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Houston Breakthrough 1978-02 - Page 17. February 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 31, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2254/show/2245.

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(February 1978). Houston Breakthrough 1978-02 - Page 17. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2254/show/2245

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1978-02
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1978
Description Vol. 3 No. 1
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Transcript m* onhealth Marrie Richards.MD We are delighted to announce an important addition to Breakthrough. Beginning next month, a column by Dr. Marrie Richards will appear in each issue. Dr. Richards will answer general questions about women's health care. A graduate of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, she is a general practitioner with post graduate training in obsterics, gynecology and family practice. Dr. Richards is interviewed in the following article by Wendy Haskell Meyer, health columnist and editor of Houston Home and Garden. — ed. days or less. All for an investment of only $1.95 in his/her best-seller. Trouble is, you can't really get all the answers you need from such sources. How do you find out where to get good prenatal care, if you also want to deliver your baby at home? And where do you get information about the effectiveness and safety of the new tampon contraceptive, Encare-Oval? It's been available at Walgreen's since last fall, but you haven't seen or heard a word about it from a respected medical source. You feel guilty about calling your own doctor—if he/she is available. And, unlike many other cities, there is no Medi-Facts or Medi-Call in Houston where you can phone in and ask to hear tapes on specific medical or health subjects. And there is no directory available for getting good information. To add to the frustration, many women feel that some male doctors—and it's still hard to find women doctors— are, if not biased, simply not in tune with women's needs, concerns and feelings. It's refreshing, then, to find a woman doctor who is not only willing but eager to answer the questions so many of us have about staying healthy, and about our medical problems in general. Q. Doctor, why a health column by Marrie Richards? A. People are asking me questions all the time, and I think getting answers is imperative. For one thing, everyone has- or should have-a natural curiosity about their body and their health. A person who is in touch with their body will have more productive doctor's visits-the person who recognizes her own symptoms and has some ideas about causes, saves time, usually saves money, is not as apt to require unnecessary testing. By the way, a patient's history is the most valuable medical tool there is. Finally, she is more likely to understand what the doctor is doing. An added plus is that the patient is not as apt to misunderstand the doctor and choose to sue for malpractice. Another: if you know your own body, the less medication you'll be getting. I am very cautious prescribing pills because they often create more problems than they solve. By Wendy Haskell Meyer There's a great deal of hoopla these days about consumers taking responsibility for their own health. Unfortunately, the professionals who could support this cause are generally unavailable. Few physicians have the time to serve as consumer health advocates or information sources. They're busy saving lives and paying malpractice premiums-operating in "a system which functions fairly well for us when we're sick, but does little to help keep us well. Consumers want to know more about staying healthy—but the average medical institution is primarily concerned with diagnosis and treatment of illness. By default, then, the new "expert," the non-credentialed, sometimes wise and sometimes otherwise pop doctor is telling us how to feel radiantly alive again in 17 SOL L.WISENBERG INSURANCE AGENCY j&r We're Ready To Protect YourBusiness We'll cover you for Property, Liability, Employee Benefits and more. By packaging your insurance, we may even save you money. Joy Dillon 622-5200 4801 Wood way Houston, Texas 77056 Q. How can we become better informed? A. For one thing, use your doctor as a resource. Q. How? A. Lots of patients don't make demands on their family physicians. I think many doctors are willing to help, but people don't ask: If your doctor is not responsive to your inquiries, &o find one who is. Perhaps we as doctors have been conditioned by patients who say, "Fix me but don't tell me about it," and we've gotten into that mode. Q. There's a lot of talk about self- help. Are patients showing interest in it? A. Yes, lots of them are coming to me who don't want the doctor to play a and from city family planning clinics. They probably get more information from these sources than from doctors. The doctor is just one of several tools you can use to get maximum health from your body. Good nutrition, good sleep habits and exercise are some others. Remember, your health is not your doctor's responsibility. It's yours. Q. What do you think about the health food trend? A. A lot of it is just Madison Avenue gimmickry. We're really still very much in the dark about nutrition. It's a relatively new science. Most people eat junk food—they should be taking a good look at their diets. I tend to be a health nut and I'm a vegetarian, but I can't recommend it for everyone. We should all try to get away "(Women) ask 'How does my body work?' rather than 'What's wrong with my body?'That's a good sign." magic role...take us off our pedestals. A lot of young people, especially, are asking me about how to stay healthy-mostly questions about nutrition, and normal body function. And women especially are being very critical of birth control meth- ods-they want to know all about how it works, what complications may occur. They're less willing to go along with what I say...more willing to use me as a resource to stay healthy and to ask "How does my body work?" rather than "What's wrong with my body?" That's a good sign. Q. Where are these women getting their information-for example, about the dangers of contraceptives? A. From women's magazines like Ladies Home Journal, from columns like yours, from gossip with friends who may have aborted with an IUD, for instance, from heavily processed foods and eat more fruits and vegetables. Q. What sort of questions will you be willing to answer in your column? A. General questions about health care, facilities, disease processes and normal body functions. Where are the affordable mental health facilities in Houston? Where can a woman go for prenatal care if she wants to deliver at home? What medications are harmful to take during pregnancy? As for specific questions about an individual's health, I may or may not be able to help. If your problem is abnormal vaginal bleeding, you should most likely see your personal physician, but I might talk about the most common causes of vaginal bleeding. I won't diagnose or prescribe. 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