Knowing your physician’s medical philosophy can be extremely helpful in understanding why he or she is recommending a certain treatment approach for your ailment.
I can’t tell you the number of patients who complain to me about their physician who prescribes pharmaceuticals for their condition.
“I went to my urologist and all he does is recommend Avodart and Flomax,” is the typical complaint.
What would you expect?
Conventional physicians are trained to treat medical problems with drugs or procedures. Period.
While there are some docs who are holistic in nature, there are others who are not but still conservative in their approach. And others just go right to the “guns” for any ailment.
Seriously, there are some physicians who would put statins in the water if they could.
I am not trying to disparage any form of practice. We are all fallible and working hard to improve the health of our patients with what the tools we have.
But the most important aspect of the doctor/patient relationship is trust. Once there’s no trust, there’s no healing, I’d argue. And knowing your docs medical philosophy to assure it is aligned with yours is one step closer to establishing trust between the two parties.
How difficult it is, doctor, to be a philosopher on paper, and how difficult in real life.
– Anton Chekhov
Allow me to share with you my medical philosophy. In other words, when I see a patient, these are the principles where I derive my therapeutic approach from.
Tell me if you agree or if you think I should replace anyone one of them and with what. I am always interested in improving how I do things.
If you think this is utter nonsense, let me know too. But tell me why.
Dr. Geo’s Medical Philosophy
- Partner with patients in identifying and treating the cause of their disease, not just mask symptoms.
- Listening carefully to the patient, a thorough physical exam and the right labs ordered, in that order, is the best method of learning the cause of the health problem.
- All organ systems are connected in a web-like network, and disease of one organ system is often associated with another.
- Botanicals, nutrition, and holistic methods are powerful tools in healing chronic disease and promote optimal human functioning.
- Pharmaceutical drugs and medical procedures are necessary and suggested in specific circumstances.
- Determine and address the patient’s individual and genetic needs.
- The clinical approach combines knowledge of the scientific research, knowledge of the basic sciences, and clinical experience.
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