Monthly Archives: May 2014

How many times have you made a doctor’s appointment, arrived at the appropriate time, signed in and then just sat in the waiting room, hoping and maybe praying, that this time, maybe, you will be seen in a reasonable time frame? I would venture to say, EVERY TIME! And why are you kept waiting?

Well, the reasons for your wait will vary with each appointment, but primarily the main reason, is because of overbooking. Most doctors are very busy, seeing, treating and having discussions with patients about their respective issues. But the problem is that while they are doing what they have to do for that patient, many others are waiting; to the point, that sometimes a patient will wait hours.

Again, there are many reasons, but is there an alternative? And for my patients, the answer is definitely YES!! At West U Chiropractic and Functional Medicine of Houston, we do not over-lap patient visits. When you have a 10am appointment, Dr. Stowe will, the vast majority of the time, be waiting for you to arrive. Why? Because he believes that your time is just as valuable as his. Especially for a patient that is in pain, having to wait in a doctor’s office for 30 minutes to more than 1 hour, is not only harmful to your condition, but in Dr. Stowe’s opinion, it is simply rude.

Did you know that the vast majority of visits to a medical doctor’s office are for some type of pain? Low Back Pain (LBP) is the most common complaint, but other conditions like knee, elbow and neck pain are also high on the list of common conditions that a medical doctor sees on any given day. But did you also know that chiropractic treatments have been proven to be more effective and less intrusive than most other treatment alternatives offered by the allopathic profession? Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe, effective and many times, more cost effective than what medical doctors prescribe. But the main reason patient’s should be seen by Dr. Stowe, is because he won’t keep you waiting. He also does not prescribe to the standard 15-30 visit protocol that many of his colleagues endorse. Many of Dr. Stowe’s patient’s conditions are treated successfully within a few visits.

So the next time you are in pain or have some other condition that requires a visit to a doctor’s office, why not consider West U Chiropractic or Functional Medicine of Houston as an alternative to waiting for hours, seeing your provider for 5 minutes and walking out with a prescription that may or may not effective (and with side effects), help your condition. West U Chiropractic can see you today!

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“Quackery”

The American Medical Association (AMA), the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and its Political Action Committees, have a twisted concept of healthcare and if allowed to continue on their present course, will hinder and eliminate the availability of ALL patients, to see their chiropractor whenever they want. Let me explain.

Back in 1963, the AMA formed a Committee on Quackery as a way to try to destroy the profession of Chiropractic. The AMA boldly stated in an “internal memoranda” that its goal was to first contain and then eliminate, the profession of chiropractic. Several years later, in a land mark decision, “Wilk et al v AMA et al”, the AMA was found to have engaged in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” of members of the chiropractic profession. But apparently they didn’t learn their lesson. Now, the TMA’s PAC has been spreading lies again about a Dr. VanDeWalle, DC, who was running in a run-off election for the TX House. He lost that election, partly, I believe, because of the “quackery ads” that were ran by the TMA PAC just before the run-off took place. But why would the AMA do these things? Simple – MONEY, INFLUENCE and POWER!

Evidence from many trials and many research projects clearly demonstrate the superiority of chiropractic services in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions; going back as far as 1972 to present. Chiropractic care in the past, as well as today, is safe and much more cost effective than traditional medical doctors can provide. But Chiropractors aren’t the only ones being subjected to these tactics. The AMA has ongoing issues with nurse practitioners and physician assistants who would be able to deliver primary care, but like Chiropractors, are considered by the AMA as competitors in healthcare – Competitors for patients and the healthcare dollars they spend with their healthcare providers.

Why do I bring this to your attention? Simply because if the AMA wins in their attempt to label Chiropractors and other providers as “quacks” or in their efforts to control Chiropractors and other professionals, ALL citizens of Texas will lose their right to affordable and safe musculoskeletal care. Cost-effectiveness, patient satisfaction, evidence based and outcomes, are clearly evident and not contested. All citizens HAVE THE RIGHT, to utilize whatever healthcare delivery system they choose. But to continue to have the choice to receive Chiropractic care, might come down to the will of the people to speak up and be heard and tell the AMA that Chiropractic care is what they want and demand.

 

Dr. Bobbie Stowe, DC

Some information provided by George McAndrews, Esq.