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How To Avoid Modern Medicine

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By Dr. B. M. Hegde, India [ Published Date: January 12, 2010 ]

The heading should not delude anyone to think that modern medicine is poison and should be avoided. One should try and live, if possible, avoiding the ravages of modern medicine, but under certain circumstances it could be life saving, more so in an emergency situation.  Modern medicine has many quick fixes that might tide over a crisis. Although our aim should be to live without medical help, using the hints given in this article, one should be aware of the situations when one has to, per force, go to a doctor and take his/her advice.

It is always better to have a good family doctor that knows the family very well. Such a doctor would be able to diagnose diseases more easily, as he would have known the environment of his patient better than a new specialist, however good the latter be. In addition, it is safer to go first to your family doctor as he/she would be able to direct you to the correct specialist, if the need arose. Many a time going directly to a specialist could be detrimental both for one’s health and the purse in the fee-for-service system. Medi-business is such that at times the specialist is liable to get the patient investigated “completely” to be on the safer side to allay his own anxiety of not making any mistakes. In the bargain he could enhance the patient-anxiety, the kingpin of illnesses. This does not speak of the prohibitive cost of the present day investigations.

A good family physician, in whom you have confidence, could allay anxiety most of the time and heal most of your common illnesses, which form the bulk of medical care problems. One should be extra careful in choosing the family doctor. The Canadian Medical Association has given the following guidelines to choose your family doctor:

  • He/she should be interested in your welfare.
  • He/she should advice you regarding your activities and food habits.
  • He/she should ask you about your alcohol and tobacco habits.
  • He/she should be aware of your means for specialist care, when needed.
  • He/she should have the “time” to “listen” to you.
  • He/she should take care of your preventive vaccinations etcetera.
  • During an epidemic he should help you get all the assistance.
  • In short, he should be a friend, philosopher, and guide.

Choose one like that and rest content that you are in good hands. For any medical help, except in an emergency situation away from home, you should first consult your family physician for assistance. He/she should send you to a specialist only when he/she thinks it is necessary. That way you are insuring against unnecessary investigations that might lead to unnecessary interventions.

One has to realize that the hi-tech modern medicine is not devoid of its inherent dangers. I have been able to count so far seven thousand medical articles published in the leading western journals of the dangers of modern medical interventions. More are coming out almost daily. A couple of hospitals in the US have been force closed by the police for over doing costly interventions in the gullible patient population. With this background one has to know how and when to consult a doctor or when to go to the hospital. This article just does that.

One could try and live sensibly to avoid most of the avoidable diseases. That said, I must hasten to add that even if one were to live very carefully one could still get a disease. In short, disease is an accident, even though General Insurance companies in India refuse to believe that. Even with very regular check ups, using all the known modern methods of screening, there is no guarantee that one would have a healthy life. Future of any human being is impossible to predict with the present scientific knowledge. Doctors, of course, have been predicting the unpredictable, just like many other soothsayers in society! Present state of knowledge goes a step further. An editorial in the prestigious British Medical Journal proclaims that regular screening of the healthy population might seriously damage their health!

Man lives on hope. Happiness is living dangerously. If one wants everything on this planet to be one hundred per cent safe life would be miserable, if not impossible. Anxiety increases directly proportionate to the extent of safety one wishes to have regarding health. Some long term studies of people who have been very regularly checked up and treated compared to their peers who did not have that facility did show higher death rate due to heart disease and cancer in the regularly checked up group. Although this has been explained away as one of those unusual results, I have a gut feeling that this might be due to the enhanced anxiety associated with all those screening procedures that take away a large chunk of one’s productive life and happiness. The following AmerIndian song tells it all.

I eat when I am hungry,
I drink when I am thirsty,
If heavens don’t fall down,
I shall certainly live till I die.


If one has a good family doctor, one does not have to worry about executive check ups. With the slightest deviation in health it is better to ask your doctor for advice. It is better to be a hypochondriac and go to your doctor than to waste money getting yourself checked up regularly. When the family physician is good he is the best insurance for a healthy life. If you are a heavy alcoholic or a smoker you have to have regular check up, as you would not be able to detect minor variations in your daily life. The threshold for minor symptoms would be very high in smokers and alcoholics; the latter might even work like  mild tranquilizers masking early symptoms of disease.

One has to see the family doctor under the following circumstances without losing precious time.

