Treating some small or early conditions that don’t need to be treated can lead to side effects or new problems otherwise known as iatrogenesis.
Some conditions aren’t conditions at all – they may be false positives or they may be real but short-lived even without treatment. Welch argues to wait if conditions permit and there are no symptoms.
Get a doctor you can trust, particularly in that they have no conflict of interest in treating you—Do they profit by doing more or do they profit more, the healthier you are? As a practitioner, I really notice when a surgeon keeps the door opened but doesn’t just jump in and cut, overtest or overtreat.
Your doctor may follow the rules, explicitly, but the guidelines, protocols and standards they follow are changing as research and observation dictates. It wasn’t that long ago when we began questioning antibiotic overuse in ear infections, tympanostomy tubes and even the sacred tonsillectomy. Witness what has just happened with PSA levels, cholesterol and hypertension targets.