Hi, This is me witnessing in front of the American Psychiatric Association about the extremely poor ability of psychiatrists to diagnose medical conditions that have a behavioral component as a symptom (not the cause) of the medical illness*. As a wealthy physician with excellent health insurance, tens of thousands of dollars in savings and plenty of connections within the medical community (I owned Mopac Medical Care, a minor emergency) I was unable to discover competent care within the Austin Texas medical community until many years after initiating efforts to get sleep apnea and severe fatigue evaluated. Fortunately, after having my intellectual abilities tested as part of a child custody battle (and having none of the legal and psychological participants in this farce understand the significance of a Mensan with an IQ documented under 120!), I found my way to David Tucker Phd. a boarded neuropsychologist and adjunct professor at U T Austin. I subsequently received a work up by the neurologists at the rehabilitation clinic where he practices to rule out dementia, psychosis, etc (and dementia and psychosis were ruled out). The MRI showed subtle but definite scarring diffusely. My neurologist should have referred me on for additional work up after my abilities showed only a small improvement about one year after surgery for the major craniofacial anomaly (birth defect) that was believed at first to be the cause of the intellectual decline (due to obstructive sleep apnea with oxygen saturations dropping to 80 (before they halted the testing to initiate treatment). Because the testing was halted, I nor my physicians really know how severe the drops were. Severe sleep apnea is diagnosed when the oxygen saturation hits 80 but numerous studies before this protocol was initiated showed patients with drops to the 60’s. Dr. Nelson Powell, at Stanford Medical Center, explained to me that this birth defect (which was not even described in the literature until it was published in the British Medical Journal in 1986 with him as one of the authors) is the usual cause of death and without diagnosis and definitive treatment, people do not survive past their late 30’s. I have reviewed their research on this and the corrective surgical procedures and I had about the smallest posterior airway space ever recorded. Three and 1/2 years after the surgery, I took whopping doses of over the counter coenzyme Q 10 with amazing results, demonstrating that this was an encephalopathy due to mitochondrial dysfunction (of unknown etiology). I hied my self back into Dr. Tucker’s office and requested repeat testing. Now, it was back up to 130 to 134 range. not quite the 140 I tested at in medical school as a research participant, but high enough to do the job. Despite this testing and advocacy from Dr. Tucker and my attorney, Shirley Madrid, the medical board did not want to drop their supervision of me. I was a serious risk to the health of the citizens of Texas for my stance that sleep apnea should be screened for in patients!**
Seems to me that the medical board of Texas is a serious risk to the health of Texans. According to Tim Bolen, the Federation of State Licensing Boards decided to initiate a project to label alternative health care physicians (allopathics and others who discovered the truth about the pharmaceutical industry and went their own separate way to find paths to health for their clients) as committing health insurance fraud. Tim Bolen Report Opinion on Federation of States Medical Boards attack on alternative medicine (from The Lion.com-Forum) Helping out major corrupt industries is the business of the espionage and surveillance state known as the United States of America.
This is the way to end the pharmaceutical and insurance control over my profession. Demonstrate through RICO actions involving insurance and pharmaceutical companies that the licensing boards are corrupted. Free physicians from this control but allow citizens to sue without undue restriction. The courts are the way to peacefully arrange restitution. The Institute for Justice is showing the way by their suit to stop North Carolina from shutting down free enterprise and free speech on the Internet. link to Institute for Justice
* This is a comment on the fact Harvard trained psychiatrists were being taught that obstructive sleep apnea was the result (and not the cause) of a person becoming depressed over life events. I heard this from the mouth of a co-director of the Harvard Forensic Psychiatry department, approximately 2002, during a phone call I made to his offices.
**The Wisconsin Cohort Study, published in 1993 in JAMA established that 9% of middle aged women and 26% of middle aged men met the clinical definition of obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis with 5 or more apneas per hour of sleep. By 1999, Dr. William C. Dement MD PhD. in The Promise of Sleep explained that most of these patients were being misdiagnosed. By 1999, published research demonstrated that mild to moderate sleep apnea patients were worse auto drivers than normal persons with a blood alcohol of .o4 (California legal limit for commercial drivers).