I advocate people taking responsibility for their own health. I don't just mean watching what you eat and things like that. I mean weaning yourself from doctors to the degree, no more and no less, than your knowledge and abilities allow you to.
Doctors admit to killing around 150,000 people a year in the USA through errors, and some doctors say the real number may be 5 times larger.
And, a few years ago, a study in large city hospitals showed that fewer people die when the doctors leave the hospital, such as a doctors convention.
I worked in a high tech electronic factory for over 30 years. Though it wasn't my job title, my job function was Senior Diagnostician. I eventually became good at it, no brag, just fact.
In 1980, I got tired of taking my son to the doctor more than once a month. Miss work, sit in a doctor's waiting room for a couple hours with a sick kid who has diarrhea or fever, plus his bill to be told, "It's going around."
So, I started by calling the baby sitter who always knew what the problem was, because she saw all the sicknesses. And, she'd tell me, just keep him home today, or Omigod get him to the doctor!
I went to our state university and actually assumed I would not be allowed to buy medical books. My cash was good, and I started with Krupp and Chatton.
Over time, I got where in most cases I knew what the problem was. A mix of the books and experience and diagnostic techniques.
I also finally realized that when I went to the doctor, half the time he was wrong. I would take his diagnosis home and study it out, and he had no clue!
So now it is rare I go to the doctor at all.
I am not urging anyone to do that, because this does take time to learn. But, if you can get the latest edition of TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF that will help a lot.
It has flow charts based on the symptom and runs you through a flow chart, telling you what to do and when to go to the doctor. Companies which give this book to their employees, I think the figure was, reduced health costs by like 8% right away. It really works.
You can get the Merck Manual for like $70, and when you get a diagnosis from a doctor read up on it, and slowly you can increase your knowledge.
And, Crisssakes, learn about low carb. I use Atkins but it doesn't matter. Turns out many doctors tell you that Atkins can't work, but I bought Physiology by Guyton and Hall, the text book used in many medical schools in the US and Mexico. And, it does say that increasing fat consumption burns body fat!!!!!!
It is easier to change people's religion than their diet. On man's boards, if you mention low carb, you immediately get all sorts of contradicting diets from men. Most of them are very young, and seem to have a diet that temporarily works for them. Check them out at 50 and see the mess they are in! And, in most cases, even then they will not listen to low carb.