answer, just ‘idiopathic,’ which means they don’t know why I got it. After a week of no eating and no drinking I was released. But, the meds they had given me for the pain had caused me to throw up so much and so hard I had shredded all the muscles in my front and back. It took weeks to get over that. I would have stood the pain of the pancreatitis rather than have that! I swear, I am NEVER going into a hospital, again. I am 63 and I hope to die rather than be hospitalized.

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  46. SOME DOCTORS HAVE WOKEN UP AND SPEAK THE TRUTH!

    Sixteen Doctors Speak Out

    Not all physicians are caught up in the idea that the only good medicines are ones that can also be harmful. Here are some comments by physicians, themselves, on the practice of medicine.

    1) “The cause of most disease is in the poisonous drugs physicians superstitiously give in order to effect a cure.”

    * Charles E. Page, M.D.

    2) “Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature, they can only work symptomatically.”

    * Hans Kusche, M.D.

    3) “The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.”

    * William Osler, M.D.

    4) “If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity”

    * O.W. Holmes, M.D. (Prof. of Med. Harvard University)

    5) “Drug medications consist in employing, as remedies for disease, those things which produce disease in well persons. Its materia medica is simply a lot of drugs or chemicals or dye-stuffs–in a word poisons. All are incompatible with vital matter; all produce disease when brought in contact in any manner with the living; all are poisons.”

    * R.T. TraIl, M.D., (lecture to members of congress and the medical profession, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)

    6) “Every drug increases and complicates the patients condition.”

    * Robert Henderson, M.D.

    7) “The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning.”

    * Henry Lindlahr, M.D.

    8) “Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably helped by medicine.”

    * Richard C. Cabot, M.D. (Mass. Gen. Hospital)

    9) “Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and this cause no drug can reach.”

    * Wier Mitchel, M.D.

    10) “Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking drug — medicines more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed and harder to cure.”

    * Elmer Lee, M.D., Past Vice President, Academy of Medicine.

    11) “Our figures show approximately four and one half million hospital admissions annually due to the adverse reactions to drugs. Further, the average hospital patient has as much as thirty percent chance, dependinghow long he is in, of doubling his stay due to adverse drug reactions.”

    * Milton Silverman, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, University of California)

    12) “What hope is there for medical science to ever become a true science when the entire structure of medical knowledge is built around the idea that there is an entity called disease which can be expelled when the right drug is found?”

    * John H. Tilden, M.D.

    13) “We are prone to thinking of drug abuse in terms of the male population and illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.
    It may surprise you to learn that a greater problem exists with millions of women dependent on legal prescription drugs.”

    * Robert Mendelsohn, M.D (author of book, “Confessions of a Medical Heretic.)

    14) “Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick.”

    * L.F. Kebler, M.D.

    15) “Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.”

    * Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.

    16) “The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects; and the time is not far distant when the drug system will be abandoned.”

    * Charles Armbruster, M. D.

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    • Great comment, and I actually believe in much of this. Before I was able to control my asthma naturally, I had terrible attacks twice yearly that landed me in the ER. There’s in no doubt that the inhaled steroids plus predisone pulled me through a terrible situation where I needed something ASAP.

      What could I have done otherwise?

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  47. A funny one . . . I exclusively pumped for my son (long story) and one trip to the pedi, I had forgotten his cooler with bottled breastmilk at home, and had also forgotten extra bottles for the diaper bag. I HAD milk – in me – I just needed a bottle. The only thing they had at the Pedi’s office was formula samples in bottles and they actually expected me to give him the formula. I said, no I don’t. I HAVE milk.

    I took the formula sample bottle, dumped it, rinsed it as best I could, and hand expressed thru the entire appointment, then fed him, much to their great surprise. Ummm, yeah, you EP, you learn how to hand express.

    The same pedi asked me with a smirk, when my son was 5 months old, how EP’ing was going . . . I said fine. I did fine with a pump, it was a means to an end and I pumped for 2 yrs 4 months! Only reason I stopped short of my 3 yr goal was bc my son wanted juice more, and I already had a freezer full of milk.

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  48. My husband has leukemia and herpes zoster – he lot 70 lbs. The nutritionist at the hospital said he must eat ice cream, chocolate cakes, and other such things because he needed to put on weight. Her mind could not comprehend the fact that cancer and herpes live on acidic sugary foods and that eating those would increase his problem. The medication he was being given for herpes stated on the warning, this does not cure Herpes. The medication warning for leukemia he was being given stated it would ruin his bone marrow and could cause cancer.. I took him out of the hospital to save his life. He is now well on his way to being cured naturally.

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  49. My son has Down Syndrome and had infantile spasms. I was told by his neurologist that food had nothing to do with it. Yet, I discovered that food was triggering his seizures (nightshades, sweet potatoes, & carrots – and later, ginseng). He’s been seizure free for over 3 years now, as long as we stay away from those foods. When the seizures stopped @ 16mo of age, he “woke up” and not only did his development begin to fly, he became physically active and dropped the baby fat very quickly. When his *former* pedi didn’t like how he wasn’t gaining weight, she didn’t suggest testing or digestive enzymes (which it turns out he needs), she suggested “to put him back on nightshade foods to make him gain weight”. Yeah, he’ll gain weight alright, because he’ll go right back to basically laying on the floor having seizures and no cognitive development!! She asked me what the protocol was for when he could go back to having nightshade foods, and I said, there isn’t a protocol, I discovered this and wrote you a letter about it, to which you replied!!
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    • I’m so glad you shared this, I have a 18mo that has late onset infantile spasms (just diagnosed 3 months ago, hers are from previous brain damage from encephalitis). We are on the ketogenic diet and researching like crazy but I hadn’t ever heard that about the nightshade foods. I feel like I’m familiar w/ most food triggers for seizures but I’ll definitely be doing more research. If you have any other suggestions for us I would love to hear from you. She is currently on the ketogenic diet, she takes fermented cod liver oil every day, B6, magnesium bath, Bio-Kult, and I have Frankincense oil on the way since I have read of it helping some people with seizures. Thanks.
      Megan

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  50. When my youngest was about 1 year old the pediatrician told me before he left the room that I was to stop feeding my son so many carrots. Puzzled, I asked him what are you talking about? “Obviously you’re feeding him too many carrots, his skin color tells me that.” Without thinking, “you’re an IDIOT, came out of my mouth. HE’S ITALIAN, he has his father’s coloring.”

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  51. some of the docs were right on, however outrageous it seems to people.

    1. organic supplements vs synthetic – she was right, you don’t know whats in it, because they are not FDA regulated and there is no oversight, they can claim anything they want. she was trying save the ignorant and gullible patient money, that’s all.

    2. Flu shot – the unfortunate kid did not because they got vaccinated, but because he got vaccinated too late, it takes time to build immune response.

    3. ice cream for sore throat is anti-inflammatory and does not produce phlegm – where do people get this stuff??

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  52. some of the docs were right on, however outrageous it seems to people.

    1. organic supplements vs synthetic – she was right, you don’t know whats in it, because they are not FDA regulated and there is no oversight, they can claim anything they want. she was trying save the ignorant and gullible patient money, that’s all.

    2. Flu shot – the unfortunate kid did not because they got vaccinated, but because he got vaccinated too late, it takes time to build immune response.

    3. ice cream for sore throat is anti-inflammatory and does not produce phlemg – where do people get this stuff??

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  53. I went to my gyno for a check up and asked about my 12 year old daughter and how she just got her period . I asked what would be a good time to bring her in and she gave e some variables and then said “you know she has to get the Gardisal Shot” !

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  54. After two years of confusing / non help from my GP when I was terribly unwell and virtually unable to walk … I went to another GP who confirmed everything I thought was happening and agreed to make the referrals so pecialist I needed to see. The appointment never happened and when I made enquiry of this 2nd Dr I found a note in my medical file that read “interesting case of a natural therapist who cannot cure her own condition” ….. Obviously this Dr had contacted 1st dr and had a chat …. as I had not told this Dr of my NT training. My response ??? I wished to stand by and see him have a heart attack …..and give himself CPR !!!! This happened in NZ. It took me 5 years (by which time I was almost dead) to get to a Dr in Sydney who saved my life. As result of ‘medical misadventure’ 18 years previous (prior to my NT training) I had developed massive adhesions internally that literally had bound all my vital organs & internal muscles and tissue together. This affects my abilities physically, emotionally and mentally to this day due to the damage done internally. All because of bias, arrogance and self righteous ignorance which as cost me, if you consider he loss of income alongside the huge cost of gaining what health I have back, in the tune of 1/2 million. I can’t sue for medical negligence cause my hospital records from original medical misadventure were destroyed in 2003. Go figure.

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  55. Rachael Greenland via Facebook January 17, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I was found to be B12 deficient, but as I was in the grey zone the dr refused to authorise injections. When asked why I couldn’t try them I was told that if I started them I’d be on them for life. (If I need them for life, then I would take them for life). Logic fail.

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    • The most commonly used B12 test only tells us what’s in serum, not what’s utilized, and many of us have digestive issues that prevent utilization. I was so severely deficient in B12, I believe I’d be dead now had I not realized this – without a doctor’s help, of course, all six that I went to simply prescribed antidepressants for me. After about two weeks on B12, many symptoms had gone, after three I was amazingly better.

