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Statist Doctors

Maybe someone can tell me what in the world is going on! Not too long ago I commented on another post about my 12 y.o. daughter who has Type 1 diabetes and the heavy-handedness of her pediatric endocrinologist. I especially had been appalled at the obvious bias against homeschooling that I had seen at this particular clinic (a large one in our mostly rural part of the state). Here's what I had related:

"My daughter is a Type 1 diabetic and has been seeing a pediatric endo. for about three years. The doctor is very young - and, well should we say "zealous" for doing things strictly by the book. She's always seemed a little heavy-handed to me - compared to our very laid-back, family doctor who practices alternative medicine.

Anyway, this last appt. with the endocrinologist was awful! My daughter's blood sugars had been a little on the high side since the previous visit and this woman starts 'suggesting things' to my daughter as reasons for that. For example, here's just a few of the things she said, '_______, you seem a little depressed to me. Is that because you're homeschooled?' 'Do you think if you were in the public school you would have better blood sugars?' 'I really think you should see one of our counselors here at the clinic.' Now, mind you - there was nothing wrong with my daughter other than a couple months of slightly above-average blood sugars! No signs of depression - nothing! So then, at the end of the appt., the doctor turned to me and said that she 'insists' that I get counseling for my daughter. She actually said, 'No, really - you don't have a choice. I want to hear by the next appointment that ________ has been seeing someone.'"

Now this morning I received an email from a friend whose homeschooled daughter was just diagnosed with Turner's Syndrome. They are devastated because of the severity of the diagnosis. Yesterday she and her husband saw the geneticist. Mind you, this doctor is at the same clinic as the endocrinologist I mentioned.:

"The genetic doctor discussed with us possible learning disabilities that girls with this syndrome face. I explained to her that I am a licensed teacher and also licensed to do academic grade level testing through Stanford and Iowa tests. I was in such a fog/shock that I wasn't processing well but she told me I wasn't qualified for testing E. and gave me sixty to ninety days to take her to public school to have a complete IQ and grade level tests. I responded that we are facing enough right now without her being tested and told her that it isn't until the third grade that testing is accurate because of the neurological development. She shook her head as if I was crazy and told me that a social worker would be calling me and also that she would have the counselor in their department contact me. I was really in no emotional state to argue with her. But we've had time to talk about things and I realized that she had written it on my paper work that I was to have a letter written to the public schools and evaluation done within 60-90 days. She also told me that (certain district) schools were award-winning schools and E. would do better if she could receive appropriate education and services. Right now, E. has zero disabilities other than lagging behind in Math, which is part of the chromosome syndrome and spatial learning."

I am just stunned once again! These statist doctors are nothing more than (government?) bullies who want to tell us what to do with our kids. Mind you, my friend and her husband, who is very successful in his career and well-respected in the community, are GREAT parents to their four children. Now I'm wondering if there is a push by the government to use medical issues as an excuse to get their hands on our children? Has anyone else heard of this or experienced stuff like this? What's going on?!



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SteveMT's picture

True that tight blood sugar control is best, but...

not in a 12 y/o female going through puberty (just guessing here)and becoming hormonal (another guess), IMO. Public school attendance will increase not decrease stress in a preteen diabetic, and stress increases blood sugars. This doctor needs to get back to reality. Find another doctor, but a General Pediatrician not an endocrinologist. Pediatric Endocrinology is a super sub-specialty of medicine. This sounds like super micro-management by a super sub-specialist.

Two cents worth of advice from a Board Certified Family Practice physician.

Thanks!

You hit the nail on the head with the whole puberty/hormonal thing. Everything else you said is also very validating.

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

egapele's picture

As long as you give them a reason to put your child in the

"failure to thrive" category, they can tell you what to do. You have to arrive at the appointments prepared to prove you are properly treating your child's disease.

I know what you're going through, I have a son with Crohn's Disease and found an integrative physician who helped me quite literally cure him of his symptoms, all while avoiding having to give him deadly prescription drugs. His weight has doubled, he's growing like a weed, he's energetic and shows no symptoms of the disease. It was not an easy task by any means; however, the hard work has paid off and I have results from the blood tests taken every six months showing normal blood levels to prove it.

The pediatric gastroenterologist at the world-renowned research hospital that requests I make appointments with them harrasses me at every turn for opting out of treating him with the deadly prescription drugs they recommend. Whether it's slight dry skin, he's too tan and should stay out of the sun, he heeds a haircut - you name it, I've heard it.

However, I come to the requested appointments armed with his blood test results and quite happily consent to them taking their own blood tests so they can see for themselves. All this just so that I may be "allowed" to keep him away from their cancer-causing prescription drugs.

I work in healthcare.

I'd rather not say what, specifically. But I'm not a secretary...

If it was diabetes mellitus type 2, I would suggest doing research into changing your daughter's diet and eschewing the medicine her doctor gives here

But type 1 can be DEADLY serious. I understand your frustration with the established medical community. I share most of your concern. But I think you should do what her doctor says. Maybe get a second opinion... But from a different MD. Not a naturopath.

We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. - Stefan Molyneux

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing. - Alan Watts

I should clarify

Our family doctor is a board-certified family doctor who practices both traditional and alternative medicine. He is an amazing doctor who is so busy that he can no longer accept new patients. I definitely agree with you about the absolute seriousness of her disease; but I do feel that our doctor is fully capable of helping us manage her care. She is on an insulin pump and with the doctor's office receiving regular downloads from her pump, he has been doing a great job tweaking basal rates and insulin to carb ratios. Actually, since we switched, she's doing quite a bit better with controlling her blood sugars.

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

ytc's picture

Medical Docs are just as influenced by faulty MSM propagandas.

They also need the tender-loving liberty-centric EDUCATION by us! We have to be the ones to gently show them the validity of alternative thinking and medical practices, imho.

That's pretty terrible. Can

That's pretty terrible. Can you just change doctors?

Here's Ron Paul's reply to the governmental influence in diagnosing children for everything under the sun..
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul411.html

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

Yes

We actually did quit seeing the endocrinologist and now are just taking our daughter to our family doctor. So much better on that end! Unfortunately, our friends would not be able to do that because of the severity of their daughter's situation and because we live in an area where there's not a lot of choices - especially for seeing specialists. Anyway, thanks for the link - I will check that out!

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

Friends better move and move quick!

You can hardly fight the medical system over something like this and win.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html