I recall an instance when my daughter, 25 then had constipation.
She had problems in bowel movement for two days.
In India we used to give Castor oil as a Laxative.
But this has to be practiced since childhood.
As this was not the case with my daughter, I tried Plantains on the first day and Greens in food the next day.
I could try Epsom Salt.
But my daughter insisted that we go to a hospital, that to a Super Specialty at that in Chennai.
We went there, consulted a Physician, who directed us to a Gastroenterologist..
While examining my daughter the Doctor was quizzing on where my daughter was working, whether she had Medical Claim facility.
Then he asked us to come for an Endoscopy the next Day , with an empty stomach and said that he was prescribing a medicine.
He added that it might relieve the bowel problem and that to prevent(!) such problems an Endoscopy is needed,it would cost Rs.800!
The medicine costed us Rs. 2.90 paise and the Consultation fee was Rs 300!
The Medicine..Epsom Salt!
Many Doctors indirectly pressurize you into taking unnecessary Medical Tests.
A Novice Doctor will tell you’ you should take the Test”
The experienced and the wily ones will tell you,
Of course, you need not have these tests.
But in my experience I have seen cases becoming complex if these Preliminary Tests are not taken!
What would you do?
You would take these Tess.
Not only these Tests are costly, but in some cases they may be dangerous to Health.
I am providing information on the Test that are wholly unnecessary with Links.
Assert your rights with your Doctor.
Routinely performing annual PAP tests for women 30 to 65 years old.
• Prescribing antipsychotic medication as a first choice to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
• Prescribing testosterone in men with erectile dysfunction and normal testosterone levels.
• Screening healthy people — with no symptoms — for cancer using a PET/CT scan.
• Treating an elevated PSA in men with antibiotics when no other symptoms are present.
• Prescribing Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and other drugs known as benzodiazepines in older patients as a first choice for insomnia, agitation or delirium.
The Medical Tests You need Not Have .
Skin or blood tests, when combined with a doctor’s examination and your medical history, can help determine if you’re truly allergic to something you inhaled, touched, or ate. But if you don’t have symptoms or a medical evaluation that points to an allergy, you should think twice about testing….
It’s worth getting a bone-density test if you’re older or have other risk factors for weak bones, because without it the first sign of osteoporosis is usually a broken bone. But if you’re not at higher risk, you should think twice about the test. ..
If you’re scheduled for surgery, a pre-operative chest X-ray can sometimes help make it safer by identifying medical problems that might make it a good idea to delay or even cancel the procedure. But if you don’t have signs or symptoms of heart or lung disease, you should think twice about having the X-ray…..
People with chronic kidney disease usually have other health problems too, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. And it can cause anemia, bone disease, heart disease and other health problems. So proper care can be complicated and can often include seeing several specialists, for many years. Even when the disease is treated carefully it can get worse, and may lead to the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.
But if you or a family member are on that path, choosing among the tests and treatments along the way won’t always be straightforward. Some of the decisions will be challenging: You might not even want or need some of the tests, treatments or procedures you may be offered.
Below, we describe four important examples where you, your family, and your doctor should carefully discuss the benefits and risks of treatment….
This calls for a detailed discussion with your Doctor.
Preferable that you have a family Doctor whom you know well and he knows you and your family.
Corporate and Super Specialty Hospitals are in the racket of making money, exploiting your so called “‘ Health Consciousness’an euphemism promoted by the Health Care industry for ‘Fear’!
Please check the following Links.
Dozens of types of tests and treatments are too often recommended by doctors when patients don’t need them, according to a warning issued Thursday by a coalition of leading medical groups in the United States.
This unnecessary care wastes time and money and sometimes causes harm to patients, according to the organizations that represent more than 350,000 doctors, the Associated Press reported.
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