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MORE“EVIDENCE-BASED” MEDICINE

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell; 1984
Doublespeak.  It’s a fascinating concept.  If you have read Orwell or listened to practically any politician, you know all too well what Doublespeak is.  The official definition of Doublespeak is, “language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning (for example, naming a state of war “peace”). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.”  Did you catch that last sentence?  It says that Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.  No one in 2013 is surprised by this.

Unfortunately, the practice of medicine is fraught with politics, and becoming more so with every passing day.  Medical Politics (or political medicine) have undoubtedly brought us some of our best examples of Doublespeak, but my all time favorite is Evidence-Based Medicine.  In a nutshell, EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE is, “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients“.  Sounds wonderful doesn’t it?  Sort of ‘Utopic’. The problem is, EBM is not Utopia.  It’s a myth.  A hoax.  A joke.  And a great example of Doublespeak.  And let’s be brutally honest with each other for a moment.  If the “current best evidence” (their words, not mine) is what health care professionals are now using to make vital medical decisions for you and your family; what exactly were they using to make those same decisions five years ago —- before EBM became the catchphrase dujour?   Why do I sound so harsh when discussing this topic?  Let me give you one example of hundreds. 

About two hours ago, Jill and her husband left my office.  They had traveled all the way from Minnesota to see me.  You see, Jill has been dealing with life-altering CHRONIC NECK PAIN for the better part of the past 5 years.  The thing about her case that is dog-common to most of the other people that I treat, is that she had been through tens of thousands of dollars worth of Evidence-Based Care prior to her appointment with me with nothing to show for it, but a lot of red ink from the debit side of her checkbook.  The way she was treated was not only common, it was borderline criminal (who says that crime doesn’t pay?).  My guess is that if you asked her, she would tell you that she has had her fill of EBM. 

The really crazy thing about this story is that Jill actually told her doctors exactly what was wrong with her —- right down to the tiniest details.  They ignored her.  They treated her like she was ANXIOUS / DEPRESSED.  They told her that her problems were the result of OLD AGE / DEGENERATION.  When she mentioned FASCIAL ADHESIONS, they treated her like she was off her rocker.   Instead of doing anything to really help her, they busied themselves with giving her CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS, prescribing all sorts of drugs (she rarely took them), doing crazy procedures like Radio Frequency Ablations (burning nerves via a procedure also known as Facet Rhizotomy), and suggesting still more invasive treatments — and even surgeries.  Thankfully, their daughter found us online.

No; I am not able to help EVERY PERSON who comes to see me.  However, if you are thinking about making the trip, it might just be a big step toward a new life.  Take a few minutes to check out our VIDEO TESTIMONIAL PAGE.  We hear about example after example of scientists fudging their results and faking the “evidence” on an almost daily basis (HERE is a great example).  But as I have always said; you can’t fake good results.  The PROOF IS IN THE ‘PROVERBIAL’ PUDDING.

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