Nickrz - “If you don’t trust the doctor who prescribed the drug(s) for you, why would you be visiting them in the first place?”
Interesting question. Several things:
My position is not a trust issue, but an education issue. I advocate educating yourself on long term health issues; getting information from different, trusted sources is part of that education process.
Trunst is not all or nothing. There are different levels of trust, and educated trust is different that blind, unquestioning trust. If you give your car mechanic unquestioning trust, you may end up paying for unnecessary car repairs. If you do the same with doctors, you may end up with long term health problems. You can trust a doctor to give you a prescription for a problem, but if you get an unlimitied prescription or you’re going to take a prescription every day for the rest of your life, that’s a much bigger impact on your health, and a much bigger risk.
I also recognize the limitations of doctors. A doctor is responsible for the health of hundreds of people, and for knowing how hundreds(or more?) health problems affect the body, and how to diagnose and treat them, or what kind of doctor is best suited to deal with them. I, OTOH, am only responsible for my health, (and my children if I have any) and I have the option of educating myself on my problems, or leaving it in my doctor’s hands. By educating myself, I help my doctor in her job and reduce the chance that I will face the problems my Mom did. I also reduce the chance that medicines from different doctors or OTC medicines interact badly.
The science of medicine is extremely complicated and new things are being discovered every day. A doctor may keep up with changes, or may not. (This is why I always get young doctors) Many medicines that doctors prescribe are new, and the doctor may not know any more about them except what PDR says. And he or she may not remember everything PDR say. Why spend your time with doctor having him/her recite from a book, if you can check it at the local drugstore?
It also helps that I’ve had several doctors commend me on my knowledge. And that I’ve found non-medical or OTC solutions through education that worked better or in a more healthful manner than what the doctor had recommended.
It also affected me when I had a dentist look in my mouth and say “Damn, your last dentist was terrible”. That’s a frightening thing to hear.