bronchitis

  1. Docs blame patients for antibiotic overuse

    Playing the blame game over antibiotics

    Time again for mainstream medicine's favorite game: BLAME THE PATIENT!

    That's the game doctors play when they know they've screwed the pooch in a big way -- like giving out antibiotic drugs for every cough, sneeze, sniffle, belch and fart, even when they're unnecessary and even when they're clinically proven to do zip.

    Now, new research shows they just keep on doing it despite years of warnings from the government, from researchers and from mainstream medical groups that the abuse of antibiotics has led to drug-resistant superbugs.

    (For the inside scoop on protecting yourself from superbugs the natural way click here to read this free report from the Daily Dose archives.)

    Take bronchitis, for example. If your doc's first move is to reach for an antibiotic, make your next move towards the door -- because bronchitis is almost always viral, and antibiotics do nothing for viral infections.

    Any doc worth his white jacket knows this, yet the new study shows they prescribe antibiotics for bronchitis 73 percent of the time.

    This is the most shocking example, but it's not the only one.

    Less than 10 percent of sore throats are bacterial, yet docs prescribe antibiotics 60 percent of the time -- knowing full well that most of the patients who get the drugs don't actually need them.

    So what do docs say about these and other damning numbers? Don't blame us... BLAME THE PATIENT!

    They claim needy patients demand drugs, and they have no choice but to give in and give them a prescription.

    "We've all done it," Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, confessed to NBC News.

    PUH-leaze!

    Patients aren't dummies. If docs explain why they don't need meds -- why meds could make them SICKER, not better -- most patients will accept the answer and move on.

    But that would take longer than the six and a half minutes docs have budgeted for each patient, so they don't bother with the explanations -- they just dispense the meds.

    It's time to put an end to this. If your doc is too quick with the meds -- or too quick to push you out the door -- fire him and visit someone who has more than six and a half minutes for you.

    I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

  2. Why your doctor can't cure bronchitis

    Antibiotics don't work for bronchitis

    Want to see a classic example of a good medicine gone bad? Just show up in your doctor's office with a cold, chest infection, or bronchitis.

    Odds are you'll walk out with a prescription for an antibiotic, a drug that could save your life... IF you actually needed it.

    But in these cases, the drugs almost certainly won't save a thing -- and your doctor knows this every time he hands one out for these conditions.

    He knows it, and now you know it, too.

    In one new study of more than 2,000 bronchitis patients given either the antibiotic drug amoxicillin or a placebo, there were absolutely no differences in outcomes. They had the same symptoms, same severity, and same recovery times.

    So the drug does bupkis.

    Well, not exactly -- it could have you pooping your brains out and maybe even puking so much you'll taste the bile for weeks, because these drugs can do a number on your stomach.

    And your doctor knows all that, too. He knows, but he prescribes them anyway, because the drugs might not save YOU anything... but they save HIM something even more valuable than your comfort and your health.

    They save him time. And time is money.

    You doctor knows that most cases of bronchitis are viral and will pass on their own. The rest are caused by bacteria, and may need antibiotics. Since he can't figure out which is which in the 4.5 minutes he has set aside for your appointment (or less if there are 50 other bronchitis patients in the waiting room) he gives EVERYONE the drug for the FEW who might actually need it.

    It's a backwards approach that highlights everything that's wrong with mainstream medicine. And now that YOU know the real deal, the jig is up with your own doc -- if you're sick and he hands you a prescription, don't walk out the door in 4.5 minutes.

    Demand to know why he thinks you need the drug -- and if he doesn't have a good answer, see a doctor who has time for you instead. I recommend a naturopathic physician who belongs to the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

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