Finding the Right Doctor for You
One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, "How do I go about finding a qualified doctor who knows how to find the root cause of my issues, and who can actually heal me?"
I can honestly say it isn't easy, but these resources will help get you going in the right direction.
My biggest piece of advice - Research out an Integrative Doctor or a Functional Medicine Doctor. Ask a million questions, be prepared with these questions before each meeting with the doctor and don't leave until they are all answered.
Definitely don't be afraid to move on to another doctor if the one you are seeing isn't giving you any answers, or trying to blame your symptoms on you being overworked, too much stress in your life, or that the symptoms are all in your head. These are code words (in my opinion) that the doctor has no clue about getting to the root cause of disease and issues.
It took me 25 years to find these doctor resources. I hope these links make it easier for you to find a doctor near you that can help get to the bottom of your issues, or who knows how to boost the immune system so you and your family can live a long and healthy life.
YOU are your best advocate. TRUST yourself and your instincts.
There are great doctors out there that know where to look and how to heal the whole body.
If you need help finding a doctor besides these resources, consider a consultation HERE.
I have several doctors I know and trust located throughout the world.
What is Integrative or Functional Medicine?
To quote the Institute of Functional Medicine, "The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual."
So basically, Functional/Integrative Medicine understands that every system of the body is connected and interrelated. The body as a whole is tested, and root causes are searched for and treated.
Finding an Integrative or Functional Medicine Doctor
The following resources have comprehensive doctor lists, but I can't guarantee each doctor on these lists. However, many of these sites not only have doctor lists, they have suggested questions to ask doctors on the phone or during your visit to see if they meet basic criteria.
Taking the time to understand Functional Medicine and the types of doctors and practitioners that are trained in this field, will serve you well over your lifetime. They are not prescription hounds, but instead have incredible lab and blood tests that you never knew existed that help assess the internal terrain of the body, thereby causing your symptoms. Good luck! And if you need further help, don't hesitate to reach out for a consultation. I can save you 100's of hours of research time. ♥
The Thyroid Pharmacist (Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD is extremely knowledgeable on the thyroid. She gave me a lot of tools and knowledge on the thyroid. Since the thyroid affects every cell in your body, it's important to learn about it and have a doctor who knows about it as well.
Yahoo Natural Thyroid Hormones (NTH) Group (This group contains one of the best list of Good Doctors anywhere on the internet, both the US and Canada, plus one for all other countries. I have used and recommended this list many times over the years. Because it is a patient to patient private group, you get good honest feedback on these doctors. Like I said above, having a doctor that at the very least knows how to properly test the thyroid and is willing to prescribe natural desiccated thyroid medication if needed, is a good place to start.)
Other ways to find a good doctor:
**Word of Mouth
Note: Dr. Josh Axe also put together a Top 50 Functional Integrative Medical Doctor List. Although some don't still see patients, they educate on a lot of pertinent health subjects so a lot of information can be gained from them.
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