I've just finished reading a book by Michael E. Platt, M.D. called The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones: How I Lost My: Fatigue, Hot Flashes, ADHD, ADD, Fribromyalgia, PMS, Osteoporosis, Weight, Sexual Dysfunction, Anger, Migraines...
If there is one outstanding testimonial that established Dr. Platt's credibility for me, it is this:
... in 1979 I met an amazing physician who renewed my faith in the patient-pharmacist-physician interrelationship. That physician is Michael E. Platt, M.D., a board-certified internist.
At that time in his career he was involved with a number of long-term care facilities where his interest in anti-aging was ignited and his belief in preventive medicine was reinforced. I was servicing the pharmaceutical needs of a number of the same facilities where Dr. Platt was attending. I had immediately taken note that at the time when the national average of drugs for nursing home residents was nine per patient, his patients were on almost no drugs.
(From the Foward, p.xiii, by Mort Farina, R.Ph., compounding pharmacist)
My daughter and I are both going to pay Dr. Platt a visit at his clinic in California in March. Why? Because we are both at stages in our lives, albeit quite different ages and stages, where we desire to work with health care professionals who are genuinely interested in helping us achieve a higher quality of life. A physician who will truly listen and not brush aside our concerns about depression, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain and weight swings. A physician who will join his skills, training and experience with our own and not patronize us when it comes to our own interest in the root cause of some of our health issues (vs. the symptoms, each with its matching prescription medication).
I feel optimistic after reading The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones because I've discovered a whole sub-culture of traditional medicine that is practicing, and has for decades, integrative medicine. Health care professionals who are as interested in preventive health care as they are in healing health care--and who strive to guide us to wellness as naturally as possible.
To see more about Dr. Platt, go to his web site at www.drplatt.com.
Joy in health,
Joy In Health Program, coach and wellness counselor
Achieve Health Northwest