So each month its always great to go back and look at the highlights of the last month. For me, that was on a call with a local Physician at a Mens Health Clinic who “specializes in physicals”. What prompted this was a problem with my prostate. To start, its a $550 for the physical itself. $450 for “basic” blood-work on top of that. So let me tell you what $1000 would get me (thats with a Paid-in-Full cash discount). In general the Dr was very vague as to what was included, as it was, “a standard physical”. He still would not tell me what specifically would be done.

 

So I went past that and inquired about the blood analysis. He said they would check cholesterol. I asked for him to be more specific. He said “Total Cholesterol.” I then asked if they would look at the ratio of LDL and HDL. He said no. Further blood work would be needed then. He told me they would check for Thyroid function. Again, I asked for him to expand. He said they would check the TSH. I asked if they would check for T3 or T4. He said further blood work would be needed. Then he mentioned that they would check Testosterone. Yet again, I asked for what they were testing. He informed me rather quickly that it would be just “Total Testosterone”. Naturally, my reply was “what about Free Testosterone, or Estrone, or Estrodiol, or Progesterone or Luteinizing Hormones? By this point it was no surprise that he said more blood work would be required for such information. He then added that they would check the T3 and T4 in the Testosterone check. I reminded him that T3 and T4 are related to Thyroid, not Testosterone. I asked him if they would check RBC Zinc, RBC Magnesium, DHEA Sulfate, Fasting Insulin, or HbA1C. Can you guess what he said? No sir, all that costs more.

 

At this point, there was a moment of awkward silence on the phone while I could tell the MD was pondering while formulating a very pivotal question. As plain as day he asked, “Are you in the medical profession?” I replied with a succinct, “No, I am just a fitness trainer.” Shortly after this point, he went back into a sales pitch, where I interrupted him and told him I was not interested. I politely thanked him for his time and lack of education.

 

Moral of the story is that you can not always trust someone with a PHD or MD. In many cases this over-inflates the persons ego.  I am thankful for the mentors I have had both in college and in my professional career. When you trust your health to others, they sure as hell better know what they are talking about.

 

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