MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. To Dr. Michael Wald, helping patients stay healthy is a philosophy not focused on enough in the world of medicine field. Wald, who lives in Chappaqua and directs the Integrated Medicine and Nutrition Institute in Mount Kisco, thinks that while physicians are good for treating disease, the subject of health is a foreign concept.
With all due respect to doctors, they dont know a thing about health, they dont study health in school. There are no health courses, he said. There are disease courses.
Wald, who is also a certified nutritionist, has been called upon as a health and nutrition expert on such programs as Channel 5 Fox News, Good Day, New York, and The Food Network. Wald thinks that the more nutrition and chemistry comes into play, the better.
A lot of people see their doctors and say, Doc, I dont feel well. The doctor looks at the tests, and says, your tests look perfectly normal, Wald explained. I say, which is not so common, If you feel this way, and your chemistry looks this way, its not optimal for you.
But what he developed 12 years ago as a prototype might help solve the problem. Blood Detective, a program that allows a doctor to enter in specific blood work information to receive specialized results within minutes, gives those who use it an edge toward finding out how to make a patient not only disease-free, but the healthiest they can be.
I needed a place to put the data that would interpret the results of a persons blood test. It interpolates its medical and nutritional meaning in minutes, he said, as he described his early thought process. I can superimpose that data to see if its high or low. But what if its almost high or almost low?
Some individual practitioners use the program throughout the country, he says, through his website blooddetective.com. They use it because they understand that health is completely different than not being diseased.
Wald hopes to one day put the program in hospitals around the country. These days he is meeting with potential investors on trying to make that happen. His goal is to get the practice of medicine closer to the patients health needs.
Medicine loses the uniqueness of people, because it averages them out. Its the scientific method that someone invented, and its been the standard, he explained. Were missing a lot of things because were forgetting that the tools were using are okay for maybe disease detection, because we have a disease care system. We do not have a health care system.
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