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Why Testing Trumps Guessing

By Dr. Jon Thomas DC BCIM

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We’ve all been there, at the doctor’s office for the fourth or fifth time, wondering why we keep getting another prescription for the same problem we came in to cure in the first place.  This scenario is pretty typical for Western medicine.  You start off by going to the doctor in order to explain what is ailing you.  The physician or nurse practitioner listens to you.  Maybe you are asked a few questions, after which you are issued a prescription for some type of antibiotic, painkiller, muscle relaxant or an anti-inflammatory, depending on what the issue is.  Then you are sent on your way, with the hope that the pills you were prescribed are going to provide you with some relief.

Hopefully, the doctor guessed right, and you feel better.  But what happens when the pills you were prescribed don’t eliminate the symptoms?  That means that you will wind up right back in the same office a week or two later with the same complaint.  After asking you yet more questions, you wind up leaving the office with yet another prescription which may or may not cure whatever is ailing you.  Sound familiar? 

What the public doesn’t realize is that this kind of medical guessing game goes on at countless practices simply because physicians, more often than not, are reluctant to perform tests that can identify the root cause of an illness or chronic condition.  As a result, nine times out of ten when you go to a physician or HMO, you will wind up as a contestant on the Medical Guessing Game.

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Even worse is when a parent takes a child to the doctor for any number of common complaints.  A great example is when a child comes in with an earache.  Typically, the doctor will think that the ear ache is the result of an infection and will prescribe an antibiotic, which may or may not cure the earache.  Many times, an earache can be resolved by mom or dad putting a couple of drops of Noni juice or colloidal silver mixed with a little bit of alcohol in the ear.  Not only can that eliminate the earache, but it will also eliminate the side effects of antibiotics, which in many cases, do more than kill the bad bacteria that can make us feel ill.  Many antibiotics can also kill beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.  This brings on indigestion, constipation or diarrhea, which will result in yet another trip to the doctor’s office.

Why Don’t Doctors Test Before They Treat?

Sure, some tests take time to perform and analyze.  A number of tests are expensive.  Still, when you add up the cost in time and money, testing before treatment actually saves both, since it eliminates the guesswork and provides the physician with the root cause of an illness.  It also means that patients are no longer contestants in the Medical Guessing Game.

Additionally, modern technology has developed a range of non-invasive medical tests that can identify the true challenges your body is facing. This approach also provides the specific protocol that you need to get results, as opposed to the trial and error method. 

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Blood Tests – There are a myriad of blood tests that can help determine if you have an infection, inflammation, or metabolic issue that is affecting your health.  These blood tests can also be used in a preventative nature to transform how your body is working.  We can use blood tests to assess the levels of vitamins and minerals in your body. We can also use it to determine the level of antioxidants in your blood to better assess the functioning of your immune system.  This shows us the status of the body, which provides a roadmap of what the body needs to take it into a healthier state.

Hair Testing – One of the best ways to discover the levels of mineral and toxins in the body is by testing the hair.  Just as in those CSI shows we all love to watch on TV, by performing tests on the hair, we can uncover a great deal about what is in the body.   What is the body storing in soft tissues? What are the levels of toxic metals that are stored in your body?  What are the key mineral ratios for the metabolism, which can indicate how it’s running?  By uncovering this evidence, we can determine how the body converts glucose, how the adrenal gland is functioning, how the thyroid is functioning, and how the overall cellular energy structure is functioning.  All of this can be determined simply by testing your hair.

Biofeedback Testing is a whole new way to look into the body’s imbalances.  We can discover a great deal about the functioning of the organs and biomarkers, which are neurotransmitters, enzymes, and metabolites.  This helps us better understand the functioning of the body at the cellular level.  This allows the physician to better address the individual needs of the patient.  Instead of throwing a multivitamin at a patient that gives them 50 things they don’t need and only two things they do need, biofeedback allows us to determine exactly what the body needs.

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Thermography is a non-invasive test that identifies points of underlying inflammation issues of pain or other health concerns. It can help a physician differentiate between a muscle issue or a nerve issue. This means the doctor no longer has to guess at how to develop a treatment protocol that can address the real issue behind your pain.  If you find that you can no longer walk as far or sit as long as you used to be able to, thermography can help target the cause.  If your energy level is down and your doctor can’t tell you why, or you are having severe allergic reactions, many times thermography can help.  If you are no longer able to do something that you love and you have been to a number of doctors, thermography could literally change your life.

Quantum Reflex Analysis is another form of testing is a great way to test everything from the cardiovascular system to the lymphatic system.  It can also be used to test the bio-energy status of the organs.  Many of my patients who have gone through QRA testing, report feeling an improvement before they even leave the office.

With these and other forms of testing that are available today, it simply boggles the mind why so few medical practitioners rely on testing and prefer guessing about the best treatment to give their patients.  Because when it comes to helping patients overcome an illness or other debilitating condition, testing trumps guessing every time.

Dr. Jon Thomas is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. His practice, The Vibrant Life Health Center, is located in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. After studying and learning from some of the top health experts throughout the world, Dr. Thomas dedicated his life to helping people of all ages to transform their lives. The objective for each patient is to initiate the body’s healing and to work progressively toward a body that functions optimally. Dr. Thomas is regularly seen on TV on First Coast Living, where he discusses the transformations of his patients. He also speaks at events throughout the community and writes informative articles to improve the health of residents throughout Northeast Florida.


  1. With all the non-invasive tests available today, you would think doctors would embrace these clinical tools.

  2. it's a scary thing to know how medicine is being dispensed today!A good question to ask your MD when you visit their office next time.