Our Creator Designed a Feedback System Often Overlooked How wonderfully God has made our bodies: One thing often overlooked by modern medicine's approach to health care is the extraordinary feedback system with which God created within our bodies. I was reading this article about diabetes and why additional treatments to prevent heart troubles don't seem as effective. HERE As I read through the article, I can't help but notice how the prescribed medicines are aimed at treating each symptom as though it exists alone. A symptom is a noticeable change from the normal and may be subjective (as in pain, soreness, gas, anxiety, lethargy, nausea) or measurable (like pulse, temperature, blood pressure, rate of breathing, range of motion). Often its our subjective symptoms which prompt us to visit the doctor. There he takes our report and adds the measurable symptoms to what we've told him and compares it to personal and family health history and begins the process of eliminating diagnosis starting with the most common and easiest and proceeding to the complex. Some symptoms may get immediate attention, particularly if he already sees a pattern of previous report, for example, repeated rise in B/P (blood pressure), which may be easily addressed with medication. Some times this may be all it takes for a combination of symptoms to go away, such as fatigue, lightheadedness/ or head aches; but, to get it adjusted properly may require additional visits and monitoring or trying a different med or additional tests to determine that that is our only health issue, for the moment. Unfortunately, whether due to lack of research and understanding or due to the expediency necessary to keep appointments short and control cost within the limits of most people's budgets and insurance coverage allowed, most medical visits will not allow the doctor nor the patient the time for a thorough health evaluation aimed at prevention of disease. Thus both doctors and patients are often caught having to agree with treatment of symptoms rather than the time consuming investigations which include blood and fluid assays to evaluate the individuals chemistry, and dietary adequacy. .......And, when it comes to things like nutrition, many who study medicine retain little beyond the basics as in their residency and beginning practice they are encouraged to think in terms of symptoms, most probable and common diagnosis and treatment. The general blood work for diagnosing the complex systems of things like liver function with the SGPT, etc, or Blood, like the complete blood count with differential, or the BUN and creatinine, ect, or the electrolytes, like sodium (Na), Potassium (K), and Calcium (Ca), etc., or blood gasses (CO2, and O2), are examples of fairly common and relatively inexpensive screening of organ systems for generalized function or problems. Glucose level is a common assay to determine the adequacy of the body's control and metabolism of sugar. In a lab report there are often two columns and one must read the header in order to know which is which. One column represents the normal ranges as calibrated by that particular laboratory for its units of measurement...... and the other column represents an individual measurements on a particular day at a certain time and under certain conditions (such as fasting or non-fasting). If a patient is looking at their own lab report (and most doctors are willing to give a patient a copy if patient requests it at office visit), he will see the column with his values and may compare his with the column which shows the range within which 'normal' is considered. Many labs also include an 'alert' nomenclature of "H" for high and "L" for low as a flag for attention of individual values outside the normal range. The doctor is responsible for determining the significance of these values and often there is a acceptible range which may be 'flagged' by the lab as not within the normal range but have little significance when the difference is small and all other systems and checks show the health is good. If the doctor sees a problem with a particular value or he sees a progressive change of an individuals lab values is consistant over a period of repeated monitoring ..... like yearly or more or less monitoring ....depending on his own reccommendation..... he might recommend additional evaluation. An appropriate question, if not already answered by the doctor, is to ask him what the test is for, what is the procedure and what preparation is required by you and your care afterward. Sometimes the nurse or an office staff is able to answer questions which can save the doctor time. During the visit, when a medicine is prescribed, it is appropriate to ask questions, if not already answered, like what is this med treating, how quickly should you expect a change, how often is it taken, must it be taken on an empty stomach or with food, what are common side effects which are normal and to be expected and what ones are serious to report: is there an older medication or generic medication that will work just as well and may be cheaper and more proven; is there any dietary adjustment needed (for example milk and milk products interfer with some meds and anti biotics, and some medications are actually intensified or interferred by citrus drinks like grapefruit or orange juice, and for those on statin drugs for treating high cholesterol.... additional Coenzyme Q10 is often recommended). Often the pharmacist who fills the prescription can also answer these questions concerning meds.