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.
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.