Platt Medical Center
by Michael Shepherd
Some complain of chronic muscle aches that are so bad it hurts to be touched. Others can’t sleep at night. One woman, who’s bipolar, showed up after finally mustering the courage to leave her house for the first time in three years. A mother brings a son who is on the verge of being kicked out of school for unruly behavior.
With ailments as diverse as the destinations from which they hail, all patients come with essentially the same expectation: to eliminate medical symptoms or conditions that were designated “incurable” or that defied diagnosis from their primary physician.
Why would these individuals travel from all over the United States, as well as abroad, to this “oasis of wellness” located in the Southern California desert?
Because the Platt Medical Center in Rancho Mirage makes people well – without the potentially dangerous side effects caused by toxic medications.
The approach to wellness taken by founder and Medical Director Michael E. Platt, M.D., is leading edge. Like most medical breakthroughs, it has also generated some controversy, in part because it challenges how traditional medicine approaches disease.
In place of prescription drugs, the Platt Medical Center uses customized hormone-based protocols and all-natural supplements to restore patient health. The groundbreaking Platt Protocol has proved highly effective for a wide range of conditions, including fibromyalgia, diabetes, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (commonly referred to as ADHD), restless leg syndrome, bipolar disorders, hypertension, insomnia and more.
You won’t find this approach to medicine in any standard medical schoolbook, one reason why observers will tell you it’s the most unique wellness center operating in the United States today. Dr. Platt and his team are on a mission to have the Platt Protocol become the new standard of medical care for wellness.
They are making a compelling case, especially when you look at the well-documented benefits their multidiscipline, integrated program offers. Medications are eliminated, hormones are balanced naturally (in lieu of the harmful synthetic varieties suspected of causing certain types of cancer), and nutritional counseling helps patients adopt healthier eating habits.
Natural supplements used in the protocol rid the body of toxic free radicals. Furthermore, the doctors take patients off dangerous statin drugs because of their well-documented, dangerous side effects. They replace them with powerful antioxidants that prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which is the true cause of coronary artery disease.
In fact, prevention serves as the foundation for Dr. Platt’s medical philosophy, a concept that puts him at odds with those more interested in the business of medicine. For him, however, the choice is clear.
As he puts it, “It’s much easier to prevent disease, than to treat it.”
Dr. Platt began his breakthrough work with hormone replacement therapy after the death of his mother at a relatively young age. Breast cancer claimed her life, something Dr. Platt feels could have been prevented had there been a deeper understanding of hormones within the medical field.
That epiphany helped inspire the New York-born physician’s critically acclaimed book, The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones. Many patients and medical professionals alike will tell you it’s the best medical book they’ve ever read, simply because of its compelling yet easy-to-understand narrative. Book reviewers apparently concur, as evidenced by the four prestigious awards it has captured from the publishing world, including international citations.
Platt physicians spend large amounts of time with new patients, educating them about what’s taking place in their bodies. These aren’t 5-10 minute sessions, followed by a hastily written prescription and an equally hastier exit by the doctor. It’s medicine practiced the way it used to be, when doctors took the time to actually talk to patients to learn about their conditions and explain what they were going to prescribe and, more importantly, why.
So, why aren’t more medical practitioners following the Platt Medical Center lead? The answer lies in the fact that doctors are more comfortable having drug companies telling them how to practice medicine. Multinational pharmaceutical firms control the majority of relied on by an overwhelming majority of doctors and medical practitioners. It’s all perfectly legal, of course, and a business school graduate will likely tell you that it’s a brilliant model. And therein lies the problem: Business and, more specifically, profits, have transcended all other factors, including — as we’ve tragically seen with drugs such as Vioxx and others — patient safety.
But, that’s only one of the significant hurdles the Platt Protocol must clear before it gains mainstream acceptance. Another challenge continues to be the deluge of misinformation about bio-identical hormones that’s being spread by well-intentioned, but perhaps misinformed individuals.
A few celebrities have embraced the virtues of bio-identical hormone therapy, thus helping to raise its profile within medical circles. However, their advocacy of high-dose estrogen is not included in the Platt Protocol because of the inherent risks involved. “Nature is a lot smarter than we are,” says Dr. Platt. “It allows estrogen levels to diminish at a certain time in a woman’s life when procreation is not necessary. Intuitively, I suspect nature recognizes the potential dangers of estrogen and, accordingly, decreases production as a woman ages.”
He adds, “Women should be aware that they never stop making estrogen, so it is not necessary to provide replacement except in very specific instances, such as vaginal dryness.”
Insulin represents another hormone that can create problems. Individuals battling weight issues can thank this natural scourge for the fat around their abdomen. As if that wasn’t enough to put it on everyone’s list of undesirables, insulin is also the primary hormone that causes high blood pressure, diabetes and expedites aging.
Here’s some good news: The Platt Medical Center has developed a specific hormone protocol that addresses the problems of excess insulin — a treatment plan found nowhere else in the world. They have also experienced great success in neutralizing excess adrenaline, the “fight-or-flight” hormone, which serves as a causative factor behind problems with anger management (e.g. “road rage”), restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and ADHD.
The center utilizes other health-related disciplines, including nutritional counseling and supplements, to restore proper metabolic balance.
In addition to creating a much healthier mental outlook, the Platt Protocol produces a number of other important benefits. Hormonally balanced patients typically experience better weight control, improved memory, and slower aging.
The Platt Protocol represents advanced medicine, not alternative medicine. And it’s delivered by highly trained, licensed medical doctors.
“Wellness starts by understanding how the body operates,” says Dr. Platt. “It’s the foundation from which good health begins. Hormones control every system in the body. However, over time, the aging process causes hormonal levels to change. Our mission is to bring these levels into proper alignment through restorative medicine that uses nature’s best elements.”
The Platt Medical Center has also developed a highly specialized wellness program for executives. Although many offer various wellness-related treatments and programs, they aren’t addressing hormone deficiencies or imbalances.
One of the features that set the Platt Protocol apart from other executive wellness programs is its avoidance of unnecessary tests, meaning there are no superfluous and cumbersome procedures. This would include activities like brain testing, pulmonary function studies, cardiac stress tests, and other medical probes, that offer questionable benefits.
More information on the Platt Medical Center and its wellness programs can be found at www.drplatt.com. Meanwhile, individuals wanting to see Dr. Platt’s popular television shows can inquire about future air times by calling his office.
Dr. Platt’s uncanny ability to understand and successfully treat patients can often be described as a transformational event, when they realize that their long search for answers to their health problems have been found. When they’re cured, some call their newfound health a miracle, an inspiration perhaps to the title of his popular book.
For the humble doctor who has devoted his life’s work to understanding the science and physiology behind bio-identical hormones, such “miracles” are performed daily. All it takes is a willingness to embrace Platt Medical Center’s revolutionary, yet proven path to wellness.
Platt Medical Center
72385 Frank Sinatra Drive, Ste. 100 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270