The subtitle of my Undoctored book is “How Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor.”
Is that true? Can you REALLY become smarter than your doctor?
Yes, I believe you can, at least in selected areas in which you choose to focus. The Information Age has leveled the informational playing field, providing YOU with the same information available to any doctor.
You also have the power of drawing from collective wisdom and collaboration through online interactions, the ability to identify reliable sources to help you manage information, and even the ability to personally test many health concepts.
The result: Health that is often SUPERIOR to the kind of health the doctor helps you achieve.
We are entering a new age in which the individual has astounding power over health–but don’t count on the doctor or healthcare system to tell you this.
We draw from the health information of the world, collaborate, share experiences, collect data, and show how to apply new health tools to achieve levels of health that you may have thought unattainable. We do all this at a time when conventional healthcare costs have become crippling.
The result: personal health that is SUPERIOR to that obtained through conventional means.
You know the subtitle of my Undoctored book is Why Health Care Has Failed You And How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor, well that has angered some of my colleagues, which makes me very happy, because it means at least they’re paying attention. But, they’re gonna have to start opening their eyes to this new age of information empowerment in the hands of the public.
We ALL have access to the same information
In other words, you don’t have to have formal schooling, a degree, to understand various facets of health. Yeah, the doctor has a wider range of knowledge because of his training and his education. You know what, you can devote your attentions to a specific area or condition, or aspect of health, and you become quite expert in it. So it’s a new information age, where you have access to the very same information that I do, that a neurologist does, a gastroenterologist, a general surgeon, or just any other specialist. We all have access now, to the same information. Now, the doctor may have wider appreciation of the literature, but you can still narrow in your focus, and learn a lot on your own.
Collective wisdom and collaboration
It’s also the age of collective wisdom. So whether we call it Facebook, or Pinterest, or Twitter, or discussion forums or websites that allow people to collaborate together, like patientslikeme.com and the Undoctored site, also Undoctored Inner Circle, we can collaborate with each other. We can assemble dozens, hundreds, thousands of people, all making a unique contribution, that applies their own wisdom, experience and knowledge.
And you know what? Wonderful things start to happen, when you get groups of people all focusing on the same question — none experts perhaps in that one area, but you start to get answers. Believe it or not, there is a scientific literature supporting this: that if you gather people who are non experts: 10, 100, 1000, you often get answers that are superior to the answers that presumed experts can provide, certainly better than say a general practitioner, a primary care doctor, or a local specialist. You can do a lot better, by drawing from the collective wisdom, by collaborating with other people, all focusing on a specific question.
Identify reliable information
You can identify reliable sources for information. I hope Undoctored Inner Circle is one, and the Undoctored book is one, but there’s many others — whether it’s in Alzheimer’s disease, whether it’s in reversing diabetes, or diet. Yeah, there’s a lot of noise, and there’s even some fake news, or the equivalent of fake news in health discussions. But you know what? If you stick to it, you start to be able to get really good at distinguishing good information, good reliable, credible information, from garbage.
We know, for instance, that anything that comes from a pharmaceutical ad, is garbage, right, or a hospital ad: probably garbage — trying to sell you something. But discussions that are unbiased, and not bent on selling you something, are the most reliable. So identify the reliable sources for information, and you can streamline the process of finding answers.
We’re also entering the age where we can personally test many things. Your doctor probably didn’t tell you, right, that a glucose meter, with finger stick blood sugars, that little device can be used to get rid of diabetes (Type 2 diabetes), or to accelerate weight loss. Your doctor probably didn’t tell you that. If he told you anything, he probably showed you how to use a glucose meter to manage your blood sugars on insulin and drugs, but never once told you that you can use the same device, and so you can be smarter, more effective, and not just match the doctors results — you can far exceed, you can obtain results in health that are dramatically superior. So I’m glad that some of my colleagues are angry at me, because I hope it’ll open their eyes to the fact that the people they talk to now, the patients they talk to, are not helpless simpletons. They are information-empowered people who want to engage in their health.