Patient Education Equals Empowerment

published by Dr. Marcantel on July 30th, 2019 Print this page No Comments

Patient education is an important part of the relationship between doctor and patient. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor in Gold Canyon, Arizona. She also serves the cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek, Florence, Apache Junction, and the greater Phoenix area.

 

Video transcript:

As a naturopathic physician I like to teach people about getting to the root cause of their problems. I like to teach people about holistic medicine, meaning to include not just the physical part of them, but the emotional, spiritual, and mental, as well, on their healing journey.  Another thing that I love to do is educate people about their symptoms because education is empowerment. I’ll give you an example.

Back in 2014 a young woman came in and she had quite a number of symptoms which led us to believe that she had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is a low thyroid condition causing inflammation in her body. We received her lab results for confirmation on this. So I taught her the importance of being aware of her signs and symptoms and to report them to me as she would get them, if they would return.

Well, we put her on a little bit of medication and we also balanced some of her other hormones. She did so well that she was able to get off of her medication after being on her medication for a year or a year and a half.

Just recently–we’re in 2019–she showed up in my office and said, “Dr. Marcantel, I remember you taught me the symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and I started getting them again. And I think the reason they’re flaring up is because I am under so much stress right now.” So I said, okay, let’s check and we can look at your thyroid report again. But her body was shouting out to her that she had symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis again.

But it just encouraged me so much to see how she did not go into fear, but instead she realized these were symptoms she had before and she might have to get back on her medication for a while again because she was under so much stress.

So, again, I believe in teaching because it empowers each individual.

 

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