Newsflash: You can fire your doctor! You are paying them as an expert. And if they don’t fit the bill, then you can (and should!) walk out the door.
Should You Fire Your Doctor?
But how do you know if you have a good doctor? There is so much conflicting information floating around about health and fitness. And most Western doctors practice outdated medicine that basically involves writing prescriptions for symptoms instead of getting to the root of the problem.
In general, your doctor should be open to learning, provide plenty of time and attention for you, and also treat you as an individual instead of a statistic. You want to look for someone who is healthy themselves because if they don’t practice what they preach (or if they do, but what they preach is crap) then they aren’t qualified to be your expert.
How to Test Your Doctor
I want to prep you with a list of questions to give you clarity when choosing a doctor. Your life could depend on that person, so they need to be the right person.
Question #1: How does food and nutrition impact my health? Are you interested in my lifestyle?
Question #2: If what I’m telling you doesn’t match my lab test, what would you do?
Question #3: How are normal and optimal lab ranges different?
The Answer Key
If they fail any of these questions, fire them. How do you know if they fail? Let’s talk about the right answers you should hear:
Answer #1: Food and nutrition are completely linked to health. And your doctor should absolutely be interested in the other elements of your life including stress, sleep, and environmental toxin exposure.
We talk about this extensively around here, so this shouldn’t be a surprising right answer. However, most conventional doctors will tend to tell you that food has nothing to do with health. If you doctor tells you this, walk out.
Answer #2: What you tell me is more important than labs.
What is normal for you might not be statistically normal to people in general. What you tell your doctor should be the most important thing because you are the only one that lives in your body and knows what is normal for you. If you doctor dismisses what you have to say, say buh-bye.
Answer #3: Normal lab ranges are what we expect to get based on statistics. Being in a normal range doesn’t mean you feel normal and healthy. Optimal lab ranges will depend on you and where you should be.
My mom has dealt with this one. She’s been told by doctors that because her hormone panels are normal, her symptoms are “normal” for her age and that she’s health. False. Having normal labs does not necessarily mean that they are normal for you. You want to get optimal lab results specific to you as an individual, and your doctor should be open to working with you to get you to your best.
Your Body Knows Best
Ultimately, your body is the best doctor. If something is wrong, it will tell you. You just have to learn how to read the signals and symptoms. Find a doctor that respects you and your body. That listens to what you have to say. And understands that you are an individual. Nobody else will have the exact same set of environmental conditions, nutritional requirements, lab results, and toxic load. You are completely unique, so your healthcare must also be unique to you. If they don’t get on board, fire your doctor.