Trust

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“Every disease is a physician.” ~ Irish Proverb

Have you ever experienced an unanticipated, three-day whirlwind in a hospital’s Trauma Unit followed by seemingly endless tests and diagnostic procedures? For yourself? When you visit a doctor or hospital, it’s likely with a sense of trust and hope. You’re at your most vulnerable, but you trust the doctor and you know s/he wants to do the best for you.

Unfortunately, the relationship isn’t always so straightforward for the doctor. Of course s/he wants the best for you, that’s why they joined the profession. But increasingly, physicians are being pulled by powerful forces that affect their decisions and the way you will be treated.

For we who want to visit a doctor or hospital in good faith, we also need to acknowledge there’s a ‘dark heart’ to medicine – created by the pharmaceutical industry which see doctors as little more than the deliverer of its expensive and sometimes dangerous drugs. And often, it is this dark heart that bring trust into question.

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The push by drug companies to make even bigger profits has dire consequences, one that Professor Ian Roberts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine describes as “industry slaughter.” Every year an estimated 100,000 Americans and 30,000 Britons die from an adverse reaction to a drug prescribed by their doctor and those are only the deaths that are identified as being the result of a drug.

Having been discharged and prescribed two new drugs, I researched a bit more. In a 2010 Gallup Health and Healthcare survey, 85% of Americans over 65 are confident in their doctor’s advice. 67% of those between 50 and 65 are confident, as are 65% of people under 50. This surprised me so I dug further.

Americans’ trust in the medical profession has plummeted in recent years, and lags well behind public attitudes towards doctors in many other countries, according to Professor Robert Blendon in a 2012 study at the Harvard School of Public Health. Per the survey of people in 29 countries, the U.S. ranked 24th in public trust of doctors.

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What’s driving trust levels down is that physicians in the U.S., as groups and leaders, are not seen as broad public advocates for health and health care issues, stated Blendon. “In the U.S., they’re seen more as a group concerned with their own professional problem and economic issues.”

I suspect there are endless studies that support or dispute these conflicting views. A few years ago I attended a full-day workshop led by renown trust expert Dennis Reina. One of several takeaways was a definition of interpersonal trust: An expectation about future behavior of another person and an accompanying feeling of calmness, confidence and security.

This leaves me wondering, who are the pawns in our healthcare system? The doctors or the patients?

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Most of us value trust. We want to trust others. And in many cases, we do. If trust is a matter that you question (not simply with health care), you can consider looking inward to your own integrity and believability with these three practices:

  1. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own, they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves, “watch out for that person.”
  2. Say “I don’t know.” Admit that you don’t know and say it upfront and direct. You’ll get a lot of credibility for that.
  3. Recognize the need for risk. The extension of trust always involves an element of risk. There is no guarantee that the other person is deserving of your trust, but once the trust has proven well-founded, it can create even greater levels of trust.

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75 thoughts on “Trust

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you had to go through that experience Eric and hope you are feeling much better. I really trust my PCP, but we disagree on many things and have a good rapport despite those disagreements. I know he has my best interest at heart. However, I do not find most physicians to be that invested in patient care. So many push pills or expensive tests to CYA. I have personally been through some horrific, unnecessary situations as a result of the inability of the healthcare professional to listen to me and trust me about my own health concerns. It is true that helping professionals make lousy patients, and there are reasons for this. We understand the burnout and demands of the American healthcare industry and also the inclination to advocate for ourselves.

    Anyway, sorry for the mini-rant. If you find a doctor or practitioner that you trust, you are very fortunate. Thanks for another great read Eric and take good care of you!

    • Not a mini-rant at all, Linda. I proffered the topic to stimulate thoughts/comments.
      Thank you for your kind words and I am pleased to learn that you have a good relationship with and trust in your PCP. I believe and practice your advocacy for our own healthcare decisions and wellness. To me, pills, diagnostic tests and questionable procedures ought not drive the ‘system.’

  2. Hi Eric! I hope things work out for you and that you heal and all that. I did not expect to read about the prescriptions and docs like that – I guess with the title I was thinking of something else and well, I was pleasantly surprised with the way you framed it. I just heard a talk about how medical schools are funded my Big Pharma – who also decide what is taught and this speaker said that we now have doctors with a “duh-gree” – and now there sure are a place for certain doctors – life saving surgeries and whatnot, but it seems that the care is palliative and only treats symptoms – and there is sometimes ignorance about the simple things that add to health – like folks never even do enemas anymore (and I ma not talking colonics, just simple little enemas) and all health stems from the inside out – and many times thyroid probs, fast heart rates, and fatigue is related to microbes in the gut, buildup of metals, mucoid or parasitic stuff – but wellness docs never think in terms of cleansing – they just prescribe. Diabetes patients are no longer talked to about reversing (well some typos can be) and just get the new pump installed.
    I have met some great docs over the years and all were eager to help – it is just that they do not always get to the root cause because of their training.

