What the doctors don’t tell 

I have a great respect for doctors and I have an annual check up by one. They are great at what they do but they are human nevertheless . The following scenarios are real cases and are mentioned for your interest . 

SCENARIO 1

A client  had a scan for back ache and they found that he had gallstones. The gallstones were not the cause of the complaint nor had he had any gallbladder symptoms or issues. His friendly GP suggested he have them removed by surgery as if they dislodged in the bile duct this could lead to serious infection . Naturally my friend was concerned about this until he researched and found that something like 28% of Australians have benign gallbladder stones . In only about 3% of cases do they become an issue and need to be removed . Those who have had removal have a small increase in risk for bowel cancer due to the bile acids not being stored on demand by the gallbladder and pooling in the bowel until evacuated . A smaller percentage as well will have ongoing digestive issues and in some cased no longer be able to  eat the foods that they used to like that contain a percentage of fat .( maybe that is a good thing but we all need good fats ) . The above facts were not discussed by the doctor so the client was not given the complete picture . Needless to say he did not go through with the advice and sought a second opinion from me .

SCENARIO 2 

A friend of mine has had a cardiac Arrhythmia for a number of years and he is aware of the problem but has no major symptoms associate with this condition . Arrhythmias differ in grades and seriousness but generally the more serious the arrhythmia the more percentage risk of having a stroke as we are told by MD.s   .Arrhythmia is  where the heart does not contract properly on an intermittent basis .It is thought that the heart between missed beats allows blood to pool and coagulate and this can cause  clots eventually leading to a stroke .Some people are more prone to clotting than others.  It was suggested to my friend that he be put on an anti-coagulant drug to manage the risk . No treatment for the Arrhythmia was suggested  as although it was of concern there is no diffinitive medical treatment for it for the type he has . ( some more serious Atthythmias  like Atrial Fibrillation – may need more serious intervention and medical drugs or even surgery ) . 

Taking the Anti -coagulant  drug is by itself does have some issues and potential side effects .  So in short there is was no treatment for the Arythmia just risk management for the potential stroke . My friend now has to take the drug for life and has to watch what he eats and of course may not take some nutritional supplements less they interfere with the effectivness of the drug . ( usually enhancing the effect of the drug ) 

What was left out of the interview was the information on the percentage risk if one was not to take the drug and what is the effectiveness rate of taking the drug .  According to the numbers needed to treat website   Http://www.nnt.com     effectiveness rate of prevention of death from a stroke using  an anti-platelet drug like Warfarin in a person that has non valvular Atrial Fibrillation and no previous stroke is about 2.4% . There are no stats using the newer form of Anti-platelet drugs .Now as mentioned my friend does not have AFIB or major valvular problems .These figures were not discussed by his doctor only that he was at high risk of stroke ?. I have been unable to Ascertain at the moment of writing  the exact percentage risk in one having a stroke as there are so many variables : such as high blood pressure , smoking , alcohol intake and heredity factors . Non of these factors apply to my friend so we do not know really what percentage risk he is at ?!

Now there are natural products that also have an anti-platelet anti- stroke effect – Blueberries , Grapeseed Extract , Curcumin , Ginger , Fish oil  Pomegranatge juice all have an effect ,  Ok there is no definitive effectiveness rate with these products synergistically either  although each one has demonstrated some  anti coagulant effects . Synergistically if these were taken together then i. believe there would be a good foundation stroke prevention and there is some data to support this . I believe that these products can really offer  some protection and good nutrition for overall health as well .. One substance that has had quite a bit of clinical research is Dan Shen or Salvia Milliitorizia which has been used in chiinese medicine for heart issues for millennia .  It is used in Chinese hospitals today as a premier product for preventing blood clots .

Naturally anything  natural including a high poly phenol diet was not detailed to my fiend .

The downside is my friend now on the drug has to watch what he takes supplement wise just in case it interferes with the drug and thins the blood too much ! He is also at risk if he takes other drugs as well not to mention if he has a hospital visit , and now has to wear a medical bracelet !  Clearly he has been placed in a Medical Straight jacket !!

Moral of story is always ask about risk factors and percentages and do one’s own research as there may be good alternatives to drug therapy .

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