Dental Dogma Decaying
Here is a great example of revolutionary findings in an area and for a topic that we seemed so sure of for so long – dental cavities. It turns out that a lot of that needling for injections and drilling of cavities may not be needed after all, reducing cost to 1/3, time to 1/6, of typical process. Not to mention kids no longer being afraid of the dentist due to all those noisy, scary, painful things not being done to them. You can read the story here.
At Patients United, we don't want to just comfort you in your frustrations of dealing with modern healthcare. We want to transform healthcare to be in the patient's best interest, whatever way that needs to happen, including better methods of care. And in that process to enable patients to be a driving force – demanding change, participating in patient-directed research for the things that matter (like needles and drills vs none for cavities), and taking charge of healthcare. All that money-making machinery is VERY resistant to change without a major factor in the mix to make things work differently.
In the case of cavities, we need to be clear that the vast majority of cavities are unnecessary and a result of violating nature's plan for health. How do we work together to hardly ever have cavities to begin with? And when we do need cavity care, let's make sure it is the best (and most pain free) care possible.
We (you included) are Patients United for "healthcare of the people, by the people, and for the people."
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