Doctors “Know Best”… Or Do They?

Doctors Know Best... or Do They

(Note: This is the first of quite a few posts that I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. These topics are controversial, which is why I’ve hesitated to share what I’m learning. I don’t like arguing and debating, so this is really just me sharing my heart with you. These are things I wish I had known years ago and I hope they will bless, encourage and challenge many of you!) πŸ™‚

“Follow the doctor’s orders.”

“Just do what the doc says and you’ll be fine.”

“Doctors know what they’re doing so we’ll just have to trust them.”

You’ve heard these things before, right? We’re taught that doctors are in a league of their own. They are practically worshiped in our culture and questioning the knowledge or wisdom of somebody in the medical community is looked upon as blasphemy. Even most Christians act like the word of a doctor is equal to the word of God. Modern medicine is treated like a religion and the doctors as our infallible priests.

I can imagine what an Old Testament passage in the Bible would read like if it were to describe us. Something along the lines of, “They worship the creation, rather than the Creator. They trust in the foolish wisdom of man, rather than the wisdom of God and they sacrifice their bodies and the bodies of their children to the greedy ambitions of wicked men.”

Here’s the thing. Doctors are just plain ol’ humans, just like the rest of us. They are fallible. They make mistakes. They don’t know everything. They are sinful, just like us. There are godly, wonderful, kind, compassionate doctors, just like there are the same kind of people in every single other profession on this earth. There are also greedy, selfish, lazy ones, just like in any other profession.

People seem to think that if a person is a doctor (or some other medical professional) that they somehow can only possibly be motivated by wanting the very best for each and every patient, no matter the cost to themselves. Sorry, but being a doctor doesn’t change that “there is none righteous, no not one.” There are some godly doctors, but being a doctor does not make a person godly and it certainly doesn’t make them a god.

Even the very purest of hearts in the medical community are still limited by the training that their brains receive. Yes, many doctors have training to help people in ways that were unimaginable until this last century. Open-heart surgery to save a baby with a heart defect. The ability to put broken bones back into place so that a person isn’t crippled for life after a horrible accident. But what about things like cancer, autoimmune diseases, obesity, diabetes and all of the many chronic diseases that plague our culture?

For the most part, doctors are trained to treat sick people, not to make them well. Their training is to order surgeries, prescribe toxic drugs and just keep “treating” a person for the rest of that person’s very unhealthy life. They are not trained in how to actually discover the problem, correct it and bring that person back to vibrant health. It’s being done every single day outside of the medical community, so why aren’t doctors being taught how to truly heal a person?

Money.

Follow the money. Medicine is not a charity, it’s a business. As well-meaning as so many doctors are, they are employees of the medical community. Healing people doesn’t make money. Treating people for life makes money. It brings in many billions of dollars a year. Healing people would crush that money-making business. And so we continue on as sick patients, drugged and dependent, trusting our all-knowing doctors to heal us when they’ve only ever been trained to “treat” us for life. We are trapped by a lack of knowledge and a blind faith in the wrong things.

In spite of all of that, I am not “anti-doctor.” We see a doctor when the need arises. What breaks my heart is seeing all the pain and suffering and death caused by doctors practicing what they are taught when there are much, much better ways. The trick is to realize that many times money is made by things that aren’t best for the patient. To know when that is, we have to understand what I’ll talk about in the next post: Medicine is a Business, Not a Charity

 

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16 comments to Doctors “Know Best”… Or Do They?

  • maria

    Thank you so much for speaking the truth in an area where, as you said, you could be run out of town for saying it like it is! I have already learned this the hard way but thankfully not too late! I wish I knew this so much earlier, but am grateful for those like you that speak the truth in love and will hopefully get the right attention. It will help many!!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragements, Maria! That is my hope, too. I’ve seen so many people who were too late to learn this, so I hope that I can help others to make the best decisions possible when the need arises for them in the future. πŸ™‚

  • I’m reminded of the quote from Thomas Edison β€œThe doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

    We have lost this, in a majority of medical professionals due to the things you mentioned above: greed, money and also, I think, a lack of understanding the Creator.

    • Exactly! There are so many people that are suffering from things that God gave us the cures for through foods and herbs. I love that quote, but I sure wish his “prediction” had come true. πŸ™‚

  • Yep, pretty much. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the average doctor purposely keeps people sick or doesn’t do what he thinks is in their best interest because of money, but money does change what is taught and done, I’m sure. Personally, we avoid the doctor unless we have a real reason to go. I don’t need a prescription for the sniffles.

