Although not by any means exclusively a “doctor to the stars”, I have certainly treated more than my fair share of celebrity patients over the years.
These celebrity patients have experienced significant success under my treatment, which incorporates:
- Homeopathy (constitutional, combination, drainage, & injectable),
- Bowen Therapy,
- Neuroemotional Technique (NET),
- Biofeedback (MORA, VEGA, & SCIO), &
- other Naturopathic Medical modalities.
Treating such celebrity patients, however, carries additional risks for the health care practitioner.
Celebrities can leave a doctor starstruck.
In our paternalistic health care system, doctors are not allowed to be vulnerable.
Particularly not to our patients.
Or it's on us.
Of course, we are not just doctors.
We are people.
I am most certainly a person.
A flawed person.
A person who has made mistakes in my personal life in the past.
And who will undoubtedly make additional such mistakes in the future.
When I accept you as a patient, however, none of those personal vulnerabilities matter.
You must be assumed to be completely vulnerable.
You are protected.
I, as your doctor, am assumed to be in a position of power.
I ensure that this paternalisic power hierarchy remains intact.
No matter what.
Your maturity, age, achievement, wealth, and even fame - none of that matters.
If you are an acquaintance, I cannot allow our personal history to affect our treatment.
If you are a celebrity, I cannot allow myself to be starstruck by your fame.
If you attempt to provide me with even seemingly-innocuous gifts or affection, I cannot accept.
Or it's all entirely on me.
Of course, doctors have vulnerabilities.
But, doctors and patients alike, we must recognize our vulnerabilities.
And ensure those vulnerabilities are addressed, treated, and ultimately healed.
Or, as we are each blind to our own blind spots ...
... ummm ...
"Doctor, get thee to a trusted and respected fellow physician to heal thyself!"
It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?
But real truth isn't soundbiteable.
(soundbiteible? ... speaking of not rolling off the tongue :) ... )