“You have to become your own expert when it comes to you and your health,” says Lesser, M.D., a nutritionally oriented physician in Berkeley, Calif. “Never surrender responsibility for your health to another person. You are with yourself 100 percent of the time.”
SOME PHYSICIANS SUPPORT PATIENTS who are interested in taking supplements; others discourage them, saying that taking supplements will just offer expensive urine. What do you do if your doctor is a nutritional novice? We asked three nutritionally savvy doctors. * “You do the same thing you would if your doctor was a nutritional genius. You don’t assume that he will solve your problem for you,” says Lesser, M.D., a physician in Berkeley, Calif.
“Your doctor, at best, will be able to tell you what’s wrong with you. He can prescribe a treatment for you, but he can only lead a horse to water. He can’t make you drink. You have to do the treatment. It behooves you to never surrender responsibility to anybody else for curing you. You have to assume that you will cure yourself if you’re going to get cured. You have to maintain responsibility for your health and to seek out answers wherever you can.”
I’m going to California to meet with an orthomolecular doctor. I don’t think it’s the final answer, but I do hope it will get me off these drugs faster. I’ve spoken to him while my husband was on the phone—my husband has a good bullshit radar. I haven’t had such great bullshit radar in picking all the providers I’ve tried help me with withdrawal and my hormonal issues—especially considering none of them knew what they were doing. This man has a book, The Brain Chemistry Diet and has worked using nutritional therapy in psychiatry for decades. He is a colleague of Linus Pauling.
While I don’t think nutrition is the only answer to good mental health and I know I have psychological work to do, I need to do something serious about getting off the drugs so that I can do the psychological/meditation work. He too believes this. He says there are always psychological issues and what I might call spiritual issues as well.
I found these quotes by Lesser in an article:
My quest for freedom off these poisons continues. I leave next week.
I will be staying with friends and family. He is conveniently located where I am from. He was there 23 years ago when I was first diagnosed. If only I had known. And in line with maintaining responsibility for my health I won’t stop there and I won’t count on him being the answer. Also in line with being responsible, I need to do what I can to get back to functioning so I can be a productive member of society. I choose to heal. I choose to move forward and confront my “trouble.”
I fear I may look like I’m grasping at straws to some, but instead I see this as dogged determination. I’m sure many people would have given up by now my journey is no joke. In the end it may be that I am the one who did all the work. That all this searching out others to help me will have been for not, but then again that makes no sense because I wouldn’t be doing this without all of you, my readers and all the people in my withdrawal groups who give me hope everyday as I see more and more people recover—as people come to me again and again and tell me their recovery stories. We are legion. I get help everyday from people and now I seek more help.
And yes we are all alone too. And must find the final answer within. I am moving in that direction. With great faith and hope.
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