No, I don't want to put the knock on medical doctors. Or even the U.S. system of managed care. Instead, my mission is to motivate those with chronic or growing healthcare issues to take on the role of medical sleuth.
Give lawyers' and law students' analytical skills, they are well suited to this fresh approach to healing.
Here are just some of my recent success stories.
In fall 2016, I asked the medical doctor for sleeping pills. Since age 11 I had intermittent bouts of insomnia. Some would last more than a night. Given the opioid crisis in Ohio, of course, I didn't get a prescription. Instead I received instructions about what not to do after noon each day.
Two weeks ago, I connected some dots. I had to. Not-sleeping had gone on for three nights, with a few catnaps in between.
Whenever I ate protein after noon (on that, the docs were right) I went the rest of the day and into the night feeling reeved up. Hmmm. I researched on the Internet any correlation between protein and insomnia. The rest is happy dreams. I restrict protein to the A.M., following a Weight Watchers meal plan from the 1990s.
Not Needing Physical Therapy
The pain in my neck had extended to my shoulders. I experimented with how long I sat in one position, on what kind of seat, and at what angle. But then I listened to the commercial about the patented pillow. Hmmm. The next experiment was to try it out.
Unfortunately or fortunately WalMart was out of that brand. I found what I assessed to be a good-enough generic version. That set me back only $16, plus some change.
The pain went after that first night. And hasn't returned.
Obsessive Thought Patterns
I couldn't shake being stuck in thought about four classmates from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
They were Kathleen Huebner et al. It was irrelevant that they and I had graduated in 1967 - a half century ago. I perceived negative encounters of the 12th dimension in May 2014.
The co-pay for therapy in my medical plan is $45.00 a pop.
Instead, I talked to the librarian at the local branch about this mental fixation. She directed me to a book on mindfulness and one on psychic phenomenon. I read those.
I also consulted with a clairvoyant on Psychic Interactive, for $19 for 15 minutes, plus a $4 tip. He did a tarot reading on Huebner.
Relieved of that obsession, I can focus without intrusive thoughts on aligning my communications firm with changing market realities for 2018.
No, I don't recommend that any human being be his or her own doctor. What I have found amazing, though, is what we can diagnose and heal myriad healthcare situations through our own sleuthing.
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