    I could go on, but dude, when you wrote “a ‘dark heart’ to medicine” – and “an estimated 100,000 Americans and 30,000 Britons die from an adverse reaction” well I think these are only the tip of the iceberg – anyhow, thanks for a great post 🙂

    • Thanks, prior. I had also recently read a research article about the extent to which Big Pharma (directly or indirectly) funds Medical Schools and further underwrites physician expenses once they are out of med school. What’s wrong with that part of the system? I believe you’ve hit on one of the major issues with trust and healthcare and that is that it focuses on treating symptoms rather that taking more proactive measures to prevent rather than wait to treat. I wonder if we’re nearing a tipping point or if the ‘system’ and our trust in it has ‘already left the station?’

      • well that would be cool if we were at the tipping point for change! but the drugs keep people so medicated in an ongoing way, well , um – who knows.

        and actually, I would not even mind if they did not do any prevention – as long as they could accurately “treat” – to lead to cures when possible – but they are not even able to do that – they treat and medicate in a way that accepts most illness as irreversible – when many things – MANY – are microbial at the root and also people have toxins and a stressed immune system. And no doctor ever healed a patient, instead, that person’s immune system healed them. And most illnesses will never be full healed until a person cleans the body of buildup (metals, toxins, wrong flora, wrong microbes, and parasites)- and then repairs the clogged mucosa lining in the gut (where 70% of immunity lies) and repairs the immunes system.

        And I hope you do not mind me sharing a snippet from one of my favorite bloggers (who does not blog anymore):

        Everyone has heard of Louis Pasteur. He is considered the father of the “Germ Theory of Medicine” and he invented the process of pasteurization. Pasteur said that “germs cause illness” and we have to attack the microbes. Amidst a group of physicians and scientists, Claude Bernard made the statement: “The terrain is all; the germ is nothing,” and then drank down a glass of water filled with cholera and didn’t get sick at all. When Pasteur was on his death bed he said “…the terrain is all” but no one listened, saying he’s a raving man, dying and this final statement of his was ignored”. For more information on this see this link called “The Lost History of Medicine” and you will find it to be a real eye opener, I cannot vouch that it is all true, but I tend to believe it and my current experiences are proving this out. The article also talks about Béchamp who has been expunged from medical history, too bad. Also, for a very, very fascinating read see this article titled simply “Terrain” (astounding read, honestly, if nothing else read this article).
        So there stood Western medicine at this great fork in the road, and ultimately they chose to go with Pasteur. And so began our war against the germs that plague us. But does this cure us?
        But don’t be down on Pasteur, his discoveries are important. He led others to introduce sterilization, disinfection, vaccines, and eventually antibiotics.
        However, Bernard said basically that germs do not cause disease. Look at this quote from “The Lost History of Medicine” which I have linked to above

        Germs Do Not Cause Disease
        The most telling “concept” that has ever crossed my desk is the quotation Dr Young uses right at the beginning of his book, “Sick and Tired”:

        If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat—diseased tissue—rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant. Rudolph Virchow (Father of Pathology)
        Do you understand the importance of this? When I read this quotation for the first time, it hit me like a brick. I’ve always known the terrain was the key, but I had always thought of the terrain as the immune system. I had had no idea that the proper terrain alone was, by itself, enough for perfect health. Nor had it ever occurred to me that the immune system was merely a backup system that took over when the terrain failed.
        I have come to the conclusion that Bernard was indeed correct “The terrain is everything” and furthermore I believe this quote to also be correct, “The immune system was merely a backup system that took over when the terrain failed”. Consider Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), MS, Alzheimer’s, Chrones Disease, Lupis, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, and so on and their incredible upward ramp on the charts of those affected. We have failed to maintain our terrain by both neglecting it and poisoning it with our modern way of life. There is new thought on Cancer actually being a fungus, including Lukemia. Look up the term Pleomorphism and see what you think, do germs “get in” or are they simply made inside our body when the conditions are right.

