I get a lot of ideas for posts on a diabetic forum I hang out a lot at, and today I encountered a remark about how people should consult with a qualified medical practitioner before taking any dietary supplement. Actually I think the remark was check with your doctor but I assume this is what was meant anyway, that we need to speak to someone who is qualified in this area. I think that we need to be a little more specific here, as in a medical practitioner who is qualified to give advice on taking supplements. It’s not too much to ask though that they be knowledgeable about the subject though, and as we know most allopathic doctors aren’t just not experts, they have very little knowledge about the subject, so they actually should be the last person someone would want to be asking about this.
There are certainly some things that they have some expertise in, like for instance protocols with prescription medicines, and also of course have some good knowledge about certain aspects of physiology, a certain view of it anyway, although certainly one that is far less holistic than it should be.
In any event, in most cases, and I do realize that not all MDs are ignorant about things like supplements and nutrition, this is simply not one of their areas of study. If your physician is a naturopath, then it would be within his or her area of study, and a significant part of it actually.
This isn’t to say that all naturopaths know what they are doing, but they at least are experts on this matter, where allopathic physicians generally are lucky to even have some basic knowledge about supplements and especially their use as medicines. More and more are becoming at least somewhat knowledgeable here, especially functional medical practitioners, who look to use both man made and natural medicines to treat disease, and tend to rely on the natural medicines a lot more.
So it actually makes no more sense to tell people to ask their allopathic doctor for advice on this than it would be to tell them to ask this of their preacher, and the preacher actually might know more than they do. This isn’t only well outside their scope of practice, they have likely been exposed to a lot of misinformation that is promoted by the drug companies to look to reduce their competition from natural medicines.
So what you will tend to hear from them is that these substances are worthless as medicines, because that’s what they have been told to believe, they haven’t actually looked at the evidence though, or have been exposed to any real education on this at all, so this surely does not make them experts on the matter.
I think that a lot of people are perfectly capable of going out and learning plenty on their own about these things, especially in the information age, but allopathic medicine doesn’t want people actually doing that, as this would make them less reliant on their medical advice and they also are going to be subject to being questioned more, and their preferred role isn’t one of a consultant, it’s one of a dictator.
However, if people do want to seek professional medical advice from a licensed practitioner, there are plenty who do have some good knowledge of this, but they don’t tend to be MDs. So if we’re not going to be stupid about this, how much knowledge and now qualified a practitioner is on the subject should matter you would think.
Sadly though, allopathic medicine has such a stranglehold on medical practice that it doesn’t even matter whether they are qualified or not to provide medical advice on a subject, they are still looked at generally as the experts on all things health related.
Knowledge here isn’t just limited to naturopaths though, there are some chiropractors who have made natural medicine a big part of their practice, as well as practitioners with other medical designations.
Now once again some MDs do know at least a decent amount here but it’s the exception for sure, there are some rather famous MDs that specialize in this, and there are lists that you can get with names of functional medicine practitioners and quite a few of them are MDs.
However, if we’re going to say, ask your doctor about taking supplements, we’re going to need to qualify that a little, to add if your doctor has much of an idea at all about the use of such things in medicine, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, this will not be the case. So why should we ask the expert opinion of someone who isn’t an expert at all and is in fact probably very ignorant on the subject?
I am partial to natural medicines myself and avoid pharmaceuticals altogether, although if I were looking for advice on pharmaceuticals, I would go to someone who is an expert on that, meaning an MD or a pharmacist, or a site or studies that had enough expertise on the matter to be a reliable source.
So this just makes sense, if we want to know about something and need information, it only makes sense to ask someone who actually knows enough about something to be qualified to provide an opinion, which doesn’t include all I know is that I’m told they are supposed to be worthless but I haven’t bothered to look into this, so take my advice and avoid the stuff.