Doctor Resources and other professionals
Looking at the photo above, I’m tempted to wonder if the medical motto may be “follow the money”. (That’s from the movie All the President’s Men, but is often confused with “Show me the money!” from another movie Jerry Maguire. Either quote would work here.) Kidding aside, it is an important concern to make sure your doctor isn’t being unduly influenced by financial incentives from the makers of drugs and devices. The government provides the Open Payments database where you can search for obvious connections your physician might have.
Probably the most frequent question I get from listeners and readers is how to find an enlightened doctor like the guests we interview on the radio show. For important medical decisions, people are counseled to get a second opinion. They probably should do that for health in general, but what they usually don’t realize is that when they consult a second doctor who also went to a mainstream medical school and is being routinely educated by the same drug companies, what they are really getting is the same opinion 2 different times. That is why I think everyone should have an “alternative” practitioner on their team so they can make informed decisions with a broader base of information. (Please read the page on Quacks.)
One important concern is to make sure your doctor isn’t being unduly influenced by financial incentives from the makers of drugs and devices. The government provides the Open Payments database where you can search for any such connections your physician has.
Some of the associations linked below have a practitioner locator utility on their sites. Another approach is to ask a local independent health food store or compounding pharmacist who they get good reports on.
Integrative / Functional medicine
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness.
American Holistic Health Association
Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)
American College for Advancement in Medicine
The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
Patients’ site on Integrative Medicine
Chiropractors who can be accessed on this linked site tend to be holistic and well trained. The chiropractic profession is an excellent example of one that misunderstood and not properly appreciated by the medical establishment. This description by B. J. Palmer shows gives critics food for thought: “What Chiropractic does, is that it simply takes the handcuffs off Nature, as it were. By finding the particular vertebra that had shifted and restoring it to its natural position, the adjustment thus releases the natural flow of nerve impulse. When the maze of nerves, or Nature’s communication system, supplies the body with the energy it needs for wellbeing, you have health.”
International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
Spine graphic showing what organs are related to each vertebrae
General info on acupuncture. Another site about acupuncture and specific conditions
Read about physiotherapists