I was a skeptic of anything that has to do with “Alternative Medicine”, such as Massage, Acupuncture, Herbals and so forth. The primary reason why I felt that way was due to my background in Nursing and other health related occupation, such as Physician Assistant, which are all based on the science of Medicine - pills and drugs. My oldest brother, a Family Practice doctor who also practices general surgery for more than 20 years, quit doing what he was doing when he was about 55 years old after he graduated from medical college . He went to China, Japan, Germany and other foreign countries during the latter part of his career studying Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine and other methods of treating patients other than pills and drugs. When he was practicing Alternative Medicine in California some of his patients came from Holland and Germany to see him. It was from him that I first learned about Kyolic (aged garlic) and why I need to keep the body warm during cold weather. He discouraged my 80-year old mother from undergoing major knee surgery against the advice of her primary care physician. He warned her that she might end up sitting in a wheelchair for the rest of her life after the surgery. And my wise mother decided not to take the risk. My wife had suffered upper back pain for over 15 years. She complained of pain when she sits. She complained of pain while lying in bed. And all that her doctors gave her were pain medication and more pain medication. I didn't know what to do for her until one night, at work, I saw a book written by Dr. Janet Travell about Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction (The Trigger Point Manual) on the Physical Therapist’s desk. I read that book thoroughly, use a hand massager to massage the trigger points that I found on her back and shoulder, repeat the procedure for two more weeks or so, and she is now pain-free for more than ten years. That’s their story. What about my story? I was losing plenty of muscle mass last year. I feel weak, little energy; in short, I don’t feel the same as I did last year. I feel worse this year than the previous years. I went to see a Chinese MD, a graduate of Loma Linda University. I chose him because I thought that Chinese doctors are smart. I was dead wrong. The result of one of my blood work that he ordered was very low, lower than the lowest end of the “normal” range, but he told me that it was “normal.” Upon my request, he referred me to an endocrinologist, his colleague, and he colluded with the endocrinologist prior to my arrival. The endocrinologist tried to persuade me that the lab result was also “normal.” He showed me two different reference ranges, one print and one handwritten, that use two different units of measurements, and he wanted me to believe that they are the same although I can clearly see that the units of measurement are very different. In other words, he compares an "apple" with an “orange,” and he hopes that as a layman I don't know or I cannot see the difference between the two different measurement units and fall for his lies. Is it not really pathetic to see a doctor who tries to pull something like that on his new patient? What Donald Trump said about one of his opponents reminded me of this endocrinologist. He raises his hand up, swears, put the Bible down and lies. At any rate, I am now taking an herbal remedy for my complaints. I can already experience some improvement in my health. I am no longer a skeptic of Alternative Medicine. I am happy that I can turn to herbs, not pills, drugs or patches for my health care needs. I am sick and tired of "textbook doctors." Should you not also?