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Old 02-23-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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Help!

I'm realatively new to San Antonio and am in need of a doctor. (heart/anxiety) I was hoping to find one that had a holistic lean.

I have not been to any type of doctor here and am not having luck finding one...the one name I was given isn't taking on new patients.

This is my first time posting, and if there is anyone out there who can help me I would really appreciate it!!

Thank you!!

Kage
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:42 PM
 
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Kjmoxy - Did you have any luck finding someone? I'm new here and looking for the same thing. Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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CompleMed.net - Center for Complementary Medicine in San Antonio, Texas

Lawrence Cohen MD

He is what you are looking for and a good guy.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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You might also consider a DO or a DC. DOs can often have a holistic approach, and there are some VERY cool DCs out there who actually know what they're doing as far as helping out with "non-chiropractic" issues like anxiety. DOs and DCs can also be less expensive than MDs and they have just as much education.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:39 PM
 
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You might also consider a DO or a DC. DOs can often have a holistic approach, and there are some VERY cool DCs out there who actually know what they're doing as far as helping out with "non-chiropractic" issues like anxiety. DOs and DCs can also be less expensive than MDs and they have just as much education.
In general, No.

A DO is a Medical Doctor. (Just like an MD) I am not going to explain all the details but in the end, a DO ends up with the same Medical License and DO schools teach medicine that is more or less indistinguishable from MD schools.

So, it doesnt matter if they have MD or DO after their name. They can do the same thing. Which also means, in general, a DO charges the same as an MD and has the same issues/rates with insurance.



A DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) on the other hand is NOT a Medical Doctor and has a very limited scope as to what they can do. For example, the can not write prescriptions or perform surgery.

A DC practicing outside of the scope of his license may very well be in violation of the law.

As for Education, again not even close.

An MD and DO have a 4 year undergrad and 4 years of Medical school followed by 2-9 years of residency/fellowship training before they are actually licensed to independently practice medicine. On average about 12 years of post high school education before they are on their own. If the MD/DO is a Surgeon, the training years are close (and sometimes more) than 15years.

A DC on the other hand (depending on the State) has 2-4 years of undergrad and 4 years of grad and then can take their boards. So 6-8 years.

On an anecdotal level, most people who know anything about it would scoff at the idea that their training is similar in degree of difficulty. Not only is MD/DO training much harder and longer, they are also putting in FAR more time each week. So you are comparing 12-17 years of very hard 60-100 hour weeks, almost all weeks to 6-8 less hard years with 30-60 hour weeks.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:54 AM
 
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MD's and DO's have the same amount and same kind of training, but they have a different approach. DO's receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine which takes into account the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of the patient.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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While I cant make any recomendations for a holistic doctor (can't afford to go to one), I can say that juicing raw vegetables for their juice (daily if possible) is an inexpensive way to cleanse the system and stay healthy long-term. Also, avoid dairy products as much as possible, and drink grape or apple or orange juice everyday, but stay away from milk!

Also, stay away from foods containing "MSG" or ANYTHING that says "diet" or "no sugar" as it more than likely contains aspartame and sucralose (toxic sweetners).

Also, only drink water and fruit juices. No energry drinks or sodas. BTW, did you know Coca Cola will clean your toilet? I'm serious! The acids in soda are so powerful, it cleans all the rust, grime and dirt. Imagine what's going on in your body when you drink it.

And my favorite and most important of all: colon cleanse through DrNatura.com on a regular basis! One scoop of the fiber daily will cleanse you. That metamucil crap that some people buy at the their store has a toxic sweetner and is all processed junk.

I've used DrNatura.com's fiber supplement (off and on) since 2005! My aunt has used it, my brother, and my Dad with amazing results. The company has HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of testimonials on their pages. They are all real. It's the only natural product that I would recommend to clean your insides.

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Goodluck!
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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MD's and DO's have the same amount and same kind of training, but they have a different approach. DO's receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine which takes into account the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of the patient.
The training part is, in general, true, but the "approach" part really isnt.

For the most part, after residency, all doctors(MD/DO) are pretty much on the same page. And few DOs actually practice much of the osteopathic part.

While there are minor differences that google can point out, in the modern practice of medicine, reality is something else.

On another front, there are not as my DO schools and they are easier to get into to(still hard though). The problem is DOs have a harder time getting into competitive residencies (For example, there are very very few DO's who are Neurosurgeons, Radiologists, Dermatologists, Plasticsurgeons....which are among the hardest residencies to get)

Yes, Just getting through Medical school is not enough, Medical students compete furiously with each other for the slots they want. It is very intense. (one factor of course is money, a Neurosurgeon can make well over a million a year and a Pediatrician might make it to 200K)

Most DO's are Medicine Doctors (Peds, Internal med....) these are more "human" faces to medicine and thus DOs often get a reputation for being more personal than MD's. (They are in more people orinted parts of Medicine)
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:00 AM
 
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Then what would be the purpose of becoming a DO if you aren't going to practice the osteopathic part?

I saw in the yellow pages DO's advertising homeopathic and naturopathic services. I would recommend the OP look in the phone book and then look online for reviews. There is Alamo Osteopathic, Becker Donna DO (natural services), Ridge Integrative Medicine (natural medicine), all listed under Physicians of Osteopathy. There are also some MD's, PA's, and RN's who practice homeopathic medicine if you search online, but most of the ones I've found are Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine which means they are not medical doctors, just NDPhD's. I would rather call some DO's and ask about their approach to medicine.

I also found Louis Esquivel MD and Lawrence Cohen MD.
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:14 AM
 
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Then what would be the purpose of becoming a DO if you aren't going to practice the osteopathic part?

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In general no one goes to a DO school because they want to practice "The osteopathic part"

The reality is far more simple. Because that is the Medical School they got accepted into and it is easier to get into a DO school than an MD school.

Of course you will find a handful of DO's who practice osteopathy...but the fact that only a handful do proves my point. They go where they can get in and when they are done they are licensed and practice Medicin in a way that is indistinguishable from MD's. I know some DO's who pay lip service to "I like the philosophy of DO medicine...." but at the end of the day, they are just practicing Medicine like MDs are.

Most people have no idea how hard and competitive it is to get into Medical School.
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