3 ACT Key Points

  1. Before you act on health or product information, remember to question incorrect assumptions. For example, "Even if a product may not help me, at least it won't hurt me."
  2. If you or a friend or family member receives a diagnosis of a serious condition, learn all you can before you and your doctor make decisions about treatment. Ask yourself whether or not you understand the diagnosis, the recommendations for treatment, other (complementary or alternative)Click here for a definition of this term treatments available, the difficult choices you'll need to make vs. the potential results, the risks and benefits of various treatment options, and your own personal preferences, particularly relating to your quality of life.
  3. Remember to tell your doctor about everything you are taking. This includes vitamins, supplements, or over-the-counter drugs. Many of these can interact with other medications or may have side effects of their own.
  4. Remember that you share the responsibility for your health with your health care professionals. Your health depends at least as much on you and your choices as it does on the care and/or treatment you receive.
  5. Make sure to talk with your doctor about any issues affecting your emotional health. These include any recent losses (including losses of pets), major changes, relationship stresses and health concerns, and many others.
  6. Write down your questions before you go for an office visit. If you've done research on a disease or treatment, ask specific questions on what you've found out and how it may relate to you. If you don't understand anything your doctor tells you, be sure to ask questions.

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