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  56. When my toddler wasn’t wanting to eat and wasn’t gaining weight, my pediatrician suggested just letting her eat what she wanted. I said that would mean basically just candy and ice cream. He shrugged and said, “Calories are calories.”

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  57. There are so many to choose from: Dermatologist : “You don’t need to waste your money on organic sunscreen. It’s not like things are absorbed through the skin.” WIC nurse: “I don’t think there is a way to cook oatmeal without a microwave.” Endocrinologist’s nurse: “It’s not possible that you aren’t taking any meds if you’ve had a history of pituitary tumor.” Well, you’re looking at me, sweetie, and I’m not taking anything. Also because of the pituitary history, I had an endocrinologist, who had told me I’d never have kids, freak out when I became pregnant and said “You might as well have an abortion, you’re just going to lose the baby, anyway.” Then, when my son was born fine, he said “Well, you lucked out, but be happy, because you’ll never have any more.” I have 4. And yes, I fired that doctor and never went back.

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  58. While being induced for pprom at 34 weeks I was told I was not having contractions because the machine said so. I told the nurse, “It isn’t my first time at the rodeo!” Put her hand on my stomach and she got all bug eyed at how strong they were. Father was admitted for pneumonia after heart surgery nurse asked doctor about his blood sugar being low etc and doc said, “Don’t worry insulin protocol will take care of it.” Glad he checked to make sure he wasn’t DIET CONTROLLED at the time. Pediatric nurse practitioner told us if we didn’t read to our son with turning the pages and everything he would never learn to talk(he was resistant to sitting in one place). Pretty sure in college I learned about tribes that don’t even speak to children until they are intelligible. Needless to say he talks well for a 4.5 year old because I talk to him! Pediatrician, “What kind of supply can you possibly still have!” After letter her know my then 2 year old was still nursing. Reminded her I never stopped producing from my first even while pregnant with my second. Pediatrician, “Oh we don’t test for that until 9 months” after I asked for an iron test for my PREMATURE SON. At the 9 month he was almost hospitalized because it was so low. Wonderful. Love doctors!

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  59. When I had my third daughter, the pediatrician told me at her 2-week appointment that she’d need plastic surgery on her ears before she went to kindergarten because they stuck out too much and other kids would make fun of her. For the record, while her ears did stick out a little then, they were completely normal by the time she was 2. No other doctor has ever suggested the plastic surgery thing.

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  60. My boyfriend’s mother grew up on anti-depressants. She grew up in the era where doctors prescribed anti-depressants for everything. So after many decades of being on and off medication, she wound up in the hospital with kidney and liver problems. Her ammonia levels would spike and when they did, she would hallucinate. Whle in the hospital she recognized the warning signs of ammonia levels and told her doctor. He looked at her and said “You’re just crazy” Wow.

    For myself – I have misophonia (a neurological disorder that makes certain sounds incredibly painful and intolerable ) It’s getting worse as I get older, but I recently asked a walk-in clinic doctor about it. He admitted he didn’t know what it was but without asking or looking it up, he went ahead and told me that my reaction to certain noises was a manifestation of my anger over things (noises) out of my control and I should see a psychologist for cognitive behavior therapy. You wanna talk manfestation of my anger? Give me a useless doctor.

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  61. Allergy Dr. told me my 8 yr old son’s allergies “were all in his head”. I walked out. One year later, the same Allergy Dr. told my friend her 8 month old son’s allergies “were all in his head”. She walked out.

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  62. My daughter was 9 months old when she got a cough (just a cough, not anything else) after a month I finally gave in and took her to a doctor..after numerous tests and xrays she could not pinpoint the reason flr the cough but handed me a prescription for a steroid and told me ‘this might help’ steroids eat away at your bones and is a very addicting drug ( she did not mention that) I threw the prescription away, took my daughter to a chiropractor and 3 adjustments later the cough went away for good. She is now 8 years old, has never since been to a doctor with an illness since, no antibiotics ever and no vaccinations..her immune system is incredibly strong due to a healthy lifestyle and regular chiropractic visits :)

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  63. A friend told me that her pediatrician recommended feeding her young daughter corn syrup to “put some weight on her” when she was below the 5th percentile for weight.

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  64. I was seriously ill and bedridden as a teenager in the 70s. Most doctors said it was all in my head (it was eventually diagnosed as a rare neuromuscular disease years later caused by vaccines and amalgam fillings). One young internist really did try to figure out what was wrong and I continued seeing him for over a year. After a year, he happened to notice my weight on my chart one day and gasped ‘You weigh 122 lbs?” I said “Yes”. He said “Well, you’re OBESE!” My weight hadn’t changed in the year I’d been seeing him and I wore what today would be a size 4. He was going strictly by weight charts instead of by how I looked. Fortunately, I saw the absurdity in his comment and it didn’t lead to an eating disorder.

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  65. I took my toddler to the walk-in (family doc was away) because she had a spreading bullseye rash and fever and I suspected a Lyme infection. He told me there was no way it was Lyme, that I needed to not do my own research because that is how we get ‘nut job parents who don’t vaccinate’. He then gave my daughter a shot of Benadryl, arrogantly telling me the bullseye was a histamine reaction to something and told me it would go away and he’d prove I was wrong. He came back in an hour and the rash had grown even bigger. He looked at the intake form and told me to stop giving her the supplements (I had listed a whole food child multi, probiotics and krill oil). I asked why, and he said to stop the krill oil. I asked why I would want to stop that, and he said ‘well, what is it?’ Geez. Oh, and her test results were positive for Lyme…but what could a nut job parent know!?

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  66. I have not read all of the comments yet, so this might be a repeat, but there is a website dedicated to dumb things that OBs say. Not all doctors, just OBs! I had my story published several years ago. It is a doozy! http://myobsaidwhat.com/

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  67. I wish I could say any of the things shared in the post or comments surprised me, but NOT.

    For myself, my former doctor had me on an antidepressant at a child-sized dose (I react VERY badly to many medications). It triggered high blood pressure, which I had NEVER had in my life. His solution? Double the dose of anti-depressant, and if it continued to elevate my BP, he could give me a medication for that. Ugh. I stopped seeing him AND stopped the AD med.

    If I shared all such moments friends and family have had with doctors over the years, I could write a book.

    Unfortunately, many vets aren’t any better. I had one tell me that my dog with a rampant infection had a “perfectly functioning” immune system. Um… yeah, because it’s normal for an infection to run unchecked by the immune system. I barely prevented my eyes from rolling and my mouth from asking her where she’d gone to school since she obviously knew nothing about the immune system.

    A dog training client relayed to me that she’d taken her adult dog to a vet to be microchipped. The vet told her he could do that but she’d have to redo the puppy vaccination series since microchipping “deactivates existing immunity” conferred by all prior vaccinations the dog had received. I told her to find a new vet.

    Needless to say, me and mine are very careful about the medical professionals we see – whether for humans or pets.
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    • With the vets they all seem to have their own ideas/ways of doing things. The breeders (not backyard) do a better job of keeping up on studies. Ours have always said puppy vaccinations are plenty. Do the rabies, 3 year shot (which is really one year shot they’re just afraid you’ll forget every 3 years) and draw blood titers every 3 years on the other shots. My breeder has never had a problem in 25 years. I think the likes of Frontline, Roundup and other pesticides, kibble are giving our animals cancer/illnesses.

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  68. An intern family med Dr. told me my blood type was O+ after reading my charts to me. I chimed in immediately and said, “I’m definitely A+.” She replied, “Oh, right, it was circled. Whoops.”

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  69. After being asked if there was any gluten in a particular medicine he had prescribed to my gluten intolerant wife: “It has lactose in it, that’s not the same as gluten is it?”

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  70. Unfortunately, medical schools are funded by the pharmaceutical industry, would be doctors ONLY learn the chemicals pharma makes. They have no idea there are real cures for everything INCLUCING cancer. But those clinics have had to leave the USA, Land of the Free, because of pharma and their minion the FDA. The Hoxsey Clinic in Tijuana has an 80% cure rate for cancer, it would be higher if people didn’t do chemo and radiation before going there as a last resort. It should be the other way around, but that would hurt pharma’s profits. AND SMOKING HAS NEVER KILLED ANYONE! There has NEVER been a death certificate with smoking as a cause of death. Smokers lungs are used in transplants, that should tell anyone something. Who would buy a box of chiclets with a drop of nicotine for $50? No one, it’s a marketing scam and all the so called “studies” use cherry picked data to make it look the way they want it to. Smoking DOES however, limit lung function which turns around if someone quits. What a scam forced on Allopathic doctors by the FDA, pharma (namely Johnson & Johnson) and the U.S. government!

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  71. I was once prescribed Valium for an irregular heart beat. Doc said I was stressed by college.
    My daughter’s pediatrician advised me to stop giving her whole milk. “she doesn’t need the calories” My daughter has never been above the 30th percentile for weight…..

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  72. Most of these stories are mortifying and make me truly sad for the state of our health systems. I’m in Canada and while I’m pretty sure we don’t have it quite as bad and aren’t driven by money quite as much as American doctors and hospitals, we still have some serious issues.

