Symptoms of the Problem: When Doctors Are Reluctant to Use Conventional Medicine for Our Own Families

October 24, 2014 4:24 PM

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Symptoms of the Problem: When Doctors Are Reluctant to Use Conventional Medicine for Our Own Families

When my oldest son was 7 years old, I had to take him to the doctor for something potentially serious. On our way to the appointment, I felt sick to my stomach from anxiety. I wasn't nervous about my son's condition per se; rather, I was nervous about the doctor's response to it. What would he prescribe? I knew the potential chain reaction of consequences of heading down this path, and I did not want to subject my son to it.

I was a practicing conventional medicine doctor, but apparently when it came to my own family, I was frightened of the very medicine I administered to others. This understanding was a pivotal a-ha moment. Suddenly it was clear to me that the American health care system was broken and that I needed t...

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