    • I agree, Brittany. I think *most* doctors are truly well-meaning and want the very best for their patients. Some do not (I know from personal experience), but even those who are doing their best are only able to offer what they have been taught, which is determined by the people who are making the billions a year (namely, pharmaceutical companies). I have known of a few very brave doctors who have learned about the many ways to truly heal a person and have spoken out against the toxic drugs and other standard medical care. The have been blackballed for their honesty and integrity. I admire that they had the courage to do that, knowing that they would most likely lose their livelihoods. πŸ™‚

  • Wonderfully said! I am grateful for the times we DO need laboratory medicine. But on the whole, and MD treats the symptoms not the cause – like you said there’s no money there.

  • I have seen this quite a bit with this pregnancy. My home birth midwife requested I have an ultrasound to verify gestational age of the baby… and I contacted 3 doctors’ offices about it. None of them would see me – one of which I know for certain was because of liability reasons. I don’t understand why you would deny someone a simple ultrasound just because they are making a different choice for labor/delivery. I ended up utilizing the crisis pregnancy center.

    We are a pill-popping society. There’s gotta be some prescription that fixes whatever ails me. Or, better yet, over-the-counter meds! I remember when my little guy was teething… multiple moms suggested I use Orajel or Motrin to help ease the pain. We didn’t; God created mommies for comfort. πŸ™‚ But your point is extremely valid — an industry that pursues financial gain foremost cannot have an “equal” pursuit of caring for the consumer. Caring for the consumer, though, often brings financial gain. πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to more posts!

    • We had to go to the crisis pregnancy center for an ultrasound for our first baby because our new insurance wasn’t going to start for 3 months. All the local doctors refused to even let me come in and pay cash because they knew they wouldn’t get to bill me (rather, my insurance company) for the full prenatal and labor/delivery charges.

      I LOVE how you put that, Kayla!! “an industry that pursues financial gain foremost cannot have an β€œequal” pursuit of caring for the consumer. Caring for the consumer, though, often brings financial gain.” Exactly!! The people I have known who have made a huge impact on the health of their friends, family and acquaintances have not been doctors, they have been people who care so much that they end up making a living from helping people. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah D.

      I’ll have to remember the pregnancy center for next time. I know our local one has an ultrasound machine.

      I know what you mean about being given so much “advice” for a teething baby! =) I used tylenol, orajel, and other things with the first child; second was similar, but was trying to get more “natural”; the third child I used Hyland’s teething tablets which worked great for her. Whatever I do with this new one (due in June), I know it will be natural! The more I learn about stuff, the more I’m convinced that God has given us everything we need in nature; no chemicals required. =)

      Hope everything goes well with your pregnancy!

      • The lady at the crisis pregnancy center we went to was so sweet and encouraging! It’s certainly something to keep in mind if you need an ultrasound and can’t get one any other way. Such a blessing for us! πŸ™‚

        We’ve certainly progressed towards more natural things with our second baby. She’s never had fever reducers or any kind of otc or prescription meds. Our first got motrin and tylenol quite a few times, but not anymore! I agree completely that God gave us what we need for almost every ailment and even when there’s something that we need a doc for (like setting a broken bone), there are usually natural ways to speed healing (like comfrey). Such an exciting adventure to learn about all of those things!

  • Sarah D.

    All true! “…it’s a business.” It’s so easy to forget that when you go to a doctor looking for healing and thinking that they want what’s best for you. Even those doctors that do want what’s best, don’t have the training to do any more than “treat”. Looking forward to more posts!

  • I so agree. Living with chronic health problems, I’ve just in the past six months or so started to realize how true this is. As Sarah commented above, even the doctors who want to do what’s best are really only trained to treat and not heal. I would think that someone who’s interested enough in the medical field to go through all that’s required of them to become a doctor would inherently care enough about people’s well-being to want to go even deeper and learn how to heal people where possible, not just mask symptoms, but sadly that’s not usually the case. Thanks so much for sharing–hopefully more and more people will start to realize this.

    • I’m so sorry that you’ve been struggling with chronic health problems. I’m still recovering from having had mono quite a few years ago (I guess they’d call it chronic fatigue after all this time). I know it can be discouraging, but don’t give up. My very slow progress has gotten me such a long way and many symptoms are completely gone. It’s true that most meds just mask symptoms, so it’s very wise to look into finding the root cause, if possible. I hope you quickly find just what you need for healing, Kacie! πŸ™‚

  • I was thinking a lot regarding this topic, so thanks for bringing it up here. You certainly have a good writing style i like, so will be subscribing to your blog.
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