One of my pet peeves is the field of medicine and doctors. People are getting so screwed over so bad by the medical profession its unbelievable. Sure there are great doctors and great hospitals and great drugs and great things being done everyday by an army of health care workers. But when you have a difficult medical problem - watch out. Only through transparency will the truth be told.
My name is Stuart Goltzman and I want to write articles and stories that will help people navigate the difficult world we live in and stay safe and healthy. I will be writing about my experiences and what I have learned mostly the hard way as a patient and businessman. I have plenty of academic credentials but most of what I know is from living life and its ups and downs. And lots of self education.
One of my pet peeves is the field of medicine and doctors. People are getting so screwed over so bad by the medical profession its unbelievable. Sure there are great doctors and great hospitals and great drugs and great things being done everyday by an army of health care workers. But when you have a difficult medical problem - watch out. Only through transparency will the truth be told. And that's the way I tell it. I don't write about topics which I have little credibility or which I cannot back up with facts and sources.
Arthur Levin of the renowned Center for Medical Consumers admonishes us to, "Become an expert, its the only way to make rational judgments about quality, to assess diagnosis and treatment options -in short, to make up you own mind.
Dr. John Wennberg of the Dartmouth Medical School says "Traditionally, patients have relied on doctors to prescribe treatment." He says that information is so much more readily available now about [different treatments], that patients are increasingly aware that doctors differ in their opinions about [how to treat] patients]. People who try to be good patients by respectfully listening and complying with their doctor's commands often pay a big price. The patients are sicker and die sooner than more knowledgeable, assertive patients.
One study found that doctors interrupt a patient's opening statement before they can communicate critical information in just 18 seconds. This is critical information being cut off. Has this happened to you. It has to me. It shows disrespect for the patient and his fears and needs. You Do Not Have To Take It. You are a consumer. It is your life If the doctor doesn't listen he or she may miss critical information and make a wrong diagnosis. 40% of 1st diagnoses are wrong.
Advances in computer technology and information sciences have made accessing information a simple matter. Time consuming, but simple. Much of this information was heretofore unavailable even to the medical community at large. Through my own stories I may be able to save you a lot of time and heartache.
You the consumer are the only one who can assure yourself of getting the very best health care possible. Information is more important in this regard than money. Take Fran Fine for example. (The Nanny) With all her money, beauty and fame she was unable to get a diagnosis of her cancer for two years. The good news is that you can arm yourself with superb medical information using the internet but you need some training in selecting how to ween the best information from the masses of garbage that exist on the net. Over time, I will show you proven techniques in this art that will make you a high powered medical consumer.
The key is determining how to weed through the thousands of published medical articles and developing judgment as to what is good science from what is quackery.
I have a background in medical publishing and even wrote a book which is out of print but was titled Internet in an Hour - Health and Medicine. I then went to work in the news media for Fox News specializing in health and technology research and writing. I also assisted in the publication of medical web sites and have given seminars on medical consumerism.
I myself after honing these skills developed a rare orphan disease which the doctors could not diagnose. Eventually, I put my preachings to work for myself and came up with the answer for me. Multi-focal Avascular Necrosis. No thanks to the doctors. But these methods work. This is not an infomercial. I will write more articles on medical consumerism and I hope to make you a better medical consumer and solve your health problems as an army of one. Remember. The doctor has many patients. Your are just a number. But with persistence and hard work you can learn enough about your own malady to almost be considered an expert. You have the time. You only have one patient to take care of. Yourself. I can only direct you to the best medical care possible. The rest is up to you.
Reference: Health Reports - Stuart Goltzman
Author: Internet in an Hour Series - Health and Medicine, DDC Publishing Contributing writer on Internet Resources: The Best Doctors in New York Series, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. New York, I am currently developing websites to educate the public on safety and sell safety products.
Although I am writing a series of medical articles, this is a result of past works. I see the future as more of a venture in accident and injury prevention which will mitigate much needless suffering. I will write on these topics as well as well as disaster readiness.
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