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Finding the Right Practitioner

Finding the Right Practitioner

I recently had a conversation with my mother about locating the right doctors and health practitioners. She is diabetic, and even certain foods that are supposedly safe and healthy for diabetics cause her blood sugar to spike. She has mentioned this to countless doctors, but they have simply disregarded what she has told them, as if they do not believe she truly understands her own body.

What my mother needs, she concluded, is a doctor or dietician who understands the significance and credibility of her knowledge and wisdom. She needs a practitioner who is willing to listen.

At times, it seems as though doctors apply a one-size-fits-all mentality to treating their patients. It is as if, when a patient’s experience does not precisely match what the doctor believes to be true, the doctor immediately assumes that the patient’s assessment of his or her experience is meaningless or uninformed.

And patients – even those who deeply trust the wisdom of their bodies – often begin to doubt themselves when faced with the disbelief of medical practitioners. But we should not feel guilty for challenging practitioners who disregard what we know to be true about ourselves. And we don’t need medical degrees to know what we feel and experience. It is important, therefore, that we trust our bodies and their wisdom and seek out practitioners who will do the same.

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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12:52PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thanks Sarah.

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5:08PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012


10:40PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Having good communication with your GP is very important but also as the patient we have a responsibility to accept the Drs limits and do our own research. The GP is the last place I would get nutritional advice, as that is not their field. Also we have to , as with any relationship, set the tone and the level of respect. If we arrive prepared to an appointment, giving respect we should demand the same.

10:26PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

I don't think the doctors or vets have been taught enough about nutrition at school and without this knowledge they could be like a miner without a torch.

8:00PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Oh for the "good old days" when Doctors made house calls, really listened to you and cared about you and your family. Today, it's all about the almighty dollar. Prescriptions and tests. Why did they go to medical school for years and still don't know answers? We are all indivduals, and what may work for one patient, may not work for another....Oh, then they send you to a "specialist". More money. It's hard today finding one you can trust with your life.

6:54PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

I always write down the questions I want to ask and leave a space for the answers because I know I won't remember everything that said during the visit no matter how brief it is.

6:30PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

@ Mary J. The Doctors "tell" the office help to schedule patients for 15 min. visits. They often have them overbook, sheck is why you have to wait at least 30 min. or more to get in. It's because the doctors are money hungry.
I haven't found one that will truely take my symptom seriously. They ask a couple of questions then ignore you. When you first see them, them show more concern and spend more time with you, then once you are an established patient, it's over! I need a new primary care physician, NOW.

3:54PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

thanks. The relationship with your doctor or specialist is so important. I think it is also important to do your own research, don't be afraid to ask questions, (over and over again if needed), or even have an advocate go with you to help you remember things and ask questions that you might have forgotten. AND don't be afraid to stand up and find someone that will listen to you.

I have arthritis of the spine. It took me awhile to find someone that works with me and listens to my concerns about medication and willing to help me find other solutions to deal with pain.

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