(Continued from yesterday [https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/dr-sarah-myhill-happy-me/] ).
I started applying these techniques during the 1980s in Annesley Woodhouse in Nottingham, where I was working in a mining community. Within a few years I had interest from friends and relations of my NHS patients and as a result a small private practice evolved. A move to mid-Wales scuppered all this and I spent a further ten years in general practice, working in a rural farming community. However, the same evolution occurred. Within a few years friends and relatives of my NHS patients again wished to consult and after ten years I had so much private work that I was able to give up all my NHS work. I am now in the position where I have a six month waiting list for new patients. Many of these patients are referred to me by their GPs and Consultants and increasingly are funded by their Primary Care Trust.
The majority of GPs with whom I come in contact are receptive to my ideas and suggestions and support their patient in the difficult lifestyle changes I am often asking them to make. Some are not. The two things I dislike most about the medical profession are their power to access diagnostic tests and their power to prescribe. For the person who ends up with a postcode lottery of a GP or practice who are unhelpful, then the patient is completely disempowered by their inability to help themselves. Therefore it was for this reason that I set up a website to educate those people who could not get access to doctors with an interest in Ecological Medicine.
The first thing this website does is to provide everybody with access to as much as I know about Ecological Medicine. It gives details of exactly how I treat various conditions, the sort of diets that I use and the lifestyle changes that I recommend and the micronutrient supplements to take in order that they can sort out their own medical problem. I have a great number of very happy e-mails and letters back from people who have sorted out their medical problems themselves by using this information resource. Because the treatments are with micronutrients they are non-toxic, freely available and of course effective.
The second way in which I help people is to make available to them medical tests. Because the vast majority of my practice is nutritional then virtually all the tests requested are nutritional tests. One of my skilled helpers can advise patients on which test is most appropriate to their condition, the patient then chooses the test and when the result comes through I write to that patient’s GP with the result of the test, the implications for treatment and an invitation to come back to me for more information if required. A copy of the letter goes to the patient. This service has been greatly welcomed by patients recently and has been the main reason why the number of staff in my practice has recently doubled! It takes very little time for me to read a patient’s written history, interpret the tests in the light of that history and dictate a letter to their GP. Again, I have had a great deal of happy feedback from patients.
In the present day NHS, even patients now fully realise that services are limited by financial constraints. Increasingly they understand that they have to take responsibility for their own illness – they know they may not get their heart surgery if they are still smoking and they may not get their hip surgery if they are overweight. I have to say I am greatly in favour of people taking responsibility for their own health, and the service I offer encourages this further. There is no doubt that those people who are prepared to make lifestyle changes with respect to work, sleep and exercise, dietary changes with respect to eating healthily and taking a range of micronutrient supplements and those people who avoid toxic stresses such as excessive alcohol, smoking and junk food can not only feel health improvements immediately, but protect themselves from the ravages of chronic disease and degeneration. Making these changes is extremely difficult; that there is an excellent scientific basis for doing so, provides motivation and determination to continue.
“…..particularly the economics which would be of great interest to readers”. Little of this I am afraid, but a great deal of clinical satisfaction, happy patients, happy staff and most importantly happy me.
(Dr. Myhill’s web site is available at http://www.drmyhill.co.uk/wiki/Main_Page .)