You’ve probably heard the statistics. Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. 1 in every 3 women die of heart disease. Etc.
What these statistics don’t tell us, however, is the story of the individual.
How did it begin? What steps did she take to determine the problem? How long did it take before she found the correct diagnosis? At that point, was it too late?
It’s a long, hard road leading to the truth. It’s easy for us to accept what we hear so long as it’s coming from somebody in a lab coat. Especially when medicines are prescribed and assurances are given.
But in doing so, we are doing ourselves a tremendous disservice.
You see, for all the well intentioned, highly educated physicians out there; the one thing they all lack is time. No doubt they’d like to spend more time with you, (after all, you waited 45 minutes for them), but, alas, three minutes is all they have. Finding the correct diagnosis in three minutes is impossible.
While the pressure placed upon our physician limits his time, maybe that’s not the whole of the problem. Perhaps it’s our perception of his authority that requires more attention.
Just typing that makes me nervous. Its as if some guys in dark suits and sunglasses are going to crash through the walls at any minute.
You see, by nature, I didn’t question authority. I believed what I was told. I believed what I read on the Internet; what the 6:00 news guy said and what my doctor told me. Until my health concerns were dismissed.
That’s when I realized what a dope I was.
If we don’t take a moment to check for the truth of a matter, how do you know it’s the truth? Simple concept; I know. And yet, we all are guilty of it.
So, the next time your ‘spidey senses’ tell you that what you just heard from your doctor just don’t seem right, trust it. After all, it’s your heart. You have no other choice but to get this one right.
How have you questioned authority?
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