HOW TO GET REAL SECOND OPINIONS

American healthcare costs twice per person what countries like Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan spend. One of the main reasons is the overuse of many procedures and drugs. These may not do any good at all. Some can do more harm than good and even kill. You should ask serious questions when diagnosed with an illness and treatment is advised and get a second opinion. Since most doctors have the same defective training that lacks lifestyle factors for prevention and reversing illnesses, getting a real second opinion on options takes a little work.

Is the diagnosis correct?

You should confirm that you actually have the illness. Labs can and do make mistakes. Repeat tests and/or a second evaluation of test results should confirm the illness.

What are all the options for treatment?

Lifestyle habits can cause illness. Focusing on the lifestyle causes of an illness and reversing it with lifestyle changes are rarely prescribed.

Almost all of the mainstream doctors have had the same training that does not include lifestyle factors like diet and physical activity to prevent or reverse illnesses. They are taught to “fix it” with surgery and drugs. Getting two mainstream doctor opinions on options may miss a lot. You should ask the lifestyle questions first:

QUESTION #1: WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF THE ILLNESS?

Illnesses aren’t just bad luck. They have a number of causes that increase the odds of becoming ill. Older age, poor diet, lack of physical activity, being overweight or obese, smoking, too much alcohol, stress and social isolation are the main causes of most illnesses.

Genetic inheritance can predispose someone to an illness. We also can inherit lifestyle habits from our parents that can promote or inhibit the expression of good and bad genes.

QUESTION #2: CAN CHANGING CAUSES REVERSE AND CURE THE ILLNESS?

This question varies widely with the illnesses. Most common illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and arthritis are avoidable and to some degree reversible with lifestyle changes. Cancer cannot be reversed by lifestyle changes alone,  but they can help with treatment. This blog/website will focus on these soon, but if you have an immediate need I recommend visiting the following web sites and use their website search engines for their opinions on illnesses and treatments. You can also read their books.

Mercola.com
This is one of the best if not the best for analysis of illnesses. Dr. Mercola consults experts and studies. He also has a free daily newsletter that contain in depth reports and analyses.

Drweil.com
Dr. Weil focuses mostly on prevention. He has a number of free newsletters. He has written a number of books.

Drwhitaker.com
Dr. Whitaker covers most of the illnesses and has written many books. He offers a free newsletter.

If you are having any heart issues or want to avoid them, YOU MUST visit the web sites of these cardiologists and read some of their books.  They’ll show you why most stents and heart bypass operations are worse than unnecessary.

Drozner.com
Dr. Ozner is pretty blunt about how corrupt our heart disease treatment has become. He shows the ways of preventing and reversing heart disease.

Drsinatra.com
Dr. Sinatra questions the validity of being obsessed with cholesterol and statin drugs. He also promotes preventing and reversing heart disease.

Deanornish.com
Dr. Dean Ornish is a world famous cardiologist and author of 6 NY Times best selling books. Former President Bill Clinton is among his followers. In 2001, I was told to have a stent. I had not symptoms of anything. They said I had a 30-40% blockage of one artery.  I followed Dr. Ornish and skipped the stent. Today, I am still alive and more of a follower of Dr. Ozner mentioned above.

Here are a few more sources of information:

LifeExtension.org
An all around source of information. They have an encyclopedia of information on the website. Dr. Ozner mentioned above is on their board of directors.

SuzanneSomers.com She has written many books. Some are interviews with cutting doctors concerning the prevention and treatment of cancer and much more.

She may be on to something with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This is not the conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). One look at this 68 year old and it’s obvious she knows something about staying healthy.

You can use search engines like Google to find even more information about illnesses.

Be forewarned that not only do mainstream doctors disagree at times, but even the lifestyle doctors disagree on some issues. The more information you can get; the better chance you have for doing the right thing.

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