Dr. Brandon Credeur’s Response to Denver’s Channel 7 Witch-Hunt

There are always two sides to every story.  Sometimes the events go down exactly as the prosecution describes; other times there is an inaccurate, sensationalist, and almost deliberately misleading account of twisted facts and comments taken out of context.

In case you couldn’t tell already, what happened to Dr. Credeur definitely falls into the latter.  He was nothing but honest in his interviews (which he was in no way required to respond to) and he cooperated fully.  And in fact, his office wrote an intelligent, professional, factual letter in response to the story.  Here it is…

04.28.11

Response to Channel 7 News Story

The doctors and staff of the Functional Endocrinology Center of Colorado (FECC)
are disappointed by the tone of the story aired by KMGH (Channel 7) in Denver on
April 28, 2011

We became aware of the story in February and cooperated fully, including
inviting Theresa Marchetta to our office for an interview. Additionally, we
provided Ms. Marchetta with references to credible scientific studies, and
invited her to come to our office to review statistics and testimonials. Ms.
Marchetta never responded to any emails from our staff. We also know that
several patients with positive experiences at our office offered to be
interviewed . Ms. Marchetta never followed up with these individuals. Notably,
two of the individuals upon which Ms. Marchetta’s story was based never became
patients in our office.

The story does not reflect a balanced perspective.

In the past four years, we have provided treatment programs for Type II Diabetes
and Hypothyroidism to many patients who have:

  • Reduced the need for prescription medications for insulin, sleep, weight
  • management
  • Resumed regular exercise programs
  • Seen lifestyle changes that result in more family time
  • Avoided significant health care costs
  • We acknowledge that some patients are disappointed with their results. In fact,
  • about 5 percent of patients decide not to complete their treatment plan.

The doctors of chiropractic from FECC practice functional endocrinology, which
is different than an allopathic physician who practices endocrinology. In
functional medicine, we do not evaluate patients from a disease model, but
instead from a wellness or functional model. We use natural nutrition and
botanicals in an attempt to restore function where function has been lost, which
is completely within the scope of our practice and clinical expertise.

Hence our business name, Functional Endocrinology Center of Colorado, describes
the philosophy and training consistent with our practice.

The practices, compounds and nutritional supplements that we recommend are
proven and referenced in clinical journals and scientific studies.
Additionally, our doctors complete hundreds of hours of training above their
doctorate educations, including courses such as blood chemistry analysis,
mastering the thyroid and functional endocrinology. Copies of the scientific
studies, clinical journals, and our doctors’ training materials and certificates
are available in our office for review.

In many cases, we collaborate with other health care providers, including
medical doctors. We encourage open lines of communication with medical doctors
as we work with patients on dietary modifications and nutritional
supplementation. Our diabetes patients must have a medical doctor before they
are accepted into our practice.

We believe that we charge reasonable fees for the services we provide. We spend
significant time with our patients and what we offer has value. In our system,
providers are allowed to set their fees. We find that our treatment plans can
lead to savings for our clients in terms of health benefits.

Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover all health care costs.
That is why our intake paperwork clearly states: “INSURANCE: Although we will
call and/or bill your insurance carriers, there is no guarantee of coverage or
payment. Often, we will not know if an insurer will cover any costs until we
send a bill. You understand and agree that you are responsible for payment.”
All patients acknowledge this written disclosure.

Many health care providers, including dentists, oral surgeons, optometrists and
medical doctors, provide third-party financing programs like ours. FECC does
not make a profit on financing. Moreover, many health care practitioners sell
nutritional supplements.

No health care provider can ever guarantee results. Ms. Marchetta’s story
implies that there is something wrong with the fact that we do not guarantee
results. In fact, it is just the opposite – it would be unethical for us to do
so. Accordingly, we provide patients this information in writing.

The Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners has made inquiries about our
practice and processes. These inquiries, however, are confidential.
Accordingly, it would be inappropriate to comment other than to say that none of
our providers has ever been the subject of any disciplinary action by the Board,
We have and continue to fully cooperate with the Board, and always remain open
to practice improvements.