    My mom has been suffering from a strangely swollen neck and shoulder on the left side for 2 years. It gets painful but is mostly uncomfortable. She has seen so many doctors and specialists. The last specialist she saw told her there’s nothing they can do and to learn to live with it. We still don’t know what is causing it but she started to cry and left his office.

    My father in law has been waiting for a hip replacement for two years. His GP told him he should lose some weight before the surgery to help with healing. Didn’t give this 73 year old single, self-sufficient man any direction on a nutritional plan or even a vague idea on what he should eat to healthily do so. He’s lost a lot of weight but unfortunately, it’s because he’s been starving himself.

    A good friend of ours had a baby two years ago. 4 weeks later went to the hospital with a severe migraine. She was given T3′s and sent home. Went back the next day with her sister who had suffered a stroke after her own pregnancy. Same deal, sent home. Third day, her GP told her to go to emerg and he’d meet her there because her speech was slurring. Unfortunately she suffered a stroke and seizure on the way to the hospital. She was diagnosed with Thrombotic Storm Syndrome (super rare clotting disease triggered by pregnancy and major infection) and spent the next 10 months in the hospital. Sadly she died from it in July of last year after contracting an infection and triggering the storm again. I can’t promise she wouldn’t have still died if the emergency doctor hadn’t sent her home twice, but maybe they would have caught the clotting and prevented a major, damaging stroke and seizures.

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  73. I was told by my daughter’s pediatrician when she was a week old that I should give her water in a bottle in between breast feedings. (For those who don’t know, that can actually cause the baby’s blood to get watered down, which is a dangerous condition). Same guy insisted on writing her a prescription for thrush because her tongue was milky, even though I insisted that I had just breast-fed her and that it was just milk.

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    • oh my I was told that by a friend who went to nursing school but doesn’t practice anymore. Saying “my milk to rich” so that is why she has colic. I thought that stupid! didn’t tell friends that. However I did give 1 to 3 oz water a day. what ever she would drink only because that is how I found I could get 1/2 to 1 oz chamomile tea down her to help with colic. Sometimes she wanted the water sometimes she did not. I let her decide. and had no problem with it.

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  74. When my 16 year old was getting wheeled into surgery for an appendectomy (in July), the nurse had asked me about giving him a flu shot. I said ‘no, thank you’ and left it at that.

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  75. A gastro told me, in front of my spouse: “your gallbladder has nothing to do with digestion so it can’t be causing your constipation”

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  76. The gynocological oncologist was angry at me for refusing HRT after my total hysterectomy (which I was getting as a prophtlactic because my sister and mother had ovarian cancer) . She said that if I didn’t let them put an estrogen patch on me prior to the surgery that when I left, I would have a heart attack in the parking lot and when I hit the ground my bones would crumble from osteoporosis. I was 32 and in great health. So glad I refused as a few years later, HRT was implicated in far more heart attacks and more cancer than it prevented.

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  77. At age 12, because of flat footedness, “specialist” orthopedic pediatric surgeons wanted to either break both my femurs (thigh bones) or sever my Achilles tendons (and not re-attach) to solve the “problem”. My mom chickened out at the last minute I never stop thanking her for that.

    The docs said that if I didn’t do these barbaric surgeries that they expected by age 30 I would be in a wheelchair. At age 30 I was climbing 14,000 foot high mountains. I still ski, hike, etc and am perfectly normal without foot pain. My feet get tired for sure, but no pain.

    No surgeries or drugs. I wore custom orthotics for 6 years and then went through a series of deep-tissue body realignment sessions. My feet changed so much from that I stopped wearing the orthotics and have never looked back. I do regular leg and feet exercises to keep my toes and arches working better and better all the time as well as deep tissue bodywork.

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  78. my hubby walked into emergence room. bee sting. hives. swollen face BAD!! he said I got stung by a bee. the lady at desk said so what is the problem!

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  79. Kenza Iverson via Facebook January 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    When I took my son in for impetigo, the doc asked what I was using for the eczema that developed at the same time. When I replied “coconut oil,” he said, “that stuff doesn’t work. I want you to use mineral oil.” when I told him we were a petroleum-free home, he rolled his eyes and said, “are you serious?!” so after that great conversation, he started getting pushy about the flu vaccine and I said, “no thanks, we’re done” and left…needless to say, we continued with coconut and lavender oils and fixed everything.

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  80. went to clinic for strep throat ( would suffer thru like this site say now using Homeopathy too) any way-nurse did throat cultural and left to finish it. Dr came in and told me step is like chicken pox you can only get it once and sense I told her I had it before she was getting ready to dismiss me. I argued with her about it and was ready to give up and go out and talk to someone with sense at desk about problem when nurse walked in hearing Dr and gave her want for because yes I had step. Dr was dumb founded. Yup most Dr are dumb!!!!

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  82. When I told my MD I had done a lot of research on my symptoms and gluten problems and would like him to run some tests, he said, “You know, sometimes a little information is harmful.” In other words, I wasn’t qualified to process that kind of information, and he wanted me to leave the thinking up to him! If that were the case, I would never have gotten better!

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  83. A few days ago I was at the MD office with my sister, she was told that her vitD levels were very low. I told the MD I had just ordered her FCLO that my whole family takes. She said oh no you should never take cod liver oil its been shown to cause prostate problems. Hummmm not sure if she’s aware that my sister does not have a prostate.

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  84. My ear nose and throat doctor botched my vocal cord surgery. When asked about my horrific recovery & change in voice he said,” It doesn’t matter, it’s not like you’re a professional singer.” Guess who proved him wrong and is now a recording artist!!!

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  85. While working in a hospital I overheard a doctor tell his patient that she had cancer. The patient – an older woman with a few generations under her belt – took it in stride and said she had had a good and full life and did not want treatment. The doctor stared at her momentarily, then said she might as well walk out of the hospital, buy a gun, and shoot herself.

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  86. Modern medicine in America is almost like a bad joke. There is no sense of real preventative measures. no understanding of nutrient density, and the non-stop push of shots and pills for everything.

    My new dentist told me that I had a cavity on my 12 year old molar on the top of my mouth and I reluctantly agreed to get it filled. Prior to it being drilled into (which they said was much deeper than they had first expected) I didn’t have any pain in that tooth. The tooth proceeded to ache for nearly a month after I got it worked on, but it went away.

    About three weeks ago it started hurting quite painfully to cold, sweet, too hot, vinegar/acid. I had them take a look at it and, *shudder* x-ray it. In the x-ray you can see that the filling was very deep and quite close to the pulp of the tooth. The female doctor said without flinching, “We can give you a numbing agent or do a root canal.”

    Those are in two completely different ballparks. After asking her about 10 questions, so I knew exactly what was going on with my tooth, she said that the pain could be due to the fact that the filling is so close to the pulp that it is quite sensitivity to the littlest thing.

    I now wish I had never had that tooth worked on. The tooth still hurts me to this day, but I’m not going back to a dentist unless I am in intense pain and about to die.

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  87. I lost a baby in my 4th month when I was 32 years old. My ob/gyn told me not to worry. I can always get pregnant again. It was nothing to be upset about. His wife had a miscarriage, and she got pregnant again. Well, nice try doc, but I never got pregnant again.

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  88. I went to see a doctor for migraine headaches. Her response was, “You know, a lot of people get migraines even worse and more frequent than you do.” And how is that relevant or helpful for me, the paying patient, standing in front of you? I ended up doing my own research and going through a migraine elimination diet, which made a big difference.

    I’m also now using a ladycomp fertility monitoring device for birth control, which is wonderful. More than one health care practitioner who was not familiar with the device and has done zero research on it has lectured me about this irresponsible choice of going off hormonal birth control (which was aggravating the migraine problem above, but no thought to that.)

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  89. My husband was concerned because his young son had type 1 diabetes and was constantly drinking diet Pepsi. He mentioned it to the pediatrician in the hopes that the doctor would back him up to get the boy to quit drinking the diet Pepsi. Instead, the doctor told him that it was sugar-free. He can have as much as he wants. Now he’s 30 years old and drinks gallons of diet Pepsi every day.

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  90. I was pregnant and bleeding. The OB gave me an internal ultrasound, and told me there was no heartbeat….I started crying….she said angrily “why are you crying?”. Also with each c section I had, I cried and each time they asked why I was crying….BECAUSE I AM NOT A ROBOT! Sheesh. Also I refused the Hep B shot for my baby at birth, and the Ped said, ‘We know it is safe because we have been testing it on Aboriginal and Asian babies” That made it worse!

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  91. I lost a blighted ovum at 10 weeks. But not before I called the nurse help line at 10 AM who told me to go to a walk in clinic. That doctor told me the bleeding I was having was definitely a miscarriage (just from describing symptoms) and that I would definitely need a D&C. He was an older chap. He told me to go to Emergency/Outpatients.

    I went and they were better about it, I got an ultrasound and internal and told me there was no heartbeat or baby, it never got past 5 or 6 weeks, and it should come out on its own. I got out at 5 PM, ex and I (would-be daddy) went and had supper and he dropped me at my gf’s place, and it happened all on its own. It was very tiny, the size of a plum (sorry if this triggers anyone) but I felt empowered that my body knew what to do. I’d had worse period cramps.

