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    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee : Why Modern Medicine Needs to Change


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    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee : Why Modern Medicine Needs to Change

    Post by Jan1 on Sat Apr 30 2016, 12:08

    Dr Rangan Chatterjee writes:

    "I love general practice but I don't love the way general practice operates at the moment. Many of my patients feel frustrated by the short consultation times and feel as though they're "on the clock" from the minute they walk in. This results in them pre-filtering information that they deem relevant to the consultation, which doesn't help them or me.

    GP satisfaction isn't any better. A recent study published in the Lancet warns that General Practice in England is reaching "saturation point", with job dissatisfaction and stress amongst GPs at their highest levels for over a decade. I believe that if you have unhappy doctors, you will have unhappy patients.

    Do we need longer consultation times? Absolutely. But I believe that there is another key factor in improving patients' health outcomes as well as doctor satisfaction: medical education.

    Getting to the root cause
    A few years into my job as a GP, I realised that I was probably only helping around 25 per cent of the patients walking through my door. Sure, I could give them a drug to "suppress" their symptoms but was I getting to the root cause of the problem? No.

    One of the problems is that in medical school we are mostly taught a model of care suitable for acute problems, that is primarily pharmaceutical based. However, the health landscape in the UK has changed dramatically over the past few years. The vast majority of chronic problems that I see today - such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, gut problems, insomnia and headaches - are largely driven by lifestyle choices.

    Take diabetes. In April 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that total diabetes cases had had nearly quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980, with nearly one in 11 adults worldwide affected by the disease - the majority of these are Type 2.

    Type 2 diabetes, like many chronic diseases, is potentially preventable and is largely driven by our lifestyle and environment. So, why is the UK spending over £20 billion pounds every year on the direct and indirect costs of this condition?

    We have known what needs to be done for many years now so why are we unable to stop this avalanche cascading forward with no sign of slowing?

    I often chat with my colleagues about this and a recurrent theme pervades: We were not given enough training in nutrition, lifestyle or behaviour change. Good health occurs outside the doctor's surgery - not inside.

    Fundamentally, chronic problems need a different approach to acute ones. The magic bullet intervention that works for acute illness does not work as well for chronic problems. These often need many small but positive changes that, when implemented together, can have a powerful synergistic effect.

    Addressing the real issues
    My frustration with the situation led me to seek out individual study in nutrition, lifestyle interventions and movement science. I also learnt a framework of how to put this all together and apply that knowledge in a safe and effective way. This has reignited my passion for my job. Most importantly, my patients are reaping the benefits.

    I am delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase the power of a different approach to medicine on the BBC One programme Doctor in the House. For a month at time, I lived alongside three very different families, observing them as they went to work, slept, grocery shopped, exercised and ate. This gave me the insight I needed to put a range of simple and effective changes into effect.

    The success of these changes demonstrated that such varied conditions such as type 2 diabetes (both new and established), obesity, menopausal symptoms, eczema, and many more can all be substantially improved and even reversed using the power of nutrition and lifestyle. Yes, that's right, reversed."

    Finish reading the article here

    Dr Andreas Eenfeldt - Diet Doctor - also agrees
    see here:

    Great reading!

    All the best Jan
    chris c

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    Re: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee : Why Modern Medicine Needs to Change

    Post by chris c on Mon May 02 2016, 22:27

    Yes our trendy "young lion"  of a GP may be an excellent diagnostician and know a lot about acute illness, but he has learned all the NICE Guidelines by rote and he knowledge of chronic disease is less than squat.

    "My" GP is relatively clueful but has major gaps in her knowledge. Not really their fault though, they are told they are following "Evidence Based Medicine" when they are actually being fed dumbed down one size fits all dogma based medicine dictated by drug companies, margarine manufacturers and carbohydrate processors. All the stuff they need to know is hidden in plain sight on PubMed, but first they have to know it is there, then they have to find the time to research it themselves. Then if they apply it they could get into trouble.

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