Thought you imagined a far away look in your doc’s eyes the last time you tried to tell him about side effects you were experiencing from your meds?
Turns out you weren’t imagining it.
A staggering number of doctors are ignoring us when we report side effects. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that patients are reporting side effects from their depression medications 20 times more than their psychiatrists bother to record in their charts.
And even in cases where patients’ self-reported side effects were limited to “frequently occurring” or “very bothersome”…so were talking serious side effects here…the rate was two to three times higher than was actually recorded in their charts.
Oh…it gets better…
Researchers helpfully suggested that patients fill out self-administered questionnaires to resolve this problem. Are you kidding me? Am I missing something?
The patients are clearly not the problem here. Their own study shows that they ARE reporting their side effects. It’s the ones in the white coats who are failing! Can we for once just ask these doctors to do their job?
In light of this news it’s no wonder that so many people choose to go against medical advice and stop taking their prescribed meds. Honestly, who can blame them? The problem is that simply stopping meds suddenly can be extremely dangerous.
Admittedly, hardly a day goes by when I don’t read about something that mainstream medicine is up to that raises my blood pressure. But this absolute disregard by doctors for the health and safety of their patients goes far beyond negligence. This is simply willful neglect.
And I’m simply disgusted.
An enthusiastic believer in the power of natural healing, Alice has spent virtually her entire 17-year career in the natural-health publishing field helping to spread the word.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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