What's the Verdict on George Rozakis' Wellness Program?
We at MacularDegeneration.net have received inquiries from community members about Dr. George Rozakis and his claims for treatment and cure of macular degeneration. We wanted to learn more. What treatment choices and claims are Dr. Rozakis’ promoting? How do these impact those living with macular degeneration?
But first, we wanted to frame this discussion with a brief overview of evidence-based medicine — what is it and why does it matter? In this age of technology and information at our fingertips, how can we separate fact from fiction in medicine and determine appropriate treatment choices?
What is evidence-based medicine?
Evidence-based medicine joins the expertise of a clinician with the best-researched evidence for people with disease or conditions needing to be treated. Medical knowledge grows daily and what was once accepted practice is now outdated. Doctors must use their clinical expertise and problem solving and join it with the best needs of patients, based on research.
Research is the best scientific evidence
It is this research that makes medical practice widely accepted. The best scientific evidence supporting a treatment should have research performed by randomized controlled clinical studies. These clinical studies need to be performed on enough people to be able to reproduce findings, track trends, and prove the effectiveness of treatments.1
George Rozakis’ wellness program: Fact or fiction?
When looking at Dr. Rozakis’ website, there is no proof of randomized clinical studies. Dr. Rozakis’ website mentions that many have had amazing results and we are sure that people have varying responses to therapies.
The question we must ask — and you should as well — if the scientific evidence is not there, is the program reputable? How many people have been treated and successfully managed on this program? What do success and failure look like?
There are many questions without answers, which makes us skeptical of the science and truth behind Dr. Rozakis’ wellness program.
How can you separate fact from fiction in medicine?
Before believing a treatment that seems to have all the answers, be the skeptic. Seek and find proof in the evidence of science-based clinical studies. If you have a hard time finding these or you have questions that cannot seem to be answered, the treatment may not be based on research.
How is the information given?
In addition to asking these questions, look at the way the information is given. Who is reporting the information? In this case, a doctor selling various supplements and a wellness program makes statements that his supplements will heal macular degeneration.
What results are being reported? Only the good ones?
Another consideration — what type of health result does the doctor report? Does the doctor discuss a miracle breakthrough or medical cure? Remember, medical research and science is a slow and steady pace. Be cautious about therapies that only speak to a cure and do not speak to side effects or downsides to the therapy.1,2
Who should you believe?
Remember, it is always best to talk to your doctor about any therapies you are curious about or want more information on. Your doctor can help you in making sure the information you are looking at is evidence-based and proven by research. Alternative and complementary therapies may be a beneficial aspect of your treatment plan, but have a conversation with your doctor about these first in order to make sure you are getting the best care possible.
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