    Afterward my regular doctor told me it was the blood pressure meds that caused it, because I’d told him I wasn’t planning or trying for a baby, this pregnancy was a surprise.

    Now recently when he prescribed me Nasonex for my allergic rhinitis, he told me not to try to get pregnant for two weeks… and I’m on a supposedly pregnancy friendly blood pressure medication.

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  92. What’s most striking and depressing to me is the breathtaking ignorance about breastfeeding.

    I can’t remember any zinger quotes, but when I was college-age, I was treated with disrespect and near hostility by a couple of young male doctors (while receiving treatment for a strep-like infection and later for an allergic reaction). I now wish I’d thought to bring a friend with me. Maybe they would’ve behaved themselves.

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  93. This was 39 years ago, my pediatrician told me to give my 3 month old baby non dairy creamer because she was allergic to formula. I was 19 years old and STUPID, so I did it. My baby almost died.

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  94. Well, I tend to be a bit of a doctor avoidance person, so I don’t have any good personal stories to tell. Even my kids don’t go to the doctor often.

    My mum was a doctor (before retirement) so when we were kids she just saw to our medical needs (except vaccinations which she sent us to another doctor for!). Mind you, my mum’s a great person, but she was pretty into the pharmaceuticals. She gave me an antibiotic for acne once that specifically said you can’t take it 20 minutes before lying down. Well, I guess I forgot that, because I took it before bed… ended up with an extremely painful esophagus. I told my mum it was ulcerated and she didn’t believe me! I ended up looking the medication up in her MIMS manual and it specifically said it could cause “ulceration of the esophagus”. I felt rather vindicated! (But I must admit it also made me distrust what doctors say… I mean, if my mum could be wrong then others could be too!).

    I was also flabbergasted when my dad told me he could no longer eat grapefruit for breakfast (which he had been doing just about forever) because it would “interfere with his statin drugs”. Now my father is a healthy weight, has absolutely NO family history of heart disease, eats no junk food, doesn’t drink any alcohol etc. etc. and should NOT NEED statins. Did he listen to me about this? Well… of course not. In fact, he’s becoming incredibly absent minded and forgetful (a symptom of statin use) and his greatest fear is senility. I told him that statins could cause memory loss etc. so you’d think his fear of that would outweigh the statins. But nope. My dad’s family all seem to live a long time… his mother is still alive at 98 and his father died at 91 or so because he fell and didn’t see a doctor (had bleeding on the brain). So why my dad who has NO RISK FACTORS for heart disease would take statins at all just boggles the mind… but he trusts doctors, unfortunately, and there are some who seem to think that EVERYONE should take statins whether they need to or not.

    The weirdest thing I got told by a medical professional (a nurse) was that I had “the smallest nipples she’d ever seen” (I was trying to breastfeed). Way to give me more body issues and paranoia!!!

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    • My grandfather is the same. He lived alone and handled all his affairs until he was 88, then the quick slide into dementia. If I hadn’t learned about traditional healing I would never have guessed his statins were to blame. He was on statins and blood pressure meds. He’s 90 now, living with us, and taking no meds and his numbers are great. Can’t say the same for his mind, however.

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  95. I saw my doctor to discuss the PCOS I had just been diagnosed with. She didn’t know any way to help me, so I asked for a referral to an endocrinologist. She told me I should just be happy I don’t have breast cancer like her other patient.

    I was prescribed birth control pills as a teen, and it didn’t take me too long to notice that they made me very grouchy, especially at a certain part of the cycle. When I discussed this with the doctor, she told me the pill couldn’t cause that. I was told the same thing over and over again by different doctors, even being told by one that I should see a therapist, because “anger doesn’t come from nowhere”. Finally, I read about the side effect on the literature and stopped taking them. It had gotten so bad I even was abusive to my children. All of that stopped when I quit taking those wicked pills. SO MANY YEARS

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    • My toddler clicked for me. :)
      So many years I was made to feel like there was something wrong with me, that I was depressed, or didn’t handle anger well. Turns out I’m quite normal, its birth control pills that are abnormal. I’m glad I never took the anti-depressants they wanted to give me. I’d be really screwed up by now.

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  96. My bariatric surgeon had me on an extremely low-fat diet, and suggested a sugar-free jello cup topped with fat-free whipped topping for a “healthy” treat (UGH!) Can you say chemical sh*t storm??!! I’ve learned soooooo much since those days!

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  97. I’m really lucky to have a conventional pediatrician who supports my views on healthcare for my kids. She will go out of her way to research treatment options that are more on par with my philosophies than standard methods. Unfortunately, the GI specialist that I took my (supposedly) underweight baby to was the complete opposite. He pleaded with me at each visit (starting around 6 months) to quit breastfeeding because she wasn’t getting adequate nutrition. He also made lots of awful recommendations on how to boost the calorie content of her food once we started her on solids. When I told him I was making her food from scratch, he asked me why I would want to do all that extra work. And any time I mentioned the word “organic” he said “you can just buy the regular kind and save your money.”

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  98. After 7 days of taking my very sick 14 month old to our pediatrician every day with a 104 degree temperature and lethargy to name a few, my husband and I figured out that she had the measles via “Dr. Spock”. When the rash started I called the Dr. yet again and was told that I was over dramatizing and a hysterical mother and maybe I needed a new mothers support group. At this point my daughter was unconscious. I took her to the hospital where I was told that she had the measles, double pneumonia, was severely dehydrated and that she would not have made it through the night!! I have about 4 more stories like this. Needless to say I have not been to an allopathic doctor in 12 years…

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    • I feel a need to add that Yes! I was hysterical and Yes I was going down there everyday begging them to do something because my little girl only weighed 18 pounds and clearly couldn’t handle a 104 degree temperature for a week straight! I knew in my gut that something was terribly wrong! This doctor/clinic, a popular upscale one, almost killed my child. If I hadn’t gone against their recommendations she would have died! There have been other times where I have made a conscious decision to throw a fit to get a doctors attention and I would do it all over again. Doctors are only as good as you make them and one has to be proactive and do their own research. Never trust anyone else with your own or your child’s well being!!

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  99. Thanks for this! It’s helpful to know what to expect. I recently had some tests done, and my cholesterol was at 225. I told my doctor I didn’t want statins, I felt they were too dangerous. His response, “As long as you understand that the consequence of not treating it is heart disease, and the consequence of that might be death, that’s your decision to make.” I happily said I’d take that risk!

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    • It used to be that the “cut off” number for cholesterol was 300. They dropped it to 200, largely because of the pharmaceutical influence (so many more people will be prescribed meds at the lower number!) As long as my number is below 275 or so, i don’t worry at all. I told my (largely holistic) doc this, and she didn’t comment, has not bothered me since. The body NEEDS cholesterol, and people on statins have a much higher incidence of dementia.

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  100. Pamela Duke-Goussy via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    When I was in grade school I had THE WORST headaches at least a few times per week, the specialist told me it was all in my head…

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  101. We all know how midwives and OB really don’t like working together…. so I was admit to the hospital due to a high risk pregnancy after 30 hours of labour the baby wasn’t coming… so the OB told me my options… “keep going and you will kill your baby and yourself.” Nice this is exactly why I wanted a hospital birth and isn’t it your job to keep us alive? The hospital did try to kill over the course of the week I was there from mixing my drugs up to NEVER cleaning the room for 7 days… it was even better when the midwife said to me “well thank god you are not in Africa.” So I should lower my standards as North American and expectations that hospital is a total screw up…

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  102. my primary care doctor, after ignoring my request for a COMPLETE hormonal blood draw (she only looked at estrogen), told my in-pain-24-7 hormonally imbalanced self that I was “PERFECTLY NORMAL”.

    at 16 my first GYN said to me, after I complained about debilitating pain and fogginess during my periods, that “most women find this gets better after their first pregnancy”. I asked him if he really expected me to have a baby to get rid of my migraines and cramps..

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  103. I had a ped tell me that if I didn’t get the vaccines that she suggested then “we’d have trust issues”. She also said she had never heard that you could separate vaccines or give them at a different pace after I asked just to see what she thought about that… She was going to go ask another ped at the office and I just told her, “you can… nevermind.”

    I have also been told, “I vaccinated my kids and I wouldn’t have done that if they weren’t safe and effective! But I don’t get the flu shot- that’s all about money. It doesn’t do anything for you, it may even cause the flu, but I have to get it because I’m a doctor. But if you look into it you know it goes back to the money.”

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  104. I suffered with thyroid issues for over 20 yrs. and visited many doctors looking for relief. I believed it to be my thyroid because of family history. At least half a dozen of the women in my family have thyroid issues, even thyroid cancer. All these doctors insisted my thyroid was absolutely fine. The problem was my weight. Imagine my “surprise” when I got a call after yet another round of bloodwork. My test results were at last bad enough to warrant medication. Amazing. Of course, I was put on synthroid – another medical wonder, NOT. After insisting on a switch to Armour Thyroid, I finally got some relief. As you could imagine, I don’t visit doctors much any more.

