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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: health screening | diabetes | hypertension

Health Screening Is Big Business

David Brownstein, M.D. By Friday, 19 January 2018 04:07 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

When I criticize health screening tests, I am primarily referring to testing patients who show no symptoms of disease.

In other words, this is a case where you go to your doctor for a simple checkup and he or she wants to perform a screening test — ostensibly to identify a problem at an early stage.

I am not referring to a patient who has a specific problem or symptom. Nor am I criticizing the quality of such screening tests.

In fact, I used to recommend that my patients get a series of tests from a company called Life Line Screening. At the time, I thought the tests were providing value for their money.

The company’s website states, “We screen over 1 million people each year.” But does the screening improve their health, or are the tests just increasing healthcare costs without providing any measurable benefits?

In fact, there are no data indicating better outcomes from undergoing screening tests.

I recently decided to go to the company’s website and take the tests for myself. The first thing I was asked to do was fill out personal information about my height, weight, age, sex, etc.

I also answered a few questions about my health.

I have no current health problems — no diabetes, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol levels (even by conventional medicine’s standards). Yet the package of screening tests recommended to me included the “stroke, vascular, heart rhythm with osteoporosis, and six-for-life package.”

The price was $219. Remember, I’m a pretty healthy person!

Assuming the average person is recommended the same screening tests that I was provided, Life Line’s revenues would be $219,000,000 per year. That’s a lot of testing dollars.

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When I criticize health screening tests, I am primarily referring to testing patients who show no symptoms of disease.
health screening, diabetes, hypertension
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:07 PM
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