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Patients Educating Doctors: Do's & Don'ts

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: How do you talk to your doctor about an alternative treatment?
Air Date: 2/28/17
Duration: 26:06
Host: Holly Lucille, RN, ND
Guest Bio: Julia Schopick, Author & Patient Advocate
Julia SchopickJulia Schopick is a best-selling author of the book, HONEST MEDICINE: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases. She is a seasoned radio talk show guest who has appeared on over 100 shows and is often invited back.

Through her writings and her blog, HonestMedicine.com, Julia’s goal is to empower patients to make the best health choices for themselves and their loved ones by teaching them about little-known but promising treatments their doctors may not know about.

Julia’s writings on health and medical topics have been featured in American Medical News (AMA), Alternative & Complementary Therapies, the British Medical Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times.

She coaches authors of world-changing, life-saving books in how to use radio and social media, especially Facebook, to get their messages out to the public. You may reach her via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Book Title: HONEST MEDICINE: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/julia.schopick www.facebook.com/Julia-Schopick-Presents-Honest-Medicine
Patients Educating Doctors: Do's & Don'ts
It’s important for your doctor to listen to you during your visit.

You have to be ready for an uphill trip if you have a treatment in mind to discuss with your doctor. Doctors are trained to treat patients with what they’ve learned. They aren’t always aware of alternative treatments.

How Not to Shut Down Your Doctor

  • Don’t say you found all the information on an alternative treatment on the Internet. It comes off as a Google medical education.
  • Don’t reference that you heard something in the media.

How to Talk to Your Doctor

  • Educate yourself on the treatment and side effects. You can only convince your doctor you’ve really considered the treatment if you’re educated about it.
  • Choose the best information to share with your doctor. Use the pieces that are most convincing and most scholarly for presentation to your doctor.
  • Your doctor may mention there haven’t been double-blind studies. Prepare to have information from university studies.
  • Assemble all of your information in a binder or folder. Bring it to your appointment to present, but don’t expect your doctor to read everything.
  • Ask your doctor to review the information and ask if you can discuss at a future appointment. Respectfully ask for your doctor’s opinion.
Your doctor may still be uncomfortable prescribing alternative treatment. Don't get upset. Ask if he would still be comfortable being your doctor if you find another provider to prescribe the alternative treatment.

Listen as patient advocate Julia Schopick joins Dr. Holly Lucille to discuss how you can speak with your doctor about alternative treatments.

**Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information about speaking with your doctor about alternative treatments.

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