Mae can feel the bladder infection starting. Again.
She’s had chronic bladder infections since her 20s (15 years!) and has been on endless prescriptions for antibiotics for the past few years. She’s absolutely desperate. She feels like she’s always either sitting in the doctor’s office or on the toilet. She’s sick and tired of the pain and fed up with the constant need to pee (but can’t!). She’s missing too much work and is worried about keeping her job.
I took her case. Her bladder infection was a perfect match for a remedy called Cannabis! I looked at her intake sheet more closely and noticed that she smokes a bit of marijuana almost every day.
This case is going to either the easiest bladder infection to clear up in the history of the world, or the most difficult.
The conversation went something like this:
Me: Well, May, the solution to your bladder infection is really simple. How hard would it be for you to stop smoking marijuana?
Mae: Come again?
Me: The remedy we call Cannabis has the exact same symptoms as your bladder infection. Which means, I’m 99.9% positive that if you stop smoking marijuana, your bladder infection will go away.
Silence. You can hear the clock tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Mae: I’m in. I said I’d try anything, and that’s what I’m going to do. How long will it take?
Me: I’ll see you in a week. You can tell me how you feel by then.
Mae’s bladder infection never materialised and she hasn’t had one since. That was almost 2 years ago. This is the longest she’s gone without an infection in her entire adult life. She’s stopped smoking marijuana that very day, and even though she misses it, she doesn’t miss it as much as the bladder infections!
Here’t the rationale behind my prescription:
Not every case requires medicine! Sometimes all that’s required are some simple changes to diet or lifestyle to make a profound change in someone’s health. Here’s an example: taking Tylenol isn’t going to help your headache if you don’t stop beating your head against the wall! In Mae’s case, all she needed to do was to stop smoking marijuana so her bladder could finally heal.
This is one of the Tenants of Classical Medicine: Tolle causam, cessat effects (Remove the cause of disease and the effect will cease).
In other words, a physician needs to take the time to listen to the patient and use old-fashioned common sense!
She’s been my patient now for the past 2 years. She came to me with a veritable laundry list of complaints, most of which have completely disappeared. She’s done very, very well.
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