The Diagnosis Trap
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The Diagnosis Trap (Excerpt from the paper “How to Recover from Long-Term Health Problems“)
I have heard thousands of patients voice some version of, “If I knew what was causing my problem I might be able to figure out how to get well.”
This is a very true statement. However, in our current health care system, asking this question, “what is wrong with me” opens up the first trap that can prevent you from ever recovering: The Diagnosis Trap.
This trap works by giving your health problem a name, and then substituting the name as the cause of the problem. For example, a doctor diagnoses you with “diabetes” and you now know you are a “diabetic.” What is the cause of you being a diabetic? It’s because you have diabetes! This circular thinking has zip to do with the actual cause of diabetes, and leads only to long-term drug treatment (which is what 85.3% of diabetics wind up with (CDC)).6
People will spend a great deal of time going from doctor to doctor trying to get a diagnosis in the mistaken belief that this will identify the treatment needed to get well. This rarely turns out to be the case. You may indeed get a diagnosis and a treatment for that diagnosis, but this is very, very unlikely to result in a resolution of your health problem.
A diagnosis is a name for a specific symptom or group of symptoms. It generally has little or nothing to do with what actually is preventing the body from healing. Treatments for diseases are usually drugs or surgeries, with the goal of managing the symptoms or getting them to go away, not to help the body heal.Ask your doctor this question: “Doctor, what really CAUSES (name of disease)?” you’ll usually get the answers of “your age,” “your genetics” or “no one really knows.” Essentially, your doctor is telling you the solution to your problem is to get younger or change your parents.
Chronic health conditions are caused by specific stresses that your body lacks the resources to address and correct, not names of diseases.
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“How to Recover from Long-Term Health Problems:
Be Happy Again with your Body and Life“
Do you have a health issue that:
- Gets in your way, impacts your life and reduces your potential happiness?
- Won’t go away?
- Doesn’t resolve with medical or natural treatment, or has you on a drug indefinitely?
- Getting rid of this problem makes your personal “Top Ten” list?
Are you good at justifying your problem rather than finding a solution?
- “It’s not that bad”
- “I just ignore it”
- “It’s better than a lot of other people have”
- “I don’t have time to worry about it”
Are you afraid that there might be no solution anyway? Or have you already come to that conclusion?
How can you finally put your health problems behind you and live your life more fully?
Dr. Melodie Billiot has written a paper entitled “How to Recover from Long-Term Health Problems: Be Happy Again with your Body and Life.” This paper gives you a usable, practical guide to recovering your life back from ongoing or repeating health problems. The paper discusses the following topics:
- The top ten problems of patients with chronic health conditions.
- Why nothing you are doing is likely to work.
- Reasons for the lack of effective treatment for chronic health conditions.
- Actions you can take that might work.
- The three traps that can prevent your success in getting better.
- Stopping symptoms vs Restoring healing capacity: Pros and Cons of the two approaches.
- Guide to getting well, steps 1 – 5.
- Action steps you can take right now.
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