So, you recognize the benefits of an age management program and you’re ready to get started, right? Sounds easy, but believe it or not, your doctor will most likely question your reason for your wanting to be involved in such a program and try to discourage you. It’s truly hard to find a doctor willing to treat you because most know little or nothing about what is required to diagnose and treat the cause of many age related problems. Not only do most doctors not know, but many speak poorly about the concept of age management. Instead of striving to tailor an overall program to help improve your health and quality of life, doctors are taught to treat symptoms by writing prescriptions. The field of age management medicine is relatively new and requires a doctor who understands the important details of replacing lost or declining hormones such as thyroid, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen etc. The traditional training program for doctors is inadequate and instead of admitting a lack of skills and knowledge, many doctors simply scoff at the idea of age management. Doctors are exposed to so much information during their years of training that certain areas are not stressed or dealt with fully. Hormonal replacement, for age management, is one of those areas. Doctors are also not taught a great deal about diet or exercise. As a result, it is the doctor’s responsibility to learn more about this exciting field.
Learning more about any subject, requires additional effort and most doctors are content to accept, as correct and complete, all they were taught in their respective training programs. The more training a doctor receives, the more convinced they are that what they have learned is absolutely correct. That is one of the most important reasons why endocrinologists, gynecologists and urologists are so resistant to altering their methods and overall outlook about hormone replacement. They are convinced they are right and everyone else is wrong. The unfortunate part of this common scenario is that they remain inflexible even when confronted with documented evidence to the contrary. That type doctor can be dangerous to your health. Many doctors continue to use antiquated or incorrect testing methods when assessing hormones and ignore symptoms when faulty or misleading lab studies are normal. It doesn’t mean that all doctors within those particular specialties are close-minded and inflexible, it simply means that those specialties seem to have an over abundance of those types. It doesn’t mean that close-minded inflexible doctors are exclusive to the specialties mentioned above. Doctors of that sort occupy every specialty and it seems the higher up they are in their particular specialty hierarcy, the problem of inflexibility gets worse. Academic medicine seems to be the most guilty offender in this arena. I have been involved in academic medicine and understand how it works. Doctors are typically rewarded when they “blend in” and are viewed as “team players” when they do not rock the boat. As a result, many in academic medicine are the most resistant to change and the most vocal opponents to new ideas and change. For the vast majority in academia, they would rather protect their turf than admit that another opinion or method was superior to commonly accepted standards. Arrogance and inflexibility are dangerous particularly when the guilty are those occupying academic positions of authority wherein they are viewed as experts. It simply fosters an atmosphere that discourages new ideas. When so-called “experts” are close-minded and inflexible, the wrong message trickles down to other doctors in academia as well as those in private practice. Age management is a new idea and the quest for finding new and improved methods of dealing with the aging process will undoubtedly reap benefits for mankind. It will happen, but you must be aware that resistance to age management concepts exist for the reasons noted above. Who knows, your own doctor may be guilty of inflexibility and an unwillingness to learn. If that is the case, then you will have no other choice than to look elsewhere for medical advice and guidance in this new and exciting area of medicine.
A similar situation exists with regenerative injection therapy (RIT) or prolotherapy. This treatment method involves injecting a solution that stimulates the healing response in weak or damaged tendons, ligaments and/or joint capsules. Even though RIT has been used and reported for over 70 years, it has yet to be accepted by mainstream medicine. The specialty of orthopedic surgery has been opposed to this viable treatment method for many years and it doesn’t require a great deal of imagination to understand why. When a tendon, ligament or joint capsule can be treated effectively with RIT, as typically happens, no surgery, no physical therapy, and no visits to the orthopedic surgeon are necessary. This is another example of a vested interest group protecting their turf by attempting to discredit a proven and viable treatment method.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is another area where dogma and inflexibility has overcome common sense to the misfortune of millions of patients. Those in academia have discouraged progress because they remain inflexible by refusing to acknowledge that hyperbaric oxygen treatment is helpful with stroke, cerebral palsy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, sport’s injuries, Lyme disease and many others. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is typically not recommended because the vast majority of doctors have little or no knowledge about this remarkable treatment and rely upon the advice of the “experts” who have virtually no knowledge about the subject as well.