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  105. At my second Gynocologist visit last year I was having DNA samples taken for breast cancer gene testing and I explained to the doctor that the mammography results they gave me 6 months earlier where ‘no disease was seen’ and I was told no further screening was needed was GROSSLY INACCURATE. My oncologist (practicing in another state) found breast cancer and performed the surgery I had for a double mastectomy. The doctors reply was “Good thing you had that surgery done somewhere else – I wouldn’t trust any doctors around here!”
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  106. Raven Arlowe via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    TMI

    My son’s old ped refused to give him a referral to a gi because it’s NORMAL for autistic kids to poop out half of their food undigested.

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  107. My father is type 2 diabetic and was in the hospital for a heart condition. They brought him “juice” with his meal and the first ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. I hunted down the nurse, and she said “well, we’re giving him insulin. . .” I pitched the fit heard ’round the world and they had the dietician in there within 15 minutes to discuss further meal planning.

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  108. I can’t even tell you how many ENTs and Pediatricians I’ve switched to because they’ve made no sense or are have terrible bedside manners. My OB is amazing and I wish she could do it all!!!!!! It’s hard to find a DR who meets all the criteria to where you feel that you’re being really taken care of. That is imperative.

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  109. Tabetha Dawn Griffin-Gardner via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    My one year old was sick in November. I took her to the doctor and they said “make sure she is drinking plenty of fluids. We don’t want her getting dehydrated. If that means giving her a coca cola then give it to her.” What the heck?!

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  110. My friend with UC and gastroparesis told her GI doc she wanted to try the GAPS diet. He said that there was no proof it would work other than anecdotal evidence so he wouldn’t recommend it. Instead he wants to put permanent feeding tubes into her body so she won’t have to eat anymore.
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  111. Cathy Ceigersmidt via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I overheard this conversation in an OBGYN waiting room with other first-time pregnant moms. One of the moms asked the nurse giving us our nutritional rundown what kind of prenatal vitamins she should take because she was having morning sickness and couldn’t tolerate any she had tried. “Flintstones vitamins would be fine,” the nurse said. !!!

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  112. After doing some annual lab test, Dr had me come back in to tell me my cholesterol was a little high.
    She then proceeded to give me a coupon for $2 off some Becel margarine!! Wow
    I had to contain myself and not laugh, I said” no thanks and said give it to someone else”

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  113. Jaime Stone Reed via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Jaw dropping stuff but there are dumba**** in every field. You can’t put all doctors in the same category. Be informed and knowledgable and know when to change physicians. I thought I loved my OB until I realized she was not honest about wanting to allow me to VBAC and gave me a dumb excuse for disapproving of breastfeeding my 2 year old. And so I changed.

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  114. At our last well visit our (former) pediatrician told me he wanted my kids OFF of whole milk and on skim milk the next time he saw us, because “whole milk is what is making our children fat”–my kids are all healthy and of normal weight.

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  115. My other dismay after breast cancer surgery came from the office when my terrible painful chest swelling from lymphatic fluids began…and I called the surgeon’s office from a trip out of state, being told the nurse was here. She said to REMEMBER I had just had a traumatic surgery and to do nothing. As if I had forgotten! Come to find out, they had just handed my call over to the office accountant, I delayed the aspiration I needed for almost another week, practically ensuring that lymphedema would result. It did ,

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  116. Susan Blanchfield January 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My son’s pediatrician told me, “You don’t have to worry about the vaccines, Florida has a fund for vaccine damaged children”.

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  117. My cancer surgeon gave me 4 days after the breast cancer diagnosis to get ready….I researched like crazy and found out about doing a sentinel node biopsy to save lymph nodes unaffected. When I asked about if he said it was experimental and not done around here, just on the East Coast. After I had the surgery and developed lymphedema from losing my clean lymph nodes, I found they MENTORED the practice in Seattle – 3 hours from home. This was in 2002.

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  118. Years ago when I started having different health problems I did research (this was before the internet and the help one can receive on it) and I was pretty sure I had hypothyroidism. I made an appointment to be tested and after the tests came back my doctor told me my thyroid was normal. I told him that in my research I found that the tests aren’t that accurate. My doctor got very upset and pointed his finger 1/4″ from my face and yelled at me, “You read too much!” “That’s not true!” “Stop reading!!”
    After going through a lab myself without a doctor and testing myself, my tests came back positive for hypo.
    This same doctor after diagnosing my daughter with eczema told me I needed to make an appointment with the psycologist in the same building. I asked why and he said so I can learn how to deal with her having eczema.
    A couple years later I started to hemorrhage during my period. I really didn’t want to go back to this doctor so I made appointment with a gynocologist, thinking this is someone who knows his specialty. When I told this doctor my problem, immediately he got huffy and said, “I get so sick and tired of hearing you women coming in here and telling me you can’t go here and you can’t go there!” “I tell all of you to just have me cut it out.” And then he handed me some brochure explaining all about a hysterectomy. By the way, I never mentioned to him anything about my not being able to go anywhere. I was concerned I may have cancer….which I didn’t. The bleeding stopped after the second period. Well, that was the last time I went back to him!.

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  119. Our family doctor told our teenage daughter that she should be taking TUMS daily to make sure she wouldn’t get a calcium deficiency. Our daughter had no digestive problems, by the way.

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    • Taking TUMS daily for calcium is actually a common suggestion, esp if the doctor knows you have finanical problems, that is what the OBGYN suggested my mom do after her hysterectomy to prevent her from getting osteoperosis because she knew that TUMS are cheaper than calcium pills.

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      • The problem is that the calcium is not easily absorbed by itself. So its a waste of money even if it is cheaper. Calcium must be taken with vitamin D and Magnesium.

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  120. My husband and I were having fertility problems and my endocrinologist told me to go home and “act sexy” and I would get pregnant!! YIKES!!

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  121. Thanks for sharing these comments. After getting some bad advice and having some of my opinions and choices disrespected, it feels very healing to read other peoples’ stories and know that I’m not the only one who sometimes questions doctors and other health practitioners.

    If I had to choose my worst experience, however, I’d have to choose the nurse who glanced at my pregnancy history and asked about my four children. I had to explain to her that one of those pregnancies ended in miscarriage and another ended in the recent cesarean birth of my son, who didn’t survive. This was the follow up appointment for that emergency Cesarean!
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  122. What a fascinating blog post. Wowsers.

    My questionable medical advice came after nearly a year of unexplained panic attacks that would wake me from a dead sleep to a sweating, 180bmp heart rate. The fourth (and last) time I sought western medical care for this – they offered me (1) Aderol, then when I declined (2) Nitroglycerine, and when I turned that down (3) Hydrocodone. When I had a logical reason for NOT wanting any of these meds (i.e. they weren’t applicable) I was told I was being uncooperative and they could not help me. Eventually we tried some Ibuprofen to try and target any potential swelling that might be behind it all.

    In the end, it turned out to be a blood sugar issue caused from drinking coffee in the morning and not eating till early afternoon, causing a drop in blood sugar in the middle of the night – causing the panic attacks. A real food breakfast in the morning and dropping the regular coffee habit solved the issue.

    ON A POSITIVE NOTE – one of the nurses in the clinic spoke to me and told me to go try acupuncture, and she was impressed and glad that I had turned down all the inappropriate meds. She was at least reasonable!

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  123. Celia Dever via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I couldn’t get through them all. It made me sick inside. We are not anti pediatrician and feel they have a purpose. But these stories are terrifying

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  124. I was being treated for depression by my GP, due to work issues and I was caring for my MIL who was dying from breast/lung cancer (she never smoked). I was a few minutes late to an appointment because of a wreck up the street from her office, I’m talking 8 minutes. She came in the door and proceeded to YELL at me, “Oh, did you bother to show up? I wondered, since you obviously have no consideration for MY time.” She then slammed back out the door. She returned about ten minutes later, I stayed because I had intended to give her a piece of my mind. She came in, sat down, and I said, “You do realize you’re treating me for depression.” She apologized profusely and told me it would never, ever happen again.
    I had been telling my GP and my GYN for years (something like 5) that I was having major issues with hormones. Trouble with sleeping (didn’t dream being part of it), no libido, weight gain, etc. I also was having low blood sugar episodes ( this run in my family and eventually usually turns to diabetes because our insulin production burns out ). They would test my hormones, tell me they were fine, and ignore the sugar issues. My Mother and Aunt put a family health history together, this had my grandparents, all my aunts and uncles, and cousins included. I gave a copy to each of my doctors. My GYN became very interested when he read one of my female cousins had similar problems and additionally had ovarian issues and surgery due to them. He finally did some research, thinking I may have POS (I had already researched that and didn’t think so.) He tested and decided that wasn’t right, but I had his research interest up now as he did infertility research. He finally decided that my hormones were out of balance, tests would be very lucky to catch the fluctuations, and this was caused by my sugar level drops (had almost passed out in the past due to sudden unexpected drops.) So he put me on medication for glucose control, which worked until I decided the medication was dangerous. What was hilarious was when he had first written the script, before he handed it to me, he said, “Now you don’t just want this because it can make some people lose weight, right?” I looked at him stunned, and said, “You’re the one that told me what could help my problem, not me.” He said, “Oh, that’s right. Well okay, but this might help you lose some weight, it does that sometimes.” I did lose weight, but think that was more because it helped with my depression, as well as all the other issues and I was more active when I felt better.

