The medical industry is a huge one, and it plays a major role in our lives. It is an exciting and challenging field, and can be a rewarding career choice.
But like any industry, there are some things you need to know before you enter it. These weird facts about the medical industry are a good place to start.
1. Doctors aren’t allowed to smoke
Smoking is a bad habit, and many doctors and nurses know this. They’ve seen the health risks firsthand and are aware of how smoking can negatively impact their patients.
But some physicians still smoke, even though they understand the risks. A recent JAMA study looked at this issue and found that about 1 in 50 doctors still smoke.
It’s not surprising that people with a lot of knowledge about the harms of smoking still do it, but the issue is particularly troubling for medical professionals.
2. Doctors aren’t allowed to drink alcohol
As medical professionals, doctors have to work long hours and be available to help patients in the event of an emergency. That means they have to be able to think clearly, and drinking alcohol when they’re on call can make them more prone to mistakes.
It’s also important to note that doctors who take medications for a number of conditions, including hypertension and cholesterol, should be aware of the potential negative side effects of alcohol. This could include causing low blood pressure, fainting or a slowed reaction to medications.
3. Doctors aren’t allowed to drive
Doctors spend long hours in the office and at hospitals, seeing patients, running tests, interpreting them, prescribing medicine or treatment, doing rounds, making notes on patient’s physical conditions, advising them on how to stay healthy and talking to them about future treatments.
In Canada, doctors are required to report certain health conditions that might impair their patients’ driving ability to licensing authorities. However, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that doctors didn’t always take that step. Instead, they often told their patients they couldn’t drive when the conditions weren’t severe enough to warrant a warning. This can be a major blow to both doctors and patients, as it can destroy the doctor-patient relationship.
4. Doctors aren’t allowed to drink coffee
Coffee has been a buzzy beverage for years. It’s not only a tasty caffeine fix, it also has some healthy antioxidant properties. So why is your physician asking you to give it a miss? For one thing, it’s not always clear what you are drinking. For another, it can be an expensive habit to break.
To make sure you aren’t wasting your hard-earned money on an unproven fad, ask your doctor before making a purchase. You should also check your insurance plan to ensure you aren’t paying for something you aren’t entitled to. You might be surprised by what you find out! For example, you might be able to save money on your next insurance premium.
5. Doctors aren’t allowed to drink tea
Doctors spend long hours seeing patients, running tests and interpreting them, prescribing medicine or treatments, doing rounds in the hospital, making notes on their patients’ physical conditions and advising them on how to stay healthy. They also keep up with their medical knowledge by taking classes and reading books and medical journals.
They do all this while keeping themselves hydrated with tea, which contains no calories or sodium and offers a wide variety of health benefits. In fact, early clinical studies show that drinking tea can protect you from certain types of cancers. However, it’s always best to talk with your doctor before adding tea to your diet.
6. Doctors aren’t allowed to eat chocolate
The latest research suggests that eating chocolate has some health benefits. It’s packed with antioxidants called flavonoids that can ward off free radicals and boost heart health. It also has theobromine, a stimulant that can boost a person’s ‘good’ cholesterol and help relax muscles and lower blood pressure. But don’t go overboard — a small serving is fine by most standards.
One study found that the odds of a stroke were 19 percent lower in men who ate the most chocolate compared to those who chowed down on the least. This may be attributed to the fact that people who eat chocolate tend to be healthier overall, including not smoking and not having high blood pressure or heart-related problems such as atrial fibrillation.