Witness doctors apparent points of caution at the prospect of being patients themselves;
- Usually, more scientific evidence is available about the benefit of a new treatment than its risks and limitations.
- Lab screening or radiological investigations often produce false positive results, suggesting a disease is present when it isn't.
- CT scanning raises the risk of cancer because of radiation.
- Any medical intervention - a test, operation or drug - will have harmful side-effects for some people, even when carried out by the best doctor in the country.
Then there's an excellent pointer to have in mind at all times-what matter's most to you?
What's bothering you the most? Is the doctor clear about what's bothering you most? Will the treatment not just treat the disease but deal with what is bothering you most? Are you well informed about the probabilities of benefit and harm?
How much more pertinent are these questions for fat people facing attempts to present "weight management" as a non-consensual imposition?
When considering treatment;
Are you really sure you want this treatment- and will you blame yourself if it does go wrong?!!!! And How urgently is the treatment needed?My personal favourite was;
You need absolute numbers, so here are two questions for your doctor:I knew it!
If 100 people have this test or treatment, how many of them will have a good result?
If 100 people have this test or treatment, how many will suffer some harmful consequence?
Apart from Stunkard/ MacLaren-Hume, I've never been able to locate an answer to this question re-weight loss interventions. They never tell you it in this form, assuming they can a lot of the time.
Imagine if all "overweights and obeses" asked doctors that question about "weight management interventions"? I think we should consider that our duty.