In my mind, the old school, "disease based", palliative model of medical care ... the conventional, traditional practice of "Population Based, Protocol Medicine" where patients tend to get the same set of pills and treatments ... is now obsolete. You know the drill ... you keep your appointment to spend 8-10 minutes with the doctor, or maybe not even the doctor but an assistant, get your blood checked, get your prescriptions refilled, and then you make your appointment 3-6 months later so you can do it all over again.
I am no longer satisfied with this type of medical practice. I am no longer satisfied with giving you a pill for every ill. I do not practice cook book, protocol medicine. I do not work for your insurance company or for a government agency. I work for you and only you. I will not limit your care to "what my insurance covers" because I do not believe that ... when they figure out what they will "cover" for you ... that they have your best interests in mind.
Every patient is an individual with his own medical history, his own set of data, and his own set of goals regarding his health and his medical care and where he wants to be 1 month from now, 1 year from now, and 10 years from now. I know that I can't get to the root cause of your medical problems in a 10 minute visit and you know it too.
I will give you the time that is necessary to identify your medical problems with the goal of getting you on the road to optimal health. When you come to me for your care I will try to get to the bottom of what ails you and fix it, not band-aid it with another pill. This will take time and effort and your initial evaluation and treatment plan will be extensive. I want my management of your medical care to be palpable. I want you to feel it. I want to make a difference in your life and I want to elevate the quality of your life.
I have embraced this new school of Metabolic Medicine. This type of practice has gone by different monikers...Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine. At the end of the day, this is about Preventive Medicine.
For example consider a 40 year old woman who is losing hair, gaining weight, fatigued, and her nails are brittle. She goes to see her provider, who orders a TSH test and when the results come back, the patient is told “It's normal...we don't have to do anything”. And so, the patient goes away not getting any help, feeling confused, and wondering what to do next. Some of you reading this know that I am speaking about you or someone you know.
This is not the way I practice medicine.
I will offer you the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age related, chronic, degenerative disorders. This is what I call "Personalized Adult Medicine".
So, if you would like an opinion, call The Austin Clinic at (512) 250-5577 x3 and schedule an appointment or call me at (512) 250-5570 for more information. Be sure to bring copies of your lab and scan results and bring your medication bottles and your vitamin and supplement bottles. Do not make a list. I want to read the labels to be certain of what you are taking. Here's an example. If you take Vitamin E, look at the label on the back of the bottle. If it says "dl-alpha-tocopherol", this means you are taking a synthetic that I do not recommend. I want you to take "d-alpha tocopherol" or even better, take "mixed tocopherols +/- mixed tocotrienols". And, if you add Quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid antioxidant derived from apples and onions to your tocopherols / tocotrienols, you will get a superior anti-inflammatory effect to protect your arteries and your blood pressure. Quercetin is also a mast cell stabilizer and it offers protection from allergies and asthma, and you will also block the effects of the Aromatase Enzyme to reduce the conversion of testosterone to estrogen to help protect your prostate and your breast tissue.
Thank you for your interest.
George D. Martinez MD
I'm Dr. George Martinez and I have continuously served the Anderson Mill Community and the immediate Hwy 183 / RR 620 area since 1984, longer than any other currently practicing Primary Care Physician in the area. I'm a 1976 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1980, and I trained at Brackenridge Hospital right here in Austin, Texas from 1980 - 1983. I began my career working in the Emergency Room and in 1985 started my private practice board certified in Family Medicine. I am currently enrolled at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine working toward a Masters’ Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. I am also enrolled in The Metabolic Medical Institute which is educationally partnered with The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, working toward a Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. These are on-going, multi-year educational activities.
I have practiced conventional, traditional Family Practice & Primary Care for 30 years, but my professional life began a significant transition in the fall of 2006 when a family member was battling Metastatic Melanoma and her doctors had little more to offer her. She had excellent insurance and the “best” medical care offered by the physicians and staff of that famous cancer treatment hospital in Houston, Texas that you have undoubtedly heard of.
Her husband, my cousin, and I talked by phone every Wednesday and Sunday nights for 3 years to discuss our alternative treatment strategies. You see, we began treating her with vitamins, minerals, natural oils, antioxidants and Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal remedies and other nutritional options and any other available & possible natural or alternative treatment we could research or think of. We juiced red grapes and apples and broccoli and we gave her blue green algae, medium chain triglycerides, and on and on and on.
Metastatic lesions in her body began getting smaller. And then they started disappearing on MRI scans, and I was amazed. Her doctors in Houston were also amazed and they told us to keep doing what we were doing because obviously, something was working ... and it was working better than the traditional treatment protocols that they had to offer at that particular stage of her disease process. She enjoyed 3 more years of good quality life and family birthdays and holidays and vacation travels before she lost her battle in the fall of 2009.
I knew I had to learn more about natural treatments and health preserving, out-of-the box options and strategies. And, in early 2010 I began counseling my patients on vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and herbal supplements, and I began recommending them for various health issues. Then, in 2011 I turned my attention to bio-identical hormones and I became a member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine and I have continued to learn and treat my patients with these strategies. And now, I am also enrolled in the associated educational programs noted above because I am convinced that this is the health care model of the future, and I am convinced that this "transitional model of health care" is absolutely correct. For example, we usually think of illness in terms of organ systems such as thinking of the High Blood Pressure Patient in terms of the heart and arteries. But now I think of these patients in terms of Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Physiology and Pathophysiology because I know that if I can get the cells of the body working better, the patient will get better.
I still practice traditional medicine, but my focus is to bridge the troubled waters between Conventional Medical Practice and the future of Metabolic Medicine. I consider this to be the essence of Preventive Medicine.
I now limit my practice to adult patients with an emphasis on the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age related, chronic degenerative disorders. I also see younger patients on an individual, pre-approved basis. And so here at ... The Austin Clinic ... I call this style of practice “Personalized Adult Medicine.”