2014 Lesson Learned – Be Your Own Private Investigator – Part 1!

Okay, 2014 is only half over, but I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on what I’ve learned in the first half of this year.

Be Your Own Private Investigator! (Pt. 1)

Over the years I have been personally troubled by some minor yet annoying health issues. The first was very troubling acne forming on my back and shoulders. My mom always speculated that it was from my hockey equipment, which at the time may have been true. I saw my doctor and dermatologist a number of times and was prescribed antibiotics, scrubs, creams, etc. All of these prescriptions were simply to address the symptoms I was having. During my multiple visits to various medical professionals, I was never asked about the details of my lifestyle/behavior or at least in any level of significant detail. After a while I believed that it was simply going to be something I had to live with.

Fortunately, early this year, my persistence in trying to find a remedy paid off. I read this [Okay, 2014 is only half over, but I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on what I’ve learned in the first half of this year.

Be Your Own Private Investigator! (Pt. 1)

Over the years I have been personally troubled by some minor yet annoying health issues. The first was very troubling acne forming on my back and shoulders. My mom always speculated that it was from my hockey equipment, which at the time may have been true. I saw my doctor and dermatologist a number of times and was prescribed antibiotics, scrubs, creams, etc. All of these prescriptions were simply to address the symptoms I was having. During my multiple visits to various medical professionals, I was never asked about the details of my lifestyle/behavior or at least in any level of significant detail. After a while I believed that it was simply going to be something I had to live with.

Fortunately, early this year, my persistence in trying to find a remedy paid off. I read this that outlines a number of remedies and lifestyle/behavioral fixes that can help treat and prevent acne. I then realized that for the past 10+ years, I had always worked out with synthetic shirts. As soon as I switched, I noticed a difference. Within a few months my breakouts were few and far between. Almost 6 months in, I can confidently say I solved this personal health mystery with some help from the trusty internet (don’t trust everything – experiment responsibly! If it sounds sketchy, it is sketchy…)

Do I believe the modern health care system failed me? No, my doctors did exactly what they should have done in the allotted time. They tried to provide me relief the best way they knew how and with the implied hope that my body would work the rest out.

Our current health care system is not properly designed to fix lifestyle/behavior problems. Your doctor’s time is very valuable and it would cost you thousands of dollars in time/consultation to get to the root of every issue and lifestyle problem. You have to be your own private health investigator when it comes to lifestyle/behavioral problems. Obviously, health problems that present imminent danger (sickness/diseases, etc.), need immediate medical attention; THIS is what our modern medical system was designed to solve and solves well!

Karen Southwick