“If I wanted to be the master of common disease, I needed a practice that paid me to think as deeply as I could, about no one else but my patient.”
HOW DID PUREHEALTH FUNCTIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE START?
I looked at health from a different perspective.
Shortly into my practice, I decided that Family Medicine, to me, isn’t being a jack-of-all-trades. It is being the master of common disease. My medical school colleagues called me a “science geek” as I wanted to discuss high blood pressure in the same depth as a cardiologist. In practice, I found that I spend more and more time doing things that have nothing to do with biochemistry and anatomy. These are things employers, insurers, governments, and hospitals want but don’t improve how my patients feel.
Those players demanded more and more of my time and attention. I noticed my patients were having more trouble trusting the healthcare system than me. At the same time, the prices for everything increased.
And then I got sick.
I had dutifully read New England Journal of Medicine and I trusted my basic science training. Now that I was the patient, the answers I got from the healthcare system weren’t logical or scientific.
My hips “wore out from playing sports”. Even though professional athletes used their hips more, they were fine.
My doctors told me that everything was due to my “age”. However, I had hormone levels of an 80-year-old at age 48. Tests showed my glands weren’t damaged, but no one wanted to find out why they weren’t working.
The guidelines the insurers and governments told me to follow assumed that I couldn’t be cured. However, no one knew how I got sick.
I started studying functional medicine from doctors who researched how people got sick in the first place.
I found their arguments more intricate, scientific, and logical. They explained more of what I had observed during my career. The treatments they proposed made me feel better. Those treatments took time to explain, weren’t often covered by insurance, and were frequently expensive.
The only catch – both traditional and functional doctors profited from the products and services they advised me about.
To be the master of common disease, I needed a practice that paid me to think as deeply as I could, about no one else but my patient. I want to sell advice. Advice that is logically-derived from basic biochemistry and anatomy. My advice is uncoerced by anyone but my patient. My practice uses technology, not worships it. I offer technology proven to increase my patient’s satisfaction, not limited to an insurer’s or government’s satisfaction.
I designed PureHealth so I could be an unconflicted servant. A “rent-a-geek,” paid to think as deeply as scientifically possible. My service is only about my patients’ desires for their health and finances, and not my own or my family’s.