Looking for Answers – A Challenge
Looking for answers and help can be challenging. Too often patients are told: “there is nothing wrong with you”, “the problem is all in your head, get some counseling”, “you are just getting older”, “you have diagnosisXX–take these pills and live with it”.
Not all problems have been defined, many problems have no tools to measure them, and often there are no lab or other tests to help identify the problem. The only evidence of the problem can often be in the patients history. In a world that is demanding evidence based medicine-helping patients whose problems have not been defined or accepted makes it challenging for the patient to find help.
Medicine is a dynamic and changing field. At the same time the practice of medicine is very slow to change. A good example is the story of handwashing. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis published results where he found hand-washing reduced mortality to below 1% in women giving birth when handwashing by the physicians before approached the women in labor was instituted. He was ridiculed and ostracized by his fellow physicians.
Semmelweis’s observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. Today that is an astonishing concept, that handwashing would be ridiculed and rejected! Some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands and Semmelweis could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings. Semmelweis’s practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory. In 1865, Semmelweis was committed to an asylum where he died of septicemia at age 47.
Throughout history there are physicians who continue to look for answers. Don’t give up hope! Investigational Medicine is the challenge of looking at you and helping you find answers. Think of it as a Medical Crime Scene Investigation. Our challenge is to find the clues to tell us what is happening in your body, your story will help us determine what is wrong. Our goal is to find out what is wrong, determine what barriers are present to keep it from healing and what is needed to help your body begin to heal.
Conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lyme disease, and chronic pain of all types are often controversial. There is no text book to give us the anwsers, or if there is a text book, it will often say the causes and cure are unknown! In these situations it is necessary to look at your test results in context of your symptoms and the clues that your body is providing, then take what we do know and what has been shown to be helpful in research and in anecdotal and case based evidence and sometimes what has not yet been explored and put that together to assist you.
Tools to help alleviate your pain
Cranial Osteopathic Treatment
Neural Fascial Injection Therapy/Lyftgot Technique
Physiological Regulating Medicine/GUNA
Cytokine and Interleukin Therapy/GUNA
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Nutrition and Herb Therapy
Life Style Modification