Every fall those annoying respiratory infections start getting passed around. Most are short lived and minor. They don’t require antibiotics or homeopathic medications to resolve. Thankfully, our body will cure itself if given enough time.
However, there are lots of options to help improve symptoms while the body is clearing the infection. One over-the-counter ‘medicine’ that has long been used for soothing a sore throat or calming a bad cough is honey. In a study of children with a cough that was disrupting their sleep, researchers compared a spoonful of honey, specifically buckwheat honey given its dark color and presumably higher antioxidant content, to dextromethorphan, the leading OTC cough suppressant, and a placebo. Then they polled the parents on which children slept better. The parents didn’t know which therapy their children had received.
The study showed that the parents reported a better night sleep in the children who had received the honey. So next time you’re suffering through a bad cold consider how wise your grandmother was in offering you good food as the best medicine. Remember that children under one year of age should not eat honey.
25 years ago Dr Allsop and Dr Pardue shared a calling to honor God by opening a primary care practice In Knoxville. Over the years and with various name changes they have been faithful to His call by building Trinity to what it is today. I’m blessed to be a part of this great practice and I appreciate their leadership for God’s kingdom.
Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. (Proverbs 26:10 NIV)
McDonalds has perfected the art of consistency. Everywhere you go a Big Mac is the same. Not true for the medical profession or healthcare as a whole. The people who live out their jobs by taking care of us in our time of need vary widely from fully competent to driven by their own desires.
Don’t pick your physician or healthcare provider simply because they’re convenient or they are in-network. Don’t choose one based on having a nice looking storefront or brand new office on a busy corner. Take some time and find someone who works for you and someone you trust to have your best interests at heart. Find someone who isn’t punching a time clock but offering real compassion for your troubles. It may be a little out of the way or a little less fancy but the arrow will hit its mark all the more.
Now this may seem somewhat self contradictory as a physician to highlight this proverb but this challenge is for myself also. Trinity’s physicians make it our mission and purpose to fulfill all the qualifications I just laid out. We intend to earn the trust you give us and to provide honest compassion in your time of need.
Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. (Proverbs 24:26 ESV)
Solutions to our problems take many forms. Sometimes we want a fix and sometimes we want an answer. Often the fix is too risky or too uncertain but we want our problem better so bad we lose sight of that. Seek a physician or provider that speaks honestly with you. Seek out someone who gives you the advice you need not the advice you want. The results will always be better even if the problem isn’t resolved.