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  125. I lost our first child @ 10.5 weeks. The doc wanted me to have a D&C that morning (baby’s heart still beating) but i refused without my husband there to help me decide. I’d sent him home to sleep. Doc was angry. He came in next morning, wouldn’t talk to us at all. He said, “I’m sending you home. You are going to lose the baby. It is going to hurt. Don’t come back.” I’ve always been sorry i didn’t file a complaint.

    So much more i could say. I’ve had so many docs who were clueless, and i worked hospital for over 10 years. Yes, they are human and make mistakes. Yes there are good ones out there (if you look very hard), but over all the medical profession has an ego problem that needs to be calmed down.

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  126. When my daughter was 6 months old she got chicken pox. Her pedi (ex) told me I needed to give her steroids and anti virals (neither one approved for children under 12!). She said it was bc she could get encephalitis and die. When I asked how many children actually get a complication like that from chicken pox she said “about 1 in 300,000 cases”. Hahahaha I think her chances of dying bc on one of the unapproved drugs is much much higher!! No thanks!!

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  127. Sue Morgan via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Toddler tantrumming in ped’s office. “He doesn’t talk,” I said. He fought the doctor through the entire exam. Doctor said, “Well, I think he’s just onery, but if you’re really concerned, call the Regional Center.” This is the ped who double vaxxed him to “catch him up” after I got custody of him (here I thought the birth mom was neglectful and I believed the doctor) while the kid had a double ear infection and snot pouring down his face, AND he gave the kid a flu shot, as well! Good-bye neurotyp, hello autism.

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  128. My pediatrician told me I made skim milk and that was why my son was failure to thrive. He nursed for 2 1/2 years. He was tongue tied and did not transfer milk well. Way to go doc!

    I had a nutritionist show me box after box of highly processed foods when I had gestational diabetes. I told her I make my own foods aside from bread and a handful of other foods. She told me I could not do that sine homemade foods did not come with a label that would let me see how much fiber, carbs and protein was in the food. I had no clue how to answer that. I just sat there and cried over the GD and her inability to think and do her job. She later told me homemade foods were not as healthy as processed foods.

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  129. Rachel Fettig Klessig via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I had a pediatrician’s intern ask me “How old were they when they were born?” when I took my twins in at 6wks old. I also had to tell him what a hemangioma was and that it was not a birth mark on the one’s head.

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  130. Prior to a visit recently to a new GI dr., I had been diagnosed (by biopsy) with Celiac Disease (3) years ago. Because of current unexplained stomach pain, I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy performed.. Results showed only some Diverticulosis.

    The good doctor then said he didn’t know if I really had Celiac Disease and wanted me to have a blood test (tTg only). Results: negative ! No surprise there ….if you are to be tested for Celiac Disease, you must be ingesting gluten and I’d been adhering to a strict Gluten Free diet for the past 3 years ! (Note: this same GI dr. also misdiagnosed my brother-in-law and prescribed meds which made his condition worse! The dr. did, BTW — call and tell him to discontinue usage of the meds !

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  131. My 18 yr old daughter had been having digestive pains. Researching the internet, she determined that she had gall stones so she saw her doctor who told her it was just indigestion and to get some prilosec. My daughter persisted, scheduled her own MRI which showed five very large stones. Had a small stone broken loose, she could have died. Within two weeks she had seen a specialist and was in surgery. The surgeon told me, while she was in recover, that it was a good thing we caught it because it was completely plugged, creating just mucous, and bordering infection.

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    • I had problems for a while with periodic backup in one of my saliva glands under my tongue. It hurt, but it was random–I was more likely to get it when I ate something carby, but couldn’t predict exactly when that would happen. Given the randomness of it, I began wondering if saliva glands form stones. Did my research, found out that does happen, and went in to see the doc. She couldn’t feel a stone and neither did the ENT I visited after her, but he was nice and referred me for a scan. That picked up a stone about as big around as a size J crochet hook. I feel fortunate. It wasn’t a life-threatening situation but I was at greater risk for an infection if I hadn’t gotten it removed. I know a lot of times doctors don’t listen so really, that could have gone either way for me.

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    • I can understand what your daughter went through, when I was 17 I kept having major pains and was vomiting between 3 to 4 times a day. The quack of a doctor I had at the time told me there was nothing wrong with me and that it was all in my head. Needless to say after missing a month of school (they don’t allow you to go if you’ve been vomiting even though it clearly wasn’t “flu/cold” related) the school nurse called my mom and told her that techincally by law she couldn’t give this advice, but if it was her daughter and this was happening and we were getting no where with my family doctor to take me to the ER, because this clearly isn’t “normal”, thankfully my mother listened and took me to the ER, (that was on a Tues), they put me on prilosec just incase it was just acid reflux but scheduled me for a liver/gallbladder ultrasound for that Thursday and after it was over we hadn’t even had time to drive back home (less than a 15 to 20 min drive) and they called us and said get to my dr’s office now. We got there and the jerk actually had the nerve to walk in the room and say Yep, it’s gallstones. Like he knew all along, even though he’d been telling me for months it was all in my head. After seeing him I was taken directly to the hospital to meet my surgeron and had surgery the following day. I had 2 large stones bigger than golf balls, quite a few medium stones and literally hundreds of tiny ones. Needless to say I got a new family doctor after that ordeal.

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  132. I had an endocrinologist tell me that the slimfast protein shakes were the best for weight loss. When I told her I had concerns with the soy, she said that it would have no effect and soy only slightly impacts the hormones in menopausal women. I also said that I didn’t want anything high in sugar because I’m insulin resistant (which she diagnosed me with!), and she told me the amount of sugar didn’t matter as long as I stayed in a certain caloric range.
    Oh and she also insists on doing a chest xray at every visit. When I asked why it’s needed (since I don’t have any respiratory issues, the nurse told me that it was because the doctor said so.

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  133. After I delivered the first twin [7 lbs 7 oz] vaginally, the OB/GYN did C-section for second twin [4 lbs 15 oz] because QUOTE: I’m NOT delivering babies at midnight.

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    • Wow, since the second was 2/3 the size of the first, I’m thinking that would have taken about 2 pushes. Maybe she was thinking about the big fat paycheck she’d get from a cesarean.

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  134. Lindsey Reichmuth via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    OMG LOL….but it funny how so many ppl trust exactly what their dr tells them without doing any research of their own…sad :(

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  135. When my twins were 3 months old, I was told to put N on a diet because he was gaining too much weight. I ignored that “advice” of course and continued to allow my babies to feed on demand. Today, N (age 9) is a sturdy, beautiful natural athlete – big framed and muscular without an ounce of extra fat!

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  136. After my mom had surgery, she developed extreme hives in the middle of the night. My parents went to the emergency room because it was so bad. When they saw the dr. he was acting drunk and then told them the hives were because it was going to rain or it was from the atmosphere or something like that. They were pretty ticked. They received no help.

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  137. After developing pulmonary fibrosis after chemotherapy, I started seeing a pulmonologist. I promptly changed to someone else after seeing him smoking outside.

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  138. When my daughter began walking, she was very bow-legged. I asked my doctor about it several times, and always got the same response, “She was all curled up in your belly for nine months, so in time, they’ll straighten out.” The last time I asked, he (very condescendingly) said, “Well, mommy, would it make you feel better if I took an x-ray?” I said it would, and they did. A couple of hours later, he called me and apologized, saying my daughter had the beginning stages of Rickets because her body was not absorbing Vitamin D. I’m so thankful he didn’t intimidate me to the point that I’d just say no, it was okay.

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  139. Nancy Churchill Bengtson via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    My old pediatrician who God lovem is a good man suggested crystal light for my toddler. “Any way to reduce sugar and keep em happy”. The look of shock on my face didn’t daunt him. When I questioned he defended all the way. So very sad.

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  140. Anastasia Powell via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Isn’t there any better way of informing and preparing ourselves for the doctors visit? This does not seem to help me at all and only serves to vilify and alienate doctors from patients. I think promoting doctor-patient understanding and cooperation a would be a much more valuable method. Starting with the 15-20 minute appointment slots-more time= more understanding. Until that changes I think we will just keep seeing crazy visits like these ones.

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  141. When I was 18, my obgun asked about my boyfriend. I told her I didn’t have one. She said: “no wonder, look at how fat you are”. I was a size 10.

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  142. When in nursing school, we were taught that whatever the patient’s normal schedule for bowel movements would be normal for that patient, even if that meant 1 BM a week. Having a BM once a day was not considered necessary.

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  143. 13 years ago a female ob/gyn said to me, “Well don’t blame me when you come crawling back begging for meds when your vagina dries up!” after I refused to take her prescription for hormone replacement therapy. She was so overwrought and dramatic about it that I nearly busted out laughing :))

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    • be thankful you were lucky enough to not have other problems that required them. I’m only 28 and just had to have both ovaries and tubes removed (well technically they consider it only one removed since the other was completely dead, detached and rotting inside me) so they just removed that one without having to do the work to remove it like they did the other one. My symptoms with hot flashes and night sweats have been so insane that i’ve actually had to be put on two birth control pills (one at a higher dosage, one at a low dosage) because all the other options I either have tried and don’t work, or I can’t use. (natural progestrone cream didn’t work and made other symptoms (daily breakthrough bleeding), I’m allergic to latex and adhesives which rules out the patches, and because she left my uterus intact (even though i have a strong family history of uterine and cervical cancer in my family) i can’t use estrogen gels because it would increase my risk of uterine cancer, but since she left it in i’m stuck with birth control pills as my only option (which can increase risk of breast cancer, infact had issues with them before causing lumps in my breasts several years before this surgery and had to be taken off of them.) so it’s kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.

