What are you hiding from your doctor?
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Don't be afraid to express your desire to seek a second (or third) opinion. The best doctors appreciate patients who alert them to other viewpoints—it's like getting a free refresher course or having a conference among colleagues.
Move on—if necessary
You want a doctor you can consult, not challenge. Fortunately, they're becoming easier to find. "More physicians are accepting the value of complementary therapies for an integrative approach," says Len Saputo, M.D., director of the Health Medicine Institute in Lafayette, Calif. "Patients these days should be wary of doctors who refuse to educate themselves or broaden their perspective."