    • Yikes! I’ve not had someone accord me hero status. I’m unsure the tag is appropriate… I simply shared a perspective based on my recent experiences. Just as we have had increasing trust issues with law enforcement personnel in the U.S., there are good police and there are questionable police. I believe the same holds for doctors, especially those beholden to the Big Pharma and Insurance company drivers.

      • You take for granted the ability to speak freely, even in America a lot of people stay hidden in fear. Especially with sexual orientation. The ability to speak up and out on a controversial subject is inspiring, that’s all 🙂

  3. Good wishes. I’ve taken heart medication now for 19 years. I said to the specialist back then, Will I have to take this medication for the rest of my life? Goodness me, no! he said. They will get better pills!
    I do what my doctor says. They are forever changing and re-adjusting. My health keeps apace.

    • You’ve got me beat by seven years, Bruce. 🙂 And yes, there is always a “new and improved” version of pills. I’m glad to learn that your wellness keeps pace with you and your doctor’s decisions.

  4. Eric, excellent post. Speaking from bitter experience, but not take away from your yours, I went through 3 months of pointless (and expensive) MRI’s and various drug schedules before a simple blood test by a different physician revealed the truth of my disease . By that time my kidneys were all but shot and I was left with 11 fractures/lesions in my spine and pelvis. I strongly believe I was used as a golden goose for this particular clinic. Blindly trusting their every word and recommendations. A trust born of fear and desperate need to get well.

    • Appreciate the sharing of your personal experiences, Christian. Mine have mirrored yours, to an extent. And yes, I believe I too was (and still am) used as a petri dish for ‘the system.’ I may at times be slow to wisdom, but I am coming up to speed quickly on trusting my own body and mind for wellness decisions.

  5. I hope you are feeling better and on the road to recovery Eric!

    I trust my doctor. I believe doctors and patients have little control over our health care. Sorry, but it is driven by insurance. I don’t just see this in my personal care but in the care of individuals I am made aware of through ‘work’. Doctors don’t get to make the decision on what their patients need. And it’s getting worse.

    • Thanks. Colleen, I am to both.

      Good to learn you trust your doctor. Many do! And unless significant changes are effected in the role that insurance companies and Big Pharma play in physician decision making, it seems we’re heading down a slippery slope. I like sledding and tobogganing but I’m not going down their declines.

      • I don’t know, Colleen. One tact that I am proactively exploring is alternative medicine providers/healers. Not only have some of their techniques been used for generations but they have a track record of helping to alleviate pain, suffering, disorders, etc. Many of them significantly less expensive that what Western physicians and specialists charge and often, insurance is not in the picture. kudos for your trying. Do you have any ideas to help level the slope?

  6. Lust for money and lower moral values& ethics are becoming more and more virulent in every sphere of human life as such life comes so cheap to drive the pharmaceuticals and in turn the doctors to target the innocent scapegoats called patients who are helpless and blindly trust them.

    • I believe (and read) that you, I, and others are on a similar page. It’s the blind trust that seems to get people in trouble, I hope people will choose to become more aware and more educated about their own wellness and make informed choices — be they their own or in concert with their doctor(s).

  7. I hope you are better soon Eric. I have also found we need to be as informed and educated as we can. We need to advocate for ourselves, and not be afraid to ask questions and go for second opinions, and to work with a doctor we trust implicitly. In the two major health “occurrences” in my life I found the most qualified surgeon I could and it was a blessing. In another case I also found a doctor whom I trusted, but went for a second opinion only to find the advice she offered was correct, that her non invasive approach was the way to go. Years ago I think people put blind faith and trust in what their doctor said, we need to be more proactive today. All the best to you always.

    • Thank you for your well wishes. No sooner did I reply to the previous comment than I read your’s which states the same needs re: being informed and advocating for ourselves. Pretty prudent, right? I like your recommendation to be “proactive” with our research and decisions. Trust (at least in ourselves) will follow,

  8. Hopefully you are doing well, Eric!

    Yes, even in Germany, it is not much different in terms of confidence in the medical profession. Here I suspect establish a trend of “good faith” is higher, the older the patient. Especially the older generation still sees in many cases the “father figure” in the physician and is in accordance “submissive”.

    I think I can trust only the fact that people do what they do. No more and no less.

