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Re: Assessing Dr. Jensen's methods

Posted by JD on December 27, 1999, at 1:46:51

In reply to Re: Dr. Jensen: Snake Oil Salesmen-Michele, posted by Larry on December 26, 1999, at 23:11:14

Hello all,

Thought I'd throw in my two cents on Dr. Jensen. Having just spent some time going through his website, I have rather mixed feelings. On the one hand, I think the underlying impulse behind his treatment strategy (multiple, diverse, fast-paced drug trials at low dosages) is laudable: in my humble opinion, the next ten years are going to really undo what a lot of today's pdocs still assume about minimum dosages, trial length, and what "works" and what doesn't for different kinds of disorders. At the same time, for someone who charges up to $300 for a one-hour session, his credentials and level of medical sophistication didn't really impress me very much. (Maybe he's just trying to couch his approach in layman's terms, but his explanations of brain function on the site are amazingly reductive, as if every identifiable psychiatric symptom had a corresponding "center" somewhere in the brain!) This being said, I wouldn't be surprised if his ideas about how to work with treatment-resistant patients have really ended up helping certain people. Rather than go to Laguna Niguel and shell out $300, the best thing to do may be to find a $100 pdoc who has some of the same instincts and who similarly isn't obsessed with the rigid, slow, "cookbook-style" treatment methods that have so many patients rightfully fed up these days!

"not a doctor, but I play one on the web..."




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