Dr. Russell Greenfield: There are many people who don't want to go to the doctor, often out of fear that something wrong might be found. For such folks ignorance is bliss. I understand the perspective but I respectfully disagree. In a day and age where so many things are beyond our control, it makes sense to take control of what we can, and that includes our health. Here are some key points to discuss with your family members so they understand the importance of seeing a doctor regularly.
First of all, seeing a doctor regularly helps create a healing relationship between the patient and caregiver.
Secondly, a doctor can share ways to lower their risk for illness through relatively easy diet and lifestyle changes.
Lastly, screening tests can help detect the health problem early, in a more treatable state, before it goes undetected and begins to impact quality of life.
Encourage your loved ones to find a doctor who meets their value system and make an appointment with that doctor, at least once a year. Doing so, is just one way to take control of their health.
I am Dr. Russ. Be Well!