Bogus Medicine - Thyroid - Not Depression
Here's the scene: You go to the doctor dragging your patooty behind you.
Your body has ballooned, but your hair got thin. You discovered a whole new definition of tired. And is it normal to wear an overcoat to bed to keep warm?
The doctor nods sagely and announces his on-the-spot, one-size-fits-all diagnosis: Depression.
As he grabs for his prescription pad, you demur. Just a little. After all, he's the doctor. But you explain that you're happy with your life. The only problem is not having the energy to enjoy it more.
Ever see a doctor change his pronouncements? Me either. You get a prescription for an anti-depressant.
It doesn't work, of course, Your problem isn't depression; it's a thyroid gland that can't get its act together.
Most, if not all, thyroid patients have been through this scenario. Maybe multiple times.
Doctors go on about practicing scientific, evidence-based medicine. Look at such talk as no more than a diversionary tactic. At best. Most of medicine arises from opinions and past practices, however misguided.
And doctors love the idea of depression. Depression is real, of course, but the diagnosis of depression, ah, now that's a wide open door. No tests. No fixed criteria. Anything goes. Best of all, it herds patients through quickly, all paying as they leave.
Here's the latest: Based on no evidence of a problem, doctors want legislation to force all pregnant women to become candidates for antidepressants. Still no tests or criteria, but even worse, no studies on what antidepressant medication will do to the baby.
Will they get their way? Well, a lot of people went for the Gardasil scam. And a whole bunch more jumped on the statin bandwagon. Not to mention the annual flu shot foolishness. I could go on. Examples abound.
Nobody seems to have considered what health disaster could result from such pregnancy-equals-depression legislation.
Sure will push a lot of pills, though.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.