How to Deal With Different Medical Opinions

Two Heads are Better Than One!
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There is something that you can count on in life when more than one person is involved there are going to be differences in opinions on the same issue.

How do you know which medical opinion is going to be the right one for you? Finding out the answer to this question is the focus of this post.

While researching different medical websites and studies from various medical schools; there is conflicting information that comes from accredited Doctors and Institutions, and there are different interpretations of what the data is telling us.

That leaves the general public wondering what they are supposed to do with regard to eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest questions is what is the right balance of foods to eat in your diet.

The three components of nutrition will fall under Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats. Commonly referred to as macros; the balance of these macros which the Doctors and Dietitians are going to advise will follow the established recommendations from the FDA and other Governmental Agencies that are influenced by the Lobbyist who pushes for a particular cause.

Lobbyist

Most of the time the Lobbyist are not focused on the health and well being of people, but instead, are looking out for the interest of corporations and companies whose main objective is to make a profit.

That influence has shaped the rhetoric that we hear from the advertisements of the products that are produced and marketed as healthy products. Research data is presented to show that the products are completely safe and have no ill side effects, but the statistics on the rise in obesity and Type 2 diabetes contradicts the claims made.

Medical Opinions on Healthy Lifestyle

Due to the different medical opinions and philosophies presented to us through the established medical community and the governmental agencies; it is challenging knowing which direction to go in pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

This struggle is like a battle of wits, and the loser is the person stuck in the middle and pulled in different directions. After eight months of intense research on diets, that is where I find myself stuck in the middle of different schools of thought.

Complicating the issue is the fact that most of the theories have not been successful in achieving the desired results and that makes it harder to stay focused on the program, with partial success and sheer determination the gains are sustained and built on for plans.

Fresh fruits

Shifting from one dietary theory to another is something to be done slowly and methodically to make sure we do not cause more harm than good. Understanding the thought process behind the change in the diet will make the results understood correctly.

Each person is unique when viewed that way; we realize that there are similarities in people that can suggest trying a particular course of action, but the bottom line is how well it works.

Remaining open-minded is something that some Doctors are not willing to do. From my experience with Doctors, they seem to be very busy and do not take the time to focus on the individual too much. Most office visits are twenty minutes, and that is not enough time to do very much research on the person.  
 

When do you Get a Second Opinion?

Getting a second opinion is something that many people do not do when it comes to a Doctor, but on average the first diagnosis is changed 30% of the time that a second opinion is requested, and in many cases, the diagnosis is better defined. The old saying that two head are better than one is correct for Doctors too!

Many people are reluctant to request or go and get a second opinion because we have been conditioned to think of Doctors as being the authority in health care.

When looking for second opinions in western medicine which are focused more on acute illnesses and trauma conditions, or, eastern medicine which focuses on the prevention of chronic diseases and diet is a significant factor in preventing many diseases.

When you get a second opinion, it allows the Doctors to consider the other Doctors recommendations and may change their first diagnosis or enhance the diagnosis providing more detailed information.

Surgery

The second opinion is crucial when the diagnosis is critical and is requiring a surgical procedure or some high-risk drugs they are prescribing. It is prudent to question the Doctor and do some research on your own to verify the diagnosis with another Physician before starting a new treatment plan.

In the area of eastern practices and dietary changes associated with trying something new, the same methodology will give similar results by verifying the recommendations from several sources.

Getting second opinions will give you the best chance of finding the correct option for your healthy lifestyle, whether you are using a western or eastern Doctor.

Best Medical Advice Website

Which medical website to refer to depends on what type of information you are looking for, and what you want to do with it. If you want to verify what the medical establishment is saying on a particular subject looking at the official websites is an excellent place to start.

It is always prudent knowing the organization that is supporting the website and considers that when reading the information. Do not take the official website as being the complete authority on the subject without researching the opposing views and seeing what they have to say.

This kind of research takes time and patience to both do and to come up with good results that will stand the test of time. Being new to the game is something that can be intimidating, but one thing is it provides a fresh look, and if the objective is to find working solutions, everyone can benefit.

