Everyone in the world will get sick, injured, or be responsible for caring for someone who is. Since only a small percentage of the world’s population are medical doctors (there are fewer than 1 physician per 1000-person population) it's safe to say the majority of people are not familiar with medical terms, drug and/or chemical names, or in-depth knowledge of how even their bodies work. Healthcare has evolved over the last 6,000+ years. Ancient civilization used foods, supplements, spices, practices, breathing techniques, and other integrated exercises to diagnose and treat what ails us. In the 20th century alone there have been many discoveries and innovations that have added decades to the average human life expectancy.
Given all of the definitions, names, variations, and clinical applications for these medical advances it can be overwhelming to take on your own healthcare. No, I am not saying everyone has to become a physician, but the best way to be proactive in your own healthcare is to do your research and ask questions about the procedures and products that are directly affecting you. Targeted marketing, mass hysteria, and lack of understanding are often behind the different waves of miracles cures noted throughout history. You can play an active role in your own healthcare simply by asking questions and not relying on the “take my word for it” approach.