I’ve had several #1 books on Amazon™ which leads a ton of people to try to get into my practice. I think at the root of this they really seem to like my stepwise approach and it seems attractive and thoughtful.
What do I mean by “stepwise”?
Hmmm. Let me tell you a story. I recently attended an education conference on testosterone pellets and their surgical placement (nothing new as pellets been around for 50+ years) -- we will occasionally use them (when we do, we use the BEST – they are made by a really superior company called BIOTE® out of Texas) – they have their place when you use them with the right patient at the right time in their lives.
But this generic conference was interesting. They were selling pellets from various pharmacies and to them everyone needed pellets.
After a while I just started to chuckle and tell my partner (Dr. Kimball Crofts -- who was there with me) that when you’re selling hammers, everything’s a nail.
When you’re selling hammers, everything’s a nail. Or you think it is. Or it should be. LOL.
The How to cross a river test
I once took a test on intelligence (it was for some psychology class in undergrad) and they asked us to come up with ways to cross a river. I came up with 54. The average person came up with 14. For some reason I had the highest number – which surprised me (but I have always been the smartest kid at the small schools I attended in Oklahoma – it just surprised me to be in a prestigious college still doing it). The professor explained that is showed brain flexibility and intelligence.
I laughed at the time (but inwardly was proud – my professor said [indirectly] I WAS SMART!!!).
But now I watch my fellow physician’s thought processes becoming seemingly calcified and robotic – but honestly, they are as smart as me (some much smarter) but they are SOOO swamped and overwhelmed that they don’t have the luxury of time and patience that I do to look for root causes. I can and do take hours to look at each patient (I try to never see more than 8 in a day) and consider what’s really happening with each patient.
Plus, I’m not chained up by insurance company rules and policies (I don’t deal with them) – the constraints of my Utah medical license and my own internal ethics control what I do (and my patient’s willingness to spend on tests) so I can “afford” to dig a little deeper.
How do men find a vitamin deficiency
I love looking at SpectraCell™ Comprehensive Nutritional panels to gather more data – to tell me if a vitamin deficiency can be a root cause.
I have had a number of men who came in with low testosterone. As you know I always tend to ask WHY?
Like – WHY DO YOU HAVE LOW TESTOSTERONE?
They always look surprised then I see a light dawn in their eyes. No one’s tried to figure this out or asked this question of them or for them before. But I’m generally sincerely a curious little squirrel and want to know why?
So I take a one or two hour long history (we WILL get to the bottom of this, BY GUMBO!) then check labs.
If a clear cause for their low testosterone (HYPOGONADISM) does not become apparent as I look at their lab results then and consider their history, before I start them on some permanent course of therapy I might suggest a SpectraCell™ Nutritional panel.
It is not cheap and takes 3-4 weeks to get results back but well worth it.
I have a had a number of young men with TERRIBLE SpectraCell results (meaning some significant vitamin deficiencies) which ended up being the cause of their low testosterone in the end. I took them off of their testosterone injections and their levels recovered naturally.
They had nothing permanent -- just some nasty vitamin deficiencies.
I see this with really bad osteoporosis cases (both male and female), too. IF this isn’t dealt with appropriately then their osteoporosis will never go away. Patients think this is miraculous because usually a lot of doctors have tired to help them – this is for another blog post).
If in doubt, get your SpectraCell Comprehensive Nutritional panel. It could answer a ton of questions.
Thanks for reading.