Healthcare

With the growing health care system and the increasing cost associated with common medical procedures, people are looking for alternatives to help prevent the diseases that will cost a fortune to treat from the medical community.

Looking at both sides of the issues provides a different perspective and allows you to see some other opportunities that you would not know if you only focus on one side of the problems at hand.

Searching for the best website using the major search engines will let you know which sites are coming up more than the rest and the popularity of the site with general populations. How is that going to help you personally? The only way knowing is to dig in and find out what will work for you.

Helping You Find a Healthy Lifestyle

What is going to help you find a healthy lifestyle that will work for you in your life? Taking ideas from different sources and making sure that your mind is open to new suggestions.

Many people will not allow anything new into their lives or even their thinking. It is so important to be open to new ideas, mainly when the current routines are not producing the results that you want in life.

For people to get the full benefit from a dietary change; the change becomes part of your life, and this is a healthy lifestyle adjustment if the difference is giving you a good result. The opposite occurs when changes create a negative effect on health.

Choosing

That is why the differences in opinions from Doctors are essential because of how they affect people and how people react to the changes. Knowledge is powerful when used in the right way can assist people in achieving the health goals they set for themselves.

Conclusion

Exploring the opinions from many Doctors are going to give you a better picture of the issue that you are facing. If the problems that you meet with are severe, a second opinion is something that many insurances cover before surgery.

In any case, the best practice is going to be to get a second opinion on every issue that takes you back to the Doctor several times and for those items that are considered chronic.

On the eastern medicine practices, it is still an excellent idea to get a second opinion and also to learn as much about the new suggestion to gain the understanding that will enable you to make the best decisions.

Hope that this article provoked some thoughts on the subject and raised some excellent questions to you.

Please leave your comments, share your experiences, or ask any question in the section below.

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28 thoughts on “How to Deal With Different Medical Opinions

  1. I agree that big companies that are trying to make money as a priority do not have the health of people in mind. It is up to individual people to research the products so that they can determine if they are healthy or not. I think you should go to a holistic practitioner locally. Who is most helpful in establishing a unique dietary lifestyle for you?

    1. Thank you for your comment and the suggestion to seek out a local holistic practitioner to assist with determining the best options for your diet. I agree that seeking out assistance is necessary; also, that it is going to take much more effort than just going to a Doctor one time whether it is through western or eastern philosophies.  

  2. Hello Chad. I remember my mother going to a dermatologist giving her a list of foods not eat. The list was so exhaustive that you wondered what you could eat. Basically, the list was saying that you will only eat some fruits, olives and maybe some soups with certain ingredients.

    Well, the dietary program the first dermatologist suggested maybe was feasible but for my mother was too hard so she went to another dermatologist who gave her some special shampoo and some pills.

    I have currently changed my diet entirely and heading towards being a vegan. That old lifestyle(diet) of mine was like an anchor, so I decided to change it once and for all. Of course, I asked as many people as possible for this lifestyle change and visited some relevant websites.

    My opinion is if you really want to change your diet or way of life, you will do it. Thanks for the interesting read. Take care.

    1. Thank you for your comments and sharing the experiences that remind us that sometimes there is a more straightforward solution to solving a problem; like changing a shampoo, versus switching to a diet that is not feasible to maintain.  

  3. Hey Chad,

    This article is a unique and informative article I must say. I appreciate your research on this topic. When there are so many opinions on an issue, it becomes a lot harder to choose the right one. But in medical term having other views might help a lot to find out the lacks and suitable option for us. 

    As you said having opinions from different doctors, give a better picture of the issue. I completely agree with this thought. I have come to know a lot of things from your article from taking medical advice from a website to getting a healthy lifestyle. I will be looking forward to getting more items like this from you.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and make a comment on this article. Glad to know that the information is being helpful to you. Over the next year, I will be going through some extensive training to become certified as a Health Coach and will be posting on things learned through the process.  

