There are great doctors out there, but there are plenty of bad ones that may unknowingly bring harm to you and your loved ones. So to help you choose the right one for you, here are some excerpts from the Hippocratic Oath to judge whether or not your doc is practicing medicine as s/he ought to be:
- Apply all measures required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
- Remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
- Tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
- Not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
- Prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
- Long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
Doctors pledge to treat patients as human beings, stay open to any form of treatment and prioritize prevention over cure. But as you’ve likely experienced, many pick and choose which words to follow, evidenced by:
- Disrespectful and inhuman bedside manner
- Emphasis on money-making cures over cheaper preventative measures
- Arrogant dismissal of any other healing modality, especially nutrition
In my opinion, any doctor that does not take seriously the impact of nutrition or urges drugs above lifestyle changes does not deserve the privilege to practice medicine. With the piles of research on the power of nutrition, there is NO EXCUSE for anyone in the medical community to treat food with irreverence and ignorance. Medical schools must require far greater education on not simply nutrients, but on the value of real food and diet as a whole because while supplements can help, they are nothing compared to the medicine that nature provided.
And where diet is concerned, doctors often instruct patients to restrict cholesterol, saturated fat and salt, irregardless of its quality. But this mistaken action may likely INCREASE your chances of heart disease. If doctors took a serious review of legitimate and up-to-date scientific literature, they would stop spreading this refuted and antiquated “scientific conclusion” that dietary cholesterol leads to imbalanced blood cholesterol levels and plaque buildup in the arteries. This is just NOT true. And while excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure, unrefined sea salt is one of nature’s greatest substances. It contains ALL minerals that work to keep sodium levels in check.
You should also be fully informed on the harmful side effects of drugs, especially antibiotics.
Doctors must not only share with you FULL and ACCURATE information, but they should, above all else, make you feel intelligent, empowered, respected and free. No one should presume to know your body better than you.
For kicks, check out the original version of the Oath. When visiting a patient’s home, physicians vowed to resist “the pleasures of love with women or men, be they free or slaves!”