Many patients come to our clinic for ozone therapy and are appalled at the number of tests and diagnostics that we put them under to be able to ascertain what truly is the cause of their disorder as well as the road ahead for their recovery. While, to us this is standard fare, it seems to most that it is much more than they are used to. This has been brought to my attention time after time so I thought I would share this topic with all those reading this blog and the reason for our decision to implement this type of analysis for all our patients.
The first reality of our mainstream medical standard is that doctors are not generally trained to understand lab tests and what they mean and if they are they are taught by medical literature. This literature is mainly based on pharma knowledge and drug based therapy which is not really all that truthful. This is not a value judgement on my part and no offence to anyone intended. We have all seen and heard in many reports through the years from those insiders in the research and drug companies that have come out to tell us their horrible stories. Basing your primary diagnosis on a set of lies whether unknowingly or otherwise is the first step towards failure in medicine.
This does lead to a statement on the quality of education regarding medicine and health in our society and that would be another topic to discuss at a later date. What is important in assessing health or direction of health is that the assessor is qualified to truly understand what all those figures and results mean. Secondly and just as important, how to put them together in one carefully researched diagnosis so to establish a correct protocol both for the safety of the patient and their road to recovery. These in my opinion are the most important parameters in ant type of medical therapy today, this is not just limited to modern medicine. It encompasses any type of health therapy. In fact most errors in medicine, alternative/complimentary are based on these operator errors, errors of omission so to speak and some have been fatal.
We have all had an experience where we go to the medical person of our choosing and explain what maladies we suffer from, without asking much input from you, the doctor prescribes a certain set of tests and sends them off to the lab. You go home and chew your nails while the testing is being done, weeks go by and you do not hear from your doctor, for some of you, you leave it at that but for others you wonder what became of the testing so you either call your doctor or go to see him/her and ask. The answer is most frequently, "Well, they came back and were all within range so there was no need to call you." Satisfied you go on about your business as if nothing is wrong and you are healthy but in the back of your mind you still have the symptoms that you came in to discuss. However less now for some strange reason, probably because you have learned to cope with them or your body has started to correct them. In some cases they are worse but frustration regarding this cycle leads you to just sit and bear it, not good in any case.
The truth of this is that the doctor looks at your tests and sees that all is within range, not highlighted by the lab and leaves it at that. This is not real diagnostics, one must look at all those parameters and truly understand what they mean. The lab reports that show a range are general and do not pertain to all, in essence one must be qualified to understand that ranges have three characteristics outside of "within range". Those would be normal high, normal low and normal mid range and those do have a bearing on your health when related to others in your lab report. They do indicate an issue or an upcoming issue that should be taken care of before it becomes a life threatening situation or a debilitating disease. The sad reality is that they are not carefully screened and pretty soon you are on your way to the doctor with something that could have been easily avoided or even worse being admitted to the hospital.
The tests that should always be considered without doubt in any form of medicine for any patient as a general rule are as follows: