Do you remember that old television show, “Who Do You Trust?” The show was entertaining and lighthearted, but it raises an important question. Exactly who can you trust, especially in this internet age, where we’re incessantly bombarded by a confusing amalgam of “expert” opinions?
At birth, we innately trust our parents. And that trust generally continues unless or until we’re given reason to question it. Then we are taught to trust the “experts” – our teachers, our investment advisers, and… our medical professionals.
But most of us were never taught to trust ourselves. And when we do assert ourselves, our beliefs are often put down by “experts” with superior credentials who in essence pat us on the head and want us to believe we don’t know “enough” to compete in their arena.
Why Am I Talking About Trust?
I get questions every day from community members who are confused by conflicting information they’ve read online or received from their doctors.
I created the Osteoporosis Reversal Program not to present myself as the expert with all the answers, but rather to present and empower you with information on osteoporosis. To encourage you to see yourself as the expert who is the only one who can make the ultimate decisions about your bone health.
If you trust in your own wisdom, you won’t take any “expert” on faith (including me!). Upon reviewing all the information, you'll see how the solution to your bone problems is a lot simpler than the “experts” would have you think. That's precisely why you find a Bibliography with more than 100 scientific references in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
Do Doctors Have All the Answers?
We would like to think so, and it would indeed be comforting to believe that doctors hold the key to our wellness. It is difficult to break our trust in doctors; most of us have had this trust instilled in us from childhood. And many doctors certainly do nothing to dissuade us from thinking we should trust them implicitly.
As I write in Doctor Dialogues (one of the reports included in Osteoporosis Reversal Program), perhaps it's not a coincidence that
…the word ‘doctor’ is from the Latin verb ‘docere’, meaning ‘to teach’, and from ‘doctus’ meaning ‘having been taught'.
In other words, doctors are meant to teach and we're meant to learn from them. Unfortunately, it's becoming harder and harder to find doctors who actually teach instead of merely prescribing drugs in haste.
So while most doctors are dedicated and well-meaning, in reality, they can't possibly have all the answers!
What Do Doctors Know That You Don’t?
Doctors do have a lot of valuable knowledge, but it’s not always applicable to your circumstances, nor is it always complete and up-to-date.
In the case of bone health, you are completely focused on your condition and dedicated to researching the best options.
Your doctor, on the other hand, is constantly bombarded with a huge amount of information on multiple conditions… and much of that information comes directly from the drug companies.
When it comes to your bone health, you, as a Save Our Bones community member, know a lot and should trust yourself. Here are just a few reasons:
1. You take the time to research for your particular situation.
2. You, and only you, are aware of everything that’s going on in your life, including other physical conditions.
3. Without question, you know yourself better than anyone else can.
4. You are the only one who is specifically focused on your needs.
5. You are intelligent. Trust that intelligence. Regardless of your formal education or career path, you have the capacity to understand what’s going on.
6. Last but certainly not least, as a member of the Save Our Bones Community, you are getting up-to-date, well-researched info on all things osteoporosis.
You’re In Control
I’d like to end with another quote from Doctor Dialogues:
One of the biggest paradoxes in life is that when we are faced with important choices – a time when we most need to use our common sense and ingenuity – we are typically not prepared or equipped to make them. For example, we usually have to choose a career or our lifetime companion when we are young and inexperienced. And when it comes to health issues, we most often have to choose our path to health when we’re overwhelmed with the bad news of a diagnosis or the worsening of a preexisting condition.
But nothing should stop you from breaking out of the mold to obtain the necessary information that will help you make intelligent decisions about your bone health.
With the Osteoporosis Reversal Program and the ongoing support you get through this blog, you have all the tools and information you need to trust yourself and regain your bone health. I know it can be difficult and confusing, but if you trust in yourself and apply what you learn, you will make the right choices.
Every situation is different, so take your health in your hands, learn as much as you can, and remember that knowledge is power.