  • Any abnormal bleeding from any source.
  • Headaches that last for a more than a day.
  • Headache with blurred vision and/or vomiting.
  • Intense sudden headache.
  • Vertigo of any type.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Any abnormal lump in the body, painful or otherwise.
  • Sudden visual changes.
  • Diarrhoea that does not stop with usual precautions.
  • Bloody diarrhoea.
  • Fever with breathing difficulty.
  • Fever with chest pain on breathing.
  • Any pain in the chest with tightness in the chest.
  • Sore throat that does not ease in a week’s time.
  • Any ulcer that does not heal in the usual time.
  • All pregnant girls must see their doctors regularly.
  • Children for their immunizations.
  • Animal, snake or severe insect bites.
  • Sudden loss of vision, speech or use of a part of the body.
  • Unusual loss of appetite lasting for more than a week.
  • Unusual loss or gain of weight.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Pain, anywhere, that lasts for more than a few hours.
  • Accidents.
  • Skin lesions that do not heal within two weeks.
  • Sudden change in the quantity or quality of urine.
  • Cough that lasts for more than a week, especially with large spit.

Now is the time to relax. Follow all the suggestions given above and you have a fair chance that you would live well till you die. Never try to live here forever; you will not succeed.

Dr. B. M. Hegde MD, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCPG, FRCPI, FACC, FAMS, is editor-in-chief of The Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes; chairman, State Health Society’s Expert Committee, Govt. of Bihar, India, Visiting Prof. Cardiology at The Middlesex Hospital Medical School - University of London, Affiliate Prof. of Human Health - Northern Colorado University, Visiting Prof. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies - Shimla,  Retd.  Vice Chancellor, MAHE University - Manipal. Prof Hedge regularly gives talks on AIR, Doordarshan, BBC and Zee TV, London. 

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James Fernandes, Barkur, USA :
Is modern medicine really that modern?
[The earliest evidence we have of public health and sanitary practices is found in the first five books of the Bible.
In these writings, the Israelites were instructed to isolate, and if necessary quarantine, those who were sick.Ref.1 They were to destroy contaminated objects,2 to burn used dressings,3 and to bury fecal waste outside of the camp.4 The Israelites were prohibited from eating animals which had died of natural causes.5 They were also admonished to practice personal hygiene by hand-washing and keeping clean, and to take certain precautions when touching the infected or deceased.6 …………..These same regulations applied to a woman for a specific number of days following childbirth.7 ]
1. Leviticus 13:1-14:57; Numbers 5:2-4; Deuteronomy 23:10.
2. Leviticus 11:33 and 15:12.
3. Leviticus 13:47, 50-54, 58.
4. Deuteronomy 23:12, 13.
5. Deuteronomy 14:21; Leviticus 22:8.
6. See also Numbers 19:11, 14-16, 19, 22 and Leviticus 11:24-28, 40.
7. Leviticus 12:2, 3.
For a full article titled, “Modern medicine? It's not so modern!” one can access at,
Besides Google, Bible or many other holy books have answers.

Folks: Do you know why the physicians make one sign the ‘consent forms’ and wash their hands before and after each medical procedure? “For the same reason, why Pontius Pilate washed his hands after he pronounced his sentence.”
James Fernandes, Barkur, USA :
I can preach, teach, or scream from the mountain top. I can't make anyone to listen, hear or obey, nor do I want to. I can bring/offer water. I can't make anyone to drink it.

In any country, they take approval consent before conducting any medical procedure. Responsibility of the outcome lies with the patient.

You were brilliantly wise not to consent, Just because of your individual experience, do not label entire medical industry as 'despised', ‘unethical and diabolical.’ as you said earlier.

The modern medical practices have done more 'good' than 'harm', Lot of people live longer, healthier, and happier, in comparison to last 100 years. I do still maintain that notion, brainwashed or unwashed. Please note, I have not said anything negative about any other medicines. I apply pure green pepper extract juices to joint pain. This juice temporarily numbs the messenger nerves that send messages to brain, that there is no pain. This is not a cure, but a temporary relief. (Anyone out there, if you want to try, try only upon verifying with your trustworthy humane family physician.)

True, lot of tests are prescribed to help diagnose better, primarily to avoid lawsuits.

I asked a preacher, "Tim, What is it that drives (motivates) you to go out and preach every Saturday morning, is it the FEAR of God, or the LOVE of God?"

