Our interview with Dr Melvin H.Kirschner as we talk about medicine.
1.Tell us a little about yourself and you book All medicine are Poison.
60 years working in the health care arena, 47 as a family practicioner working to remove the fog of confusion that clouds the landscape patients are required to navigate in their search for medicine and health care today.
2. This book describes the risks and benefits associated with the use of medicine, why can't we trust the people who took an oath to take care of us?
We can trust most people who provide medical care services. The issues are the producers of too many medications that are not fully able to safely and effectively provide the outcomes that are desired and the tendency to under state the hazards and risks of certain medicine.
3. "Complimentary and Alternative Medicine share with us your thoughts on both.
Never underestimate the power of the placebo effect. Most of the time, the body heals itself, but the medicine or alternative medicine gets the credit, Sometimes the best treatment is no medicine at all except for knowledgable reassurance.
4. Numerous failings and back-room dealings in the pharmaceutical medicine and insurance industries,How big of a problem is this? and Why? They are in the business to earn money, and too often that comes first.
5. Patient's rights, give us some examples on what you do. My motto has always been "I not only care for my patients, I care about them and the medicine they take!
6.This is your motto! I not only care for the patient, I care about them. Did you see other doctors who do not see it this way? Many doctors practice based on that standard of medicine.
I believe that some are money oriented, but most are not. Doctors make a good living and receive respect and emotional rewards from their patients and outcomes. Nurses and doctors are rated number one in our society, ahead of the clergy.
7.Share with us the need for this, key physicians instrumental in the enactment of the first end-of-life guidelines in the world, I have always strived for close doctor/patient relationships. The needs of the patient comes first, but there's a time for life and a time for death. The doctor must be willing to get the patient off their medicine when that time arrives.
8.In this day of TV commercials about taking this medicine, how do you get a good doctor who cares and will proscribe the correct medicine? Most patients believe that their doctor is the best. A doctor recommended by a satisfied patient will aid that decision.
9.With your book out All Medicines Are Poison! Making Your Way through the Medical Minefield, how are you being received by other doctors? My fellow physicians agree with all or most of the book's content about medicine.
10.Final comment: For what do you want to be remembered professionally? That I was an honest useful and caring physician.