To make wise medical decisions, you need to know whether you are a believer in modern medicine or a doubter.
In contrast, doubters are skeptical of physicians' diagnoses and recommendations. Maybe they believe in the self-healing power of their body and don't want to jeopardize that by taking medications that might interfere with self-healing. They worry about side effects and/or damaging their body permanently. Medicine gives them guarded hope; they believe it can both help and harm.
In Your Medical Mind, the authors outline and give examples of the many factors that can affect whether you are a believer or a doubter, including:
- The culture of your upbringing.
- Your (or a loved one's) prior medical history.
- Your orientation toward science and technology.
- Your response to risk.
You'd likely tend toward being a believer if your parents were believers and/or if someone in your family was saved by modern medicine and/or if you embrace technology and/or if you understand and accept necessary risks (i.e.,you are not risk averse).
There is a not a "right" or "wrong" orientation. As a Healthy Survivor, your knowing whether you are a believer or doubter helps you avoid the dangers associated with your orientation.
Next: some illustrative examples.