I recently posted a question about my wife and testosterone. Like many in these forums, we have been to a number of doctors to try to figure out what the issue is. The T supplementation was somewhat helpful but things still arenâ??t right.
We were recently very pleased to find a local MD who was willing to dig into her issues. Although he is an MD, he now practices holistic medicine and only takes cash for payment. I wasn't too concerned about this because I know this is how many hormone specialists operate. What does concern me is that all the non-script supplements he recommended come from labs that appear to compensate practitioners for prescribing them. I found this very interesting, as every product he recommended required us to give his name to the companies. Also, if I understand this correctly, he can be compensated by the labs that perform some of the saliva tests.
Working for a large pharmaceutical company, I know there is constant monitoring to try to ensure companies aren't illegally incenting MDs to write certain drugs (there can be a whole debate about free samples and speaking fees for consultants but I'm more concerned about direct monetary profit from prescribing certain products). I am in no way saying this physician is doing something unethical, but the whole thing makes me feel a bit uneasy. Also, the fact he recommended a regimen that has her taking 15 pills/supplements a day makes me wonder if the compensation thing comes into play.
My wife and I have had numerous conversations about safety of "natural" products compared to pharma products that have been tested extensively in humans. Iâ??m concerned he might no truly know how a cocktail of untested products could impact a patient's liver, kidneys and other organs.
In the end, the out of pocket cash isn't a big deal, but my wife's health is.