The average conventional doctor’s appointment lasts about 17 minutes
, during which the patient and doctor each get about five minutes total, on average, to talk. This leaves very little room for physicians to get a comprehensive understanding of their patient’s health circumstances. Your symptoms are simply a sign that something is amiss; they can be caused by a variety of factors, including lifestyle, pre-existing conditions, family history, diet, stress levels, sleep habits, activity levels, and genetic makeup, to name just a few. The average conventional doctor’s appointment leaves very little time for physicians to examine each of these factors. This means that patients are often given medications that reduce their symptoms but do nothing to uncover the underlying cause of illness. While this kind of treatment may reduce symptoms in the short term, it’s unlikely to improve your health in the long term.