  4. Growing up my sister always seemed to get sick while I remained relatively healthy. Every summer she got a rash on her face that did not go away until well into fall.

    Also, when my sister was in her early twenties she became so ill she was unable to work for long periods. She had phantom pains that came and went and varied in intensity. She had doctors tell her she had arthritis, bursitis, chronic fatigue, and even accuse her of faking it all.

    Finally, in her middle tweenties, she found a doctor that listened instead of talked. Eventually, this doctor diagnosed her with Lupus. She is now in her early 40s and on a dizzying array of medications to manage her condition.
    I often wonder what her circumstances would be if only someone had paid closer attention 20 years ago, instead of telling her she was too young to be as sick as she was with the conditions that were presenting.

    Thank you for this post. Too many people accept diagnoses as gospel and do not do their research. Questioning doctors are unheard of but necessary if we want to take care of ourselves.
    There is not enough *care* in healthcare.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story and your experiences with questing the diagnosis that the Doctors were putting out there is incorrect. Glad that it worked out in the end, but you are right that was a lot of unnecessary pain from those misdiagnoses.

      Many times it is not the Doctors fault; after all, they are only human like the rest of us, that is another reason why people should not be reluctant to call for another opinion. If the Doctors heart is in the right place, they will not object a second opinion but welcome it instead.  

  5. This post is useful information. I think far too many people don’t seek out a second opinion, but I think most people should. As you said, it could lead to a different diagnostic, or maybe it will result in a more effective treatment plan. 

    I also think it’s good to be open to new ideas when it comes to health. Many years ago I made the switch to eating healthier, and I feel a ton better for doing it. 

    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences with changing your eating habits and reaping the benefits of making the change. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle!

  6. Good evening Chad,

    We are responsible for our health. We should be well informed and not fall for misleading advertisement.

    Also eating human-made foods is terrible as it contains too much sugar and bad fats. The high levels fool our tastebuds and to reeducate them is not easy but possible. We better take care of this; otherwise, we will remain in the trap of the food industry and Big Pharma.

    When needed it is good to get a second opinion; it has not happened often in my life as I try to keep away from doctors in general. When I had my total hysterectomy, I went to an anti-aging doctor as these doctors have a different approach to health. They will not prescribe chemical medicine only bioidentical.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. Thank you for your comments, and I agree with you on not being misled by the advertisements out there. The good news is that over time we can reprogram our taste buds to align with the natural food and learn how to eat correctly again.

  7. Hi, Chad!

    We are witnessing the problematic of overweight around the world. Many people worldwide are fighting this common “disease.” Overweight can cause many direct and indirect problems within the human’s body and mind as well. 

    Having the proper balance during intake of the “moving energy” carbohydrates, building substances (proteins) and slow spending energy (fats), and proper movement (the humans are “constructed” to move and keep moving through the lifetime) is crucial for keeping the healthy life as much as possible.

    Every person is individual so are the doctors. In my opinion, especially when the things are getting critical and more specific within the medicine world, getting second and sometimes even third opinion can be the life-saving approach.

    It happened in my family (broader family) that the third opinion saved even life. Many doctors have a different approach to an issue. Especially when things get dire (as I mentioned above). Thus, I can only recommend going for a second or third opinion if there is any doubt about the diagnosis or even of inexpert treatment. 

    Best regards,
    Igor

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject. I liked the way you described the three macro groups by the primary function that they carry out in the body. This definition illustrates what each of the food groups is doing in the body. Understanding is the key to making better health decisions!

  8. What a great site. This post is such valuable information. From what I’ve read doctors in the USA receive no education in nutrition in most cases. They are trained to look and treat symptoms rather than search for the root cause. Many diseases are directly traced to the food we eat. It is a great suggestion to get two opinions. 

    The only problem with that is that many people would not have that covered on insurance. I think if it were me, I would like to get the opinion of a doctor and also an Eastern medical practitioner. If you have to pay you may as well get a real alternative suggestion. Thanks for the great work on your website.

