The ideal doctor is patient. — Robert Haven Schauffler
Take it from someone who has been to countless doctors, these are some very sure signs you may just need a new doctor.
1 ) They don’t take the time to listen to you. Do you find yourself explaining the state of your health to your doctor (in a desperate attempt to find out what’s wrong with you) only to find he appears bored? And do you somehow end up feeling bad for taking up his time even though you are helping to pay his bills? Boredom manifests itself in different ways. The doctor may interrupt you mid-sentence or he may be writing notes the entire time you are speaking. Maybe some people are skilled multi-taskers, but if you are anything like me, one of those two tasks would not get your full attention. I remember getting up and walking out in the middle of an exam out of pure frustration. We will not always mesh with every doctor and that is okay. Move on to someone who will look you in the eye and is genuinely interested in seeing you get well. There are some wonderful talented doctors out there. It may just take some perseverance to find one.
2) You are rushed. Not only does the doctor seem bored, but he is also rushing you so he can get to other patients he has waiting. Have you ever signed in at the appointment desk only to see two other people have your same exact appointment time with the same doctor? How can one doctor juggle three people at a time and not feel rushed? Most of us wait weeks sometimes months to get into see the doctor, and if you are sick, it’s probably the number one priority in your life at the moment. You deserve 15 minutes of undivided attention.
3) Their treatment isn’t working and the doctor is not open to trying your suggestions (within reason). I remember finding out I had fungal sinusitis and the doctor was still reluctant to prescribe an anti-fungal. Or maybe they are open minded but still after all the treatments they had to offer, you find yourself no better off than before you started. They may not have the answers and that doesn’t make them a bad doctor, but don’t feel bad about moving on to a doctor with a fresh perspective.
4) The doctor appears insulted when you challenge what he is suggesting. Let’s face it; the internet is probably a doctor’s worst nightmare. Now their patients are more informed than ever and so they are probably being challenged more than ever. Do not feel bad about questioning his course of action. It’s your health and it’s your responsibility to be your own best advocate. Educate yourself on everything pertaining to your particular health issue so you and your doctor can come up with a treatment plan together. Also, remember the right foods will give your body a fighting chance to repair itself.
I dedicate this post to two doctors who made a huge impact not only in my health, but restored my faith in doctors. They showed me genuine compassion and patience, and most importantly, they never gave up on me. Dr. Dennis and the late Dr. Goodman.
These beet chips took some trial and error to make them crispy like a chip but it was worth it. You have to like the taste of beets if you are to enjoy these as they do not taste like a potato chip but rather a crispy version of a beet with sea salt. I used gold beets for this recipe but you could use any kind you’d like.
- 2 Gold or Purple beets
- Olive oil
- Sea Salt
- I also added a dash of Trader Joe's everyday seasoning (optional)
- Pre-heat over to 250. Wash and scrub beets. Slice beets using a mandolin slicer. I set mine to be about ⅛ of an inch.
- Place parchment paper over cookie sheet. Brush beets very lightly with olive oil and face oily side down on parchment paper. Again lightly brush beets with more olive oil then sprinkle with sea salt. I read if you wait about 15 minutes before putting the beets in the oven they will turn out crunchier, and this seemed to be the case as I made several batches.
- Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes.