Ancient Chinese proverb:
“The superior doctor prevents sickness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;
The unskilled doctor treats actual sickness.”
Blood tests can be done to pick up early diseases.
When an early stage illness is picked up, e.g. early diabetes, the following options are presented to the patient:
The patient can do nothing about it
- Pros: Ignorance is bliss, isn’t it?
- Cons: Diseases are ALWAYS easier to treat in the early stage, will be cheaper, require less medication and there will be a higher chance of treatment without medications. Ignoring it will NOT make it go away, but it will only get WORSE. I can guarantee that with all my years of experience. One day, I will find a few real testimonials, a few brave souls who lived to tell the tale.
The patient can try dieting
- Pros: Proven to work. Possibility of complete cure without medications.
- Cons: Be prepared to fork out a lot of time. (Why? You’ll need time to prepare and find healthy food. Try walking around a food court and see how long you take to find really healthy food.) Be prepared to starve. Be prepared to starve for a long time. (As long as you want your condition to be controlled)
The patient can try medications
- Pros: Proven to work very well. Pop a pill and “forget” about everything else that the doctor is “nagging” you about.
- Cons: Not everyone responds the same to medications. You might need dose adjustments, more frequent visits and occasionally might suffer rare side effects, requiring a change of medications.
The patient can try exercise
- Pros: Proven to work. Additional benefits of keeping healthy, more energy to work and also sometimes better *ahem* time in bed.
- Cons: Takes time to slowly step up the exercise program to see a difference. A poorly planned exercise program can cause injuries.
At Zenith Medical Clinic, we always believe in holistic care.
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