Why Your Doctor Never Heard of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Clients often ask me why their doctors are not familiar with our kind of salive, urine, blood, and stool testing, and especially why traditional doctors do…

Reed Davis, a Clinical Nutritionist and Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Certification Course shares an excerpt from his FDN material explaining why physicians are often unfamiliar with alternative treatment options for their patients:

“Operations are what I do,” Believe it or not, one recent new client was given the above quoted statement as an explanation for why the surgeon she was consulting did not offer any alternative treatments for her complaints.

Unfortunately, as the present case illustrates, many physicians just “do what they do” and never research any of the alternatives that are available to their patients.

Clients often ask me why their doctors are not familiar with our kind of salive, urine, blood, and stool testing, and especially why traditional doctors do not perform it.  Here are my top 3 explanations:

  • The doctor has not been exposed to FDN because his/her specialty does not expose him/her to it.  If a physician is a surgeon, they do surgery to eliminate complaints.  If they are a rheumatologist, they look for rheumatologic causes for the condition.
  • Another reason is, doctors like helping people, but most doctors only use methods learned during their residencies, and will not stray beyond those standard tools for fear of being labeled an alternative healer.  In reality, in today’s disease care system, a specialist cannot incorporate non-standard therapies into his practice because indeed his referrals from other doctors will soon dry up.  To be a “respected” member of today’s medical establishment requires a mind numbing lack of imagination and intellect in the rote application of only standard therapies  Some doctors are unwilling or unable to take risks.
  • Finally, it is generally true that if the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem you see is going to start looking like a nail.  Applying inappropriate or even dangerous therapies that don’t work is accepted in our health care system.  Physicians are judged by the “standard of care” rule.  In essence, as long as a doctor is using the same therapies other doctors are using, it doesn’t matter that results are mediocre at best, or even that some patients are being damaged, because everyone is getting those same results.  This is not fair, it is not right, but it’s just the way it is.