Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: More Ritalin NonsenseI
Re: More Ritalin NonsenseI
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 10:23:38 -0500
Pam Glidden wrote:
> Dear Scouters,
> I just wanted to share this post below with you. I have received
> permission from the author to share it. Sometimes we forget that
> others are out there facing the very problems that we are discussing,
You act as though there is no reason for anyone to question the
diagnosis that their doctor makes, as if they are not subject to the
same economic laws we are!
Specifically, in 1993 my doctor told me I had some abnormal readings
during my annual physical and needed some further testing. I travelled
to the Cleveland clinic and spent an entire day spending money an
testing, even though I had no symptoms of anything abnormal.
Two weeks later I returned to be told that I needed a kidney biopsy to
determine why my kidneys were failing. Being sceptical, I asked for
further details, and the doctor acted like I had no right to be asking!
I first asked what was wrong, and he said my proteins were high, at 1.4.
I asked on what scale that was, he said on a one to ten scale, and it
had climbed from 1.2 three years earlier. He said my kidneys were half
gone and I would be on dialisis within a year unless they did this
testing to determine the cause of my life threatening illness!
I said "wait a minute, you just said that I was 1.4 on a scale of 1-10!"
He hemmed and hawed, and I began smelling a used car salesman! I told
him that I would risk it, and made a beeline for the door, refusing the
operation and another several thousand wasted dollars of the BSA's
health care money.
That was 5 years ago this month, and I have had not one bit of problem
since. He was, as I suspected, full of ^&*(!
Lesson: Those foolish enough to believe every bit of the garbage being
dished out by some of these charlatins are going to be taken for a ride,
and in two very personal cases, will spend vast amounts of money on very
questionable drugs and treatments. I could site other instances as
well, but I do not wish to waste more bandwith.
While I am alive right now because of quality health care, and I do not
want to minimize the value of a good doctor, I very much resent being
called ignorant just because I am more aware of human motivations than
you apparently are!
I will not blindly bow at your altar, and I suggest strongly that others
be wary as well. The drug companies and health care providers today
have very different goals than they did just a few decades ago,
I suggest that you do your homework with a slightly more cynical eye.
You have defened their agenda and yet have never addressed my original
Japanese are using 8x the perscription drugs that Americans are!