Working with Dr. Google Appropriately – Vol. 434, Dec. 28, 2017
When we get sick and want to find out what is going on with us, many of us will go to Dr. Google to find an answer. I know that I have been guilty of this not only for my self but on behalf of some of my clients who have found themselves in complicated situations where their medical care is concerned.
Some doctors really appreciate the fact that you are taking the initiative to figure out what is going on with you, while other doctors are highly offended that you fail to trust their judgment, given all the time and investment they have put into their careers.
I personally feel that it is in your own interest to find what you can on the web to figure out what is going on with you because there is a lot of excellent information to be had there. However, and this is the most important thing to keep at the top of your mind as you are doing your research: You need to look at websites that are owned by entities that are respected and proven to know what they are speaking about, especially if they are a specialist in your area of concern. What I mean by this is, that if you are looking up medical information go to Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, or someone like Dr. Mercola for complimentary treatment practices and drugs.com for pharmaceutical information. Stay away from the people who are untrained in how your body works and how your mind works. Because, there are a lot of people out there who are looking to earn money from you, myself included. You are looking for proven results based on the information that you have, to get the correct treatment for you.
I have a ton of testimonials from my clients – deep and harrowing stories from many, that allow a person to figure out if I have the ability to help them out. I also have written a lot on the various areas of expertise that I have, to allow anyone to realize that I know what I am speaking about regarding these specific areas of concern. What you won’t find is a bunch of information that has no basis in fact. When I write blog posts on specific issues, there is a bunch of research and some case history material from which the reader can gain a better perspective of my own knowledge in that area. I never pretend to know something that I don’t.
However, you will find when you are looking at some practitioner’s websites that they can help with any possible condition you may have and that is dead wrong. No one knows everything there is to know about all the conditions that people may be suffering from, so no one can claim to have such a vast amount of knowledge. What matters is whether or not you feel comfortable with the information given. If you do, it is time to connect with the people that you feel can best help you.
Now, this is the tricky part. When it comes to paying for care, you have to figure out what your life is worth to you, most especially your quality of life. Because if one is told for example that they are merely able to ‘manage’ a particular illness and some other practitioner can tell you that you can “clear” your issue – you need to assess whether or not what they are saying is true, or if it is just hype. Because, this is the other thing to keep in mind: Just because conventional doctors may not be on board with your particular choice of care, doesn’t mean it isn’t right for you. Being a hypnotist, there are medical and mental health professionals who truly understand and believe in what I do. However, there are many others who have no clue what hypnosis is and tell their patients that it doesn’t work. If they choose to go in that direction, to find a licensed medical practitioner who does it. That is great advice, except for the fact that very few licensed professionals really have any clue what hypnosis is, and even fewer in how to use it to help anyone overcome any issues they may have. It is a matter of too little training in this specialized area.
So, how do you know if you are dealing with the illness that you believe you are and are pursuing working with a person who can truly help you? In many cases you don’t, that is just the way it is. Sad, I know, but I have seen people truly harmed by their licensed practitioners and I have seen others who got nothing from the alternative caregivers they employed as well. You have to make an assessment based on the practitioner you are employing, being able to help you feel heard, understood and willing to work with you in a way that fits your needs. That is what you need to do.
When do you use alternative methods of healing? That almost always occurs when the conventional methods tried have not proven to work for you. Specifically what I mean by this is that you have done everything that your practitioner has requested you do for your treatment plan and have given it the time that is required for the shifts in health to occur. This is important these days because our “instant gratification culture” has taught many that results can be had instantly. Well, that may be true regarding technology, it is rarely true when it comes to the body and mind making the shifts necessary to regain health. There is a process that each person has to go through and that needs to be respected, before deciding that a given treatment is not helping you.
Go do your research, speak to the professionals that are available looking for new patients or clients and realize that in most cases, getting care can be a time consuming and at times frustrating endeavor. It is just the way it is today. Hopefully, though, you will find someone that you really believe can help you so long as you are willing to do your part to help yourself.
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