Wednesday, November 10, 2010

need a doctor?

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
in matthew 9:12, mark 2:17, and luke 5:31 Jesus makes it pretty clear that it is the sick who need a doctor, not the healthy. man's response to this? the healthcare industry, with us (i'm sure i'm as guilty as the next "health care provider") as its minions, is out to make everyone think they are sick. so they'll need a doctor. God forbid that people figure out that most of their sickness is self-induced or just plain made up out of thin air, drug advertisements, and webmd. not to tout my knowledge or that of the medical profession so much as to help lay persons figure out why when they search symptoms on the internet and find weird stuff that it's not the long list of things that could cause the symptoms they are having that we need to learn in med school, but which ones on the list we can mark off without a lot of unnecessary expensive tests and treatments. the 2nd year of med school, pathology was the course, was a whole year of being pretty darn sure i had every disease about which we learned because they all had fatigue, headache, irritability, or some other random symptom common to every disease in the world, including not getting enough sleep, but surely it's something way more interesting than just that i'm staying up too late and not eating right and not exercising and working too hard and generally ignoring the common sense signals my body gives me, has to be. i must be sick. so i must need a doctor. Jesus said so. so i still have a job. so what started as a rant against webmd and people thinking they are sick all the time ends up as thankfulness that i have a job that benefits from this! wow. sometimes you just gotta think/write things through. i forgot how much fun this blogging stuff was.

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