    • Thank you, Vera. I come from good stock and am pretty resilient when it comes to recovering. 🙂 I believe the Harvard study I cited identified several European countries as ranking mush higher with their residents faith and trust in physicians. I suspect in many countries, the ‘father figure’ perspective is strong and perhaps, well deserved in some locales. I wonder about the level of involvement/influence drug and insurance companies have in those places?

  9. I´m sending well wishes through the fiber optics, my friend! I really like the part about having to trust doctors given all the other interests involved in their decision making. Sound weird but Brazil has a foot up on the US in this as they prohibit a lot those kind of activities. Here´s to the best for you!

    • Well wishes received, Ryan. Thanks! Obviously, with the U.S. ranking 24th in the study, Brazil and many other countries have greater trust in their health care providers. What about their police though?

      • That´s a whole other story which I could probably get a post out of. There is an us vs. them thing going on down here. I came here with the American mentality so I would great officers on the street, give thumbs up on the road and the such. That´s a no no! You look suspicious when you do such things. I asked for directions on what could be compared to the Times Square of São Paulo (from an officer) and you would have thought that I had messed up his day! Not much trust between the public and police and vice versa. It´s a shame really.

  10. I want to start by saying that I practise all three tips that you suggested. I used to trust doctors implicitly now I am afraid to see one, even when I get sick… I try every possible natural remedy even for serious ailments before I get dragged to the doctor’s. Why don’t I trust them you ask? Well, most doctors in my part of the world tell me about how much money they invested in their qualifications and how they need to make good this investment first before they can become the “benevolent gods” they were trained to be… ouch!

    • I’m growing ever more closely to your position: afraid to see one, even when sick. I’m becoming an increasing fan of alternative medicine and practitioners, in part because their methods have been successful for generations, if not centuries. And yes, the pompousness of some of them doesn’t serve the profession’s image or trust factor, either.

      • I am sorry for adding this information but i recently came across a doctor who referred a patient to another specialist outside the country even though he was able to treat her simply because he got a higher commission for the referral than the fees he would get for treating her. What a sad, sad situation…

    • Thank you! It is almost always my desire to find the positive vein in any given situation. Complaining about any condition is easy. Searching for alternatives and solutions to challenges is a lot about who I am and how I ‘roll.’ 🙂 As for the new scripts, I’ll stick with them for a while… until I find a more viable (for me) solution.

  11. Speedy recovery from your trauma stay.

    I don’t trust the medical profession ~ it’s too driven by Big Pharma and Insurance considerations and not enough by the overall health and well-being of patients. And it’s far to focused on curing disease or treating symptoms rather than preventative care to promote health and well-being.

    • Thanks, Nancy. I’m listening to my body and for the first few days home, it simply said, rest. A lot. 🙂 I appreciate and wholeheartedly concur with your sentiments. You have succinctly summarized what I (too) believe to be the issue’s essence.

  12. I am amazed when I watch television, the number of commercials for pharmaceutical products and how they are portrayed. They spend ten seconds of a sixty second spot telling what the drug can do for you. They then spend the last fifty seconds explaining the side effects and possible dangers inherent in taking the drug – all while showing the patient with a smile on their face, fishing in a mountain stream, placing the viewer in a happier and more peaceful mood thanks to the soothing melodies playing in the background.

    Sorry, off on a tangent – can you tell I am not completely enamored with pharmaceutical commercials? 😉

    Getting back on track – to trust – I really like your three practices for adopting a trustful attitude in any relationship, whether it is with a family member, close friend, or work colleague. Although trust is a very complicated concept to grasp for some based upon past experiences, these practices are perfect for moving even the most skeptical closer to the adoption of trust. Thanks for sharing, Eric. Brilliant as usual 😉

    • I like and ‘do’ tangents often, Dave, 🙂 Glad you appreciate the three practices. There are so many it wasn’t tough to come up with three. And yes, trust is a challenging concept for many, especially if they haven’t had their or others’ trustworthiness tested. Anything any of us can do to create awareness around the value and (to your word) adoption of positive trust practices will serve the collective we well. Thanks for your always thoughtful comment(s).

  13. Eric, sending you Healing vibes,, and yes life can suddenly change in an instant.. And we have to put our trust into the medical professionals, yet I do not always trust their drugs. And thankfully I am blessed with relatively good health..But it wasn’t always so… I think the pharmaceutical industry while many drugs do wonderful jobs.. Need to be regulated in their testing of some of them. But they are on a win win situation.. as they bring out more drugs to combat the ones that cause the side effects.
    Our Bodies are not made to cope with so much chemicals. and we absorb so much from other means also.. Chemicals of additives in our food, pesticides, Fluoride..

