When a patient sees a dramatic change in their health they, like a new convert to a religion, want to share what made them better with family and friends. Unfortunately, not everyone will be open to embracing new ideas.
When this same patient comes back frustrated that their sick friend does not want to try something new, I will tell them that sometimes people have to be at the end of the rope – they have tried everything conventional medicine has to offer – before they will consider alternative therapies. I have found that when patients come in because they were
coerced they do not stick with the program. The saying “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still” is very fitting and true.