Can you Really Trust Medical Advice?

Do you trust what medical researchers tell you? Or are you suspicious of their motives? Do money and greed steer the results of research? Or is there some real value in it all? But really, how can you trust what you hear? One time something is good for you, the next time it’s not.

From My Perspective
Me in my office

Sometimes I just want to express my thoughts without getting all technical and having to do a bunch of research. Not that I’m lazy. Well, not too lazy, anyway. But I really just want t0 open up and say some things on my heart. So with that, allow me to share what I feel are roadblocks to learning.

Wait a minute, you say, I thought this was about trusting medical advice?

It is.

Who can you Trust?

We hear over and over that knowledge is power. And I’ve said that myself many times. But it’s really not quite that simple. There’s more to it than that. For instance, I can tell you the truth about something, but if you don’t trust me, will you believe me?

Think about the last time you heard of some new medical advancement.  Did you instantly take hold of this new knowledge? Because you know that research comes out saying something is bad for you. Then, new research comes out, showing that thing really isn’t so bad. And we can’t say that science has reached the end of all knowledge. So who knows what’s really good and what isn’t?

In addition to all this, information can be worded to make it say what the writer/speaker wants you to hear. You can hear two opposing viewpoints on the same topic; drawing two different conclusions based on how the information was presented.

But something else is preventing you from learning.

Those Thoughts can Kill you

What keeps us from learning something new? Why can it be so hard to get something through to us? It’s not like we want to be stupid. In fact, it’s usually just the opposite. We really want to know stuff. So why, when presented with something new, do we resist this new knowledge?

I can tell you something, but if what I tell you goes against what you firmly think is right, will you believe me? And because we don’t like to be wrong, we can get quite defensive when told we are. That’s why once you do believe something as fact, it can be pretty hard to change the way you see things.

O.K., maybe you’re one of those in search of the truth, and you really keep an open mind. Ya, you’re out there too. But for the rest of us, we can be pretty stubborn when it comes to changing our minds about something.

And, we tend to hear what we want to hear. Therefore, we can subtly re-interpret what we’ve just read or been told, making it say what we want it to say. As a result, we can go through life like that; defending our position with a passion…Because we don’t want to be wrong, right?

So, when you’re confronted with information that goes against what you want to be true, something has to give. And what you want to be true usually won’t easily give way.

However, honest research is going on, and…

You can Trust Established Facts

Medical research is ongoing, and we’re constantly finding better ways to manage all kinds of disorders. And much research is also advancing how we treat sleep apnea. Additionally, new research is built on what’s already been established.

For instance, we know that we need to breathe, and when we don’t we could die. So, treatment for sleep apnea involves holding your airway open so you can breathe. That fact won’t change. And research is ongoing as to what the best way to hold your airway open is. Right now, Continuous Positive Air Pressure, or CPAP  is the ‘gold standard’ for treating sleep apnea. But with more research, new and better ways are in the works.

Also, we’ve also learned that there’s a link between sleep apnea and heart disease. Studies that determine cause and effect have established this link by following patients through the years. And new research is based on this. Therefore, when it comes to sleep apnea, we’re basing treatment on time-tested results.

So while we might not know all there is to know about sleep apnea, we can trust the knowledge we have so far. And treatments will just keep getting better as we continue to learn about this disorder. It’s fun to think about where we’re going to be in the near, and far future.


So, we’ve taken a little look into the issue of trust. And while we know we can’t believe everything we hear, we can trust some things. And to say that knowledge is power is a bit of an oversimplification. We not only need to trust the source of the information, we may need to ‘get past’ certain mindsets that get in the way of learning.

Till next time…Blessings.

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