Since appropriate treatment is based upon diagnosis, it is every licensed physician’s responsibility to first diagnose the condition and then prescribe the treatment.
In the United States, there are three types of physicians licensed to diagnose disease. These are M.D. (allopathic physicians), D.O. (osteopathic physicians), and D.C. (chiropractic physicians).
Persons holding any of these licenses are responsible for determining the health condition of their patients, including disease processes, and caring for those conditions as the patient allows. Other persons using the title of “Dr.” are such as their education provides, but are limited by their license as to the responsibility they have to their patients to diagnose disease.
Therefore, as a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, the first step necessary before any treatment is prescribed is to diagnose the condition(s). Further, since chiropractic is the leading profession of natural therapeutics, and the DABCI (Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists) and DACBN (Diplomate of American Clinical Board of Nutrition) has provided me the most post-doctoral education to more completely understand the physiology and nutritional requirements behind disease processes, some of the diagnoses will have conventional names and some will not.
Those that do not are found as imbalances in normal physiology that have not yet become full-blown disease. Proper diagnosis and treatment of these is true preventive medicine.
I. Natural Medicines
This consists of products taken orally or used topically. They come from the finest sources available and are guaranteed not to be tainted or toxic in any way. 99% of all the products used are available only to physicians and so availability is limited. This, however, ensures greater quality control as the products are not made in large mass quantities for the retail market. Also, there may be contraindications between these and a patient’s condition or a pharmaceutical drug. Therefore, a diagnostic work-up is necessary prior to their prescription.
These products are usually in capsules or tablets, and sometimes in powder form. They are vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and fatty acids. Their value is in the repair of injured cells and in the support of biochemical processes that have malfunctioned due to lack of raw materials necessary for those functions.
These are mostly in capsules or in liquid form. They are sometimes formed in combination with Nutritionals. They have medicinal value as they cause certain chemical functions to occur. For example, one may thin mucus or decrease mucus or decrease mucus production, another may decrease an inflammatory reaction, another may increase liver metabolism, etc. So they are medicinal, without the typical toxic side effects that pharmaceuticals have.
These are products made from natural sources (animal, vegetable or mineral) but created by a specific process which derives the energy pattern of that natural source without actually having the physical molecules present in the medicine. Although this may sound very futuristic, this process was discovered by Dr. Samuel Hanneman in the late 1800’s! This was the medicine doctors typically used prior to the creation of pharmaceutical drugs. Their action is to signal the brain to start a certain process in the body. So, these medicines work directly on the nervous system’s control of the body very gently but with profound effects. They come in the form of either an alcohol or water based liquid, or sugar pellets that melt in the mouth.
II. Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise play an intrique role in achieving optimum health. In fact diet is 65% of your health care. Everyones body reacts differently to certain foods which can affect the physiology of the body and eventually lead to a disease process. Exercise is just as important to maintain and achieve optimum health as it will help maintain and strengthen the muscles and organs of the body. Both diet and exercise will be tailored to your specific needs.
The central nervous system (CNS) is the main electrical system of the body. It is composed of the brain and spinal cord which are housed and protected by the skull and spinal column, respectively. The CNS controls the function of all the organs and tissues via electrical energy. It keeps all the body parts in communication for smooth, coordinated function. The skull and spinal column can impinge upon the brain and spinal cord causing a change in their function and ability to control the organs and tissues they go to. Therefore, depending upon the person’s case, chiropractic adjustments that relieve those impingements may be used. There is a variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques that could be used. Each case is evaluated individually both for the effectiveness of the technique and the patient’s tolerance or preference for the technique.
IV. Bioenergetic Testing
These are methods of testing that rely on energy pathways of the body, either nerve or meridian. This is known as Electro Dermal Screening (EDS), Electroacupuncture According to Voll (EAV), Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA).
Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA)
A meridian is an electrical pathway in which energy flows from and to organs. These are the pathways upon which acupuncture points lie. Oriental Medical Doctors have used these pathways for centuries to both diagnose and treat conditions. Until recently, Western medicine did not believe these pathways existed.
With the advent of the electron microscope, a microscope that can magnify the smallest part of a molecule, we were able to find and see the anatomy of a meridian. We found that the meridians are made up of specialized nerve cells called glial cells. A meridian pathway is a line of single glial cells that lie approximately 4 mm under the surface of the skin.
In the 1970’s a German scientist named Voll, began to study these meridians in an effort to measure their function. He found that these pathways could be measured using a resistance meter, also called an ohm meter. It was found that the most accessible places to take measurements are where the meridians run over the top of a bone that is close to the surface, like on the hands and feet.
Many different points on the hands, mostly, and sometimes the feet, are measured. Each point reflects a different function within an organ(s) or system. With the advanced computer technology of recent years, the ohm meter was attached to a computer with a program written specifically to show the output of the measurements taken.
Once a point is found that has a resistance in the measurement, as can be clearly seen on the computer screen, natural medicines are tested against that resistance to find which medicine(s) will negate it. The doctor chooses which natural medicines to test based upon the diagnostics previously performed. With the help of those diagnostic test results, she can be more accurate in finding the appropriate medicines. Then, in negating the resistance, the energy flow in that meridian is restored and the body’s natural healing powers are unlocked.
As each natural medicine is found, it is also measured against each subsequent point tested. Therefore, any point found to have a resistance will need another medicine to unblock it. In this manner, by the end of the point testing, a cohesive natural medicine program is obtained. Each natural medicine had been measured with each of the other natural medicines and, therefore, there is no redundancy, contraindications or waste in the program. In other words, the patient is prescribed exactly what they need.
V. Referrals to Medical Doctors and Other Health Practitioners
When a patient’s case is such that it is necessary to have conventional medical attention, either for testing or treating, the doctor will let the patient know and refer that patient to the appropriate specialty. It is sometimes misunderstood that if a patient is using natural medicine, they cannot also use allopathic medicine. This is very far from the truth. The two disciplines can work together wonderfully well.
Other healthcare professionals that are sometimes recommended are acupuncturists, reflexologists, and NAET (a specific allergy treatment) practitioners, among others.