There Is A Viable Solution
I’ve spent the past 10 days giving a lot of thought to the Today Show incident. I’ve thought about Drs. Judith Reichman and Shari Brasner, and the many doctors you, my readers and patients, tell me about who do not share our views or interest in bioidentical hormones.
How often do we all lament about the closed minded approach of conventional medical establishments hoping that just for once one of them would simply open his/her mind to the possibility of bioidentical hormones?
The Today Show incident was a perfect example of the polarized world we find ourselves in. We are at an impasse. Those of us who have chosen to study and work with bioidentical hormones are separated by an immense chasm from the academic medical centers, large drug companies and conventional media who hold firmly on to the belief that bioidentical hormones are nothing but the fabrication of the Suzanne Somers or the alternative world of doctors gone mad trying to sell books or products.
Progress and public good does not emerge from closed minds or doors slammed shut.
This situation cannot continue. In a world where health care is beleaguered and fragmented, where all too many people doubt the doctor’s motivations, polarization creates more problems and negatively impacts an already bad situation.
Negative competition and angry defensive statements obscure information and diminish the chances for creating a better outcome.
Watching this situation unfold, I decided to remove myself from my present state of understanding and to change perspective just to be able to report back to you.
I am among very few health care providers who can really understand both sides because I have spent roughly half my career in conventional and half in integrative medicine. I have the experience and the ability to put myself in the conventional system’s shoes and I will share my thoughts here:
The Drs. Reichman and Brasner of the world don’t think they are doing anything wrong. In fact, they believe as much as we do, that their position is right. They don’t think that by giving women synthetic hormones they are risking their lives any more than we do by giving them bioidenticals.
So, if we all are there with good intentions, why are we finding it so difficult to hear each other or give each other a chance?
Maybe it’s because of sponsorship issues. The Today show is heavily sponsored by drug companies, Dr. Reichman and Brasner are sponsored by drug companies. Maybe it is all as simple as the pharmaceutical industry does not like you or your doctors to know there are viable health care options that don’t come off the patent assembly line.
I can understand the need to put profit first in the corporate world, I just have a hard time understanding how that can be the most important factor to physicians who care about their patients and to media outlets like the Today Show that reaches millions desperately looking for balanced information.
That is not a good thing.
By way of comparison I was actually thinking of how Phillip Morris spends billions on anti smoking advertising and thought that would be a great way for the pharmaceutical industry to show good faith and bring both sides together to compare notes and data.
That was when my I was told Phillip Morris had to do it as a result of a settlement in a law suit.
I was wondering why spend all those millions of dollars and precious time on law suits? Why not avoid the law suit route altogether and just let the other side have a voice?
What is the threat to both sides sitting at the same table and in a civilized and honest way putting their information on the table? Nothing that I can think of.
Maybe we do need more studies, maybe we do need to compare data on synthetics and bioidenticals?
We are speaking of more than 100 million women who can be helped rather then coerced or intimidated into making informed decisions just by giving them the information from both sides in a helpful and kind fashion in a timely manner.
My point; I am ready to sit at the table with anyone, just to help you obtain the information that will help you lead a healthy, happy life without fear of getting sick or worry that you cannot share what you are doing with your doctor.
How about Dr. Reichman, Dr. Brasner, will you join me?
Didn’t we all take the same oath to help and not harm? Aren’t we all there for the same reason, to help the patient get better?
Let’s give the public what they need: honest, caring, responsible and unbiased information. Let’s take our egos out and stop needing to be right.
Let’s just do good for the patient!