Thought my post may have more response on this forum.
Comes from Comments on one of the stars.
Thinking outloud about a quote by Dr. McD:
Modern Medicine: Fat, Sick Patients on a Bag Full of Drugs
I have told you many times that I am the luckiest doctor in the world because my patients regain their lost health and appearance. Real enjoyment in life comes from helping others. Growing up, I was often reminded by my father that, more than any other profession, being a physician afforded the greatest opportunity to help other people – this encouraged me to enter medicine. I believe that almost every young medical student began his or her career with this same "need to help" as the primary reason to become a physician. Unfortunately, the tools we are given to improve patient's lives are largely ineffective – specifically, I am talking about the medications used to treat the vast majority of people with chronic diseases. These diseases, in almost all cases, are due to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Look around at your friends and relatives. These people faithfully visit their doctors for problems, like obesity, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. What do you notice different after all the time and money they have spent? Nothing! They are still fat, sick people, but now they have a medicine cabinet full of drugs they take daily. How sad! Not just for the patients, but sad also for their doctors. After dedicating six to ten years to intensive training at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, none of their patients with dietary diseases ever get well – and this means general doctors, especially those in family practice and internal medicine, and specialists, like cardiologists, endocrinologists, and gerontologists are failing, and must be terribly unhappy in their career as a result.
You may have heard about the discontent among medical professionals. Many doctors are retiring early, and some are looking for other jobs, even becoming Amway distributors, rather than practice medicine any longer. They blame the paper work, low-pay (not true), and bureaucratic control over their practices for their misery. No doubt these are annoyances, but if they had job satisfaction, these dedicated doctors would not be quitting. If their patients stopped medications, lost weight, lowered their blood pressures, reduced their sugars, cholesterol, and triglycerides, and felt better with each monthly return visit, then every doctor would treasure every day at the office. But, as Jeff Armstrong told us about his doctor, "…out of all of his patients he has only had 3 or 4 that have been able to do what I have accomplished." Can you imagine succeeding only three or fours times in an entire career spanning decades of hard work?
After reading this my thoughts went to my personal experiences with standard Medical Doctors vs/ myself. Don't get me wrong, the medical practice is very useful taking care of many health problems. But as to prevention and common sense, sorely lacking.
Since a young woman I have believed that the only real doctor I have is myself. The problem with that is lack of accurate knowledge and confusion. I have read many health books, and they can be quite conflicting between each other.
I was just appreciating you Dr. McDougall, your reasoning and courage to do what's right for your patients blending the best of both worlds in your practice, medical and preventative through diet. The way you share your knowledge, your sincerity and dedication is ADMIRABLE , to say the least.
I'm so glad you found a way to enjoy your job!
I did have a question though, Dr. McD.
In all the years you've been practicing healthier medicine, have you influenced any other doctors to follow the healthier medical practice like yourself?
Dance alot! Don't worry, be happy