How many of you actually know your doctor? You may be acquainted with him or her, but they see hundreds of patients so they are not likely to know you very well nor you them. According to a recent report from the Health Foundation, the UK has the fewest doctors per 1,000 patients in the whole of the EU.
This could be why we just don’t talk with our doctors. After all, most of them are strangers and if your doctor’s surgery is similar to ours, you’re likely to see a different doctor with each visit.
Gone are the days…
Gone are the days when you could chat with your doctor in the pub as easily as you could in the surgery. To be quite honest, I can’t even remember what my doctor looks like and wouldn’t even recognise him/her in the pub!
Doctor says I have high BP
You may have been to the doctor and he’s taken your blood pressure and given you BP medication. Thing is, a Mg deficiency will stabilise your BP without side effects. Taking a good quality Mg supplement will bring your BP down naturally. Try it first before taking pharmaceutical drugs. Get yourself a BP monitor and track your own BP. Visiting the doctor’s office will often raise your BP, this is known as ‘White Coat Syndrome’.
Do you really need a BP pill?
Doctors seem to be very keen to dish out the BP medication and once you’re on them, it’s generally for life! This is even if your BP is just a little high. Your BP naturally goes up and down throughout the day, depending on what you’re doing, if you’ve eaten, if you’re moving, if you’re going upstairs, if you’re sleeping, if you’re exercising, if you’re stressed. Being a little high or a little low is actually natural! We can’t all be at 120/80 all the time and afterall, we’re all different.
A well meaning stranger, your doctor
This well meaning stranger known as your doctor, will do his best to prescribe a suitable drug that the pharmaceuticals have recommended. You must remember, pharmaceutical companies are in the industry for one reason only, to make a profit for themselves and their shareholders. They will pressurize your doctor to prescribe their drug, whether it’s the best choice for you or not.
Consequently, your doctor may misdiagnose you, so be aware of your own symptoms and research your own conditions and diseases. If you don’t like the side effects and there will be some, ask for a drug that suits you better. Perhaps you could suggest a natural remedy for your condition…good luck with that!
Ask questions about your medication
Don’t take everything your doctor tells you as gospel, he could be wrong. Ask questions about side effects of the drug he’s prescribing. It’s up to you to check it out, it’s your body and your responsibility. Ask how the drug works. Will it affect your kidneys in the long term for instance? Here are three types of drugs commonly prescribed:
- Blood Pressure Drugs – Many BP drugs can cause kidney disease and other serious side effects with long term use. Ask if you really need to be on them rather than take a nutrient that lowers BP naturally.
- Statins – These drugs actually stifle the production of cholesterol by attacking enzyme HMG-CoA reductase needed for Mevalonate to produce cholesterol.
- HMG-CoA is also linked with producing CoQ10 which shares the same pathway. Have you been prescribed a CoQ10 (ubiquinol) supplement whilst on statins?
- Vitamin K2 also shares this pathway. It activates osteocalcin and matrix Gla-protein (MGP). These are very important enzymes that aid calcium out of the vascular system and ushers it into the bones.
- Your liver needs to be checked regularly for increased liver enzymes when taking statins. How many times have you had a liver enzyme check whilst on statins?
- PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) – like Nexium, stop the production of acid so your digestion of food to release nutrients is impaired, causing more digestive problems.
- Patients are often misdiagnosed with acid reflux. Reflux is more often because of too little acid not too much, so being prescribed an acid inhibitor makes matters worse.
If he doesn’t want to listen or answer your questions, change your doctor, preferably to a Medical Doctor who is also a Naturopathic Doctor.
Excess calcium is dangerous
This state of affairs is positively dangerous for our health. Calcifications within our bodies are rife with the most dangerous being calcifications of our arteries and our hearts. Take control of your own health. Don’t leave it all up to a stranger, who has no idea what you are feeling, thinking and suffering on a daily basis.
Your Dr is unlikely to prescribe a nutrient
Not many medics will prescribe anything that your body could be depleted in. If you’re ill, your natural nutrients WILL be out of balance. The trick is finding which ones you need and which ones you don’t. Mg is always a good start as nearly all of us are depleted in this vital mineral.
Start with Mg
Mg is necessary for every cell in our body (37.2 trillion) and controls hundreds of enzymes that need it to function. Other common depleted nutrients are vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, (statin users) CoQ10, (ubiquinol) (statin users), the B complex, particularly B12. Knowing your own symptoms and conditions, enables you to do your own research on your own body or that of your child or loved one. As a result, you can converse with your Dr on equal terms and suggest or even educate him/her on the benefits of natural remedies. But don’t hold your breath!