Anyone in the hospital should have an advocate present
- Created on Friday, 25 October 2019 04:48
I mean someone who will act to protect you while you are in the hospital- like a lineman protects his quarterback. That’s because hospitals are dangerous, and Medicine is likewise dangerous.
For instance, let’s take the issue of scans. CT scans are very popular today. They are a $100 billion a year industry. They entail a large amount of radiation. A single CT scan is equivalent to about 120 chest x-rays, and that’s according to Consumer Reports. If you need one, you need one, but you shouldn’t do it unless it’s absolutely necessary.
But, who is to be the judge of that? The doctor? Well, if that’s what you think, then go ahead and let them CT the hell out of you. But, I guarantee you I am going to decide for myself. And if I am unconscious, then my advocate can decide, who shares my attitude and convictions.
I had the privilege of knowing Dr. John Gofman, M.D. I never met him in person, but I corresponded with him. He was a medical luminary, a heart doctor, an anti-war and anti-nuke advocate, and he wrote the 1000 page tome RADIATION AND HUMAN HEALTH, which I have. And the gist of it, the bottom line, is that every radiation exposure counts; it increases your risk of developing cancer, if only slightly. Dr. Gofman went so far as to determine the increased cancer risk from a single dental x-ray, and it exists. And I am very cautious about dental xrays too. I have never submitted to full mouth xrays. The four bitewing x-rays, to see between the teeth, are all I have ever consented to. And I don’t do them every year. It’s more like every 2 or 3 years.
But, if you are in the hospital, you may not be feeling too well, and your ability, your strength to exert your will when it comes to medical actions may be compromised. Hence, you need an energetic advocate to oversee everything that is done to you.
Besides excessive and unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation, there is the issue of drugs. Are you going to take every drug the doctors want to give you? That could be a lot of drugs. If you have a raging infection, and they want to give you antibiotics, I’m not saying you should refuse that. But, if they want to give you pain meds, that should be up to you. I know the harm the pain medicines do, especially to the kidneys. If it’s a low level of pain that I think I can handle, I will. Now, I realize that not everyone feels that way. Some people are quick to take a painkiller at the slightest headache. Or if they have strained muscles from playing tennis, they’ll start downing pills. Of course, if the pain is excruciating, I’m not saying you should endure it. But, it’s for you to decide.
And there are plenty of other drugs that are given that may not be necessary, such as, drugs to sedate you, drugs to make you sleep, drugs to stimulate your bowels, or diuretics which are given for all kinds of cockamamie reasons which offer exceedingly little on the positive side and much harm on the negative side. I have written an article about diuretics that I am proud to say is very well read, and I say that because I hear from people from all over the world who have read it. Here’s the link:
Then, there is the issue of your food. For as long as I can remember, people have been making jokes about hospital food, but the truth is, it hasn’t gotten any better, which is to say, any healthier. You need an advocate there to make sure they give you decent food, or, if necessary, to bring it in from the outside.
And what about water? There are still hospitals that provide nothing but tap water for drinking. In most countries of the world, and all the ones that I have been to, nobody drinks the tap water. But, here in the U.S., they encourage us to drink tap water.
The hospital may use a crude filtration system, such as a carbon filter, which is certainly better than nothing. But, if there is any doubt, have your advocate bring you in good bottled water.
And finally, I will point out that you should want to get out of the hospital as soon as you possibly can. I’ll be honest with you: I wouldn’t leave that decisions to doctors either. And even if there is some risk in leaving- there is also risk in staying. So, for me, I would rather err on the side of getting out of there as soon as I can.
If I seem to have a bad attitude about hospitals, I do. And if I seem to have a bad attitude about doctors, it goes beyond that. The number of them who are capable of thinking outside the box of their medical education is very small. And fortunately, I know some medical doctors whom I respect very much. I consider myself lucky to know them and to have access to them. But, frankly, I have very little respect for the average M.D. And it’s not that there are no good things done in Medicine. I know there are. And some of the things they do are amazing. But, there is an awful lot of routine medical practice, “Oh, your blood pressure is up to 140, time to start you on drugs for the rest of your life.” That kind of Medicine I despise.
Hospitals are dangerous, so if you are in one, you need a bodyguard.