A new patient recently came in to our office with a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. She is postmenopausal and has been on a calcium channel blocker medication for high blood pressure for upwards of ten years. Sadly, the doctor who prescribed the medication never informed her of the association between long term use of calcium channel blockers (like diltiazem…brand names Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac) and breast cancer in post menopausal women. Even after her diagnosis of breast cancer, neither her primary care doctor who prescribed the medication nor her oncologist mentioned the possibility or discussed an alternative medication for her.
I would say this medication might be at least one contributing factor to the underlying cause.
Step one..remove the barriers to cure.
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In naturopathic medicine we aim to investigate the underlying cause of diseases or symptoms, and spend upwards of an hour with each patient to catch elements that cannot be found in a 5 minute visit. I am seeing that patients are becoming increasingly frustrated with the traditional medical model where you have very little time with the doctor and consequently poor long term results.