M.D. versus D.O

Did you know that aside from the typical M.D.'s we're all used to, there's another option? You could also choose a D.O.

D.O. stands for "doctor of osteopathic medicine".

And this is the exact definition of osteopathy:

a system of medical practice based on a theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation of the parts supplemented by therapeutic measures (as use of drugs or surgery)
— Mirriam-Webster

Confused? That definition could mean a lot of things, right?

D.O.'s take a different approach to their patients: they look at the body as a whole. Doctors of osteopathic medicine don't just aim to relieve symptoms with drugs (although they can prescribe them). They aim to heal the whole body. D.O.'s receive special training on the nerve, muscle and bone systems and, actually, are often primary care physicians.

They also practice in all areas of medicine and can perform surgery.

Another great thing about doctors of osteopathic medicine is that they're trained to assess your health issues from a lifestyle perspective. Not only that, but they're focused on prevention. They really like to get to the root of the problem and eliminate it instead of hopping from drug to drug and hoping that eventually one works. Seems silly that not all doctors would do that, right? Our lifestyles and environment absolutely affect our bodies.

I think D.O.'s sound like a fabulous option. Obviously if you have eczema, it's still wise to have a dermatologist and if you have allergies, you should have an allergist. Specialists can be life changing. Starting from a fully analytical doctor like a D.O. is an excellent place to start, though!