by Jessica Sanders
There’s a 50% chance you’ll be at least partially misdiagnosed when you visit your doctor. The unfortunate result of a misdiagnosis have made millions of people unnecessary patients, forking over time and money to handle something that could have been avoided. What’s worse, you’re more at risk of contracting a disease once you’re in the system’s care: 100,000 people die each year from infections contracted at the hospital.
So, with Obamacare pushing everyone to into the rigid, often insufficient and dangerous, medical system, it’s likely you could receive one such incorrect diagnosis or infection. That is, if you can even get in with long wait lines and fewer doctors. The practices that are accepting new patients have an average wait time of 39 to 50 days to see the doctor. Now is the time to take matters into your own hands. Here’s how.
With: At-Home Screenings
You can just barely see that dot on the x-ray, right? If you can’t find what’s wrong with the screening, then you’re not alone. Doctor’s screenings are often wildly inaccurate. Frankly, pathologists and radiologists can misread slides or scans.
For example, 40% of people with knee problems are misdiagnosed with damage to the meniscus because of a bad scan. Doctors are increasingly pushed for time and insufficiently detail your symptoms. They focus on one thing and fail to consider the alternatives,
Think about the physical therapy, pain medication and doctor’s bills that are now a part of your life because of one wrong diagnosis. So, what’s the alternative?
In-Office Blood Tests:
A blood panel is one of the most basic tools to analyze your health to determine disease, nutrients and waste products in your blood. Today, we have so many testing options to choose from, so determine what indicator of health you need in a blood draw and have all the blood tests performed at one time. Then when you get the results, you can identify any problem. Most doctors can now perform cancer blood tests where they screen for complete blood count and blood protein levels. These can help indicate if you should be concerned without a potentially inaccurate body scan.
Also ask for information about your vitamin levels. For example, if you’re experiencing any memory loss, then it can be attributed to a lack of B vitamins. So instead of a brain scan, you get a quick prick in the finger and a prescription to eat more fish, fortified cereals and eggs.
At-home Breast Tests:
Breast cancer misdiagnosis is common, very common—nearly 200,000 women are misdiagnosed every year, according to lpklaw.com. This can be a result of diagnostic errors, errors of omission, and failure to follow guidelines. The only way to prevent a misdiagnosis is to perform your own at-home breast exam.
NationalBreastCancer.org has an excellent guide to follow for your first time. Look for a change in nipple coloration, dimpling on the breast skin, and discharge from your nipples, as well as performing a physical exam.
Avoid: Hospital-Borne Infections
With: Alternative Health Professionals
Your doctor isn’t the only person who can tell you if you’re at risk or showing signs of medical problems, and they’re certainly not the only ones who can manage symptoms and help heal you. A variety of other health professionals will be able to do both of these things when they perform standard procedures.
Your teeth tell the story of your whole body. Nearly 120 medical conditions, some of which are life threatening can be detected by your local dental professional. And, nearly 90% of all systematic diseases have oral manifestations. For example, people with gum disease could be at risk for diabetes because elevated blood sugar levels are an integral factor in both diseases.
While chiropractors may not be able to detect problems, they can help improve symptoms by aligning your spine, which allows for proper communication between your brain and your body.
For children with ADHD this could mean the difference between popping pills every morning and living a drug-free life. Nearly 6.4 million kids are diagnosed with ADHD, and two-thirds of them take medication like Ritalin and Adderall to calm symptoms. A chiropractor, however, treats the underlying problems, not the symptoms.
“Motor activity—especially development of the postural muscles—is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that’s what’s happening in ADHD patients,” Says Dr. Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist.
Avoid: Long Lines
With: At-Home Healing
As a general rule, the hospital is a place you want to avoid at all costs, except in cases of accidental trauma or surgical emergencies. One of the reasons why I am so passionate about sharing preventive health strategies with you — tips like eating right, exercising and reducing stress — is because they can help you to stay out of the hospital.
You can take advantage of at-home care for yourself and your family. You can use this site to find well-proven strategies that will address most chronic health problems without a single trip to the doctor.
The Common Cold: When you know the reasons why you catch a cold—lack of sleep, poor nutrition and exposure to other sick people—you can avoid it or remedy it without a doctor’s visit.
High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a result of a breakdown in the harmony of your body. Not only do 1 in 3 people have some form of it, but 90-95% of people with hypertension have no known cause, making a trip to the doctor nearly useless.
Menopause: The trick to managing menopause? Handling your symptoms with Red Clover, Russian Rhubarb, Black Cohosh and other natural herbs.
Pain: Just because you’re in pain, whether it’s in your back or your foot doesn’t mean you need medication from the doctor. Medication handles the symptoms, not the root cause, which can range from inflammation to poor circulation.
Conventional medicine, which is focused on diagnostic tests, drugs, and surgical interventions for most ills, clearly kills more people than it saves. The lethality of the system is in part due to side effects, whether “expected” or not. But preventable errors also account for an absolutely staggering number of deaths.
From my perspective, it is simple to minimize your interaction with the conventional medical system. With the introduction of Obamacare, it will have very little to offer in terms of prevention or treating the underlying cause of disease.
You can say goodbye to personal doctor visits and a last-minute appointments in your time of need. Luckily, nearly any medical problem or bodily issue can be fixed at home when you assess the root of the issue, instead of medicating the symptoms. Avoid long waits, misdiagnoses, and nasty hospital infections with at-home care for yourself and your family.