An interesting discussion has been going on over at TerraSig. Abel used his expertise in pharmacology to help explain some of the nearly-inexplicable events that led to the injury of dozens and deaths of several participants in a sweat lodge ceremony. The investigation led to a Michigan physician who runs a "men's health" practice and pharmacy. The leader of the sweat lodge ceremony was apparently found to have prescription medications prescribed by and purchased from this doctor.
all the protectionist talk from followers of this dude. thou shalt not raise questions about the practice of teh leading expert doctor!
Protectionism? Really? It's his fucking JOB to dispense sound medical advice such as this. It's called informing, not 'protectionism'.
But whatever. I'm under no Hippocratic oath, so I can just tell you to enjoy the attendant health problems that come with doing something that's medically bad for you.
by "this dude" i was referring to Crisler. hence the sarcasm.
leigh, you need a nice /sarcasm tag. I'll let you borrow one of mine.
Ah. I see.
It does raise some intriguing questions, though, about why Arimidex and finasteride aren't approved for testosterone replacement therapy.
I wonder if Dr. Crisler is just the tip of the iceberg. A new compounding pharmacy recently opened here that heavily advertises "bioidentical hormones" for both men an women. They seem to be in cahoots with at least a couple of naturopaths who hold "seminars" at the pharmacy on a regular basis. If this can succeed in a small city of 50,000 or so, I wonder how many other such pharmacies and doctors are out there.
Love this "Testimonial":
Dr. John Crisler may very well be the best Testosterone Replacement Therapy specialist in the world. His international reputation is well deserved."
- Nick Delgado, PhD, author of eleven books on health and fitness
Well, I'm the best Ear Wax Eating Therapy [EWET] specialist in the world (probably) (By the way: don't; it's horrid)
I may be misreading my pharmacology here - this is a pretty complex set of drug interactions here. My understanding was that arimidex and finasteride aren't approved for testosterone replacement therapy (oversimplifying here) because they're primarily helpful for reducing the effects of "too much" testosterone, which shouldn't be a problem in real testosterone replacement therapy, because you're trying to get back up to normal levels of testosterone.
FWIW, a few years ago I ordered some prescription medication online, for reasons I'd prefer not to divulge. There was a charge for an "online consultation" in order to get the prescription. This turned out to be a simple form where you just had to tick the right boxes (trivial!) and write about a sentence saying why you needed the medication. At no point was there a consultation with an actual doctor (though supposedly one reviewed what I had written in the form). Wham bam, done.
I was a little disturbed by this :D
The "Testimonial" is very well couched. He "may very well be," but then he may not. Notice the good PhD didn't claim he was the best. "His international reputation is well deserved." No doubt it is, but what is the reputation? I'm not calling the good doctor a Nazi, but Adolf Hitler had a well-deserved international reputation. Hint: it wasn't good. Many words used. Little actual meaning conveyed.
Words cannot sescribe the revulsion upon reading this. This entire blog post and comment section is an insult to the intelligence of the reader on par with the Stephen Barrett Quackwatch nonsense. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for stooping to the level of slime to smear and defame an excellent physician. You are all repulsive medical fascists, and like all preceding fascist movements, you will neet the same fate.
Are you planning a landing at Normandy?
Why do you posts rumors you don't know to be true?
And you're going to talk ethics? WOW.
He does not own his own pharmacy.
He uses a compounding pharmacy in another state if the patient does not have a preferred pharmacy already.
No one has ever read the stupid testimonials on his website but you guys. People learn about his practice through his patients on his and other messageboards. Patients talking to patients, in real-time.
Also, he considers himself an anti-aging doctor, and is very well regarded among the a4m society of anti-aging physicians, and speaks at all their conferences. So contrary to yet another one of the other pieces of slanderous garbage you've stated he is actually regarded as an expert by other experts in his field of anti-aging which I'm sure you feel doesn't count in the end one way or another anyway.
You're preaching ethics and just republishing rumors you heard in a chat room just like TMZ or the enquirer.
"I've heard he owns his own pharmacy and his patients have to use the drugs. I don't know if this is true, but if so, it's disturbing!"
Unfortunately I restated that more concisely than you did but you know as soon as someone reads a rumor like that the damage is done. The seed is planted that there is this scary guy out there up to no good, in fact his practice is so dubious that it's even possible he owns his own steroid lab he deals drugs out of! He's _so_ unethical that's totally feasible and reasonable it could be the case!
That's the impression the reader is left with when you rumor monger. This is how the writers for the new york post page 6 make their living. Creating lasting impressions in the reader based on scant or no evidence or the hint of a possibility.
For someone preaching ethics in medicine you sure have no ethics in journalism.
You go on and on about how hard it is to know if someone is true or not in medicine and how patient reports don't count for a lick yet you'll readily print devastating rumors that will linger in google forever like this based on things you were simply told.
You really strike me as someone who would make a great doctor with all of the care, attention to detail, forethought, and high standard for truth on display here.
Man, I can't count all the fallacies Dr. Crisler's supporters have perpetrated in their attempt to fall all over themselves defending him.
i have a question for the healthcare professionals in the readership: is "anti-aging medicine" actually a recognized branch of medical science? i wouldn't know, but to my layman's ears the term sounds fishy. it's not as if aging can be stopped, after all, and we already have a specialty (gerontology) dedicated to treating the ills that come with it, do we not?
There is no field of "anti-aging medicine" that is recognized as a legitimate medical specialty by the usual sources such as the American Board of Medical Specialties.