Tim replied, "FERRARI”

This same concept applies in any profession.
I am back to the bottomline, 'do loop, go to 999999'
A.S.Mathew, USA :
Even though I have said earlier that I
am going to stop commenting about this
topic, however, since you are still trying to justify the medical profession in the U.S., I am going to tell my personal experience.

To work in a hospital, I had to take a
medical examination. Dr. Corwell told me that I have spots on the lungs (after chest X-rays), and it will
lead to lung cancer, so take medications.
When I asked about the reactions to the
medications, it was almost like undergoing chemotherapy. Though I don't have any taining in the medical science, my intuition warned me not to take medication.

So, I went to a specialist to get his
opinion. He told me, not to take the
medication, the spots will clear by itself in course of time. When I took the chest X-ray after one year, there was no spot.

It was in 1980. Had I listened to the
first doctor for his cruel advice to
experiment his prescription on my body, I would have been sick with cancer later on, and might have
died earlier. He was my neighbour, and every time when I see him, I look at him like a killer in doctor's outfit. There are thousands of doctors like this and prescribing unnecessary medications to the unsuspecing patients and killing them for money. If you are justifying such actions, I pity your cold heart.

Mr. Fernandes, your logics are quite
contrary to normal rational thinking, and I don't know, who can fix your mindset because you are brainwashed by
some preconceived notions and you are blindly preaching it.
James Fernandes, Barkur, USA :
Dr. Kiran Acharya states, "Mr Mathew AS, here is an additional fact: Total number of deaths due to Medical error in the US per annum is estimated at 83000....which equals the number of people dying on our roads due to road accidents!"

At these rate of enormous and unnecessary or avoidable deaths, who amongst us will not seek medical help? Who amongst us will not travel or buy a car, or fly or cross the roads?

Thiruvalluvar said about 2000 years ago:

"Test disease, its cause and cure
And apply remedy that is sure."

"Let the skilful doctor note
The sickmen, sickness, season and treat."

"Patient, doctor, pharmacist and nurse
Are four-fold codes of treating course."

And, Yet, we still re-invent the wheel.
A.S.Mathew, USA :
James Fernandes, I am not going to keep on writing about the medical industry of America.

As a capitalitst country, everything including religion is being operated with a business mindset. The medical industry is not an exception to the rule. Doctors will force the parents to circumcise their male infants, on the other hand, majority of the
doctors won't circumcise their own children.
This hypocrisy of greed has taken over the medical industry in every branch. As Dr. Kiran Acharya has indicated in his comment, 83000 people are being salughtered due to medical errors/year, is an alarming statistics.

Medical profession is supposed to be a
divine and life saving profession, but in the U.S., it has turned simply as a money making profession without any humanitarian outlook. You agree with me or not, but that is a solid truth.

Dr. B.M. Hedge was so kind to warn about the excessive and unnecessary use of the modern medicines, but the debate went to another direction. Any drug, whether it is for medical use or not, can be dangerious if used without proper care. When the medical industry create a vast market to legally poison the public for profit motives, it is highly unethical and diabolical.
James Fernandes,Barkur, USA :
A.S. Mathew: I clearly said, W"different Journals on Medical Ethics, and/or FDA-483s, can help increase anyone's bile output." This statement does not defend anything. It agrees with your view points. I am not defending any medical industry. In addition I said, as long as there are buyers, one can sell any item including street drugs, in the name of income. One physician was selling a dead person’s organs even bones without consent, all for making money. Yes, I am aware of the examples you mentioned, sir.

However, the system argues and justifies while launching a new pharmaceutical product that "The overall benefit outweighs the harm a product causes.", just as a few casualties in wars are justified for the sake of peace. These topics can be discussed ad nauseam until eternity, as a “do loop”. You know who are the winners? “The salient/silent audience!”
A.S.Mathew, USA :
Mr. Fernandes, your passionate defense of the American medical industry is creating some suspense and confusion in my heart.

I do understand your logic that the
pharmaceutical companies are like any other company to make money. But, there is a cardinal difference in between pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. and the crooked business people in India adding brick powder
to red pepper. How many people have died due to the consumption of adulterated pepper?

But the medical industry is vehemently feeding the public with highly potential and dangerous drugs which can kill people either due to overdose or through prolonged use.

You might be familiar with a drug called "vioxx" prescribed for arthritis. Some people with heart problem died, yet hundreds got serious complications. Finally it was recalled, after several litigations
against the company.

