Please read this excellent article below from the Institute for Functional Medicine website on the health care costs and the choosing wisely campaign, and see how guilty of overtreatment you may be under the new “guidelines”.
When you read the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) suggestions on how to avoid over-treating, you may strongly disagree with some of the points. Some will make sense, like not treating sinusitis with antibiotics as they are generally virally induced and will spontaneously clear over time.
However, it is interesting to see the suggestion that screening for carotid artery disease in asymptomatic patients is considered “dangerous”, because it may lead to unnecessary surgery and serious complications. This is just one example that as an anti-aging, regenerative medical doctor, I strongly disagree! People need to know that a stroke may be coming. Then armed with that knowledge, they have an opportunity to investigate preventative options and may decide for chelation therapy instead of surgery.
These guidelines seem a very thinly-veiled first step in leading us all toward rationing of care. If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to move forward, it will set increasingly strict limits upon what is accepted and “covered” medically.
The future of medicine is more than integrative. It is advanced preventative, restorative and regenerative… affordable self-care. But we have a long way to go still. It is well worth your while to read the full article and share with your collegues and others.
G.F. Gordon MD DO MD(H.)