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Are You Diagnocentric?

Mar 17, 2015

 

Have you heard someone say: "I am diabetic", "I have fibromyalgia", "I have complex regional pain syndrome" or "I have a herniated disk"?  It is not uncommon to label ourselves. If we visit a doctor, then we are likely to be assigned a diagnosis. It is usually required as part of the documentation for the provider to receive reimbursement from insurance providers. However, there is also a general tendency to accept the diagnosis as correct, irreversible, or our identity. I have coined the terms, diagnocentric and diagnocentricity®, to reference the state of our society with respect to a diagnosis.

Although there are diagnoses that are out of the patient's control, many times a diagnosis is merely a symptom or a constellation of symptoms that reflects an unknown cause or a result of a poor lifestyle. If the diagnosis is accurate, then there is still a reliance on someone else, such as a physician, to FIX the problem. Unfortunately, the diagnosis is NOT always...

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M.D. versus D.O.?

Dec 22, 2014

Suppose you were in the middle of your typical, busy day, rustling papers, and you cut your finger. What do you grab? A Band–Aid? What about an adhesive bandage? What if your injury was more than just a paper cut? Who would you call? A D.O.? What about a physician? Just as a Band–Aid is a brand name for an adhesive bandage, a D.O. is one of two titles representing a physician. Most of society is familiar with M.D., which also implies a physician, but many patients may not even realize that their family doctor is a D.O. How important is it to know?

First of all, what is a D.O.? D.O. are the initials for a doctor of osteopathic medicine (formerly known as osteopathy in the United States). An osteopathic physician is the only other legal and professional equivalent of an M.D. and practices medicine based upon osteopathic philosophy. The philosophy emphasizes the inter–relationship between structure and function and has an appreciation of the body’s ability...

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