What The Doctor Believes

A Personal Note From Dr. Sultan

We all know that a patient’s beliefs can have tremendous impact on outcomes. In an article, Larry Dossey, MD, raised an interesting question:

“What is the effect of the physician’s belief system on a patient’s outcome?”

It can have more impact than the patient's convictions. It is because a physician is a guide who  points you in a direction that may turn out to be the right or wrong based on his beliefs.

Therefore, I want to share my views

We are all well familiar with the traditional approach that treats your symptoms with drugs. Use of antihistamines, painkillers, wheezing medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-hypertensives, nerve pills, etc. are all examples of treating symptoms. Remember, a headache is not an aspirin-deficiency state. As an environmental physician, this is my most important belief: Diseases do not happen from lack of drugs in the body. Therefore, for a better relief, you have to find the cause and itreat it.

I believe that:

  1. Most people can get well by finding the cause and treating the cause.
  2. Symptoms are warning signals that something is wrong. Covering them with drugs on a long-term basis is likely to make you sicker
  3. The Sick Get Sicker and the Rich Get Richer by covering up the symptoms with drugs.
  4.  With the current knowledge we have at hand, it is possible, in most instances, to find the cause and treat the cause effectively.
  5. This may mean mean that by treating the cause, you can get rid of your symptoms, get rid of your medicines and eventually get rid of the physician
  6. Proof: Success stories are inspirational. Read them. Talk to patients who have been coming to us for a while and see how they are doing.
  7. Guarantee: There is none. However this is how people get well, by finding the cause and treating the cause.
  8. What is the cause: Usually the cause is in the patient’s environment, i.e., things inhaled, food eaten, and the substances one comes in contact with. Other causes are nutritional, toxic, and endocrine in nature.

That is my core belief. What is yours?

Treat the symptoms or treat the cause – you decide.

Tipu Sultan, MD

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