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Dr. Ou finds that most of alternative and holistic medicine is inconsistent
People seeking alternatives to conventional medicine are often confused by which of the bewildering number of therapies and practitioners to trust. Dr. Ou, co-founder of Bridges to Health, has spent many years studying and testing countless so-called alternative therapies. They all have wonderful theories about healing and they all have some impressive testimonials, but in practice, he has been disappointed that the vast majority of them produced inconsistent and limited results in his practice, especially with more complex and serious illnesses.
He has learned through experience that just because a treatment is described using buzzwords such as "natural", "holistic", or "clinically proven" does not mean that effective healing can take place. Part of the problem is that most alternative therapies share the same flawed philosophy as conventional medicine of suppressing symptoms without addressing why the body was unable to heal itself to begin with. For example, it is popular in holistic medicine to use natural hormones to correct low levels. However, Dr. Ou believes that genuine healing is about identifying and correcting what is causing abnormal hormone levels.
Dr. Ou has created a program which focuses on helping the body to heal itself instead of suppressing symptoms
In order to learn how to consistently create long term improvements in health, Dr. Ou has met some of the most innovative and extraordinary healers in the world who have demonstrated success with those who have failed both conventional and alternative therapies. Their "secret" is understanding that the major causes of disease today are different than in the past. For this reason, it is believed that treatments such as using nutrients, herbs, and hormones don't work nearly as well as they did even compared to 10 years ago.
He frequently works chronic conditions such as fatigue, brain fog, trouble with short term memory and concentration, digestive disorders, hormone disorders (male, female, adrenal, thyroid, Hashimoto's), biotoxin illnesses, and many other conditions. Most of his patients are complex with multiple medical problems and have seen many other conventional, alternative, and integrative doctors with limited success. While Dr. Ou can not make any guarantees, in most cases, he has been able to identify the underlying causes that were not previously found or addressed, such as food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, indoor air pollution, chronic infections, toxins, and hormone imbalances through the use of advanced laboratory testing. Patients who have been repeatedly told that "there is nothing wrong with them," are frequently surprised and relieved when Dr. Ou shows them objective lab abnormalities not found by other doctors which explain their symptoms.
Dr. Ou is uniquely qualified in both conventional and alternative medicine
Conventionally, Dr. Ou graduated Cum Laude in Physics with Distinction in All Subjects from Cornell University, received his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine on a four year scholarship, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in 1999. He has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1999.
From a holistic standpoint, Dr. Ou is one of only 2 medical doctors in North America certified in Autonomic Response Testing (ART) by the Klinghardt Academy. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD,PhD. is considered by many as one of the top integrative doctors in the world. Dr. Ou has also trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Simon Yu, MD, author of the Accidental Cure . His other mentors include Ty Vincent, MD, developer of LDI and Savely Yurkovsky, MD, creator of Field Control Therapy. He is also certified in the management of biotoxin illness by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold. His other training includes coursework from ILADS, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), American College For Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (ACIM), and Dr. Walter Crinnion, former chair of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is also trained in cutting edge systems of energy medicine. He is one of only a few M.D.'s in the U.S. certified in Matrix Energetics®.
Because of his unique experience, his office has been a training site for medical students and residents from the Emory University School of Medicine and Philadephia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has given talks for the Klinghardt Academy and other integrative medical groups around the country.
In June 2012, as part of a education series for health care practitioners, Dr. Ou was interviewed by Dr. Todd LePine, one of Dr. Mark Hyman's partners at the UltraWellness Center. Dr. Ou discussed his work in exploring Dr. Shoemaker's work on biotoxins. You can listen to the interview here. He was also interviewed as part of the Healing Chronic Illness series here and wrote an article on his approach to chronic illness at Public Health Alert.
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