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      • That’s a terrifying story, and your statement about lumpy breasts makes me wonder if you might not benefit from the iodine breast cancer protocol, which is actually good for much more than breast cancer. It took care of my lumpy breasts in three weeks, amazing. Google that phrase and you’ll find a great site with lots of helpful info. You’ll take selenium, vit C, iodine, magnesium, and it’ll get you moving in a healthy direction. Good luck!

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  144. I was pregnant with twins and had low blood pressure.
    My doctor suggested consuming more salt in my diet.
    When I asked what foods naturally contained higher levels of sodium, she replied, “Campbell’s Soup”.
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  145. After having severe stomach/back pain and vomiting almost every night for 2 years, I finally told my GP that I really couldn’t take any more of the discomfort that I felt some thing was terribly wrong. She did nothing for the 2 years and finally referred me to a psychiatrist.

    Within 2 weeks after talking with her, I was hospitalized for acute pancreatitis and almost died. I spent three weeks in ICU.

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  146. Just throwing this out there. I was 30 years-old by the time I discovered the truths about the medical system. Doctors who are 30 years-old means they just recently graduated when medical school where they have been fed this information. They are still human beings who are capable of making mistakes. Try to show a little grace…

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    • The medical school system is now specifically looking for candidates who have had, in their view, a “more well-rounded education,” meaning *without* a science background other than the prerequisite classes. Which is great in theory, but you can get a liberal-arts education just by reading. I would feel much more comfortable with a doctor having a strong biology background–like, they love the subject, they are nerdy about it, they remember lots of wonderfully strange and random things from their studies, etc. There aren’t enough doctors like that and now we’re feeling the consequences.

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      • A pre-med education at a liberal arts school is still heavily based in hands-on science (chemistry, biology, physics). The only difference is that students are ALSO required to take mode and category classes so that they then receive a more well rounded education. Liberal arts does not mean the education is lacking in science or that students are less passionate. Also- why is reading so bad? Why in the world would intensive reading of medical journals and books at all hinder an education? It does not hinder a student from acceptance into med school or success. Many of these comments probably come from people who are brilliant yet have no social skills. They do not know what is appropriate, and they are not open minded about medicine and its progress or relations with other areas of health (nutrition, chiropractics, etc.). A type of education doesn’t necessarily change a person’s personality (just because you’re super smart does not mean you are personable!). But in my experience, liberal arts makes people critical and independent thinkers who can professionally and appropriately do their job and interact their patients. In my opinion, why wouldn’t you want a doctor educated in ethics, psychology, world religions, communication, economics, environment, etc. How is that not a bonus? This more well-rounded education is very beneficial and teaches individuals how to speak to all sorts of people respectfully and informatively instead of remaining stubborn, rude, and “too smart for their own good” sort of speak. Please do not snub the liberal arts. Good and bad doctors/ people come from all kinds of schools.

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  147. I suffered severe, debilitating migraines through my teenage years and early adulthood. I went to my normal neurology office but couldn’t be seen by my regular doc. The fill in doc never bothered to read my chart (which noted I am allergic to several “normal” migraine meds), came in and shoved a sample bottle at me. When I questioned what it was, mentioned my allergy concerns, and asked why he was recommending this medication he replied he really didn’t care, it was not like he was ever going to see me again and walked out. Needless to say I was never seen in that office again!

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  148. As a registered nurse working in a major Minneapolis hospital, I can attest to the sometimes outrageous, and wrong, comments made by health care professionals. I think it’s important to remember that every health care practitioner is a unique person, and that often times their own personal beliefs come out in their practice, and what they say to patients. It’s important not to categorize all “western medicine” practitioners into this group. It’s also important to be your own advocate, and keep yourself informed. I personally consider myself a nurse with a holistic approach, and I see the role and benefits of both alternative medicine and western medicine. There is a place for both of them, in my opinion. We should always be practicing critical thinking when it comes to our health, and make the most informed decision possible. I would never take one practitioners advice as absolute truth, whether they are homeopathic/natural or “westernized”, and remember you never really know the person who is giving you this advice.

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    • I like Susun Weed’s Six Steps of Healing:

      Step 0 – Do Nothing
      Step 1 – Collect Information
      Step 2 – Engage the Energy
      Step 3 – Nourish and Tonify
      Step 4 – Stimulate & Sedate
      Step 5 – Use Drugs
      Step 6 – Break & Enter

      It allows for both a holistic and a heroic approach as the individual situation calls for them. I love that step 3 calls for nourishment–so many of these little issues could be mitigated or prevented with proper nutrition.

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    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama January 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      The reason this needs to be shared is because so many do not understand what you’ve explained. They think “It’s a doctor, so you should listen to him/her.” They mean, without question. They do not include room for doctors to be human, make mistakes, etc. and they think people who question doctors’ advice (no matter how stupid it sometimes is) are crazy. I mean, gosh, asking questions means you think you know more than a doctor!

      As long as that attitude exists, we need to remind people that yes, doctors ARE human, they do make mistakes, they do give stupid advice, and you as a patient have the right to seek second and third opinions if needed you. You do not have to blindly accept what a doctor says because they are a doctor.
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    • Wonderful answer, Jessica.

      I think the U.S. is fantastic at “disease-care” … not so good about “health-care”. You holistic approach will help keep healthy people healthy. Thank you for all you’re doing.

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  149. At the children’s hospital I work at, they sent out a safety email describing an inpatient with hospital acquired flu who had not been previously vaccinated. The email stated vaccination is the #1 way to prevent flu. I want to respond all and ask why half of our hospitalized + flu kids still got flu after vaccination if it’s so effective. Shouldn’t we look at what crap we feed the kids when they are inpatient and maybe supplement with vd3?

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    • My daughter was admitted to the hospital for severe abdominal pain which turned out to be a viral infection, but they kept her because the pain was so severe they needed to medicate for it just so she could sleep. :( I was OK with that, but I was not OK with the hospital menu when that was passed around. I understand the concept of comfort food and having something familiar for small children when they are away from home in a scary place but is there no way they could have made these foods more healthy? I couldn’t believe it. These menus are designed by *dietitians*. The same professional class speaking out against eating paleo even when it normalizes blood sugars for a type 2 diabetic.

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      • No joke! When my Papa, who ended up dying of massive internal bleeding thanks to ending up on three blood thinners all prescribed by the same cardiologist, was in the hospital they advised that he order the ‘diabetic’ plate. His dinner while I was visiting: white roll, spaghetti and margarine, skim milk, carrots and chocolate pudding. I was horrified!!! Of course he knew he was dying, was totally at peace with that and only ate the pudding.

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        • yah my father n law and his wife both had meals in H that I looked at and told them loudly in front of nurse that that was why they were not getting well. BAD food and why it was wrong!

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      • My son was admitted to the hospital in DKA (he has Type 1 diabetes) and out on a “diabetic” diet. His breakfast came the next morning: packaged white flour blueberry muffin, cereal, skim milk, white toast… there was more that I can’t remember. No eggs. No meat. No oatmeal. No real fruit. Just simple carbs. For a starving 20yo young man. Not only did he not need all those carbs, even if he ate them he’d be hungry again in 20 minutes. When he asked for more, he was told that’s all he could have on the “diabetic” diet.

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  150. I was in the ER after fainting and having severe abdominal pain. I had several tests done, one of which being a spinal tap. The doctor came into the room and showed me the GIANT needle, and when I told him I was afraid he got really snotty and said “you have a tattoo, you’ll be fine!” He ended up sending me home with a diagnosis of the stomach flu. When I was still in agony the next day I went to see my gp who found the ruptured ovarian cyst that the er doctor missed on both an ultrasound and ct!

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  151. My daughter had severe leaky gut and food intolerances that were giving her eczema and preventing her from gaining weight.I discovered she was allergic to soy, gluten, corn, milk, eggs and a few other things. Doctor told me to fatten her up with lots of “canola oil and sugar.” Needless to say, after reading “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, I was horrified!

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  152. recently in the ER room, my doctor sent me there thinking I had a blood clot – hence – an emergency. They looked at me and thought I looked fine so they took some blood and had me wait some more. All in all I waited for 4 hours, only for them to tell me that an Ultrasound wasn’t possible because the “guy went home for the day”. So I asked for the results of my blood work, so I could go elsewhere or at least know what the coagulation levels were like. Response after 30 min of trying to print them out? “I can’t print that out for you, my printer is broken. Just go elsewhere”. I was furious. The last place to ever up, is apparently, the Emergency room! take good care of yourselves, people!

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  153. Our expedi told me that it made him and his staff uncomfortable that I didn’t choose to vaccinate my 6 week old with the Hep B and that in a round about way he would choose not to see us any longer. We were asked EVERY time a new nurse came into the room if we had the Hep B in the hospital…they knew the answer but wanted to rub it in!

