Post by RustyHinge Post by Spike
Allergies are even easier to 'spot', just like being overweight, but
no-one had an allergy and no-one was over-weight.
We had two pupils in our class who were overweight as I unforget.
Neither was grossly so, and I can't think of anyone in the school (640
pupils) who was really grossly obese.
So, how do you spot an allergy?
If you're one eminent senior consultant, not at all. The exact words
used were "I'm afraid the NHS can do nothing for your daughter".
This chap was annoyed because I'd refused to let him carry out a
procedure. I had my (scientific) reasons and I'd told him what they
were. He couldn't upstage them, so in a disgraceful act, we got dumped.
Unfortunately. he said this in front of his trainees, and not being the
sort of person to let something like this pass, I replied that in a few
years a new technique will be developed that carries none of the risks
of the current one, and when that happens we'll take advantage of it.
He'd never heard of this, of course, not being a scientist - I'd used
the scientific name - and so he flounced out followed by his juniors. I
hope the lesson they learned that day was that no matter how senior, a
doctor can be, and sometimes is, ignorant of the issue at hand.
We were left to our own devices, and it took some time before we were,
quite accidentally, given the name of another senior paediatrician.
Being younger and trained in modern techniques, she diagnosed my
daughter while she was still walking through the door. Unfortunately,
this lady wanted to perform the same procedure as the previous
consultant, but I deployed the same arguments as I'd used then, and she
admitted later that I was the only one of her patients that had ever
managed to avoid it. Eventually, we took our daughter to a senior
paediatrician who was one of that very rare breed that look at the whole
patient, and under whose care my daughter made significant improvements.
The elderly senior consultant had stooped to using emotional blackmail,
such as "Your daughter won't thank you for this when she's sixteen!", to
which I answered that it was my duty as a father to do the best for her,
and should the worst happen in later years as a result of this
procedure, he wouldn't be there to pick up the pieces.
Keep in mind that doctors see medical conditions as being caused by a
lack of medication, much of it being harmful. The one thing they don't
seem to be trained for is to treat a patient as a whole.