Joan, please re read my comments. I said as much as possible. Kindly and with respect you’re the second person to over-react to that statement. And, with all due respect,I have a long, long, LONG history of arrogant, ignorant and VERY dangerous doctors, men and women, who despite their years and years of training, ignored the fact that I was a bona fide hemophiliac, who ignored my Medicalert bracelet and all the notes I carefully provided and ordered meds that could have killed me, and one ordered meds that gave me c.difficile and I came within a c-hair of dying. The older I get the less I trust doctors, and the more I challenge them, for these very reasons. While I agree that anti-vaxxers are indeed a dangerous trend, and I do have to use doctors through the VA, I find them ridiculously uninformed about women’s bodies and they don’t listen. I have fired at least eight doctors just in the last two years for all the above reasons. I prefer Physician’s Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, for both of them do know holistic practices. It is equally uninformed to not include options that DON’T involve invasive procedures. To wit-I went through eight urologist and six hospitals with a urinary issue. Everyone wanted to do invasive procedures. Nobody had a CLUE. One doc, who happens to be an adventure traveler like am, a young woman, told me to take aloe vera gel caps. Holistic cure. Worked like a charm. Your response implies that it’s black or white. It’s a billion shades of grey, Joan, and because the medical community has all too often sold its soul to Big Pharma, it’s encumbent upon us to challenge, verify, get multiple opinions. I wasn’t offering advice. I was reporting what healthy people did. Again, kindly, do not put words into my mouth, please do NOT rewrite what I said or infer what isn’t there. You have every right to your opinion, and you have made your bent very clear. But don’t rewrite my words, nor claim that I am offering advice that I am neither qualified to offer nor implying in my piece. I also write a good bit about the bad business of supplements. The whole point, Joan, is to stay healthy enough to limit one’s need for a doc in the first place. Thank you for your comments.

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