This woman was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue and Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). However, a CT scan showed she was suffering from Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome.
So many patients come to me looking for the name of a disease. Begging me to say it so they can peruse the Internet, confirming the symptoms of that disease are theirs.
The Traditional Medical community has taught us the Pasteurian model of one bacterium equals one disease. If we know the name of the disease, then we can be cured. One Disease equals one and only one dysfunctional organ. What happens when more than one organ is dysfunctional? The Doctor will diagnose the patient based upon their speciality or beliefs.
The trouble is their own studies report that between 60 – 70 % of diagnosis are wrong. The national costs of medical errors resulting in injury are estimated to be between $17- 29 billion annually. The costs to the U.S. health care system represent over 50 percent of these additional expenses.1
- Institute of Medicine. To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Kohn L, Corrigan J, Donaldson M, eds. Washington DC: National Academies Press; 1999.
In the case of the woman in the video, there were ten different organs dysfunction occurring simultaneously. The first Functional Doctor diagnosed her with Adrenal Fatigue. After no change, she went to Mayo that did the CT scan. The results of the CT scan were determined to be “Normal Anatomic Variance”. This is Doctor talk for there is no tumor and we see this so often it is not considered important. Even with this, the report noted the pancreatic senescence, which is a deterioration of the organ. Mayo diagnoses her with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). After six months of antibiotics and probiotics, she seeks the second Functional Doctor, telling them that she has been diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue and SIBO. He does a stool test and recommends Adrenal and SIBO treatment.
Unfortunately, the stool test showed no bacteria. How can one have a bacterial overgrowth without bacteria? After the prolonged Pharmaceutical and Green Antibiotic treatment, any bacteria that were there could not recover. If they had looked at the CT scan, they could have seen the colon was out of its normal position with several hairpin turns and twists.
This process was repeated two more times with two Functional Doctors, who instead of making a fresh independent determination of her condition used the incorrect diagnosis of Adrenal Fatigue and SIBO. They added in some cleanses and detoxes which only flared up her system.
This is why the question should be asked:
- How, when and by whom was this diagnosed.
- Were there Lab tests supporting the diagnosis.
Medical misdiagnosis has three major categories:
- True positive: Diagnosis of a disease that is present
- False positive: misdiagnosis of a disease that is not actually present
- False negative: failure to diagnose a disease that is present
- Equivocal results: inconclusive interpretation without a definite diagnosis
The Diagnosis Game
There are two categories that get the Diagnosis Game started. One is the original Doctor, using their philosophy based healthcare, will make a diagnosis according to their specialty or point of view which was derived from a Social Media Memes. Yes, Doctors are not immune from Social Media Memes. Case in point: SIBO was a popular diagnosis in the late 1990s. Same treatment – Same lack of success.
The other way is that over the past ten years, as more information has become available on the Internet. More and more patients are coming in “Self-Diagnosed” expecting treatment for their condition based on Social Media Memes by actively seeking out Doctors expressing their expertise in treating the Social Media Meme.
Both categories are played interchangeably in the healthcare odyssey. Here is how it is played. You can watch the Multiple Organ Dysfunction video to see the end result.
Diagnosing Ankylosing Spondylitis from a Stool Test
The Traditional Medical community is prone to Medical compartmentalization diagnosis. This is where they will only make diagnosis relative to their specialty. One specialty could find a tumor but would have to send the person to the Doctor specializing in treatment of that organ.
The Alternative and Functional Community are more prone to philosophical diagnosis. They are also prone to extrapolating extra information out of lab tests. For example, in the graphic below this young woman was told she had Ankylosing Spondylitis because the bacteria – Klebsiella was found in her stool test. X-ray images are the way Ankylosing Spondylitis is diagnosed. This is where the Diagnosing Game gets started.
She and her parents search the Internet for Anklyosing Spondylitis. Fatigue, back and hip pain, stiffness all fit with the other diagnosis of Adrenal Fatigue. They seek treatment, walking into the next Doctors office saying a Doctor had diagnosed her with Ankylosing Spondylitis. This office assuming X-rays were done start treatment. Unfortunately, no X-rays were done. Fast-forward four years. She goes to college and a new Doctor to treat her “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. This Doctor wants to see how progressed her condition is – takes X-rays. There is no evidence of “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. She went through four years of treatment, spending how much, for a condition that was improperly diagnosed.
This is why the question should be asked, “How, when and by whom was this diagnosed.” If the Physical Therapist had asked this question, it should have raised a red flag with them knowing X-rays should have been done. Plus “Ankylosing Spondylitis” cannot be diagnosed by the presence of a bacterium.