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Boomer And The Naturopathic Doctor

Two sixty year old baby boomer guys were talking one day.

“My back hurts,” one said.

“Son, you’re sixty years old. If your back didn’t hurt, it means you’ve never done anything.”

They both laugh.

It’s not news that boomers have done plenty. They get credit and blame for what they’ve done. Or not done.

But you can’t call them ignorant. At least not the women.

Boomers see their parents and grandparents graduate from taking a pill for their ill to loading up the weekly pill box, the plastic one with M T W TH F S SU on the flip top lids.

The medicine cabinet turns into a king size freezer bag of prescription bottles.

When a woman over eighty asked her doctor why she took so many pills, her doctor said,

“How do you feel?”

“Fine,” she said.

“And that’s why you take so many pills.”

Case closed? It’s not, because the patient has insurance, with back-up insurance, on top of primary insurance. She pre-qualifies for every procedure or drug on the market. She turns down treatment her doctors recommend.

Boomer women want better choices. They’ve always been about choice. They’re veterans of the clinic, the hospital, the nursing home. They’ve seen the path most taken.

If they find naturopathic medicine makes the biggest difference in their health, who is Dr. Governor to choose for them?

Nick Budnick writes in the Oregonian, “Kitzhaber plans in future years to start shifting public school teachers and state workers to the coordinated care organizations.”

And they don’t allow naturopathic doctors, yet. Fifteen care organizations around Oregon have a chance to give their current and future patients the choices they want in health care. They may need encouragement. Here’s the list.

If you discuss the pros and cons of medical and naturopathic doctors, remember the governor appoints members to the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine.

“The State Board of Naturopathic Medicine, established by the 1927 Legislature, is empowered to protect the public by licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians in Oregon.”

Boomerpdx Lesson: You do have a role in your health, a hands on role. Vote.

Better Boomer says, protecting your right to choose in Oregon takes a little more time, but it proves a point: ‘If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.’ If Oregon women want their choice of doctor, they’ll get it.



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