OMG, have I got a tale for you…
Some of you might remember the issues I had with my Hep C Specialist, from my previous blog: Can our Medical Professionals just do their jobs please!
To re-cap quickly…I have gone through a staggering amount of unnecessary and uncomfortable situations during the past several months of treatment. He has made countless errors and as a result I simply cannot trust him with my health, Hep C treatment or my life!
As you all know, my viral load came back Zero in only 8 weeks of therapy…I Believe….and I Am Healthy, Strong and Transformed! (Sept 23rd). The doctor and pharmaceutical company would have you believe it was the medication that did the healing, I am here to tell you that I worked harder on healing myself because of my lack of trust and faith in my specialist. I was Divinely guided as to how to proceed with the correct dosages for me and would release the virus the fastest. I used a combination of several tools, techniques and disciplines as well as herbs, vitamins and minerals.
You see, I am not a typical patient… I have spent over 22 years exploring, studying, certifying and facilitating several alternative-healing modalities, spiritual techniques and philosophies. Through my training and strong connection to spirit I have come to understand the unique interconnection that we all have to everything. I hold a B. Msc. in Metaphysical Science, Certification as a specialized Applied Kinesiologist, Certification as a Reiki Master & Teacher in two methods, Certification in Feng Shui, I founded the Beishu Method™ a unique form of healing taught to me by my spiritual guides and I facilitate programs and workshops. I have assisted thousands with their health and spiritual development…for God sakes, I am clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience, it is pretty hard to pull the wool over these eyes.
That being said, I, unlike my specialist, checked my blood work diligently so I could monitor the results of what my spiritual guides were having me do. I had to call Dr. Karim several times to address concerns I had about specific results. Please notice what I wrote: I had to call him several times it wasn’t the other way around…him calling me with concern!
Then I noticed the error of all errors, he had ordered Hep B viral loads to be done…I am a Hep C patient, I may not be a doctor but I do know that is a different virus.
But wait, there’s more…
When I called to office to find out if he realized he had been checking the viral loads for the wrong virus twice now, his response was, “Am I bad.” WHAT, are you joking me. What if I was a regular patient who didn’t even know I could check my results through ehealth.ca? What if I did but didn’t have a clue what to look for? What if I didn’t know my blood work was considered CRITCAL and I needed to be monitored closely? Was my health at risk with this man at the helm?
But wait, there’s more…
When I went to the lab for the correct test, they faxed the wrong blood work again and the lab had to call the office for the correct info!
But wait, there’s more…
At one point, I was soooo sick, I told Dr. Karim I couldn’t possibly work and it was causing financial difficulties, I was going to discontinue the medication. He told me he didn’t have my viral count back yet (this was of course due to the lab checking me for the wrong virus)…I could see by looking at the ehealth website that the results were in. He said he would assist me to apply for disability so I wouldn’t have to worry.
On some tests, the specialist has to call the lab and I couldn’t see the results for the viral load, is for the specialist only. It was a Friday, he told me it would be another week and I needed to go pick up my medication in case the virus was still active. So I went and picked up the meds, costing $13,700.00…then a miracle happened, he called me on a Saturday, a Saturday?… and voila, suddenly he had the results, no virus detectable! So was it that he simply didn’t call the lab until after I talked with him and then called me Saturday with the good news?
My intuition told me that doctors are making money – LOTS of money for prescribing drugs. Personally I think the practice of drug kickbacks to doctors is a big reason for the ever increasing prices of drugs and the huge problem of drug affordability. The practice of drug kickbacks is unethical and a danger to our health and the health of your loved ones, particularly if they are in the hospital and vulnerable to exploitation. My question is, “Do you the reader think this was a coincidence?” It very well could be, but my trust with him was broken after so many issues.
So…I thank you, if it wasn’t for your lack of due diligence and knowledge, I may still be ill. Because If I would have trusted him, I likely would have followed his every instruction instead of my spiritual guides. For all I know I might still be having Hep B tests done!
But wait, there’s more…
Last Friday, I had to surrender to going to Social Assistance, I have not worked for 3 months because the medication made me so ill. I decided to follow up with what Dr. Karim suggested. I applied on line, someone called me, did a brief telephone interview and gave me a list of what I needed to bring in. One of the items was a note from the Doctor. I called and told them what I needed, a simple note confirming I was receiving treatment, when I was diagnosed and how much longer the treatment would be. I was told that he was busy and I wouldn’t be able to get it until the following week. I asked if I made the note and emailed it, could he just read and sign it so I could get the paperwork in? The receptionist told me that was a good idea, so I did and Dr. Karim wouldn’t sign it!
