The Darker Side Of Medicine: Another Doctor Assaulted While On Duty

Being a doctor is a noble calling. All those years spent in medical school, then specialization, more studying, sleepless nights on duty, etc… Learning never really ends when you decide to commit yourself to this profession.

It takes years, even decades for a person to become a good medical professional.

But, not everyone knows how to appreciate all the efforts a doctor has to go through his/her education.

Here is the story of Dr Mohammed Ruda, from Baghdad (Iraq). Dr Ruda is a resident in general surgery at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Iraq. He is currenty preparing his Phd in surgery.

While he was on call, this Wednesday, a female patient was admitted to the hospital. In the Emergency Room, she presented with severe right lower abdominal pain, with a possibilty of appendicitis. Dr Ruda came to examine the patient for rebound tenderness. 

But, what came next, no one could predict…..

Instead of helping the female patient, the doctor was hit in the face by the patient’s husband, who was against the medical check-up. He did not allow Dr.Ruda to examine his wife.

The doctor ended up with bloody nose and a possible fracture. (See picture below)

According to Dr Ruda’s colleagues, attacks like this one, are almost common thing in this hospital. That’s certanly not an environement anyone would want to work in.

When we talk about security in hospitals in general, it’s always directed toward a patient. But what about doctors?Cases like these show us that doctors are not safe in their own workplace.If the patients (or their family members) are free to assault a doctor, who is going to treat them later on?

We need to stop and think for a minute, as this kind of behavior should not be tolerated.

Complete medical personnel, from nurses, technicians, paramedics to doctors needs to be treated with respect and gratitude. Those people are the ones that put their lives aside, to save somebody else.

Recognize their effort, and show them you are thankful for their care and help.

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Experts agree that high cholesterol and blood pressure are decisive heart disease risk factors, but many people who suffer from chest pain or even from heart attacks have levels that are faultlessly normal. This problem has inspired experts to scour the body for other cardiovascular villains. A few have emerged in recent years, but the one that stands out the most is inflammation.

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The latest studies suggest that chronic inflammation of the lining of arteries is an important factor in the expansion of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. What is the source of this inflammation is not clear, but the good news is that:

  • 1: the instruction that is given for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides also works fine for fighting inflammation; and
  • 2: you can tackle all 4 culprits with the help of dietary weapons. In fact, you can plan your battle against heart disease home, in your kitchen. Here is how:
  1. Start thinking like a professional when you choose the right fruits and vegetables: You should start eating those with the brightest colors.

Those have the most heart protective antioxidant pigments. A proper diet high in fruits and vegetables, also provides another significant heart benefit – salicylic acid, which is the same anti-inflammatory compound created when aspirin is added down in the body.

2. Start increasing food sources of the omega-3 fatty acids which targets high triglycerides in your blood system.

Proper sources of omega-3s, include fish such as sardines or mackerel; light green leafy vegetables; nuts and seeds; grains like wheat; cowpea and also black gram.

3. Reduce the amount of meats you eat, especially the red meats, and always select lean cuts.

  1. Decrease using of salt – instead use herbs and spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric and fenugreek liberally in your cooking;
  2. Change to groundnut, mustard, rice bran and olive oils which have monosaturated fatty acids that help lower (bad) LDL and control levels of (good) HDL cholesterol. Drastically lower down the use of margarine, butter, vegetable shortening and all products that are made with partially hydrogenated oils.
  3.  Fruits and vegetables, beans and pulses, are also tremendous sources of soluble and insoluble fibre, which trap LDLs and usher them out of your body.

