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A visit to the doctor

One co-worker, who doesn’t speak English, needed to see a doctor. I went with him to be his translator. When scheduling the appointment, which was urgent, the doctor spoke to me on the phone. I told him about one symptom that my friend had, and he said it could be due to some vitamin deficiency, but that it’s rare.

When we went to see the doctor, we had some good news. My friend had some blood work done at the hospital and the results were negative, which was the main concern. However, regarding this one symptom, my friend still needed something done about it. I reminded the doctor about what he said, that it could be due to some kind of vitamin deficiency, and wondered if it could be a good idea for my friend to take a good multi-vitamin. The doctor said there was no need for that. Because my friend worked in a restaurant, the doctor “assumed” that he must be getting all his nutritional needs! So we ended up with the doctor not knowing what caused the symptoms, and not suggesting anything more than an antibiotic. Antibiotics seem to be the saviors for doctors when they don’t know what to do. Because being a doctor is about prescribing drugs, isn’t it!

To me, this is just one manifestation of how conventional medicine has gone astray. Even worse, I imagine that may be the doctor didn’t give much concern about this patient because he was a self-pay patient, with no insurance. So the doctor knew that if this patient could pay for this one visit, he wouldn’t probably afford to pay for more procedures, tests and visits.

For me, the ideal scenario should have gone something like the following. The doctor sees a symptom that he doesn’t understand and can’t find a clear cause for. The symptom is some lesions on the tongue. The doctor should ask the patient about his dietary habits. This just seems to be basic and common sense. When you have a patient complaining of something not very common or clear, even if you don’t address this particular problem, you should look at the whole well being of the patient. You should make sure that he is getting his nutritional needs, and second, you should make sure that his body is getting rid of toxins effectively. If you do just these two things, you’re sure to solve many problems, whether they be visible or invisible. Moreover, when it comes to getting rid of toxins, for example, how can a doctor see a patient without asking them how much water they drink?! Water is vital for many functions in the body, and so many people don’t really realize that. So the role of a doctor is to inform people about all the basic and little things that make a big difference.

My friend was scheduled for a one month follow up. I advised him not to go back. It would be useless, and the doctor will have nothing to say. He’d just be better off listening to some basic advice that I know will be beneficial for him, and save himself from some more antibiotics!

A sweet taste

All my life I liked to have my drinks, especially hot drinks, super sweet. My favorite drink was black tea with milk, which I make with no water. Just hot milk and tea. It tastes great. I can’t have one of those with less than four tea-spoons of white sugar in it! I’ve been into reading health books for some time now, and I realized how bad white sugar is. However it’s not as difficult to change our bad habits as we might think. I recently started introducing herbal teas into my “drinking life”! I am enjoying it, and I know I am doing myself good. Because herbal teas were not part of my taste memory, I sweetened them with honey since I started having them. But until very recently, I still had a hard time sweeten my black tea with honey. I thought I was just so used to having it sweetened with sugar all my life, that it doesn’t taste “right” wigh honey. However, as I am writing this post, I am having a cup of black tea, sweetened with only honey. No white sugar in there, and it tastes just fine. Even the amount of honey that I find myself now enjoying is far less than the amount of white sugar that I needed to have. The claims about white sugar being addictive and processed food being made in a way to make people want more of it doesn’t seem to be non-sense.

The problem is not only white sugar. It was only my personal problem. Now there is an increasing market for diet sweetners. Businesses want to make money, but there seem to be little concern among business people about the well-being of customers. They only work for the well-being of their fat wallets. Well, I should say bank accounts, they probably have more money than can fit in a wallet anyway!

It’s now a fact how bad those so-called diet sweeteners are, and still they are being advertised and sold. Diet soda for example is too bad. Artificial sweeteners like Splenda and all the others are bad. The only sweetener I found many voices saying to be the best option is the herb Stevia, which is a naturally sweet herb. Honey also is a naturally sweet food, so I use it. I am slowly working on correcting my eating habits. I want to do whatever feels natural to me, and part of that is knowledge. Knowledge is giving me the power to change and not feel stressed about it, just feel that I am doing the right, normal thing. Knowledge is the key to changing people!

Black or red?

The two colours in the title refer to a worldwide spice: pepper. I haven’t been to many places in the world, but to me, pepper, especially black, seems to be known and used all over the world. I love spices, and all my life I used black pepper on almost everything I ate. Sometimes I even added as much black pepper to my eggs that it made a visible black layer on top! That’s how I used to eat my eggs years ago.

I also like red pepper. I don’t know why the black and the red are both called “pepper”, because I just learned that they actually come from two different plants. I guess I need some more knowledge in order to know what’s common in both of them.

Anyway, what I want to share with you today is a nice info for pepper lovers. Black pepper is said to be ok if consumed with moderation, but when it comes to red pepper, there is more good news. Red pepper is actually good for our health. It even has a history of medicinal use! Even though I have a longer history with black pepper, I guess, from now on, I will go red!

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