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Does Your Doctor Always Know Best?

by Sue Gillespie (Grandma Sue)

When it comes to your own body, you are often the best person to know what you need.  A very wise doctor said, “If you listen to the patient they will tell you what is wrong.  If you listen even harder, they will tell you how to fix it.”  Oliver Titrud, DC

Case #1: A lady who’d struggled with diarrhea for several weeks.

She had a colonoscopy and was given a clean bill of health from the doctor. When I saw her, she was looking very serious and worried and she was reading a print-out from the doctor. “What’s that? ” I asked. “I have irritable bowel syndrome,” she said. “I am reading about it.” I read the paper. “It says that irritable bowel syndrome causes a lot of stomach cramps. Do you have that?” I asked.  “No,” she said.  I continued to ask her about the other symptoms written in the report.  She didn’t have any of them except diarrhea.  But since the DOCTOR said she had irritable bowel syndrome – she now believed that she did.

Case #2: An elderly lady experiencing a spike of 180 in her blood pressure.

She had just had an intense dental procedure and she also had severe pain in a tooth. Both of these things can cause blood pressure to go up.  But the spike caused panic, which made her blood pressure stay high. She began taking her blood pressure every hour. This fear consumed her. Her medication was adjusted and over a few months things calmed down and she began to act ‘back to normal.’

The other day, a nurse came to her house and took her blood pressure. It was 156. (She was nervous about the nurse coming over, so this reading wasn’t that unusual.)  The nurse reacted fearfully. Her stress went up. A few minutes later another reading was taken and …surprise: it had gone up. The nurse told her to sit down and call the doctor immediately!! This helpful nurse has just sparked her fear again and we began –  once again – a cycle of fear and constant blood pressure readings.

It’s NOT that we don’t need doctors and nurses….WE DO! It’s NOT that we don’t need medication….sometimes WE DO!

We NEED to think logically about our health and what is happening with our bodies.

  • Don’t panic and jump to conclusions.
  • Don’t assume you have something because someone tells you that you do.
  • Take time to read and research the symptoms you have.
  • Don’t assume the worse. If you have headaches…don’t assume it’s brain cancer.
  • Get second and third opinions.
  • Your body know what it needs.  LISTEN
  • Be open to alternative ideas. Drugs and surgery are not the only tools available to you.

Sue is a Craniosacral Therapist and Foot Reflexologist and is the author of

Books available at: www.grandma-sue.com

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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