Subjective symptoms are very different from objective signs. Subjective is what you’re telling me. “I’ve got a pain in my tummy,” or, “I’ve got a weird sensation in my head,” are subjective symptoms. I can’t see them or test them. I rely on what you are telling me when it comes to subjective symptoms.
Objective signs are what I’m seeing in front of me. For example, if I just did an MRI scan on your head and found a small clot, then I have some idea where your headache is coming from. That is an objective finding.
Western doctors primarily work with objective findings. In most cases, they couldn’t care less about the subjective symptoms, especially if they’re crazy ones like, “I get a pain from here, and it travels down there, and it comes out my butt.” Now don’t laugh, because this is a real issue.
I had a client who could not talk on a mobile phone for multiple years. He couldn’t. He absolutely couldn’t, he had too much pain in his face and in his head. Now that’s a very subjective symptom. If that man went to any conventional doctor, he’d be seen as a crazy fool, when in fact, he’s a highly intelligent guy.
It turns out that the result of this man’s stool test was terrible. It was one of the worst reports I had seen in years. Three months after we cleaned up his gut, he could talk on a mobile phone.
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That case was an example of a very subjective symptom that no one wanted to investigate because they thought the client was crazy.
This is the difference between people like me and conventional medical practitioners. We work to differentiate between the subjective and the objective. We work out if the person is crazy or not. We look at the test results to see if there’s any link between the objective and subjective.
In contrast, most conventional doctors will say, “What? You’ve got pain in your face with a mobile phone? You’re crazy.” Are people crazy just because we can’t understand them? I don’t think so. I think we’re crazy to make the assumption that they’re crazy. That’s the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a western medical doctor.
We’re seen as crazy too, but you know what? It doesn’t worry me. What worries me is the outcome we get with the patients.
If your doctor tells you you’re crazy, and you really have a symptom that doesn’t fit in the neat little square box, then your doctor’s crazy for not taking the time to understand the patient in front of them.