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    • Wow, I’d forgotten that from my childbearing days! I had reason recently to take a close look at typical baby formula ingredients (was trying to suggest that a mother with a colicky baby change to Sally Fallon’s formulas, explaining that colic has a cause, as does any health discomfort, and where there’s a cause, there’s a way to change it), and found that it was more than 40% high fructose corn syrup and other carbs! 40%! Incidentally, they weren’t interested in anything but formula from the grocery store. Neither were the other dozen or so women in the discussion. Sad.

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  154. I have lupus. When I told my rheumatologist I thought certain foods (esp. sugar and gluten) were exacerbating my flares, he said “diet doesn’t affect lupus symptoms. It was probably just coincidence”
    My lupus eventually went to my kidneys and last year the surgeon I met with for my transplant evaluation asked me and my husband if we were wanting to have more kids (we have one toddler) after my transplant. We said yes if God blesses us with more. He said I should not have any more children because “you have one…your friends know now you’re normal.” Who said I want to be “normal”?

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  155. I have several risk factor for cardiac disease. My CRP, Cholesterol factors are all elevated. At my last checkup I asked the doctor, who was planning to repeat Cholesterol levels, if she would also order the test to determine if my LDL particles were the large fluffy (no problem) or small dense. She said there would be no point because the cure is Statins and (she knows) I am only interested in nutritional lifestyle remedies. So no test for me.

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  156. When i was pregnant with my first child and had gained too much weight, the Dr. said I needed to cut my calories. I asked how much protein should i be consuming and he said it doesn’t matter and that if all I ate were Snickers bars that is fine as long as I cut back on those calories. Turns out I had toxemia and couldn’t help the weight gain.

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  157. I was prescribed Vicodin and a muscle relaxers for extreme muscle pain. When the meds didn’t even touch the pain, I did some research and found some relief by taking magnesium and malic acid. I asked the doc why he doesn’t tell patients that these alternative methods may help, he replied, “Well, most people just want to take a pill and feel better.” When I suggested that he at least inform us that there are other options, he said that most people don’t want to do the work. I never went back to him again.

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    • That is true. Many people have trained doctors to just give them relief in a pill form. I had an ENT doctor who said that most of his patients come in and want to feel better without changing their habits. Of course he prescribed drugs for them because after talking with them for only one appointment it was clear to him that they were not willing to get off the couch and exercise, or eat healthy foods.

      I told him I did my own research and found milk kefir, and other things. He said that would be awesome, and if all his patients were like me he would be out of business. He said it in a matter of fact way, not talking down to me because I wanted to heal myself the natural way, but agreeing with me and encouraging me.

      I think that doctors think most of the people that come to see them just want a quick fix. And so after reinforcing this behavior over and over, they are surprised and (from what it seems from this article) handle people who want to help themselves in a rude manner (because it is so unfamiliar to them?) I don’t honestly think doctors (or any person for that matter) wants to hurt other people intentionally. There is a lot of ignorance in play here by doctors.

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      • If I were a doctor, I would always tell patients about their options, not assume beforehand that they are going to say “just give me a pill.” Heck, I’d make a handout out of it and just hand them the paper. “Here are your options. What do you think?” Doctors have handouts for things like vaccines all the time, especially in pediatric situations. At least then I’d know I’ve told the patient the whole story, and then it’s the patient’s fault if they pick the less helpful option.

        To just make a choice for the patient ahead of time, deciding that the patient will be difficult or ask for the less helpful option, is pretty insulting. What if the patient genuinely doesn’t know better, but would have opted for the better treatment if they’d known?

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      • The truth is, most people do wish to take a pill, because most people do not wish to take the time and effort to care for themselves, sadly. This is the reason we are becoming more reliant upon drugs…our minds are becoming toxic and our bodies weaker. We live in a world where all of that is taken care of “FOR” us by doctors (magicians who do magic by promoting drugs and being propped up by chemical companies who endeavor to addict us all). Then we also have a government system whereby elections are bought and sold by pharmaceutical big money contributions and placement of these same chemical producing CEO’s into decision making appointments by presidents!!!

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        • this is only because the schools and the TV radio etc have brainwashed us. Ok the people behind this things have brainwashed us!!!!!!!!!!

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        • You are so right. The Pharmaceutical companies took over the entire EDUCATION OF M.D.s (and the AMA ) almost a hundred years ago. M.D.s are taught to ONLY prescribe drugs, cut out by surgery, and apply radiation. ( money makers ). M.D.’s are taught to be pompous and to actually RICICULE herbs and vitamins. There is no healing involved with the AMA and going to an MD. We need Naturopathic healers, who KNOW which plants and natural method will heal us.
          JOSELLA ELLA

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      • I saw this very mentality when I saw my endocrinologist last. I have been seeing him for thyroid, cholesterol and diabetic issues (and taking medicines for each – statins in my 30′s??) for the past 15 years but have since vastly improved my health by going through functional medicine, changing to Paleo, etc. He completely supports what I am doing and actually told me that he thought everyone should be off of gluten. It is pretty sad when I see his full waiting room of obviously ill people that are all on a full regimen of pills.

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  158. Paul Gerhardt via Facebook January 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

    #39 may be true, as there is more mercury in a can of tuna than a flu shot. But comparing ingestion with injection is mixing apples and airplanes. Our digestive system has the ability to excrete; our circulatory system does not.

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      • Also, you’re not supposed to eat the enitre can of tuna (unless you’re talking about the small, individual serving sized cans.

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      • Good point. Selenium binds the mercury so that it won’t bind to our tissues. A vaccine with mercury goes right to the body’s tissues like the brain and heart – , and the circulatory system has no recourse to defend against that.

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  159. I was told I had a molar pregnancy and a live fetus. The Dr took me into his office and sat very closely beside me. He told me I’d get cancer and if the baby made it, she would be severely handicapped. He recommended an abortion and told me to be happy with the baby I already have at home.
    I went to a pro-life Dr after this. The ultrasound reading was wrong. I had a bleed behind the placenta and had started micarrying. I was given progesterone and it stopped the bleeding. My child is 5 yrs old and in perfect health.

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    • FYI, I’m pro-choice, but I don’t consider that first doctor pro-choice. It’s none of the doctor’s business which option you decide to take and he shouldn’t have tried to influence you unduly. I’m sorry that he was so inappropriate with you. And a molar pregnancy PLUS a live fetus? Riiight. I might have sent an anonymous letter to his licensing board asking them to look into his practice. Just a thought.

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  160. Wow! The nerve of some doctors. Its amazing to think most really believe the crap they are telling people.

    I like my doctor but I don’t go see him much. I notated the last time I visited he never once mentioned vaccinating our daughter. With pur first born they asked each visit but not with pur third. I found that interesting and he does not know we have stopped vaccinating since our second born reacted to one.

    My obgyn with our first born was not so great. When i said I wanted to go natural , no meds, he laughed and said you can try. Talk about no support! I found out later he was not used to natural births!
    Sarah\’s last post: Organizing the Measuring Cups and Spoons – Time to make some room!

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  161. I’ve got 2 that were shocking to me:
    1. My (ex, since I fired her) dermatologist told me to stop using that organic crap on my skin it was causing my eczema, not food sensitivities or my Celiac.
    2. A pediatrician told me to supplement my 6 month old infant with formula because she wasn’t getting iron from me. Sadly I did as “the expert” said and my milk ended up drying up a couple months later.
    I fired both doctors!

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    • yes, this was a good laugh and makes you feel better when you have to deal with a doctor. Isn’t it funny though.. most parents only care about what their child’s weight and height are for their early-age appointments. “Are they average??” We just do this at home…and then seem to fit in with everyone else.

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  162. I have a few….I had a nurse who wanted to prescribe neurontin for some minor pain associated w/shingles. Amongst other things, Neurontin is 2 1/2 times more addictive than heroin and meth! Needless to say, I said no thanks and never went back. My favorite though is I recently went to what was a consultation with a radiation doctor (doc NOT tech) for breast cancer. She was supposed to give me info. on radiation and instead tried to argue with me about chemotherapy and then said, “Wow, I’ve never met a mother who didn’t love her children before.” All because I had concerns about living longer than 5 years and chemo being poison to my body. She never did give me info. on radiation and she’ll be the last person on the planet who ever treats me.

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    • I have met mothers who didnt love their children. They spend food stamp money for friends in exchange for cash for drugs and limited their child to 4 oz of fluid a day so they wouldnt have to change diapers. comparing a mother who questions medical doctors to a woman who doesnt love her child is horrible.

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    • I would encourage you to get two books and read them. They are both relevant to your search for alternatives to chemotherapy and drugs. First, Healing the Gerson Way, and second, The China Study. If you are willing to make some lifestyle changes, you will have a much better chance of recovery.

      Good luck!

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  163. When I went to the OB-GYN for the first time as a teenager – he commented that I was nice & big down there & would be a good baby making machine – just what a young girl wants to hear!

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    • When I was explaining to my new mental health provider that my old one had put me on three anti-psychotics at once, and I had read that more than two can kill you, she said, “Oh, one can kill you.” I found out that bipolar patients die 13-16 years sooner than everyone else. I got off medications and now I control my moods with amino acids, Omega 3, vitamins and herbs, diet and exercise.

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