Is medicine saving us- or killing us? Are doctors helping you- or harming you? Are you improving your health by taking prescription drugs- or are you decreasing your life expectancy? Are you getting the medicine you really need? Do you even know what kind of medicine that is?
These are the questions I answer in my third TEDx talk, which I delivered live at TEDxFargo, which was organized by Fargo community leader and Whole Health Medicine Institute physician Dr. Susan Mathison.
I had a meltdown on the plane on my way to Fargo because I knew what I would be discussing has the potential to be wildly controversial, and I wanted to ensure that my message was not misinterpreted by the very people I seek to serve- doctors and patients. I reached out to one of my mentors and she talked me off the ledge with an email that guided me with exactly the advice I needed. I wound up rewriting my speech on the plane only one day before I gave the talk.
It is with a stomach full of butterflies and a wee bit of uneasiness I’m announcing this video today. Please tell me if you think I succeeded in gently but clearly illuminating what I think is a gigantic blind spot for both the medical establishment and the majority of patients who seek medical attention, without blaming or shaming either patients or doctors.