A New Approach To
Having the honor of serving thousands of people
over the years, I wanted to share my knowledge so the public can be better health care consumers and begin to
understand how to overcome their chronic pain and to sort out the false from the true . Although my specialty has
been in sports injury, especially with runners, I realized that the way people were built had been the missing link
in why people were often frustrated with the care they received for joint and back pain.
The Healthcare Monopoly
The monopoly that is healthcare today sells a
bill of goods to the public, resulting in massive revenues of the monopoly. The current system focuses on treating
the symptoms of chronic pain (again, creating revenue), instead of focusing in on the cause of chronic pain.
This is a backwards approach. The result is billions being spent by patients and consumers on treatments that just
do not work.
Chronic Pain Relief
People want to have their pain problems
resolved or prevented, not just labeled with classifications such as Fibromyalgia, which benefits the health care
provider more than the person in pain. They do not wish to be taking drugs for the rest of their lives and they
want the joints in their bodies, such as their knees and hips, to last as long as they do. They want to grow older
in an uncomplicated and healthy way.
False Hope For Chronic Pain
What many people find out after many visits to
their health care provider for pain is that many promises of relief for their chronic pain were never
fulfilled, while they used their diminishing healthcare and financial resources to find real answers as to why they
Chronic Pain Demystified
My new book, 'Cheating Mother
Nature' recognizes that the answers to people having constant pain have a common thread. These
include, but are not limited to:
and a host of other types of chronic pain. The
concepts in 'Cheating Mother Nature' demystify the reasons people hurt. This book
challenges the status quo in healthcare and puts the patient in control so they can be more informed, more in tune
and find the right people to help them stay out of pain or by increasing their knowledge, they can help themselves
It’s Time To
Change Our Healthcare System – Here’s Why
The big problems with healthcare costs are the blind spots in most
doctors’ ‘diagnostic’ way of thinking. Many of the problems people experience are really ‘parts of
systems’ that are malfunctioning with the symptom disguising itself as the problem.
Treating The Symptom Instead Of The
Most doctors who are studying specialties are not trained to think this way,
and are instead trained to classify symptoms as separate diseases and practice based on disease
theory within their specialty. Yet, in fact, the kidneys interact with other organs, the adrenals interact with
other organs, the intestines interact with other organs. These organs are parts of systems. The musculoskeletal
system overlaps many of these systems, yet training in the functional diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system is
glaringly absent from the medical curricula. It is a fact that problems in organ
systems can show up as muscle pain and problems in the muscular and neurological systems can reflect organ
malfunction. A lack of training, consideration and knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and its systemic
integration leads to tests that are supposed to find the problem through process of elimination.
Too Many Medical
The net effect of this approach is that we order too many tests because of
holes in our understanding of how things work in the body. Most physicians are trained to see the micro (small
issues and symptoms) and fail to see the big picture (why the symptoms actually exist). Physicians then are trained
to classify the symptoms and attempt to ‘do something to it’.
Years later, other problems in other organs and systems may arise because the underlying causes of the person’s
original problem were never discovered, but the offending part (gall bladder, for example) may have been
We need to rethink what we are doing. Cost cutting our way
in the same paradigm, using the medical home or Accountable Care Organizations (ACO's) is lunacy, even if the model
shifts to pay for results. We need a paradigm shift and a change in the model that ultimately needs to be a whole
body model, versus our current specialist vs. generalist model. Doctors who spend the time to figure out a problem
should be paid for it.
Doctors of all disciplines must begin to understand how problems develop and
work on the mechanism and prevention of the disease process (versus our current model of throwing away or treating
the individual parts that seemed to go bad). We should lean less on medication to reduce chronic problems, such as
blood pressure; problems people have been taught to believe just happen and instead address the functional or
systemic issue causing it whenever possible.
AgingAging is not a disease, but a process we all go through.
We need to honor this and treat it as it is - something everyone will go through. The healthcare system needs
to gently assist people into their later years rather than treat the aging process as a disease.
Then, and only then, can we truly begin to fix the problem of healthcare. The public must be able to understand
their problems rather than be fearful of them, since people make better healthcare consumers when they make choices
from knowledge rather than from fear.