Oct 162015
 

Note: Apologies for the site downtime on Wednesday and Thursday morning. My credit card number changed, and I didn’t realize my web host charges were due. I’m still here! That was terrible timing, though :-) Sorry about that.

The good news is, I had my doctor appointment and all appears relatively well. I’m iodine deficient, which hasn’t happened in a while, and my autonomic nervous system is a little more stressed than it was last year, but it’s still balanced and everything else appears to be under control. My hormones aren’t out of whack either. My liver and blood cells both are functioning at optimal levels, and my cancer markers are normal. Relief and gratitude are my main emotions.

A New Era

I was nervous about this appointment for several reasons, not just the ones I detailed in my 2015 self-assessment. I also was nervous because I was switching doctors by necessity, since my doctor passed away. I’ll write more about this someday, but not today.

I’m happy to say my new doctor and I got along well, we agreed on a path forward for my program, and we’re on the same page with my preference for a largely vegetarian diet. I’ll still eat fish, eggs, yogurt and organic raw cheese, but I’ll cut the weekly serving of red meat and lean back toward organic liver powder. I was allowed to replace the liver powder with organic grass-fed beef last year, but allowed or not, it often makes me feel terrible. I CRAVE the liver, despite its lack of tastiness, and miss it when I don’t take it. We also amped up my dose of Atlantic kelp once again to try to address the iodine deficiency.

One thing that was so comforting was knowing I had somewhere to go and someone I can trust to pick up the reins as my doctor-ally in this journey. I know what to do, but my doctor has seen about 5000 more situations than I have, and can give better advice as a result.

Sitting in a cafe before my appointment, I made a list of what I think makes a great doctor. I think both my late doctor and my new doctor embody these principles, and I wanted to share them with you.

A Great Doctor

A great doctor listens. When a great doctor’s patients say something is wrong, a great doctor believes them and looks for answers.

A great doctor offers advice in a way that doesn’t patronize and doesn’t lecture but draws on years of experience and gently guides.

A great doctor follows the truth wherever it leads, without regard to whether the truth is a plant, a patent medicine, a practice or a supplement.

A great doctor accepts that the truth can come from unlikely sources, and is willing to investigate it.

A great doctor never stops learning and never stops looking for the truth. When the great doctor finds truth, money and politics cannot divert the great doctor’s interest and application.

A great doctor knows when patients need reassurance and when they need the harsh truth, and delivers both in a non-offensive way.

A great doctor leaves room for miracles while minimizing the need for them.

A great doctor understands the tangible (what is learned in medical school and in practice) and the intangible (what cannot be learned but can only be observed and learned from).

A great doctor understands that people are infinitely different, with common threads.

A great doctor understands that a doctor is more of a guide than a healer. The patient’s body and spirit are the healers.

A great doctor maintains distance, but not too much.

A great doctor does not seek the limelight except when doing so could help heal more people.

A great doctor will go to great lengths for patients. The great doctor will be as patient with them as they are with the great doctor.

What would you add to this list? Who have your great doctors been?

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