One drug prescribed by Doctors for
pregnant mothers, for morning sickness caused birth defect to a lot of children, and finally it was recalled.

How many recalls are taking place after
introducing highly dangerous drugs?

A certain drug produced in Canada or Mexico by the same company will cost more than 10 times in the U.S. The drug companies will not allow them to the U.S., but sell the same here for a far higher price, produced in the U.S. Is it a monopoly game to exploit
the American public? The American medical industry is a ruthless monopoly to bleed the American public.
Please don't try to defend the medical
industry, my friend, you are not going to win that debate, because the sick public know the truth. Those people who are associated with the industry may be the only people defending a despised industry.
James Fernandes, Barkur, USA :
Hello Mr. Mathew: Yes, different Journals on Medical Ethics, and/or FDA-483s, can help increase anyone's bile output. Dr. Hegde reminds me of St. John the Baptist! Hope his 'bold and fearless' observations will be heard by the parties concerned. If a lone George Fernandes could halt trains in Bombay ...(!)
For profit people used to add few rice seeds to sand or pulverized granite stones, and sell. I remember separating rice from stones, rather than stones from rice. People sell any placebo as medicine! People sell river water in used plastic bottles on the very river banks as Holy Water! As long as there is a market to buy you can sell even a Porcine kidney for human receipient. Dr. Hegde, your concerns will have ’60-Minutes’ in an hour’s glory. Hope it will be in your or my life time. Thanks for not just letting EYT=Express your Thoughts, but for publishing them.
A.S.Mathew, USA :
Mr. B. M. Hedge, thank you for your comment. See the number of class action litigations against the pharmaceutical companies?
Those companies are in a rat race to
name a new disease, then create a potential drug, get a fast FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approval, start marketing it for the highest price.

Doctors will get all the pampering and kick back to prescribe that medication, the T.V. advertisement will create a mass hysteria about that particular medicine and the patients will believe that medicine as the panacea for their sickness.

Some of the drugs, after three years of massive use, many will be affected with the aftereffect of that drug; some people will die and thousands
will get other complications. Cholesterol drugs are going to be in big headlines in the future by the damage it has caused to the liver, by the reckless use of it.

It is bewildering to see the quantity of of non-prescription medications being used by the average Americans for their cold, headache, stomoch problems, sleeping problems, arthritis, skin problems, allergies
etc etc. As they use more of these
medications, their immunity level is
decreased, then they get into the stronger prescription medications, and gradually ending up as sick people.

American medical care is the most expensive in the world, but people of some other countries have better health and longevity than the Americans. Americans are over drugged with medications, and the price is exhorbitant. American medical
industry has turned like an "industry of death".
James Fernandes, Barkur, USA :
Dr. Hegde's, seriously informative yet humerously loaded with quotes and facts, article "Pills thrill, but could kill.”can be accessed at this site: Thanks folks.
James Fernandes,Barkur, USA :
No Sir, I am neither a physician nor a Ph.D. I worked as a technician/supervisory levels involving Pre-Clinical Toxicology/Metabolism/Teratology studies, using large and small laboratory animals for decades. There was a weak desire, (in one of the Pharmaceutical company I worked for), to do such ‘polypharmacy ‘studies in animals, however, it was found/decided that the cost involved to develop the methodologies to detect the drugs in serum/plasma, at so very low micro/nanogram levels, not knowing the breakdown/metabolism in combination, in gastric juices, etc.., I believe such research ambitions in animal studies were suspended. (You know the bottom line!)
Upon reading your articles, I wondered, whether such studies are conducted in humans (clinical trials); however, your apt and prompt response: “Modern medical drug testing is done using the bench mark called RCT. (Randomised Controlled Trials)” is more than enough to satisfy my curiosity.
I will certainly read your article in the British Medical Journal entitled “Pills thrill, but could kill.”
Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge, and sparing your precious time to respond. Looking forward for more of your articles.
BM Hegde, India :
Dear Editor,

Some of the opinions herein expressed need a response from me.

1) American medicine is worse than what you people are imagining. If you want more details please see the following two references- a) Barbara Starfield from John’s Hopkins has written this article in the JAMA. Is US medicine the best in the world? JAMA 2000; 284: 483-485. b) Gary Null’s book. Death by Doctors. The movie SICKO is also a good source. There are many more! Unfortunately, the Indian Corporate Hospitals follow that dangerous trend here also.

