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New Medical Therapies and Devices- The Song Remains the Same

As a Doctor who practices natural therapies such as acupuncture and naturopathic medicine, I find myself approached almost weekly by enthusiastic people with a new medical device or therapy. Their passion is commendable, but often misplaced. As a physician my job is to help people find relief from their pain and suffering. Not to test medical devices and new therapeutic directions on them. To the champion of a new pain wand device with an energetic chip in it that will sense the patients pain and correct it I am missing out on a chance to help people be free of pain, but to the patient and I we are not wasting their time and money turning them into test subjects. To the product’s champion I wager that in a year they will be bringing me a new device or therapy with total amnesia about last years sensation. Worse our those people who make significant financial and lifestyle commitments towards a device or product line. For them their back is to the wall and there can be no other outcome other than victory. They become evangelists leaving people who impulsively bought into their fervor and invested money during a trying time of illness or financial hardship hoping this device of therapy would be their ticket to good health or financial security. The intent is good, but in medicine intent is not good enough. It has to be tempered with commitment, sacrifice, knowledge and experience.
Am I saying that all new devices or therapies are worthless? Absolutely not! Even acupuncture and Chinese medicine, two of the oldest devices and therapies in the world were once new and untested, but they have withstood the test of time and scrutiny from those who would be better off personally if they were to disappear. New medical devices and therapeutic approaches need time to be observed and vetted out and I will be the judge of which ones my patients get to see based on my commitment, sacrifice, knowledge and experience.

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Dr. Frank Ervolino graduated from the prestigious Bastyr University in 1995 with a degree in Naturopathic medicine. During this time he not only studied Western herbal medicine, but studied the supplement industry formulation and manufacturing from Dr. Buck Levin, Ph. D. and the traditional use of herbs by the native tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Read More

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