Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Finding a Holistic Doctor

Monday, 22 Jun 2009 03:14 PM


Question: How does one go about finding a doctor who will take a holistic approach and do the proper testing? There are so many quacks out there, how do we find someone who knows what they are doing?




Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:


My first suggestion to you is that if you are not happy with the medical care you are receiving, then it is time to make a change. Having said that, how do you go about finding a knowledgeable holistic doctor? It is not easy. There are not that many doctors out there who have interest, knowledge, and experience in holistic medicine. Many doctors advertise a holistic practice but do not actually practice holistic medicine. There are two sources that you can use to find a doctor. The first is The American College for Advancement in Medicine. You can find a list of doctors on its Web site, www.acamnet.org. Or try the Broda Barnes Foundation. It also has a list of doctors that have attended its training seminars.
Contact the Foundation at (203) 261-2101 or on the Web at www.brodabarnes.org.

A holistic doctor (and even a conventional doctor) should be able to explain to you your choices and why he or she recommends a particular therapy. If a recommended therapy does not make sense to you, think hard about beginning that therapy. There may be alternative therapies to consider.




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