The definition of naïveté is “lack of experience.” Also, “innocence.”
The definition of treatment naiveté means that no medical treatment has been performed on this person.
Recently in my travels I came across a man with a PhD in cardiovascular science and we discussed a situation I found myself in and he said I had medical naïveté. I honestly didn’t know whether this was a compliment or if I was to feel slighted. As he continued to explain the meaning, I soon understood that while I am a clean eater–rarely if ever consume an over the counter drug, and have a body that is innocent from prescription drugs, when I recently was given prescription eye drops for dry eyes, it shocked me that within 2 weeks of using those eye drops, I developed oral thrush and a definite sensation in my lower throat area that I am still dealing with today.
Paul and I love to bicycle ride. It is not uncommon for us to travel 20-40 miles a day on our bicycles. But when I would awaken at night with my eye pasted shut and painful tears streaming down my face, I thought my bicycle riding days were over. That is why I sought medical treatment for my dry eyes.
Most medical practitioners would love the fact that you are considered “treatment or medically naïve” since your body should be able to respond more effectively when administered a drug or other pharmaceutical treatment. However, as is being proven by more and more pharmaceutical studies that use only “treatment naïve” candidates, people do not improve because they are “innocent” of other medical treatments. Rather, these “never been treated before” people are actually finding more negative results that are more harmful to their bodies.
If practitioners would ask a few more questions and learn more about the habits of these patients, they might begin to see them as a new kind of demographic that should not be treated as a typical patient that can easily withstand the drops, drugs and treatments that are doled out to the clear majority of their patients.
We the people who have taken such good care of our bodies that doctors are amazed at our blood test results, cannot even begin to be treated as just another patient. We go to the practitioners to see if there is anything serious but it doesn’t even occur to us that the seemingly nonthreatening bottle of eye drops could ever cause any serious damage…
I talked with my friend Olin, and found an excellent nutritional supplement that if taken regularly, has kept my dry eyes under control and I can even ride my bicycle in the wind again!
If there is anything you can derive from this post, it is that when you need to see a doctor, take a few more minutes to explain the innocence or naïveté of your body from all over the counter and other drugs. Then, if you both agree to receive a pharmaceutical treatment, please ask exactly how it must be taken and read the fine print BEFORE you begin the treatment. If I had only done that, perhaps I wouldn’t be dealing with horrible side effects of this eye drop.
I never bothered to go back to this eye doctor since it is highly doubtful that he could even suggest any way to repair the damage. I just increased my raw juice consumption and believe that my miraculous self-healing body will overcome the devastating effects of those harmless little eye drops.