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Do Traditional Medical Doctors Know Best?

Imani Sankofa

I went to the doctor today for my first mammogram and pelvic ultrasound. This is my third doctor interaction over the last 60 days. My first visit was for a routine physical check-up. During that visit my PCP (Doctor #1) inquired about fibroid tumors and getting a mammogram, which explains my follow-up visit today.

I took my daughter to the doctor a week ago after she presented with flu-like symptoms. And no, I didn't believe she had the swine flu. Test results later confirmed my original thoughts. No swine flu or flu period. But better safe than sorry.

During each visit, I chatted with three different medical doctors. Each doctor seemed to refute holistic information I had presented in relation to the topic matter being discussed. For example, I told Doctor #3 that I read the fibroid tumors were partially caused by poor dietary habits. "No, that's not true!" the doctor exclaimed. She further dismissed my claim with laughter.

Doctor #2 swore that my daughter should get the flu vaccine each year. I had many questions and concerns considering my daughter was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003 and had a colectomy in 2004. The majority of your immune system is located in the colon. My daughter had her colon removed. "Why would I want to give her a flu vaccine?", I asked the doctor. Doctor #2 just looked dumb-founded as if I was speaking another language.

No flu vaccines for me or my family. I can't imagine injecting part of the virus in my own body less alone into my family.

Doctor #1 is my primary care physician. When I asked her questions about BMI, she was unable to calculate my BMI citing BMI weight calculations start at 5'0". I'm 4'11". When I told doctor #1 of my weight release endeavors, she swore that releasing weight according to BMI would leave me skeletal. Skeletal or just height/weight proportionate?

What is wrong with this picture? Is it really about the co-payments, insurance claims, and kick backs from the pharmaceutical companies? I thought it was about preventive medicine and teaching people how to live a healthy life. However, if doctors were in the business of preventive medicine, what would happen to their practice?

Seriously concerned patient...

PS: Why is it that my insurance company won't cover preventive and/or nutritional medical visits?

Imani Sankofa / Author & Editor

As a result of working with Imani, women learn to reduce stress, release weight, and reconnect to life. Imani is looking to work with women who are interested in peace of mind, improved health, and creating a life they love.

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