This is the only Internist Certification recognized by the American College of Chiropractic. A board-certified internist, DABCI, completes 300 hours of post-doctorate training. DABCI doctors work very much like traditional doctors using exam procedures and testing that is familiar to most people.
While the workup is very similar to a traditional medical doctor, treatments are more natural. The difference is the approach to treatment. DABCI doctors use researched, natural therapies, lifestyle modification, and nutrition to achieve results.
WHAT IS A DABCI?
DABCI – Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists
Simply put, Chiropractic Internists are doctors with the tools and training to diagnose a wide spectrum of conditions along with an education to use natural treatment options. In an era where more and more people have become concerned about the adverse reactions of prescription and over-the-counter medications, DABCIs are becoming a popular alternative. Every year, more and more patients are choosing DABCIs as the first doctor they visit when they get sick or are having health problems.
And because DABCIs are trained not only in medical diagnostics but also utilize more alternative, cutting edge testing and natural treatment plans, these alternative practitioners find themselves evaluating and successfully treating those patients deemed by the medical community as “challenging” or even “hopeless”. How is that possible? It’s the approach: a time honored method of doing the “detective” work in addition to using diet and nutrition to replace dysfunction and illness with normal body function and health.
The DABCI approach is generally less about giving something to control symptoms or to give synthetic hormones, and more about finding and correcting the source of the disease. The DABCI examination and diagnostic testing is to answer not only what is going on, but also to answer the question “Why is this happening?”
The unfortunate choices for many have been:
- Go to their family doctor and do or take what the doctor orders.
- Go online in an attempt to self-diagnose their problem
- Order the supplement they saw advertised on television
- Ask a friend (one who is typically involved in a multilevel marketing company) who sells supplements or essential oils (etc.) for their advice.
The problem with the above Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approaches to getting better is that it is missing one key feature of treatment: DIAGNOSIS. It is extremely beneficial (and in some cases critical) to have a physician (who has been properly trained and licensed) do a proper history and examination and run any necessary tests to properly determine what the issues is.
Many medical treatment protocols don’t hold water when viewed with this holistic and restorative care mindset.
- Inflammation is not something to just get rid of, but rather it implies some dysfunction that needs to be evaluated and treated.
- Heartburn and reflux are not valid diagnoses. The answer is not “stop the body from secreting acid and causing symptoms”. To a DABCI, the important answers are to the questions “why is the stomach inflamed?” or “what caused that ulcer?” or “Why is the stomach allowing the acid to back up into the esophagus (food pipe)?”
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a starting diagnosis, but the question needs to be answered: “What is irritating the colon? Food? Yeast? Parasites? Abnormal bacterial balance?” Once those answers come, then the issue can be fixed.
- Painful, irregular periods are not “fixed” by prescribing birth control pill or synthetic hormones. DABCIs seek out what natural help they can provide to make menstrual periods less emotional, less painful, and more regular.
This is just a very small example of what Chiropractic Internists do and what Chiropractic Internists treat.