I’ve not spoken about this up to now but the start of September was a really hard time for me and my family.
My mum, who is normally a fit healthy person, was taken into hospital with pneumonia, where she had a huge heart attack and also got sepsis.
For the best part of 2 weeks the doctors were saying it’s likely she wouldn’t make it.
It was awful. Really devastating.
So sudden, and unexpected.
I’m so pleased to be able to say that, in the end, she made quite a dramatic turnaround, and is now back home and seemingly back to normal (if having to take things very easy).
I have to say, the care she got while in hospital was unbelievably good.
She was in the critical care ward, where she had at least 1 nurse solely on her 24/7, and they done everything they could for her.
I’ll forevermore be grateful for all that they done. It was incredible.
In many ways, the NHS is something that we, in the UK are very lucky to have and can be proud of, especially when you compare our health service to that of most other countries.
But I have seen that it has once again been in the news recently, with concerns it is hugely underfunded.
Waiting times are too long, treatments are rationed, and funding is, apparently, urgently needed.
I’m certainly not going to completely slate it because like I say, they do INCREDIBLE work.
However, I do believe for them to be appropriately funded some of their mentality needs to change, especially when it comes to parts of how they deal with chronic health problems (such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).
For people with IBD, they do great work, save lives, and help to get symptoms under control quite often. However, I have many clients who in the past have been feeling better than ever, transformed their health, but still the doctors want to suggest more medication, and sometimes even surgery.
One crazy example was with a client of mine who had an appointment with his consultant when 2 months into a programme working with me.
They reviewed the results of some testing they done a couple of months ago, and because his results, at the time, were not good (2 months before) in terms of inflammation, the doctor has suggested a much stronger biological drug which not only comes with awful side effects, but is also VERY expensive to the NHS.
He was also told that very soon he would need to consider surgery
(which is also a VERY expensive thing for the NHS to carry out).
All of this was mentioned to my client DESPITE THE FACT that
a) In the 2 months leading up to the appointment his bowel movements had dropped from 15 times per day, to between 1 and 3
b) he was feeling fantastic
c) the comprehensive stool testing that we ran on him uncovered plenty of issues (bacterial in particular) for us to be working on that are/were no doubt contributing towards his symptoms.
Basically, the evidence that he is feeling better, and that we had uncovered big drivers of his symptoms were of no interest to the doctor.
Instead, he just wanted to introduce expensive medication, and expensive life changing surgery.
It’s things like this that will be putting a huge strain on NHS funding.
Don’t mistake me, I am not saying that a doctor’s approach is wrong, and that you should abandon it completely.
Or that drugs and surgery never help.
But they aren’t long term solutions…
…and when confronted with a patient who has made significant progress from the changes we’ve made together…
…and who has uncovered major bacterial and yeast problems that will be affecting his disease, then that should be celebrated, not dismissed with more drugs or surgery!
At the very least the doctor could have taken more interest in the steps my client had taken to get there, so he could perhaps share it with future patients who are also struggling and don’t want to rely on meds and surgery.
The problem with the NHS approach to chronic health problems is they rarely care what caused them.
Without considering that, how can we hope to improve things?
Traditionally, a doctor will be asking “what drugs can I use to treat this disease?”
I will ask, on the other hand, ask why you have this problem, and what can be done about it.
Why is your bowel inflamed?
Why is your immune system behaving like it is? (we know it is not just genetics).
What can we do to help you heal, rather than mask your problems?
And if the NHS adopted a similar approach, they would have a LOT more money to spend on the things they do best.
p.s. I’m NOT a doctor and I don’t pretend to be. But my methods can work very well alongside what you are doing with your doctor (it’s not an either / or approach).
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