10 Medical Questions To Ponder – I Think

1. Why isn’t there a National CareGiver’s Appreciation Day?

2. Why isn’t there a day devoted to remembering friends and loved ones who have left us?

3. Why do we (the USA as a culture) shy away from the ill, the frail, and elderly, when they need the assistance the most?

4. Why don’t we educate students in high schools, colleges, or even younger kids with classes on illnesses and illness sensitivity training?

5. Don’t the ill and disabled have even more to teach than the healthy person, because they live with an even greater challenge than those of us living with a fully functional body?

6. Shouldn’t caregivers and carepartners receive a stipend or tax break for all that they do to take care of their loved ones plus keep them out of hospitals and nursing homes?

7. Why can’t we have a more progressive healthcare and insurance system that rewards proper nutrition and self-care with lower doctor bills and reduced insurance rates?

8. When are doctors going to come around and finally embrace complimentary therapies instead of the old cliché response, “Well, you can do it as long it doesn’t do any harm, I suppose.”?

9. Are we ever going to hear a doctor admit that he/she was ever wrong or made a mistake?

10. When is the medical community going to stop treating people with illnesses as someone who is incapable of making choices or knowledge of their own condition? Who is more knowledgeable of  illness, the person living with it on a daily basis, or the doctor trying to treat and maybe even cure it?

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About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on March 28, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, Politics, Reiki, support groups and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent topic, Karl! I’m certainly in favor of family carepartner/caregiver reimbursement/tax breaks/compensation. There have been many, many introductions of legislation to address this issue in Congress but it has not had much success. I’m afraid our legislators are not very interested in this issue since there are has been no campaign or legislative champion for this cause. As baby boomers are aging, I’m afraid that this issue will get more reactive attention vs. proactive attention. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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