Dr. Kathy Maupin and Brett Newcomb discuss the current state of the medical industry and how it affects treatment of patients in need of hormone replacement.
To illustrate some of my frustration with the established medical specialties, I am going to identify some of the research articles that are published in their journals. These journals are controlled by the given medical specialty. They are OBGYN journals, Psychiatric Journals, and Endocrinology Journals. Each specialty does research on its particular interest and focus. Doctors in one specialty do not generally read or survey the journals of other specialties. They are professionally expected to read only the journals of their own specialty group.
The problem I face is that I practice in what is known as an “orphan specialty.” I am a sex hormone replacement specialist. This is an unrecognized (by the mainstream medical and insurance/pharmaceutical industries). We are seeking recognition because it will provide some legitimacy to what we do in the eyes of the other specialists. My work crosses the boundaries of all of these other specialists. I read their journals and seek information that relates to my work and to the health of my patients. I just wish more physicians would do the same thing.
My patients are seeking relief from genuine symptoms and suffering from real ailments. I believe that if the medical establishment would identify these issues with a name, a “syndrome” of its own, and an assigned code number, it would become possible for my patients to receive the care they seek more readily and more easily. I have written a book to explain this case and to identify the “name” that I think would best fit the syndrome—TDS (Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome). If we could all accept that then it would help normalize what I do for the mainstream providers and help my patients receive modern appropriate and life-saving interventions while being accepted by the insurance companies and the medical system.
In this podcast, I provide examples of research that is unique to each Journal specialty and talk about the difference between these specializations and between “research physicians” and practicing clinicians such as myself.
My goal is to explain this to my patients and to other physicians so that all of us can work together to change the system and help my patients receive the health care that is best for their physical and emotional needs.