Your doctor is an important part of your wellness team. Hopefully you’ve enlisted a doctor of functional medicine who prescribes to a holistic approach to health. But what if your doctor isn’t so open minded? How can you know if you can trust your doctor — that the advice that you’re getting is really good advice, grounded in the most up-to-date science and tailored to you?
The Traditional Approach
Across the hundreds of interviews I’ve listened to with doctors working in the world of functional medicine and taking a natural, holistic approach to healing, there’s a common thread I’ve noticed. Their med school education basically included nothing about nutrition, hormones, or healing root cause. It was all about identifying the symptoms, diagnosing the disease, and prescribing the pharmaceutical.
Maybe you’ve experienced this before. You go into your doctor with a problem, and all you walk away with is an indefinite prescription. You’ve been told to shell out the money for medication and still have no clue why you’re sick in the first place. And it’s not because your doctor is holding out on you. He or she doesn’t know because they weren’t taught to treat root cause.
Not A Conspiracy Theory… Doctors Are Being Forced Out
If you think this sounds like a conspiracy theory, I want to tell you the story of Dr. Michael Platt. When he was interviewed for Bulletproof Radio episode #610, he explained why he voluntarily surrendered his medical license in 2011. Unfortunately, giving up legal medical practice was the only way he could continue telling the truth about health.
Dr. Platt practiced in California. His focus with his patients was to treat root cause. To figure out WHY they were sick, heal the root cause, and get them off their meds. Dr. Platt actually had patients from other doctors come to him, and he would take them off their drugs. They were better, so they didn’t need the meds anymore!
The doctors in town actually put in complaints at the medical board because he was taking patients off the pharmaceuticals. The catch is that the medical board needs complaints from patients to act, not from other doctors. Well, Dr. Platt’s patients certainly weren’t complaining because they were feeling better! The other doctors sent in undercover patients to file complaints against Dr. Platt because the medical board needs 3 patient complaints to take action against a doctor.
In the course of 5 years, Dr. Platt was arrested twice and spent half a million dollars in legal fees fighting. This all happened after 40 years of clinical practice where the good doctor never harmed a single patient. He finally gave up and voluntarily surrendered his medical license. They weren’t going to stop going after him. And he wanted to be able to keep helping people without changing his approach.
Don’t Mind The Man Behind The Curtain
Why go through all the trouble? Was Dr. Platt really just stealing that many patients from the other doctors? Were the doctors really that upset that Dr. Platt was taking his patients off medication?
Well, the medical boards are 100% funded by drug companies. The pharmaceutical companies OWN the doctors! And they’re not happy when doctors aren’t selling their drugs to patients.
In the same interview, Dr. Platt goes on to give other examples of this kind of thing happening in the medical field:
“Semmelweis and Lister got in a lot of trouble in the turn of the century because they were telling doctors to wash their hands before surgery. They were destroyed by the medical system. One of them committed suicide. The doctors in the early ’80s that said that H. pylori caused ulcers were beat.”Dr. Michael Platt, BPR #610
There’s a pattern of doctors on the cutting edge of health who are going against the norm of the medical community being persecuted and forced out. Dr. Platt was doing amazing things for his patients. Many of them probably thought they would live their whole lives suffering and paying big bucks for prescriptions.
Can You Trust YOUR Doctor?
So how do you know if your doctor is of the caliber of Dr. Platt — digging for the root cause and optimizing your health? Or do you have a doctor who is all about writing prescriptions and thinks that’s the end of the story? How can you trust your doctor if they’re bought and paid for by the drug companies? It’s unethical for there to be some sort of perk or profit for your doctor to put you on meds. That’s not in your best interest.
There are a few questions you can ask your doctor to see where they stand. If they fail the test, fire them. Yes, you CAN fire your doctor. If they are not striving and learning to give you the best possible health, find a new doctor.
Test Your Doctor:
- How does food and nutrition impact my health? What about my lifestyle?
- If what I’m telling you doesn’t match my lab results, what would you do?
- How are normal and optimal lab ranges different?
If your doctor is not interested in nutrition or your lifestyle or if they won’t listen to what you’re telling them over a lab test, get out. Just walk out immediately. Services not rendered.
Your doctor should be coaching you on what to eat and how to optimize your lifestyle for total wellness. They should care about your food, your stress levels, whether your environment contains toxic mold, what skin care products you’re using, what your hormones are doing, how you FEEL, what is optimal for YOU — not just what’s “normal”. They should care about all of it.
If they don’t, don’t trust their advice. They’re giving you a recommendation without having all of the information. And what good is that?
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes medication is necessary and helpful. But only in the context of understanding your unique circumstances. A list of symptoms is not enough to decide which pill to pop (if you even need one!).
If this has been sending off some red flags as you think about your previous trips to the doctor and you’re wondering if you can trust your doctor, be proactive. Your doctor is a professional that you have hired. Make sure they’re doing their job.