Canadians are extremely fortunate. Yes, in many ways but specifically, our healthcare has been rated as one of the best in the world (we were 30 out of 191 back in 2000).
More often than not, however, you’ll hear someone complain about their experiences with our healthcare system. Recently, I’ve been experiencing some unusual symptoms that I’ve mentioned several times to a specialist whom I’ve been seeing regularly for about three years (for a separate problem in the same region). I had to ask for her to take tests and when they came back negative, it seemed to be enough for her to drop the subject all together.
A year later, several more tests, another doctor and my insistence, we finally found something that could be causing my extra symptoms.
The key here was my insistence. Also equally funny is her answer to my inquiry if there was anything I can do to heal my body. She said nope, it’s normal and will go away on its own…despite that the symptoms are problematic and interfering with the quality of my life.
I got home and read an article on the subject in a holistic magazine, Life Peak, published by a Toronto Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Dorothy Adamiak. She’s of the opinion that there ARE some things I can incorporate into my daily routine that may just help relieve the symptoms and speed up the natural process of my body “taking care” of my health concern.
If I have a choice to believe that I can do something versus believing that there’s nothing I can do, I’ll choose the active path every time.
The kicker was that I had to insist that there was something wrong in the first place – with two different doctors. My boyfriend was cheesed about this, thinking that because we pay taxes for our healthcare, we should have a better level of service that’s currently being offered.
I say it’s at the level where it’s at for several reasons. One, you always get what you pay for, and for virtually free healthcare services, we’re getting a huge bang for our buck. Two, our healthcare system is not set up for maintaining health, it’s set up to care for the sick.
There’s also a pervading mentality with the Canadian healthcare system which exasperates the current problems: that humans have no control over their own bodies, that there’s an outside force that is causing all these problems, doing something to us. So, we rely on outside forces to do something to us in order to solve them.
Meanwhile, Naturopathic doctors believe in the healing power of nature and of humans. They encourage us to take responsibility for our own health. Through an understanding of how the human body works, as well as becoming intimate with how our bodies act on an individual basis, we have a certain amount of control over disease and illness.
In fact, I have a feeling that it might even surprise me if I knew the truth in just how much control we have over the health of our bodies.
So, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to finally save up enough money ($250) for an initial consultation with a N.D. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my G.P., and I’ll continue to see her for check ups and tests, but we’re just not on the same wave length concerning my health. I feel for her, actually, it’s really obvious just how many people rely on HER to make them better. That’s a lot of pressure.
In closing, I’d just like to tell all our Canadian doctors what great work they’re doing and how much I appreciate all their long hours, sleepless nights, patience, dedication and especially the risk they take in treating us. And I’d just like to clarify that I lay no blame for the problems I’ve addressed in this article. They simply are.
I think the important thing here is to know that there’s a difference between healthcare and sickcare – and that we all have a responsibility to take care of our own bodies. What do you think?