Is the Medical System Geared Towards the Overtreatment of Patients?

So many drugs are being prescribed and at such a high level that water contamination has resulted. Clearly, too many drugs of all kinds are being prescribed to patients for a range of reasons. The end result could have health implications for all of us. As it turns out, water purification systems are not designed to remove the vast amounts of pharmaceuticals being released into the water supply.

Many doctors feel that a large percentage of every health dollar spent is the result of overtreatment of medical conditions. This issue manifests in the form of unnecessary treatments, tests and even operations. Some experts feel that overtreatment is costing billions per year and the rate is rising.

So what can you do to help guard against becoming a victim of the overtreatment phenomeon? It can be quite tricky to guard against this happening to you. After all, most people trust their doctor and his or her opinion. The first step is for you, as the patient, to be very well informed regarding the medical procedures and drugs that are being recommended to you. Medical doctors, for example, receive virtually no training in alternative medical approaches and vital nutrition. You did, in fact, just read that correctly; medical doctors receive almost no training into the importance of nutrition while at medical school. Issues such as lifestyle and nutrition play a backseat to the treatment of medical conditions. Preventative medicine and using nutrition to improve health simply isn't a primary concern. Some experts make the argument that this is due to the fact that the "real money" is in prescribing drugs, tests and performing operations. It should come as no surprise that recommending broccoli or carrots has very little financial incentive.

The next step that you can take to avoid overtreatment is to receive at least one other medical opinion, preferably at a second hospital. In this way, you are decreasing the odds of over treatment by a "treatment happy" doctor. Another avenue to explore is to work with alternative health care providers to get different perspectives on your medical conditions. When you have a life-threatening or serious illness, it is in your best interest to receive a diversity of opinions. Ultimately, even the best doctor can still make the "wrong call" and this is the case even if he or she does understand the importance of nutrition and preventative medicine. By being an active participant in your own health care, you can dramatically increase your chances of a positive health outcome.

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