Written by – Dr. Charlie Selzer
There are areas of medicine which are pretty black and white. If someone comes into the ER with chest pain and the doctor finds a complete blockage in an artery, I doubt anyone would disagree with opening it up. On the other end of the spectrum, there are illnesses of which some doctors doubt the existence, whereas other doctors believe they are the root cause of countless ailments and debilitating symptoms.
When a person believes they have a medical issue which “traditional medicine” does not recognize, they often go from doctor to doctor, are told they are just depressed, and feel progressively worse. The lucky ones find a health care professional willing to look beyond the confines of what is taught in medical school and work with the patient to put together a treatment plan that addresses the big picture. The unlucky ones doctor shop until they either give up and live out their lives with often debilitating symptoms or find someone willing to work with them.
This is not to say traditional medicine has it wrong. I am merely suggesting there may be things out there that are better treated with a more holistic approach. Of course, the Hippocratic Oath (Do no harm.) remains the cornerstone of medicine, however you define it. But in gray areas, an open minded doctor and informed patient maximize the probability of solutions to often incredibly complicated problems.