Kitty Carlisle Posted about 3 years ago "WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27) Yes, sometimes it is arrogance and even negligence on the part of the doctor. My friend experienced extreme weight gain as the side effect of a prescription drug. Instead of listening to her, the doctor blamed the patient for overeating, and repeatedly told her to quit eating so much. One day, she fainted in his office. It turned out she was eating less than 800 calories per day. The same doctor refused to prescribe any pain meds for her fibromyalgia, because he did not "believe in" fibro as a diagnosis.