Pitfalls to watch out for as you navigate the medical terrain:
1.Be weary of evidence based medicine :
I must admit that I am no longer too fixated on evidence based medicine. Having dabbled with research before I left Singapore, I have come to realize that despite the best research methodologies,research is still limited in its ability to attribute cause and effect accurately, since like most things in life, every outcome is influenced by a multitude of factors both seen and unseen. Trying to get things published is even more tedious, and I guess, it is still depending on who you know, who you collaborate with. Its very much an old boys club, and heavily influenced by pharmaceutical companies.
I have come to appreciate , too, that experience often precedes the science, and if we are committed to searching the truth, and allowing God to speak to our intuition about what is useful or not, we might not find the literature on all sorts of alternative remedies that overwhelming.
My guide is that any remedy that respects the body’s potential to heal itself , and brings in the element of God or beliefs to enhance the effect, is intuitively on the right track.
The best evidence for the individual at the end of the day , is if the patient we are helping is feeling better than when we first started.
It does not really matter if the other 100 patients benefitted or not from the treatment, but how the individual has responded
2.Be clear about your end points : Disease prevention rather than health promotion, and the endpoints are very different. The US Preventive Services Task Force, for example, is concerned with the prevention of diseases, and their focus is on what you need to do in order to minimize your risk. “The focus of prevention is not inappropriate for an agency that’s concerned with prevention. But that’s not the same thing as promotion of nutrition,” So advise on RDA ( recommended daily allowance) can sometimes differ quite significantly from the requirements for health promotion , including muscling out toxins that compete with a lot of the minerals and vitamins for space on our cell receptors.
3. Don’t believe any one, including health professionals who tell you that it does not matter what you eat , what you think ,or how you live your life, most cancers or chronic illness is just bad luck. They need to get themselves educated on the new field of epigenetics , nutrigenomics and quantum physics.
4. You should always feel empowered to be able to do more for yourself ( other than popping another tablet the doctor has prescribed) after a visit to your health professional. If you feel worse, you might have to ask if continuing seeing him or her is serving your needs.
5. You are the best judge of whether there is something wrong with your body or not. Continue to explore and seek information until your can be satisfied that you are doing all you can for your health. Do not be afraid to question any plan of management. Make sure the doctor can convince you that taking the antibiotics or pain killers is the best thing you can do for your body at that point in time before popping anything into your system.