When an elderly gentleman first came to Erika Schwartz, MD, for medical advice, she took one look at his outdated medications and corresponding symptoms and requested to speak to his cardiologist about radically changing his regimen. The man was overweight and sluggish, suffering from low thyroid and testosterone levels, and had developed a severe case of eczema and subsequent sleep problems because he was up all night itching.
After three weeks of attempting to contact the cardiologist, Dr. Schwartz finally got him on the phone. She suggested taking the patient off some of the medications that, in combination, were contributing to his eczema.
“The guy said to me, ‘I can’t talk to you. You don’t know science,’” recalls Dr. Schwartz, who reminded him that they share the same medical degree. “So he hung up on me!”
Therefore, after this discussion, she explained all she had to her patient and he decided to change his cardiologist and try the plan she suggested. The treatments she had in mind consisted of boosting the level of the thyroid hormones and eliminating the medication for his cholesterol.
At the beginning, the patient believed that this treatment would lead to a heart attack, but Dr. Schwartz explained that the correction of the hormones naturally maintained the cholesterol low.