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Title: Chapter 16 Consumerism


1
Chapter 16Consumerism
  • Selecting Health Care Products and Services

2
Responsible Consumerism
  • Choices and challenges
  • Multitude and choices
  • People take a little truth and formulate a
    too-good- to-be- true product
  • Attracting Consumer's Dollar
  • Ads are designed to make you feel bad about
    yourself

3
Ads
  • Will have friends, fun and a completely different
    lifestyle
  • Use beautiful people / unrealistic connections
  • Sports cars, perfumes, drinking beer and smoking

4
Reality and Medicine
  • Spontaneous Remission (if you treat a cold it
    will last a week if you leave it alone it will
    last 7 days)
  • Problem will just disappear without intervention
  • Colds, flu, some back pain, etc.

5
Its A Miracle!
  • Others like multiple sclerosis and cancer can
    alternate between severe symptoms and sudden
    remission
  • These factors can be exploited - their cure is
    the reason for the cure!
  • Really no effect at all but it can be attributed
    to the miracle treatment

6
I Believe
  • Placebo Effect
  • Faith Healing - if you believe that it will work
    it will. to a certain degree
  • Sugar pills
  • 10 are highly susceptible to the power of
    suggestion
  • 90 to a varying degree

7
Dont Be A Victim
  • Victimised by aggressive marketing
  • Can generate millions of dollars in revenue
  • Dangerous because they may replace important
    medical treatments

8
Accepting Responsibility for Your Health Care
  • Learning how and when to enter the Health Care
    System

9
When Should You Get Help?
  • When the injury or
  • condition is
  • unfamiliar
  • serious
  • persistent
  • unpleasant
  • painful
  • involves blood
  • acute pain

10
Health
  • Self-help or Self-Care
  • Primary Prevention
  • Individual is Responsible for their health
  • Determine their health status and the changes
    that may occur
  • When to seek help?
  • 5 of people with active chronic disease get
    professional help
  • 95 treat themselves

11
Assessing Health Professionals
  • Choose someone based on
  • Education, licence or board certification
  • Affiliation with an accredited medical facility
    or institution
  • Canadian Council on Health Facilities
    Accreditation - check all medical personal before
    hiring

12
Assessing Health Professionals
  • Choose someone based on
  • give a clear indication to how long the treatment
    will last
  • have you return without any information - no end
    in sight
  • Do their diagnosis, treatments, and general
    statements appear to be consistent with
    established scientific theory or practice

13
Assessing Health Professionals
  • Choose someone based on
  • Do they listen? Respect you as an individual?
    Let you ask questions?
  • Write your questions ahead of time, do not accept
    a defensive or hostile response - IT IS YOUR
    RIGHT

14
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT
  • Practised for over 100 years
  • Practice restricted by medical community
  • Relationship has improved last 10 years
  • Provincial Health and Insurance cover some
    procedures
  • Basis - life-giving energy passes through the
    spine via nervous system
  • A spine that is misaligned interferes with this
    life energy force

15
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT
  • Effective for lower back pain, neck pain, and
    headaches
  • Effective in reducing some forms of chronic pain
    (non-drug induced)
  • Should be checked out as well
  • Reputation / references

16
Acupuncture
  • 2000 years old
  • Insert fine needles at points on the skin
  • 14 major pathways of energy
  • Points are associated with specific organs or
    body functions
  • Restores the flow of equilibrium in the body
  • Effective for treating
  • Chronic Pain
  • Temp. Blocking of acute pain

17
Acupuncture
  • Addictions
  • Asthma
  • Infections
  • Arthritis
  • Smoking
  • Needles must be discarded
  • Ask the question!

18
Herbalists and Homeopathy
  • Medicinal qualities of plants and herbs
  • Homeopaths use minerals and chemicals
  • Dilute potent natural agents
  • Cause disease symptoms in the healthy
  • But will cure the symptoms in the unhealthy

19
Herbalists and Homeopathy
  • Caution - these types of treatment can be
    dangerous
  • Plants can be poisonous and/or toxic
  • Drug store natural remedies?

20
Naturopathy
  • Illness from violations of nature's principles
  • Treatments from substances found in water,
    magnets, gravity, heat, crystals and minerals,
    herbs and the sun
  • Call themselves Doctors, although many are not
    MDs but are NDs
  • Check credentials carefully
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