Doctor = Teacher
Sadly, the conventional health care system is dysfunctional, and does not reward doctors to take the time to educate patients. People are frustrated by the quick fix, “Band-Aid” approach of using a prescription medication for every new symptom. The word “doctor” derives from the Latin “docere,” which means “to teach.” Teaching is my passion – it’s what drew me to become a doctor in the first place.
My mission is to educate, empower and encourage people, so that they can reclaim their health, and live their lives to the fullest.
Here’s what I can offer you:
Listening & Respect
I operate my life and professional practice by the golden rule: treat others how you wish to be treated.
If you’re like me, when you seek health information, you want someone who truly listens, respects your body’s innate wisdom, and has the education and perspective to do more than just prescribe pharmaceutical drugs.
Get to the Root Causes of Symptoms
Most of us understand how important it is to get to the root causes of symptoms. I value conventional medicine when it’s really needed, but unfortunately, due to misaligned financial incentives, time-pressure, complex regulatory issues and fear of being sued, doctors often prescribe unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments.
It’s much quicker and easier to prescribe a drug and/or order a radiology scan than to counsel a patient on lifestyle measures that treat the root cause of the problem.
Sometimes conventional treatments help with symptoms, but often they don’t really address the underlying “why?” An integrative, lifestyle medicine approach can help you avoid many of the pitfalls of interacting with the current dysfunctional health care system. I am not suggesting avoiding conventional medical care all together, but rather becoming educated and pro-active with respect to your health.
I look forward to connecting with you! If you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cynthia Libert, M.D.