Don’t let misinformation come in the way of your good health: Bhavita Shah

Bhavita Shah is a nutritionist based in Mumbai with post-graduate specialization in clinical dietetics. She has over 8 years of experience and is currently working as Senior Nutritionist with Anjali Mukherjee Health Total in Mumbai, India.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

Seeing my patients overcome obstacles and achieve their goals is the best part of the job for me. Counseling helps me to form strong emotional connections that inspires me professionally and personally.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

Patients who are able to adapt to changes in their daily routine are good to deal with and are more likely to achieve their goals. In addition, patients who are conscious about fitness are easier to treat.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

Patients who are vulnerable or difficult experience emotions and demonstrate behavior that interfere with their fitness journey as it evokes negative feelings which leads to failure in achieving their goals. I find it difficult to treat such patients.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

It is helpful, however, preferring the information found on the internet over my treatment suggestions and/or plans can be dangerous and will not help the patients.

How can a patient improve his knowledge about the treatment procedure

The easiest approach for someone to increase their knowledge is to read some research-based articles or material. Always check with the consultant to make sure they have the appropriate understanding.

How medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

It is huge problem. In my opinion, medical misinformation is risky since it deviates from your long-term objectives. Short-term success might be attained, but it can prove to be unhealthy and detrimental in the long run. Medical misinformation can result in harmful lifestyle changes that can have unfavourable consequences.

A few advice that you always give to your patients…

There are few advise which I like to give my patients. Consult your nutritionist or doctor instead of following any kind of health or diet plan randomly. Also, keep in mind, there are no shortcuts for good health. So, don’t fall for media gimmicks or advertisement which tell you otherwise.

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