Troubling Dichotomy In Health Care with Dr. Larry Altshuler

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Date: April 4, 2016

Episode Description

Dr. Larry Altshuler has noticed a troubling dichotomy in the world of American health care. While the scope and depth of medical knowledge has expanded exponentially, actual improvement in the overall health of patients and the delivery of services has not kept pace, and too many patients still suffer.

Drawing from his years of experience and expertise in preventive, alternative and conventional medical therapies, Dr. Altshuler guides American health care consumers through the dysfunctions of the system to help them obtain the best possible care from medical professionals. His book, “Doctor, Say What?” empowers people to understand and navigate the health care delivery system in order to advocate for themselves or loved ones. He breaks down what works—and what doesn’t—to protect people from wasting their precious resources and suffering needlessly.

Dr. Risk’s Thoughts

I once went to a practitioner who asked how much responsibility I take for my own health.  When I said 100%, she told me I was the only one who had ever said that.  I think it’s important to realize that when we are on our health journey, we need to be our own advocates, and keep searching until we find answers.  Although our doctors are there to help us figure out what is going on, it is up to us to follow their advice, or seek a second opinion when needed.  I love the idea that we can become empowered when it comes to our health.

Guest Information

Dr. Larry Altshuler, M.D.

Larry Altshuler, M.D. has been a board-certified internist for 36 years, having practiced in numerous settings including solo practice, group practice, HMO, and for the federal government, both in outpatient and hospital services. Dr. Altshuler is currently the Director of Oncology Intake at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa, OK. He is also a hospitalist, Director of Sleep Medicine, Director of Oncofertility Services, and treats quality of life issues and pain management. Dr. Altshuler authored Balanced Healing: Combining Modern Medicine with Safe and Effective Alternative Therapies,which earned him the USA Book News national award for the “Best Health Book of 2004.” He is also a published researcher of integrative therapies, and has lectured extensively and appeared as a guest on television and radio both regionally and nationally.

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