    Dr’s are bombarded and rewarded to use branded drugs and push these drugs onto people .. And the Dr’s to a degree have to Trust the pharmaceutical industries to have tested these drugs..
    I watched a very interesting film yesterday which touched upon this very subject of what we ingest.. the Movie is called Origins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf4vJKZXxn8 I do hope you get the time to watch it Eric, May be at the weekend.. it is an eye opener .. Even though I knew many things within it, I still learnt something new..
    Wishing you a relaxing Weekend
    Blessings Sue

    • Healing vibes received and appreciated, Sue. Your thoughts on additional testing and quality control with pharmaceuticals is a valid and important point. So often we read about comprehensive clinical trials being accelerated in the interest of rushing yet another possible drug solution to market. Yet I am of a different opinion when it comes to doctors needing to trust Big Pharma and their having fully tested drugs. I truly believe BP’s focus is on the bottom line and accountability to their shareholders. And in that strategy, trust by doctors and patient’s gets compromised or lost. This thought stream beings me full circle to “Who are the pawns in all of this?”

      Haven’t had a chance yet to watch the movie but I will. I’m always open to leaning new and more. 🙂 Thanks for the weekend wishes and please consider them returned!

  14. Hope you are feeling better. I am a firm believe in trusting your instincts and having a two-way relationship with your doctor. They are not God, just human beings doing their best to navigate the system, and sometimes as you mentioned, the system is controlled by Big Pharma! Stay well!

    • I am. Thank you. Appreciate your reminding me and others to trust our own instincts. Intuition can often be invaluable. My post wasn’t intended to drag down a huge cohort of good doctors and their working in patients’ best interests. Yet when one becomes aware of the degree to which their skills and intentions are being constrained but others, that’s where my concern about trust arises. I will stay well. You too! 🙂

    • Thank you! And you (as well as Nancy above) have nailed the matter. Now all we need to do is figure out how to mitigate the influence of the drug and insurance companies — without to another country.

  15. Hi Eric, I hope you’re feeling better and on the road to recovery.
    On the doctor front, I think there is a huge difference between one’s own ‘family doctor’ with whom one can build a relationship (at least here in Ireland) and hospital doctors who are strangers to us when we land in hospital. From experience, I’ve found that it can be very difficult to build a trusting relationship with the latter as ‘time’ is of the essence and neither party gets a chance to learn to read the other unless the treatment is long-term.

    As for trust in general, it always seems like a real balancing act and this issue of reciprocation comes into play so much.

    • Indeed, Jean. The different scenarios your present can (and do) yield vastly different relationships and outcomes. While I chose to depict trust in a healthcare experience, the subject and its applicability is a balancing act in many settings. Yet when powerful external influences hold sway, the possibility of “reciprocity” gets both tested and unfairly imbalanced. Would you agree?

      Appreciate your kind wishes. I’m already well along said road. 🙂

      • Hi Eric, glad you’re doing well.
        I think where both parties are well aware of the power of the external factors ~ eg. big pharma ~ and are open about it, then the trust and reciprocity can be built. However, if there are hidden agendas, then trust and the possibility and true reciprocity are pretty much doomed to fail.

  16. I’m sorry you had to go through such an experience and I hope you start feeling better soon. I have learned through my hubby’s heart issues in the last 10 years, and some of my own experiences lately, that we have to look after ourselves, speak for ourselves and do our own research. I have a dialogue with our doctors on every medicine and every experience in taking them. That “straight talk” has increased the trust level somewhat, and resulted in many changes of medications, including completely stopping some. My hubs is down from 12 (!!) to 6 meds and feeling better than ever. Big money, in both pharmaceuticals and insurance, has far too much influence in our health care today. The only “counter drug” in my book to defend ourselves against these unwanted effects is knowledge.

    • Well said/shared, Helen… we have to look after ourselves, speak for ourselves, and do our own research. Ask more (meaningful) questions! Following this guidance does lead increased trust on the part of all parties. I like your “counter drug” and am pleased to learn that your husband is feeling better than ever. 🙂

  17. Oh, I hope all is under control now and that you are feeling better! That must have been scary. Being a “frequent” hospital/doctor traveler, I have a list of doctors whom I trust and those who I question all the time. What I learned is that you have to be informed, keep records and keep track of procedures and medications and be your own advocate at all times. I don’t know what the solution is but I think the mistrust carries over to all positions of authority these days. Police, teachers, principals, government. I think it’s tipping too far the other way.