2) Fernandez writes passionately about the polypharmacy in the elderly. Even otherwise today’s doctors’ prescriptions look like our laundry lists with many drugs given simultaneously. I wonder if Fernandez is a medical doctor as otherwise he deserves to have an Honorary medical degree. His depth of knowledge is profound. Let me explain. Modern medical drug testing is done using the bench mark called RCT. (Randomised Controlled Trials)

This is completely faulty for reasons more than one. We compare two groups of individuals “matched” for age, sex, body mass index and a few other phenotypical features and treat them as identical. They have very little in common. “Man is his mind” is an old Upanishadic idea. (manaevam manushaanaam). This is true scientifically. No two individuals have identical mind. No two individuals, even uni-ovular twins, have identical genetic patters. How on earth could one assume the two groups of people thus matched in the RCT to be identical?

Be that as it may, even the trials can not be extrapolated to real life situations as the RCTs are done under strict controlled conditions where the target is one single drug against one pathology. The follow up period in RCTs range from a few months to maximum of five years but drugs are given in real life situations many times life long! An elderly person is a museum of multiple pathologies and is given multiple drugs at the same time. There is no study of multiple drugs scientifically tried together anywhere in the world. A few combinations of two drugs have been tried, though. Adverse drug reactions (ADR), in these situations, are a common occurrence. Audits in America have shown ADRs to be one of the leading causes of death every year. Nature tries to control even the ADR deaths as shown below.

Studies now have shown that patient compliance comes down inversely proportionate to the number of pills prescribed per day. One study showed that when one tablet once a day is prescribed, the compliance rate is around 70% (30% do not take it regularly), when two tablets per day are given compliance falls to 46%; and more than three tablets daily are prescribed the rate falls below 23%. So most of our elderly people, who carry multiple drug prescriptions, would have died in larger numbers if all of them had taken all those medicines as prescribed, most of which cross-react with one another. Fernandez could read my article in the British Medical Journal entitled “Pills thrill, but could kill.” Do not be deluded that there is a pill for every ill; but there is an ill following every pill for sure.

Many drugs given to some imaginary diseases life long could cause their death and bring in complications. Beta blockers given in large doses to reduce some body’s raised blood pressure could produce very low heart rates needing pace making (another business), some of them could kill people if such patients have to undergo major emergency surgery as the drug knocks off the most useful autonomic nervous system, our saviour in any major stress. (POISE study) Same story about peri-operative increased deaths with ACE inhibitors have come to fore now. (CADD study) Calcium channel blockers in large doses produce such intractable constipation that the patients keep on straining in the toilet and might get a strangulated hernia at that age. Some people get their blood pressures lowered so much that they might get falls easily and break their bones unnecessarily (one more business) Deep sleep might lower blood pressures so much (J curve effect) that elderly hearts and brains with compromised circulations might get a heart or a brain attack. ADRs are a very common menace. One could read many of my scientific articles about these in indexed medical journals.

3) Douglas C Wallace, an American geneticist, elegantly showed that every single chemical molecule aimed at a reductionist target only damages the hard ware (mitochondria) of the human cell. His new MITCHIP has been able to study any drug and its effect on the cells. Human cells work as whole universe in themselves. They work the same way irrespective of where they are from and what their morphology is: their physiology remains the same. Wallace has simultaneously shown that Eastern herbal drugs that work holistically and have had many years of observational research to back them do not damage the human cells. (Genetics 2008; 179: 727-735)

4) A point was raised about the quality of family doctor. As long as the family doctor is a good human being, s/he need not be an expert in anything. Recent scientific studies have shown that the placebo effect of a good doctor’s assurance is more powerful than most powerful drugs in the world. So choose a good family doctor as suggested in the main body of the article above. Oliver Wendell Holmes, a Harvard trained medical doctor and an American poet, wrote that “if the whole Materia Medica (drugs) could be sunk to the bottom of the seas, it would be that much good for mankind and that much worse for the fishes.” Was he not wise?

