Thursday, 13 October 2016

What patients want of their doctors

The general public has been subject to the propaganda of the conventional medical health system for over a century. In more recent decades the harm caused by, and the failings of, conventional medicine has been kept from them - by governments, by doctors, by the drug regulators, by drug companies, and by the mainstream media.

So when a member of this misinformed and ill-informed public becomes a patient, what does he or she want from their doctors?

A recent article in the doctors e-magazine, Pulse, says "that half of the public think that their GP should always give them the prescription, treatment, or referral to a specialist that they request, a survey has indicated".

Is this really a surprise? Is it not the result of years of indoctrination by the conventional medical establishment? In a recent BBC series, 'The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs' I recall one patient telling the GP that if he did not give him the drug he thought he needed he would 'not feel safe leaving the surgery'. Clearly the man thought that his health, even his life, depended on the prescription of pharmaceutical drugs!

The Pulse article referred to a YouGov poll that interviewed 2,000 British adults. It was commissioned by a doctors organisation called 'Medical Protection'. These are the main findings:

  • 47% of the public have looked up their symptoms online before visiting their doctor.
  • 50% think doctors should give them the treatment, referral or prescription they want.
  • 21% of the public have challenged their doctors diagnosis.
  • 80% of the public agree their doctor meets their needs and expectations.
  • 86% of Medical Protection GP members sometimes, most of the time or always have challenging experiences with patients when they do not provide the prescription, treatment of referral to a specialist they request.

Much of the blame for this situation was placed on patients who search their symptoms, and diagnose their illness online, and do so prior to visiting their GP. One doctor is quoted as saying that patients doing this "may have a preconceived idea of what their diagnosis is and how the condition should be treated".

Yes, perhaps. Yet this is no more than patients being told to leave everything to their doctors, because only they know what they are doing, they know best, and they would do nothing to harm us. Apparently, according to the conventional medical establishment, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!

Yet the real blame for this situation is not the patients, and the little knowledge they may glean from the internet, but the health information the public is given, in great quantity, regularly, routinely, and on a daily basis!

  • Only conventional medicine is based on 'science', it is the only system of medicine that has been proven to work.
  • Only conventional medicine is safe and effective, medical science has proven pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines to be effective and safe, and the drug regulatory system ensures that they continue to be effective and safe.
  • New pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines are presented to the public as 'wonder cures', 'magic bullets', which will be future 'game changers' in the treatment of illness and disease.
  • News about the disease-inducing-effect of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines are rarely publicised - the public is just not told about them!
  • Old pharmaceutical drugs, which have proven to be harmful to patients, causing side effects, adverse reactions, disease and death, and quietly buried. The public rarely get to hear about them.
  • Conventional medicine is winning the war against illness and disease. Pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines are working.
  • Rising levels of numerous chronic diseases, many now at epidemic levels, are also largely ignored, except when they are used as an argument for spending yet more money on conventional medical treatment.
  • The role played by drug 'side effects' in these disease epidemics is studiously avoided, and blamed on anything other than the vast increase in consumption of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines during the years the epidemics have developed.

So is it any wonder that patients demand their doctors prescribe pharmaceutical drugs for them? Is this really a surprise? How can anyone expect patients to make an 'informed choice' if the information they have to rely upon comes exclusively from doctors, the conventional medical establishment, and a compliant media?

And when faced with this patient-led demand for pharmaceutical drugs, do the doctors prescribe them? In the main they seem to do so, even when the drugs and vaccines concerned are one's they have been told to prescribe only with great care because of their known dangers to patient health. Conventional doctors have little else to do other than to prescribe these drugs, and they are under great pressure from the drug companies to do so!

Perhaps some doctors know the harm their prescriptions are doing to patients, and are seeking to protect themselves. "We only prescribe these drugs because our patients want them!" This research, after all, was conducted on behalf of a doctors organisation called 'Medical Protection'.

Perhaps informed patients should set up an organisation called 'Patient Protection'. It is much needed!