One of the reasons I've been able to cure supposedly "incurable" chronic diseases is that I know how to find the cause.
I know the role food allergies, metals exposure, digestion and detoxification, and hormonal imbalances can play in causing or worsening disease -- and I know how to check for these and other problems inside the body.
Once I understand the cause, I can get to work fixing it.
The toughest part of this process isn't the diagnosis or even the treatment. It's watching my patients fight with their insurance companies to get coverage for the tests they need.
They don't often win, which is why you can expect to pay out-of-pocket for many of the essential services offered by holistic doctors even if you have "good" insurance -- so when I see something like the "Choose Wisely" campaign from Consumer Reports magazine and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, all kinds of alarm bells go off.
The campaign is supposedly aimed at eliminating tests and treatments people don't need -- but the problem with that, of course, is that they get to decide what tests and treatments you don't need.
And you can bet some of them are the very tests that could dramatically improve your life.
For example, "Choose Wisely" frowns upon the IgG and IgE antibody tests used to detect allergies and food sensitivities despite the fact that even mainstream doctors have used them successfully to uncover the source of common illnesses.
And if the "Choose Wisely" team wants to discourage those tests, I can't imagine what they'd think of the even more thorough allergy tests I rely on.
We should be going in the opposite direction and making it easier for patients to get food allergy tests -- not harder to get any allergy testing at all.
Look, I don't doubt that far too many people get too many tests too often. And I know that many of those tests lead to more tests, biopsies, surgeries, and -- of course -- drugs.
Most of it's completely unnecessary, and some of them -- like X-rays and CT scans -- are actually dangerous and need to be ordered judiciously.
But the real problem with medical testing isn't the sheer number of tests -- it's choosing the right tests. And you can't "choose wisely" if you and your doctor aren't given that choice in the first place.