Is going to see the doctor really good for your health? Or, should we be seeking other people to help us heal? The correct answer is the latter. I recognize this is a weird thing to hear from a doctor. And it’s imperative to note, I have no disrespect for the empathetic, caring, and compassionate people who share my profession. But in my experience, I’ve determined the best advice I can give to patients is: Don't rely on your doctor alone.
In medical school, we enter a system focused on pathogenesis, the study of the origins of disease, instead of salutogenesis, the study of the origins of health. The medical model teaches doctors to diagnose and prescribe rather than to prevent and truly heal. The system also puts the full burden on the doctor to single-handedly be able to cure each patient, with zero margin of error, in less than eight minutes per patient visit: an impossible feat!