I have always been someone who asks questions. I’m sure I was the annoying little kid who was constantly inquiring about something around me. I guess it was just curiosity. I have always wanted to learn how things work and why things work the way they do. I also want to know if there’s a better or a more efficient way to do something. I also like to push a little. If there is a rule someone wants me to follow, I need to know why the rule exists. I don’t like to take things at face value. I try to dig deeper to find the real truth, if it exists.
The other day I was listening to a podcast and the doctor/host said something along the lines of The amount of questions you ask is in direct proportion to the quality of your health. I immediately thought to myself how much truth was in these words and it started me thinking.
Some people think asking questions is insensitive or rude, but how do you learn if you don’t ask questions? Getting clarification is important, especially when dealing with your health. I also feel it’s important to question authority figures, such as doctors. I am not trying to be obnoxious, but I am asking questions to understand why they want to do a test or have me take a prescription medicine.. I am the only one looking out for my best interests, so I have to do my due diligence and ask as many questions as I can to help me make sense of whatever they want or expect me to do. Just because my doctor says I need to do something doesn’t mean I will. Questions first. Then I will make a decision based on the answers given.
When it comes to medical authority, there are way too many people who think that doctors are gods and their word is infallible. It is my opinion that doctors should be questioned more so than anyone because it is in regards to your health and what is more important? If your doctor doesn’t like questions, or won’t take the time to answer your questions, find a new one.
Currently, my mother is having a lot of medical issues. I don’t often go with her to her doctor appointments because my sister usually goes. My mom, sister and I think very differently about health care — that’s an understatement. My mom and sister put doctors on a pedestal. I don’t. It’s that simple.
When I talk to my mom after she has had a doctor appointment and she has returned home with more drugs and tests scheduled, I ask her what questions she asked the doctor. I usually don’t get much of a response. If I had gone and the doctor said he was going to prescribe another pill, I would ask many questions before having my mom agree to take the prescription. I would ask what the side effects are, will it interact with any other medication she is taking, is this the only option to reduce her pain, how long will she need to take it, what if it doesn’t work? How long should she take it before we realize if its working? Not asking these questions is just crazy. I truly do not understand this way of thinking — this close mindedness. And this method of health care — do whatever the doctor says, no questions asked — is NOT doing anything good for her health. They are mesmerized by Western medicine. I only see its flaws when it comes to treating disease, which is why questions must be asked — consistently and constantly..
It seems in today’s climate, where people are living in fear, they ask even fewer questions. Fear changes everything for people. They are willing to do anything to alleviate the fear and if that means doing something that a doctor has told them, with the promise of better health, they do it. They simply believe the doctor is correct. Doctor’s are humans and they make mistakes. They are not perfect. And they should be questioned — ABOUT EVERYTHING. And their answers should lead to more questions. This is basically part of the scientific method — questioning, testing, analyzing, drawing conclusions, and forming new questions. This is how scientists have made great discoveries about our world and have solved major health problems. Without those questions, we would not have all the medical breakthroughs that have been discovered over the last century. Things got better because scientists asked questions. Your health can also improve by asking questions of your doctor. You are your own best advocate and you must probe and question everything in order to make the best decisions.
Let’s face it, our medical system is seriously flawed. This has become even more crystal clear to me over the past 2 years. So many people take what they hear on TV as gospel and don’t look at any alternative ideas. And they don’t seek answers outside of mainstream sources. Medical doctors are not trained in alternative health options, so they will rarely offer those as solutions. Keep in mind that if your doctor does not ask about your sleep patterns, exercise habits, how much stress you’re under, or how much water you drink, then you need a new doctor. This is especially true if he/she writes a prescription before asking these questions. So, I guess it goes both ways — you want to ask questions of your doctor AND you want a doctor who asks you good questions about your daily habits. Knowing the answers to these could lead to better solutions than pills.
You also have the right to say no to your doctor. If the questions you ask lead to answers you don’t like, you can tell them you’ve decided not to take the pill or not to get the test. Get a second opinion and don’t feel guilty about doing so.
The bottom line is this: your health depends on your ability to ask good questions and to think critically about the answers before making a decision. Don’t let anyone bully you into not asking questions, don’t feel guilty about asking questions, and if you get push back, seek advice elsewhere. Click below for an article about the benefits of asking questions.