On the occasions when patients return having gained weight back, many feel compelled to offer an explanation. It’s always an excuse, seldom a reason. It is worthwhile to know the difference.
The hallmarks of an excuse is that it is stereotyped, unoriginal and irrational. The most common excuse is, “I ran out of medicine”. I won’t even comment on this canard. The best thing people get in my office is the Ten Doctor’s Orders. When people learn them, they never need me again. The pills are like Dumbo’s feather.
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