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How To Choosing A Health-Care Practitioner

A Guide to Choosing a Health-Care Practitioner

Our bodies are capable of responding to a mixture of many different treatments, both orthodox and natural. We should be open to use a mixture of all the available and appropriate therapies whenever necessary.

Some doctors believe that all natural therapies are useless and unethical. Some natural therapists have claimed that their particular modality holds all the answers. Some natural therapists are not reputable, reliable or safe. Ensure that the health-care practitioner you have chosen has had proper training and has a good reputation.

If you are choosing to have an orthodox medical practitioner look after some of you child's health-care needs, take the time to interview several until you find one who you feel will treat your child in his best interest and one that can handle any emergencies consistent with your beliefs and desires.

Select a practitioner of natural medicine who has a clear sense of which orthodox medical procedures are necessary in case of emergency and who knows when it is time to use the orthodox methods that are effective and known to work in a high percentage of cases.

If you choose to consult only a practitioner of natural medicine you should be confident that this individual is capable of handling what ever condition may occur or that they are at least able to recognize their limitations and are willing to refer the child to someone else when necessary.



You Should Consider The Following Questions When Selecting A Health Practitioner For Your Family:

  • When they ask a question, do they listen to your reply?

  • Do they make themselves available if you feel that it is an emergency?

  • Was there adequate time spent in listening to you about the physical and emotional condition?

  • Are they warm and friendly?

  • Do they value intimacy and are they comfortable with human emotions and closeness?

  • How comfortable do you feel after a consultation?

  • Are they very quick to hand out prescriptions or do they sometimes admit that nothing needs to be prescribed?

  • Do they explain the side-effects and hazards of the medications (if necessary) that are prescribed?

  • Do they give both sides of the picture when it comes to immunization?

  • Do they guide you with suggestions about how to maintain the health and well-being?

  • Do they consider diet as being part of the treatment when applicable?

  • Do they take a complete history during your first visit?

  • Do they ask you about your observations about your physical and emotional condition?

Major Role In Preserving The Well-Being Of Your Family

Be patient with yourself, as it takes time to find the person you can trust and who can respond to you and your family's needs. Remember that doctors and health-care practitioners are only support systems. It is
you who plays the major role in preserving the well-being of your family.

If you are seeing a practitioner of natural therapies be sure to tell your doctor and vice-versa as sometimes prescribed drugs and herbs may not go well together.

When consulting a practitioner remember the following:

  • If you don't understand the terminology used, ask for a simpler explanation.

  • Be clear about the symptoms.

  • Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion.

  • Ask if there is anything that you can do to assist the healing (food, bathing, massage, etc.) at home.

If a condition is not life-threatening you do have a choice of how to treat it. Approximately 80 per cent of all non-life threatening conditions just disappear with time as the body heals itself. But orthodox medical practitioners should always be consulted immediately for the following:

  • Poisoning

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizures

  • Massive bleeding

  • Trauma (from burns, accidents, electrocution, hypothermia, etc.)

  • Broken bones

  • Head or neck injuries

  • Life-threatening diseases

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