We each need to read, get informed, and then make our own decision without just poo-pooing another's decision based on our own biases or lack of information. .
They go to a random doctor they don't even know anything about and believe everything that doctor says as the Bible and don't even give a second thought to actually taking their own health care into their own hands and being a proactive and thinking patient.
I want to yell, hey! news flash! Doctors are normal people too, and doctors are NOT experts on everything under the sun to do with health care, they are people with their own biases, own focuses, own personal opinions, and life experiences. They are but one person.
I love it when patients are informed and take the time to research their health care and honestly study pros and cons instead of mindlessly doing anything their general health care provider suggests. And yes, doctors DO get kickbacks from drug companies, big and small. I know this very well and for a fact in the USA.
I am all for choice and all for research. But the problem I see is many people just can't be bothered to research at all! Even when it is their own life! They assume someone else has their best interests in mind, and many times that person doesn't even know if the doctor really *does* even know their best interest. How could they? Doctors are rushed and don't have a lot of time with each patient, just a short glimpse in time. Some come with their own biases about health and many can't possibly treat the whole person, sadly, there simply just isn't enough time and they are not educated to deal with all the different points, that is why so many are specialists and generalists refer patients to specialists, who then sometimes have to refer. No one doctor knows it all. With the wonderful US Health Case System, now, more than ever, it is important that people play and take an active role in their own health care, for their own good. Please take the time to research your medications, treatment plans, and supplements. Talk with others, get second opinions, read books and articles and play an active role. Be sure not just to look into one side either, look at both sides! Then you will have a more honest idea. The important part is just don't be passive.
I know in my life the more times I research things, the more comfortable I feel in my decisions. It is very important.
EVERYTHING you put into your body, and I mean everything, does something to your body for better or worse. From the foods we eat and drink, to any supplements or medications or even injections we put directly into our veins, alter our body in some way. It is important we know the risks, short and long term of these decisions we make as it is becoming more and more critical in this time when obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancers, and heart disease and many other problems are spinning out of control.