So why are many physicians negative about hormones?
The vast majority of physicians are conscientious and truly desire to help their patients and strive to do what is in the patients’ best interest. With the rapidity of scientific advances making it hard to stay on the cutting edge and with ever increasing business complexities that demand time and attention previously spent on actual patient care, most physicians are under tremendous pressure to maximize efficiency. Consequently, the typical physician has a necessary reliance on medical specialty organizations to provide direction and succinct education that gives “bullet point” information upon which clinical decisions involving patient care are made.
Organized medicine (aka “Medical Ivory Towers”) like government, is bombarded by lobbying groups and financially supported by industries that financially profit from endorsement of their products in the form of a “Recommended standard of care” that are relayed to the physician to implement in the care of patients. Some of these directives are, “DO such and such” while some directives are, “DON’T DO such and such.” Some have excellent scientific basis and some are the marriage of poor science to rich reward (and the rich reward in these not so rare cases goes to the stock holders and Medical Ivory Towers, not the average physician and his/her patients). As a result, ‘poor science/rich reward’ impact patients’ health, not because of an intentional negligence on the part of the physician, but due to a lack of dispensing honest information by Medical Ivory Towers to the physicians who actually provide the medical care.
So how can the average physician, like me and yours, discern what is good science vs. poor science?
We’ll answer that question in the next series of blog posts.