How To Sleep Good

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Try these 9 hacks to prepare for getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Set a bedtime alarm on your phone to go off 30 minutes before you need to sleep, which will signal to you that you need to finish up whichever activities you’re working on. Be sure to have a bedtime alarm go off every day of the week, including weekends.
  • Reconsider your dinners and when you eat at night. In addition to having a busy mind, you may feel sluggish and also experience difficulty falling asleep at night due to heavier foods or eating late. Avoid fried food and caffeine (which can be in some desserts and sugary drinks), and instead go with a lighter dinner with a big salad. Schedule your dinner at least a few hours before your bedtime.
  • Take a short walk after dinner. It can be just 20-30 minutes. Being outside is good for your digestion, you get some fresh air, and you rest your mind from all the activities you’ve completed during your busy day. A walk also sends signals to the body that it’s time to unwind and relax.
  • Get away from electronics (computer and TV) in the hour before bedtime. Instead, listen to a podcast on a topic you find interesting, queue up some relaxing music and listen with your eyes closed as you’re sitting on the couch, or read a book to stimulate your imagination.
  • Start a productivity planner before going to bed. Write a list of items that are top priority for the next day, mark them in the order of importance, note down how long you think you’ll work on each activity. This technique is useful because you train your mind to focus a few steps ahead so you don’t worry about forgetting something important, which in turn might keep you awake at night.
  • Have a cup of herbal tea (no caffeine), some warm milk with honey, or a magnesium supplement (either tablet or powder form) around the time your alarm goes off. These warm drinks can help you feel more sleepy.
  • Make your room sleep-friendly. Sleep in a well ventilated room, keep your window open at least a little, raise the blinds or move the curtains aside to let daylight in, and don’t place anything on your eyes so that your body can react to the natural morning light when it’s time to wake up. To prevent any noise from waking you up, invest in a good pair of soft silicone ear plugs like these so you can sleep through the night.
  • Take a deep breath of lavender. Lavender oil is often used to calm the senses and can help us relax before going to sleep. Keep a bottle on your night stand, and before you close your eyes, put 3–5 drops into the palm of your hand, then rub your palms together to release the essence of the oil. Inhale deeply a few times, then run your fingers over your temples, forehead, around your nose, and smooth them over your pillow for an additional soothing effect.
  • Optimize your sleeping pattern. There are always resources at your fingertips for turning sleep into a positive and lasting habit. Try one of these to get more ideas:

Why Doctors Are Unhappy

As a medical student, I was often unhappy. I would be stressed about the next exam, downtrodden after a surgeon just yelled at me in the OR, or worried that I may not match into the residency of my choice. These are just some of the feelings that doctors-in-training experience every day.

Becoming a physician is no easy task. In the United States, it often takes 11-15 years of education after high school: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3-7 years of residency. Along the way, you are faced with competitive admission committees, difficult exams, and uncertainty of whether you will make it all the way through.

Why put up with all of this stress and anxiety? Because young doctors are often looking forward to a “good life” later on. Not only are doctors viewed as financially well-off, but they are also among the highest respected professions in society. Therefore, we deal with what we have to in order to become physicians.

The promise of future salvation keeps us going. However, now that I’ve taken a leave of absence from medical school for two years to pursue an MBA, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the past three years of my medical school career. I recently read the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. In it, is the secret to why so many future doctors (and doctors) are unhappy.

There is no such thing as future salvation.

Eckhart Tolle stresses that if you are always looking forward to happiness in the future, then you will never be happy at all. You can only be happy in the now. If you are not happy now, then don’t expect to be happy later. Be happy now or be miserable forever.

But searching for future salvation is exactly what medical students, residents, and even physicians do. We are willing to put in the time and energy to become physicians because of the idea of delayed gratification. We’ll work our tails off now so that later we can live a life in which we can provide great care to our patients, get paid well for doing it, and live a more balanced life.

But that is a flawed mentality. I realize now that I was always looking forward to getting something over with in medical school: the next block of curriculum, the next United States Medical Licensing Exam, the next clinical rotation, etc. Once I got done with that one thing, I would hope that my life would be a little better. But it wasn’t.

And that is what we, as future physicians, do. We expect that life will be better once we are done with premed, medical school, and residency. But it doesn’t get better. It will stay the same…unless you change your mentality.

Enjoy the now. Enjoy studying for the organic chemistry test as a premedical student. Enjoy rotating through internal medicine as a medical student. Enjoy working 80-hour weeks as a resident. If you do not enjoy your current situation, you will not enjoy your future one. As Eckhart Tolle states, “Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”

Be happy now. It is the only way to be happy ever.

Shaan Patel is the founder of 2400 Expert Test Prep, a #1 bestselling author, and MD/MBA student at Yale and USC. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and teaches students his methods in an online SAT prep class.