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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Medicine Taking the Wrong Path

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 04:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A few years ago, I read the book Overdiagnosed by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a Duke University epidemiologist who has a very objective, nonbiased view of medical testing.

His book presents some little-known facts about the ineffectiveness of many commonly used medical tests and treatments.

In past writings, I demonstrated that while commonly used prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests and mammograms are diagnosing cancers at an earlier stage, they do not prolong lifespan or improve quality of life.

In these tough fiscal times, the overuse of diagnostic tests is simply a waste of money.

We need to direct our healthcare dollars into research that will tell us why people get cancer. Once we figure that out, we can develop sound strategies to prevent cancer in the first place.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine is stuck in the diagnosis-and-treatment mode, and shows little concern for finding the cause of these illnesses.

And why wouldn’t the mainstream medical industry be interested in finding the underlying cause of chronic illness and cancer?

Mostly because it is much more profitable for the medical industrial complex to maintain the status quo.

The medical industry’s profits continue to grow when other therapies — pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation — are used to manage, not cure or prevent, the illness.

How many doctors are really searching for an underlying cause of cancer and other chronic illnesses?

Not nearly as many as those who diagnose and treat these same illnesses.
It is clear that conventional medicine is going down the wrong path.
 

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