Setting My Skepticism Aside
Several of you have sleuthed out which doctor I saw last week and, upon reading her website, have asked (kindly) why in the world I even saw her. “Quack” is the word that comes to mind looking at her site — her version of science is hogwash and her treatment practices are over-the-top woo. The appointment proved that she is indeed a quack.
Why is someone who understands and appreciates science, dislikes quackery, and has solid critical thinking skills seeing a doctor like this? It’s really quite simple: I want to feel better and current medical science isn’t moving quickly enough for me. If this doctor had given me even one piece of helpful information (and her credentials indicated she could), the visit would have been worth the money spent.
This is odd an odd place to be. I have the utmost respect for Western medicine and appreciate that diagnoses and treatments are well grounded in science. Pursuing treatment that has little or no empirical evidence to support it goes against my inclination. However. The most improvement I’ve had has come from a treatment that’s untested and unproven for a diagnosis that’s outside mainstream medicine.
I continue to set aside my skepticism (as long as I don’t believe a treatment to be harmful) because Western medicine hasn’t yet been able to help me much. I haven’t given up on allopathic medicine, but I’m also not sitting around waiting for it to catch up to my needs. If I had, I wouldn’t have felt better in the last nine months than I did in more than a decade.
My ability to function is more important than money or having my beliefs called into question by finding a treatment that goes against the grain. I won’t bankrupt myself for a treatment and I won’t try anything I deem potentially harmful or total bull. I evaluate every provider I see with logic and reason and, if I have to stretch my boundaries a bit sometimes, that’s OK. Time out of bed is the most precious commodity I have and I will always seek to increase it. This is my life.
(Since some of you have asked: I didn’t do any of the tests and will not be seeing this doctor ever again.)