Funny, many of you guys seem to be constantly subtly putting me down on my view of paps and my opinion surrounding it without even stopping to think that I might be coming from the same place as a lot of you all, but I am just coming up with a different answer.
First of all, I am not "priveledged" in the way it is being suggested. I do, however, know that I will do whatever it takes to get good care if and when needed. I am also not an uncaring robot. I heard you, Pandora, when you said that you have a horrible time with your exams and need sedation. I'm truly sorry for you and that is why I brought up in an earlier post that there is a reason why the decrease in cervical ca is "only" 70%, because some women just can't have them done for one reason or another. I'm not putting you down b/c you don't do it. If I needed to be sedated, I wouldn't bother, either. I truly feel that something that
horrifying for you is not worth it. It's rare to see someone have that kind of reaction, but it happens and I would wish you healing on this matter.
Second, I know what rape is.
: Enough said.
Third, I have had one horrible experience as a teen with my gyn exam. The doc was hostile and threatening and even though I sure did need the exam and the birth control, I got UP from that GD table and got my heiny outta there. I was not about to subject myself to that kind of treatment. Thank g-d my first exam was done by someone very caring and I knew the difference and listened to my instincts. I could go into more detail about it if anyone cared to know. (including the fact that that doc was later brought up on charges...)
Fourth, I believe very stongly in natural healthcare and healing. I rarely go to the doc and neither does my dh or my ds. I don't bother - we can 99 percent of the time treat at home with different modalities, the likes of which you average MD or DO would not even have an inkling about. That, however, does not make MD's and DO's my own personal enemy. We feel that we have the freedom to pick and choose what we want done and when. And if we have an emergency, great - there's the ER. I, for one, am not about to treat a compound fracture that is sticking out of my skin "naturally" (for example)
Fifth, I am not a hypocrite. I don't go spouting off about all sorts of natural remedies and tests without having something to back it up with. Nor do I insinuate that it is stupid to use western medicine and then go off to take my dh to the doctor for his insulin or whatnot.
Sixth, the topic is pap smears. Just because one gets them doesn't make them blind to other types of testing and healing modalitites. Just because I am advocating getting regular exams does not mean that I agree with the types of standard medical treatments offered when there is an abnormaility.
Frankly, I am the one surprised by the close-mindedness and assumptions and pot-shots.
And here - I will address one more - MITB, your ideas do not scare me because they are out of the norm or unrelated to the western medical model. They scare me because you continually make statements that are downright wrong and someone could get hurt by following your "advice". This is what it came down to the last time we sparred over this, too. You make statements that you can't back up and then just quietly slip away from one erroneous statement and then are onto another. You make assumptions and take articles and stats and make them into what you want them to be to suit your purpose. (Like the 70% stat I quoted, for example). It's truly frightening and I have gotta wonder what your motive is. Helping other women get the best treatment for them is not going to happen when you do that.