    • Yes, it was an anxious ordeal, Maria. 🙂 Even though I have always made it a point (as do you) to heighten my awareness and to be informed, when something significant presents out of the blue and we’re (understandably) dealing people we have no relationship with, trust takes on a different dimension. And I agree with you about trust declining across other professions/institutions; it’s sad. All the more reason why we have to work to develop trust in any relationship.

  18. Hey Eric, from reading the above comments I’ve realized you’ve not been well and have had a less than satisfying experience with your doctor. Hope you are on the road to recovery.

  19. Wishing you better health soon!!

    As far as the pharmaceutical industry goes, I am a sceptic. Most modern medications carry a multitude of side-effects.

    There is a myth about the value of certain drugs especially chemotherapy drugs. I read a report once by an oncologist who said that the average life expectancy for cancer (I cannot remember the type) patients without any form of chemotherapy is seven years. With chemotherapy it falls to three years.

    Pharmaceuticals are the second biggest industry in the world, after oil and gas. And there is a clear reason for this.

    Drugs are BIG business.

    • Appreciate your wishes, H. Big business doesn’t always get big by placing trust first or as a value high on their company mission statements. This contributes to we need to focus to actively develop and sustain trust.

  20. I believe most doctors care about their patients (well, not from my personal experience, but I’m giving the benefit of the doubt). However, I agree that their actions are governed by drugs companies now. I’ve “cured” several illnesses through diet change and altering my sleeping position, instead of ‘treating” said conditions with the expensive drugs that were forced on me.

    • Thanks for sharing that you have benefited from some of your own wellness choices, Eric. The more people realize that trusting their own intuition and knowledge, the more likely they will be open to exploring and choosing simpler and viable alternatives. Less costly and less (in some cases) dangerous too.

  21. Very sorry to hear of your serious (traumatic) health problems you have been going through. I am sad when I hear about people who are hard workers, trying to make their way through the intricacies of systems facing uphill challenges. I have been upset with my work place, because I know for a fact they make plenty of money but have offered us a lower level of health insurance. Steadily, downhill insurance for more cost to the workers. So, there is another one to blame in this whole issue of health care. (Big businesses who don’t wish to absorb as much of the cost!)
    My oldest daughter works at a similar company where they have lower deductibles and much better options of care. I am thankful that I don’t have health issues. I will keep you in my prayers, Eric.

  22. Kind of you to keep my health in your thoughts, Robin. Thank you. You share an important view: that employers are often as complicit as insurance companies and Big Pharma in not having a patient’s (or valued employee’s) wellness at the fore of their intentions. And yet companies and institutions want trust and loyalty from their employees. Glad to learn that you’re in good health and don’t need to tap into the ‘system,’ even if there were more trust in it.

  23. This post had me thinking quite a bit ~ my father is a physician (general surgeon), and although retired, throughout his life he believed more in the body healing itself without “rolling the dice” with prescriptions… My first job in China was working for a pharmaceutical company who could only make hard currency in China (USD) by trading pharmaceutical drugs on the international market ~ of which one of my trading friends told me he hated, as it was basically dispersing drugs throughout developing countries: drugs that were banned from developed countries…all for the sake of profit.

    It was another removal of a large chuck of trust I had in the medical field. When my dad retired, he surprised us all (family & community). Later, I understood his decision to retire was based on the loss of joy of the work he loved due to the increased focus on money/politics from all angles. There is much to be proud of in our doctors and the medical community, but as you allude to there are so many dark corners…I could discuss this forever and a day 🙂

    Wish you the best of health and also finding those in the profession who are there for all the right reasons.

    Wishing you and your family a great holiday season of peace & happiness. Merry Christmas 🙂

    • I hope the tone of my post didn’t broadly slam physicians. There truly is much to be proud of and thankful for in a vast majority (am I stretching it here?) of doctors and the health care profession. I frequently debate this with one of my brothers-in-law (an Orthopedic Surgeon).

      I, too, know good doctors who have left the profession they love for reasons similar to your dad. They entered medicine with such high hopes for rendering compassionate and quality care, only to be rudely awakened by how the system (at least in the US) works today.

      Appreciate your good health wishes. I’m blessed to come from good stock so it takes a lot to beat this man down. 🙂 Warm wishes returned your way, Randy, for a peaceful Christmas season.

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