Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

Advantages To Signing Up For A Clinical Trial

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If you contact your local hospital, university hospital, or other health facility, you can inquire as to whether any clinical trials are coming up. If so, you'll hear about what type of trials are scheduled and what types of participants the researchers need. Should you fit the criteria, you can sign up for the trial and hope to receive a call indicating that you've been accepted. Your next step is to visit the designated location at the requested time, and then simply follow the researchers' instructions. There are several different advantages to going through this process, including these three.

A Chance To Help Others

Perhaps the biggest advantage of taking part in a clinical trial is that you'll know you're helping other people. Regardless of the nature of the trial, the information that it gleans with your help and the help of the others who are taking part will be used to help people dealing with various medical issues. For example, if a clinical trial is trying to determine whether a newly developed medication can be used to prevent various health complications, you'll know that the results of the trial will benefit those whose quality of life may be suffering as a result of the health issue in question.

Knowledge About Your Own Health

Whether you're someone who is interested in his or her own health or you can benefit from gaining more knowledge in this area, clinical trials give you the opportunity to gain additional knowledge about your health. You'll do so in two ways — observing the trial and its outcome, while also asking the researchers questions. For example, if you're taking part in a dietary trial, you might gain some interesting information about eating certain foods that you'll wish to integrate into your life even when the trial is done.

An Interesting New Hobby

Don't discount the fact that taking part in a clinical trial can be downright interesting. You'll get to experience a wide range of things that you've likely never experienced in the past. This list could include learning about the trial, having your health assessed, trying a wide range of things, and then reporting your findings and/or being assessed again. Many people enjoy taking part in clinical trials because of these reasons, so you may wish to see what trials are offered in your area, learn about the application process, and contact the researchers.


4 October 2017