Friday, November 30, 2012

Holistic versus Wholly Medicated. Part 1 - Great Read!

First of all.. let me start off by saying I am not a doctor nor a person of medical education background.  I am merely a patient and person who has medical frustrations and are looking for alternative solutions

My Background:

I was a pharmaceutical sales representative for a major Pharma/Bio Medical Company.  I sold a range of products for blood pressure, pain, thyroid management, lab testing and instrumentation.  I was trained in the world of pharma and believed the hype of drugs and it's wonders.  However, I also knew of the possible side effects and long term use on major organs.

With that being said..

I will begin with 'The Patient"

As a 30 something adult.. who ever thinks they need medical care other than an occasional Z-pak from your Med Pointe or Prompt Care?  I was that Patient who graduated from my pediatric doctor (like 17 years ago and never looked back) and found myself in the stirrups once a year at my OB-GYN's office.

I think my doctor thought it was crazy that I never had a "primary care" physician.  She didn't ask why and I didn't think to ask for a referral.

Now after 3 kiddos, I find myself "SEARCHING" and hoping that I get taken as a "new patient" before 2015.  The other issue I am running into is knowing ... "WHO are the good ones and how do I get into see the doctor sooner than 2 years from now??"

Websites like

Local Web MD

Give Prospective Patients an idea on local doctors, their specialities, and overrall patient experiences.

If you are new to the area, it can be extremely difficult to know where to go and how to establish a  primary care physician.

My other suggestions would be to contact your local hospitals and ask nurses and staff to provide a list of doctors that you can contact for a potential family practitioner.

The one interesting thing I found ....

Parents .. if your child goes to a pediatrician, keep your visits for your child to a minimum at your established family practitioner.  When there are too many chiefs deciding over the route of health care for your child, the water gets muddy and feet get trampled.  If you are not confident in your pediatric doctors decisions, then ask for a referral to a specialist.  It will make things easier for you and it will keep consistency in the health care for your child.  

My second blog will discuss more about the "GO To's" and the "Ah HA's" in healthcare and taking matters into your own hands!


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