By Dr. Michael Wald
The US Preventative Services Task Force recommended last week that healthy men no longer receive the PSA blood test. According to the Task Force, the test has resulted in needless procedures that have left tens of thousands of men incontinent, impotent or both. “Unfortunately, the evidence now shows that the test does not save men’s lives”, said Dr. Virginia Moyer, chairwoman of the task force. The PSA test was routinely given to men aged 50 and over to identify cancerous cells in the prostate. These cells grow slowly and the vast majority of men with cancer cells never get prostate cancer.
Many routine medical procedures are recommended to people with little or no explanation. Many people are also ill-equiped to properly question their health care providers. We encourage our patients to question our recommendations to foster communication and proactiveness. Any health care provider that becomes defensive or is unable to justify the reason(s) for why they have recommended a procedure(s) must examine his/her purpose for practicing medicine.
The PSA is just a single example of many tests that are routinely recommended in medical circles and have caused needless suffering. Future story posts will include the dangers of mammography, CT scans and x-rays. Natural medicine offers many preventative strategies to offset a certain degree of negative effects from various medical procedures.
– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.