But wait, there’s more…
I sent this email:
You are the one who encouraged me to follow through with disability, now they have finally called me back and I have to bring all my documents in. I have had to run around all day to get these together with my bucket so I don’t I don’t vomit in the car. If I don’t turn them in today I will need to wait another week – week and a half just for a second phone interview, I haven’t even seen anyone yet.
It will take at least 2 months for me to get a cheque, I have enough money for 1 month…you are forcing me to go off the medication so I will feel well enough to work in a month when I have detoxed from the meds. I have no choice, I have no money and this is what Social Services needs to even give me an appointment. They will have a complete booklet for you to fill out when and if I get approved.
My injection day is today and I want you to know I have no intention of picking up my prescription or staying on this medication because without financial assistance, I cannot continue, I am tapped out!
Rev. Carol Lefevre B.Msc.
What were the results of my email you ask?…well, it is now Friday, one week later and I have still not heard from my specialist. Could it be that he isn’t aware of the risks of stopping these meds quickly? Could it be that he doesn’t care? Or perhaps he has read my blog…your guess is as good as mine.
Below is the Hippocratic Oath…see if there are any infringements for yourself…talk about stepping into the Karmic hotpot.
I swear in the presence of the Almighty and before my family, my teachers, and my peers that according to my ability and judgement, I will keep the Oath and Stipulation:
To reckon all who have taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents and in the same spirit and dedication to impart a knowledge of the art of medicine to others. I will continue with diligence to keep abreast of advances in medicine. I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient.
I will follow that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgement I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to my patient even if asked, nor counsel any such thing, nor perform act or omission with direct intent deliberately to end a human life. I will maintain the utmost respect for every human life from fertilization to natural death and reject abortion that deliberately takes a unique human life.
With purity, holiness and beneficence I will pass my life and practice my art. Except for the prudent correction of an imminent danger, I will neither treat any patient nor carry out any research on any human being without the valid informed consent of the subject or the appropriate legal protector thereof, understanding that research must have as its purpose the furtherance of the health of that individual. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient.
Whatever in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it I may see or hear in the lives of my patients which ought not to be spoken abroad I will not divulge, reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art and science of medicine with the blessing of the Almighty and respected by my peers and society, but should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot.
The bottom line is please become an active participant in your own health and healing process, never rely solely on our so called professionals and if in double get a second opinion.
Blessings of Health, Wealth and Happiness,
Rev. Carol Lefevre
I started doing some investigation and found the articles below.
Doctors Make Me Sick
by Jane Gaffin
While zero-tolerance policies clog court dockets and jam jails with non-violent weekend recreational drug users, it’s the dangerous drug-pushing criminals who should be behind bars, namely doctors who take patients off healthy nutrients and hook them on harmful prescription drugs.
The practice is detrimental to patients and financially beneficial to the quacks. Doctors receive 50 to 80 per cent kickbacks from the giant pharmaceutical companies for prescribing specific pills, especially experimental ones.
New drugs are not tested thoroughly before the government approves their release into the marketplace. Then doctors receive extra residuals for monitoring the reactions of the human guinea pigs and sending results to the drug companies in the spirit of research. Twenty years later, the patient is diagnosed with cancer or some other chronic disease.
Often the prescriptions are government-paid. Just as often the useless financial burden falls to the patient who doesn’t qualify for prescriptions under health care programs.
No problem. Plead poverty and the doctor’s office will submit a form to health care personnel. Then the doctor can load up the patient at government expense. The patient doesn’t have to worry about payment and the doctors get rewarded with kickbacks.
It’s a neat, tidy, slick fraud.
This is an exert from an article…Thursday, April 8, 2010
“Allowances” given Ontario to pharmacists by generic drug companies are to be eliminated said the province’s health minister Deb Matthews on Wednesday.
The idea is that the annual $750 million “subsidy” is to be used to pay for services to patients but even the pharmacists concede that 70% of the money is treated as rebates to fund operations and hike profits. Ms Matthews suggests ending the practice could reduce the cost of generics by half. To compensate, the minister suggested that the government will increase dispensing fees by $1 — to a total of $150 million to offset the reduction.
Donnie Edwards, a pharmacist in Ridgeway, Ontario thinks not:
“When you take $3 out and put $1 back in… I don’t think so. These dollars were used for professional services that pharmacists do everyday, in every town in this provinces”
Research based pharmaceutical companies support the change. Russell Williams, president of Rx&D, the companies’ association, said: “As partners in the health care system, we want to work with the government and health care providers to ensure that patients have access to the most appropriate treatment… through timely access to innovative medicines and vaccines… .”
(For more go to CTV.ca)