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Making sense of "Do it yourself medical treatment"
February 8, 2020 at 10:30 PM
by Randy Klein
Making sense of "Do it yourself medical treatment"

There are several types of health disorders that can take many years to be diagnosed, or can be very difficult to treat.

It can be very difficult to stand by and wait for the puzzle to be solved. For some people, the puzzle is not solved in their lifetime.

This often leads to a "Do it yourself" medical treatment, which is trying different things until something sticks (makes sense, or works).

This article was designed to explain the steps that many will take to find answers, or how to get treatment.

Research is a critical part to any strategy or plan.

Most people will draw from a common "well" of knowledge, so there is for the most part a "common" way that people will think a problem through. This means that there can be a lot of repeated efforts. Not all ideas are first time ideas.

By not doing proper research, improper assumptions can be made, and this can lead to repeating the failed efforts of others. This can lead to mistakes that can come with serious consequences.

Research leads to further questions, and these lead to answers, and to a plan. The plan has objectives that lead to the desired outcome.

There are authorities who have proven mastery in certain areas, and in some areas, this requires accreditation. With health issues, a formal diagnosis is always made by a medical professional. There are also self-diagnoses that are made by patients and are used to follow a recognized strategy of treatment, but they are not always recognized by the authorities involved.

When the authorities are unable to deliver an answer, the patient will often seek other places to find answers.

Success typically builds on the success of others, and this is discovered through researching what others did and what their results were: did their ideas work or fail? Does it make sense to "reinvent the wheel?"

Ability and skills are not always enough to bring positive results. Determination is key, but determination must be tempered to avoid a stubbornness that prevents success.

Success is built upon many foundations.
- Researching the successful and unsuccessful strategies and efforts of others.
- By learning through experimenting and adapting.
- Becoming part of a group of like minded determined successful people.
- Focus; It's possible to do multiple things at a time, but most people can't do it effectively.
- Recognizing and practicing successful strategies and patterns
- Learning how to replicate success through templates to reduce effort.

Every strategy requires a plan, a decision to follow the plan, steps that are followed, an ability to adapt when required to, and a strong focus on reaching the desired outcome.

The desired outcome can change, but it is often about realiging the rest of the steps to match the new outcome. It's important not to be distracted by what other people are doing. There are many journeys, but they do not all lead to the outcome required.

It's easy to move from one strategy to another based on the success of others, but are all things equal: are each of the situations really the same? Are the same resources available, and do other factors come into play such as genetics, money, access to special food, or to different health professionals for example?

Based on the criteria above, it is very hard to "Do It Yourself." It is very much the efforts of the many that lead to the success of the one.

Common starting points include:
- Adjusting diet
- Taking supplements (such as vitamins or inerals)
- Natural remedies
- Adjusting their mental state
- Increasing physical activity
- Changing location
- Increasing knowledge of the subject
- Joining groups of people with common issues.
- Reducing stress
- A stronger focus on spirituality
- Positive thinking

The steps taken (to get to the desired outcome) vary from person to person.

Some people are more willing to take risks than others. Risks can have long term costs and benefits. Considering risk must be a part of a long term successful strategy. The goal over time is to find success and to reduce risk.

These tactics may sound familiar to investing, inventing, doing science experiments because they are. There is no template solution to every health condition: it's very much an experiment and adapting to the answers along the way.

The focus of the article is not to draw attention to the correct solutions for each person, but on the process to finding a way to move forward while the answers are found. Sometimes, the correct answer is found through the efforts of the patient, and it is shared with the doctor with positive results.

I am not a medical practitioner. All information shared is on an "As is" basis. Please feel free to share with friends and family, and in groups.

Be well.