    1. Thank you for your comment, and you are correct about Doctors in the US not being trained in nutrition, and they have referred me to a registered Dietitians for nutritional advice. Most of the issues with that, is the availability of the dietitians do not align with peoples schedules. I agree with you on seeking eastern doctors for preventative dietary options.   

  9. Hi Chad, I must say that this article is beneficial and informative. It is true that today we can find so many information on the Internet even from some authority websites but how can we be sure it is truly safe for us? 

    Honestly, I like to consult with my doctor before making any move related to my health, and I think it is the most secure way to get accurate and safe advice. You explained it so well, and I hope that many people will benefit from it as health is most important.

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject and glad that you found the article helpful. It is always a good idea to check with your Physician before making any changes to ensure you are doing the right thing.

  10. The content was excellent. I believe quality writing puts your website over the top. There are too many images for my taste. But, even if you do not make any changes, this still will reach the hearts and minds of people that would want to keep in close contact with you. Because of the intelligence and vital information, it is a credit to what you are attempting with your website.

    1. Thank you for the feedback on the website and glad that you enjoyed the article and found the information valuable.

  11. Hi dear

    I like this post.

    I am among those who never go for a second opinion. I think mainly because I have been with the same doctor for a long time and everything has been going well.

    But I understand that getting a second opinion can help, especially in the case of a life-threatening diagnosis. And it helps a lot also to have a better understanding of the diagnosis. 

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi

    That was an interesting article to read, as medical opinion can be challenging to do, as not always the patience will be forthcoming. Medical doctors are often kept in the dark, while patients often ignore significant symptoms that can help the doctor to diagnose the condition. Different diseases with similar symptoms cause most different opinions, but this is not often. 

    Most people first port of call is the GP who usually run a blood test, x-rays and examine the patient. If they are not sure, they sent you to a specialist, who should know their field so well. The consultant often does not work alone but have a team of doctors whom they can discuss the case.

    If the patient has complex medical needs that cover a lot of specialties, this method is known as general medicine, especially in the UK. Misdiagnoses are caused by the Consultant being too quick to judge, instead of weighing up all the opinions.

    Doctors and patients first need to talk to each other better.

    Thank you for this interesting article.

    Antonio

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject and talking about how medical practice can vary between different cultures and countries. We have differences between regions that will affect how people receive their medical care.

      Even with that said Doctors just about always seem to be very busy and that can lead to a misdiagnosis if they are not careful. In cities where there are plenty of Doctors to choose from it may be worth finding one that is not so booked up and has time to devote to you. 

  13. This post was a real eye-opener article, and I appreciate the suggestions. I’m always afraid to ask for a second opinion because I’m scared I might offend the first doctor. 

    But, reading this article, I realize that it may be more common to do so than I may think? 
    What if you also don’t agree with the second opinion? How many views can you get?

    1. Thanks for your comment and glad that you are encouraged to seek a second opinion after reading this article. It may cost you some more time and money to seek out second opinions, but in the end, you will get a better idea about your condition and what course of action to take.

  14. Found this article quite interesting.  I feel I have at times gone for 2nd opinions and have sometimes more.  Finding a good doctor is one thing, but a fresh look at yourself can often gain insights that even a good doctor may overlook.  

    In my past, I have found some doctors tend to form an opinion sometimes based on past interactions.  In a lot of cases, this is sound judgment. However, I feel in not all cases this is a good thing so definitely 2 heads are better than one if you think you may have a wrong diagnosis.

    1. Thank you for your comment and observations on this topic, I agree that it is best to take a fresh look at your condition and to do it with someone who has time to listen and give good feedback is key to identifying this issues. Doctors typically do not have the time to do so. 

      I joined a program a few years ago that was pretty expensive but gave the Doctor the time to schedule one-hour visits; the name of the program is MDVIP, and it was a good experience and allowed me to explore ideas with the Doctor on a more personal level. The only reason for stopping the program was the cost and finding a clinic that ran the same blood test much less expensive.

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