Dr says: “Don’t read so much.”

I was reading again, (yes, this is what I do best) and I was looking at the column in the paper The People’s Pharmacy.   You might have seen this syndicated column in your own newspaper.   I enjoy this column, written by two pharmacists, who help people understand the differences between conventional drug therapy and alternative therapies.


Anyway, on this date, (February 13, 2012), a reader writes in and asks a question concerning powerful acid suppressing drugs.  In particular, she was asking about Prevacid.  Her comments were that she had read the patient insert, was concerned about the possible side effects of hip fractures.   I would imagine from the context clues in the letter, that she is an older woman, who is concerned about osteoporosis.


When she brought the side effects to her doctor’s attention, particularly the one that says:  “women who took PPIs were 30-35% more likely to fracture a hip during the eight years of followup” (BMJ online, January 31, 2012), her doctor said “Don’t read so much.”


How very demeaning and dismissive of the doctor.  He should be ashamed of himself.  I have myself encountered just such attitudes from my own doctors.  Nevertheless, we are the champions of our own health.  Our doctors may not be concerned, but that does not relieve us of our own responsibility to ourselves.


Unnecessary roughness… I sentence the doctor to time in the penalty box.




Until next time,




About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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