In closing, studies by the National Institutes of Health and the American
Medical Association show that the number of health care visits by adults to
complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) health practitioners is growing by
30% per year. Between 28.9 and 45.8 million American adults now use CAM
programs. The programs offered by FECC are one more example of how consumers
are being empowered to take control of their own health and use programs that
they believe are the most beneficial for them.

Please feel free to contact me with additional questions about our practice.

Pam Watson Korbel

CEO

720-210-9098

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Dr. Credeur may (and should) get smacked around for using the words “treat” in relation to disease and “cure”, especially in relation to lifelong conditions such as autoimmune disorders that cannot be cured.  But although he’s no angel, neither are reporters who think absolutely nothing of chewing up a doctor and spitting him out, utterly destroying multiple aspects of his entire life, leaving lasting scars and ripple after-affects, and essentially crucifying him, just to land a news pseudo-story, only to move on to the next unsuspecting victim the next day.  It’s a cutthroat, slimy world with no soul, and you have to be a similarly despicable type of personality to consent to, survive in, and thrive in, such a nasty world.

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5 thoughts on “Dr. Brandon Credeur’s Response to Denver’s Channel 7 Witch-Hunt”

  1. PS: if you ‘moderate’ my comment out of existence, it’s a pretty sure sign that you’re a shill.

    Share the info, even if it’s hard for you as a chiropractor. These people are a stain on your profession.

  2. Bob, I’ve seen the video. I’ve read the details. I know exactly who this guy is (although not personally). There are plenty of people out there like him; he is by no means unique.

    As chiropractic doctors we are caught in an ugly place. We are extremely over-educated and underutilized. The very word “chiropractor” automatically pigeonholes us into a backcracker stereotype, even though our schooling mirrors conventional medical school quite closely in the foundational sciences. Yet, those of us who utilize an entirely different part of our education (lab analysis, biochemistry, and the Functional Medicine umbrella) are sucked right into the stereotype without so much as a second glance. So while I don’t support or agree with the behavior of attempting to hide the true nature of one’s degree, I can understand why it is done. The public is slow to adapt to new emerging concepts, such as a DC practicing Functional Medicine. It’s been done for a while and the Functional Medicine DCs are just as good as any other type of doctor (MD/DO/ND) practicing Functional Medicine and yet, the DC will encounter bias and discrimination. While it’s not an excuse for any attempt to mislead, I again can understand why this might happen.

    Dr. Credeur is no angel, a point that I have made repeatedly in every single post I discuss. However, he is practicing Functional Endocrinology (a simple Google search brings a lot of info for those who only take the time to look), which is entirely within the scope of his practice in almost every state, and he has made it a point to differentiate Functional Endocrinology from conventional Endocrinology as practiced by the pathology-centric establishment. He also does mention on his website and elsewhere the magic little letters “DC” which are ALL that are needed to remain legal. The public does assume a certain amount of responsibility to exercise due diligence, and preferably BEFORE attempting to make an appointment, solicit advice, or otherwise choose that particular practitioner. There’s been a breach of self-responsibility on both sides, a point that I made clear in my posts.

  3. It’s not just a matter of practicing endocrinology. It’s being entirely deceptive about what is covered by insurance and what isn’t. It’s having an MD prescribe meds for patients they’ve never even spoken to. It’s peddling insanely expensive “supplements” without the patient really knowing what they are or knowing what they are supposed to do. They have you taking 20 pills a day.

  4. They specifically tell you that 70% of the office visit charge is covered by insurance when, in reality, only about 16% is covered. I have the insurance verification form they completed to prove it. I realized my mistake half way through his program (when the EOB statements started coming) and got a partial refund (May of 2010). Now, they don’t even do that. The supplements are a complete rip off. I essentially paid thousands of dollars for “nutritional counseling.” My insurance verification form states that my insurance covers nutritional counseling when in fact, it didn’t. I understand it was my fault for not checking on the benefits myself, but they outright lied to me. I’ll admit that changing my diet changed my left and I was helped a great deal, but nobody should pay as much as I did for nutritional counseling. If you are suffering from problems with diabetes or thyroid, go see an actual endocrinologist and/or a nutritionist. You will be helped and it will cost you a small fraction of what Dr. Credeur charges.

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