Nobody’s infallible – not even a doctor.
But many doctors don’t discover how wrong they were with their patients’ treatments until the autopsy results come in.
One study estimates that misdiagnoses – which account for up to 20 per cent of diagnosed illnesses – actually KILL as many people annually as breast cancer.
The Folk singer, Kris Kristofferson was one of the lucky ones. He spent YEARS on drugs for Alzheimer’s before finding out he actually had Lyme disease.
Kristofferson caught the mistake in time to do something about it – but there’s another case of a grossly-misdiagnosed condition that’s literally one for the history books.
Historical accounts of our 16th president Abraham Lincoln and his fight to end the Civil War and abolish slavery have often included some “crazy” stories about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
A recent news story, however, suggests that the first lady wasn’t actually “crazy” when she was committed 150 years ago.
Sure, she had delusions and hallucinations. But according to medical historian and scholar Dr. John Sotos, based on the latest science – and more than 100 historic sources and 678 letters and photos – she may actually have been suffering from a vitamin deficiency.
And, as we know today, an untreated vitamin deficiency can turn deadly.
Specifically, Dr. Sotos thinks that Mary suffered from pernicious anaemia, a severe deficiency in vitamin B12.
Mary had fevers, headaches, trouble with her walk, pins and needles, swelling, and breathing and heart rate issues – all symptoms that are indicative of pernicious anaemia.
Her erratic behaviour perplexed 19th century doctors, who blamed everything from her menstrual period to just plain insanity. But her case has also baffled scientists since then – and as a result, she’s been posthumously diagnosed with Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even diabetes.
It makes sense – now – because pernicious anaemia impacts the central nervous system. But in the 1800s, there was no way of diagnosing it. And so with no way of treating the root cause of her bizarre behaviour, they institutionalized Mary, who perished never knowing what had gone wrong.
Well, my friend, it’s 2016 – and while many patients are STILL being misdiagnosed, and their symptoms are just being covered up, you don’t have to be one of them.
What the mainstream considers “normal” levels of vitamin B12 may not be “normal” for you – and vitamin B12 deficiencies are increasingly common in older patients.
Even if you’re eating a “healthy” diet and taking your daily multi, you still might not be getting everything you need.
If you have any “mysterious” symptoms of your own – and the diagnoses you’ve gotten just don’t seem right to you – work with a doctor skilled in alternative medicine to determine a plan to get your vitamin B12 level to OPTIMUM.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
What was behind Mary Todd Lincoln’s bizarre behavior, cnn.com/2016/07/06/health/mary-todd-lincoln-pernicious-anemia/index.html
Physicians Misdiagnose at an Alarming Rate, ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=23148