A.S.Mathew, USA :
Dr.Kiran Acharya, thank you for your response. If I try to expose the in and out of the American medical industry, it will be staggering. The family Doctors of America, about forty years back had concern for the average patient, and money was the secondary factor. Now, the industry has turned like as a ruthless industry, simply to get rich fast. The human compassion has gone from the industry, still there are a very few old Doctors with the heart of a Doctor. A person without money has to wait in line for hours to get medical attention in a county hospital. Before the recession was started, most of the bankruptcies in the U.S. were due to the high medical bills of the patients. See the number of foreign Doctors in the U.S., none of them came here for serving the humanity, but to get rich. So, to make money, Doctors have
a lot of tricks by ordering unnecessary tests, hospitalization,
routine visit to the Doctor's office,
Doctor's referrals etc etc. About 90% of the Xrays and MRIs etc are found to be unnecessary, and the charges are in billions for the patients every year. The Doctors are pulling the trigger behind this modern day health industry windfall. The same American spirit is spreading to India like the fast food Industry.
Dr Kiran Acharya, India :
I strongly agree with the idea of having a family physician as a primary care provider.

Mr Mathew AS, here is an additional fact: Total number of deaths due to Medical error in the US per annum is estimated at 83000....which equals the number of people dying on our roads due to road accidents!
A.S.Mathew, USA :
Dr. Hegde, your aritcles are always very interesting.

Due to the financial crisis in the U.S., hospital census is far law, but the death rate is not increasing. That is an irony.

I visit the regular family physician: there are eight of them in a group practice. One Doctor will prescribe half a dozen prescription, but the other doctor will say " you need not have to take them, eat properly and exercise".

Recently I was suffering from a skin problem, two of the Doctors prescribted two different kinds of medications, but my problem was getting worse.

So, I went to see the dermatologist, he told me \" you were using the wrong soap and cream, so change to this cream. I had to take unnecessary cortisone injections and apply skin cream prescribed by the family doctors, which caused the pancreas function and the sugar level went up.

For general treatment, see the family physicans, but for another other special cases, see the specialists. It is always good to have a personal family physican who knows our health story well and can treat us better looking to the medical file.

In India, there are other great medical systems like Ayurvedic and Homeopathy etc. A lot of diseases where the modern medcine is helpless to cure, those two systems can do miracles. In the U.S., Homeopathy was very popular before the second world war, but due to certain wested interests, that system was gradually disappeared. However, both the Homepathy and Ayurvedic systems are getting very popular in the U.S.

The best way to keep us healthy is to have a life of eating healthy food in moderation, avoid animal fat, sugar and salt, relax in life, regular exercise, spiritual food and an extra dose of laughter every day. "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart; the spirit is broken" Proverbs 15:13

A healthy body and sound mind are the greatest wealth of life in this world.
James Fernandes, Barkur, USA :
Dr. Hegde: Will you please elucidate on the complications or issues of the intake of multiple drugs or in other words drug-interactions? Quite a few elderly folks take multiple medications simultaneously, for multiple ailments such as to lower cholesterol, to lower blood pressure, to lower blood sugar, and/or perhaps for arthritis, along with over the counter medications for pain, along with vitamins etc. To the best of my knowledge clinical safety studies are performed using individual drugs, however, are you aware of whether clinical safety studies are being done using combination of drugs? I can imagine your response might be another article in itself. Thank you sir.
Shridhara Achar Bangalore, India :
Modern medicines are no doubt quick fixes, as Dr.B.M.Hegde says, to tide over crisis. He has mentioned about family doctors. But with so called specialists dominating the medical scene, concept of family doctors is losing its importance.
I had a family physician, Dr.R.D.Pennathur, who used to chide me if I miss my periodical BP check-up. He used to draw my attention towards my growing tummy and tell me to walk for 15 more minutes. Do you think present day so called family physicians take such interest in their patients well-being? Unfortunately Dr.Pennathur died in a road accident.
SHENOY R, India :
Excellent synopsis of patient symptoms that demand attention. A family physician is the concept which is still followed in the west. It used to be there in Mangalore. With the zeal to visit specialists for each and every symptom, the GP practice is suffering. There is a need to reorganise the way medicine is practiced. We need patient friendly doctors and hospitals. Patient advocates [who could be retired doctors] recognised and respected by all hospitals can be the bridging gap between the poor patient and the health care system. Even if that retired doctor has to spend 2 or 3 hours a day as a service to the society that taught him, he would have returned somethoing to the society. It takes a village to raise a child, it takes the country to train a doctor.
B H Giridhar Shetty, India :
Thank you Doctor.
Denis Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar, Canada :
Good advice as always, from Dr. Hegde. In my opinion, home remedies work better than modern medicine in many cases and they have no side effects. Hope to read more from Dr. Hegde in coming days. Thanks.
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