Online Doctors: Should You Trust Them?

Online Doctors: Should You Trust Them?

Doctors Of Varied Sorts And The New Online Doctor Trend

Physician of tomorrow

The word “doctor” onjures up tall scary men in white suits but as we’ll soon see the word doctor is being used quite interchangeably and the internet has added a whole new element.

Historically known as a person licensed to give out medicine and various treatments the word doctor is beginning to be used interchangeably in many other fields as well.

For example, with some quick online searching you can find all sorts of online doctors; everything from your traditional arthritis doctor and pc spyware doctors too. It seems you can almost find a doctor who has specialized into nearly every field imaginable.

Let’s look a bit further into doctors online. Without too much trouble you’ll find doctors and health professionals on the internet that you can ask health and medical questions.

Their replies are meant to be educational in purpose and shouldn’t be considered personal medical care. Sometimes responses are answered via email, but most often answers are posted on a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page or a bulletin board type forum. This gives everyone the ability to search, view, and therefore, benefit from the information.

You’ll also find a few live question and answer chat sessions. If you can’t make the scheduled chat time, many of the sites will allow you to post your question ahead of time and return later to view the details of the chat and see if your question had been brought up and answered.

Let’s now define the word doctor. According to dictionary.com a doctor is:

1. A person, especially a physician, dentist, or veterinarian, trained in the healing arts and licensed to practice. 2. a. A person who has earned the highest academic degree awarded by a college or university in a specified discipline. b. A person awarded an honorary degree by a college or university. 3. Abbr. Dr. Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor. 4. Roman Catholic Church. An eminent theologian. 5. A practitioner of folk medicine or folk magic. 6. A rig or device contrived for remedying an emergency situation or for doing a special task. 7. Any of several brightly colored artificial flies used in fly fishing.

Acquiring a traditional doctor’s degree requires many years of preparation and devotion. People usually join the medical colleges at the age of 19 and graduate at the age of 25.

Once they get through the exams the physicians ultimately start their career at age 28 or 29 years as they begin their internship of 3 years. With the internet now widely available people can now study online as well. But do extensive research and study their authenticity before admitting yourself to any online colleges.

There are different types of traditional doctors specializing in different fields. Here are just a few:

Chiropractor: One who is especially skilled in precise focus on bones, muscles and soft tissue alignment. They usually adopt the techniques of physical therapy, massage therapy to heal different skeletal injuries and muscular imbalances.

Dentist: The Dentist is well trained in diagnostic of oral cavity.

Gynecologists: A Gynecologist is a doctor who is engaged in treatments of women regarding their reproductive and hormonal problems.

Pediatricians: Pediatricians are doctors specializing to treat infants, children and teenagers.

Homeopath: These Doctors are trained in homeopathic medicine. They use the Homeopathic medicines for the remedies of different diseases. Homeopathic medicines have no side effects like the allopathic medicines.

Ophthalmologist: Experts in treating the eyes. They often work in combination with Optometrists.

Optometrist: Optometrists are skilled in testing the visual acuteness and fitting correct lenses to increase vision.

Cardiologist: Specialists who takes care of the heart and related diseases.

Psychiatrist: Psychiatrists are trained with special treatments on emotional disturbance patients.

Other types include skin specialists, orthopedics (bone), neurologist (nerve), eurologist (kidney), and the list goes on and on as

It seems definition 2. a. from above is beginning to be used more frequently to give people the impression that a certain person, product or service knows more than others about a particular topic.

The computer industry is just one example. Software called PC Doctor or spyware doctor gives the impression that these programs will help fix the problem being experienced by the patient or customer really. A bit of a play on words for sure since even the definition points to an actual person rather than a product.

We hope this article has been educational and possibly a tad enlightening regarding the various types of doctors and the online doctors trend that has taken place with the internet.

 

 

Online Doctors: Should You Trust Them?

Want to keep the weight off? Get your head straight.

BlendificanyouvanI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–getting the weight off does not fix your head. When you’re overweight or obese, it can feel like the solution–just getting off the weight in any way possible–but when you don’t fix the issues that caused the weight gain in the first place, it can be temporary.

Maybe you gain the weight back, maybe you succumb to another, lower-calorie addiction (studies have shown that people get addicted to sex, alcohol, drugs and more–all in an effort to avoid dealing with their issues), but in any case, it’s important to fix the psychological issues you’ve got going on while you’re working on getting your body in shape. You’ve got to get your head in the game before you can expect to be truly healed.

Read more: How to Lose 100 Pounds

This is exactly why I started Project Blissful on some level–because I have lost and gained a ridiculous amount of weight over the years, but it never stuck until I figured out that I couldn’t just put a bandaid on my “issues”–the ones that sort of led me to gain the weight in the first place.

Besides being involved in a really toxic family situation for most of my life, I was also dealing with many of the same issues that we’ve all dealt with–low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and lack of concern for my personal well-being, among others.

But whatever cross you bear, you’ve got to figure out how to drop it off at the next stop if you’re ever going to get and keep the weight off.

Read more: 60-Day Love Yourself Fitness Challenge

Dr. Lavinia Rodriguez, a psychologist and expert in weight management who wrote “Mind Over Fat Maatters: Conquering Psychological Barriers to Weight Management,” says that while weight loss procedures like bypass surgery and gastric banding can lead to quick weight loss, it definitely does not solve the issue.

“It’s understandable why someone who’s struggled with obesity for years would place all their hopes on bariatric surgery. Many patients think it’s their last resort. (And in some cases, it may be),” Rodriguez wrote in a recent Tampa Bay Times article. “But advertisements gloss over the tough realities of bariatric surgery. And even when the facts are given, many people are so eager to lose weight, they ignore what they don’t want to hear.”

Rodriguez said that people need to know some important things about weight loss–most of all that if you have “psychological issues connected to disordered eating, bariatric surgery will not eliminate these problems.”

Even more importantly, when patients regain weight, it’s usually because of psychological issues, rather than physical ones.

And it’s not always the dark, deep issues that cause the problem, but sometimes simple things like your attitude about working out, being a perfectionist and other common issues.

Rodriguez agrees with what I’ve always said–it’s all in your head. When you address those psychological issues and learn to change your mind, you can achieve long-lasting results.

What do you think? Is getting your head straight what you need to do to keep the weight off? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below!

A Spoonful of Sugar Won’t Make This Medicine Go Down

By Angela Atkinson

“It is a wise mans part, rather to avoid sickness, than to wishe for medicines.” ~Thomas More, Utopia [sic]

As many of my readers are aware, one of the ways I find fulfillment in my life is through my writing and editing career.

I love my work and I feel so lucky that I get paid to do what I feel passionate about.

Every now and then, a story I’m working on really hits home with me. (more…)

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