Patana Teng-umnuay, MD. PhD.
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Dr. Teng-umnuay received his medical degree with first class honors from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 1986 and also board certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 1990 and 1992. Then, he went to study at the University of Florida in the field of Molecular Cell Biology where he earned his PhD degree in 1998.
Dr. Teng-umnuay is one of the well-known lecturers on the subjects of nutraceutical supplements, stem cell biology, and anti-aging medicine. He is a faculty of the Anti-aging and regenerative program of Dhurakij Pundit University and the vice president of A4M Thailand. He is also a colomnist for FHM Magazine Thailand, hosts a television show ‘and also serves as a consulting physician for S Medical Clinic and Phyathai 2 Hospital, Thailand.
Why healthcare system is making us sick
Although we are surrounded by so many advanced medical technologies that enable patients to survive their sickness that once would have been fatal, our healthcare is in a state of crisis. There are increasing numbers of patients with chronic illness. Despite being treated according to certain guidelines that have been recommended by “a group of academic doctors”, these patients don’t get better. Instead they often receive unnecessary medication simply based on their symptoms and laboratory testing results that could be both harmful and wasteful. Overuse of medicine has become one of the major causes of iatrogenic complications and death. The disease-based approach to medicine is not only expensive; it is ineffective and causes unnecessary suffering. The costs of health care have become so increasing unaffordable that medical treatments are out of reach to many people.
To solve the health care crisis, we need to ‘think outside the box’. If we want to cut our health care costs, people have to know the best way to stay healthy as long as they can. This is not an impossible dream since scientific knowledge has proven again and again that optimal healthy lifestyle is the key for longevity and good health. The new idea of health promotion has led to a novel specialty called anti-aging medicine. While many doctors still believe that there is little we can do to intervene the process of aging, new scientific data have proven that they are wrong. These new concepts require radical changes in the conventional medical system and knowledge that we have known and been taught from medical schools, anti-aging medicine has not yet been totally accepted by many doctors and even opposed by some medical societies. Despites numerous data have shown that nutraceutical supplements and natural substance are safe and could have benefits for preventing illness and treating diseases, most doctors still believe that all supplements are unnecessary and harmful.
According to Constitutional Law, only individuals are able to have the knowledge, ability, values, and the moral right to make the best decisions for their own health. For that reason, any person who seeks for an optimal health care should have their rights to choose any principle of medicine, including alternative and/or anti-aging medicine.