DR. TALBOT'S PRESS KIT
Dr. Talbot’s Extended Bio
Dr. Talbot is a revolutionary who believes in a better healthcare system and is the visionary behind The MediSearch Institute. Though classically trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Talbot spent twelve years captive to a chronic cough, runny nose, and sore throat, as well as near-constant fatigue. After over a decade of misdiagnosis and mismanagement, Dr. Talbot put his medical training to work, researched his condition extensively, and eventually diagnosed and treated himself. With an alteration to his diet, Dr. Talbot completely cured his chronic conditions.
A while later, Dr. Talbot’s grandfather began to suffer from intense back pain, and the surgery that the doctor recommended severely worsened his condition. After another season of in-depth research, this time with his doctor brother as a partner, Dr. Talbot was able to assess why the surgery had failed and find an alternative solution that had his grandfather happy, healthy, and back on the golf course after just three years.
Since those events, Dr. Talbot rededicated his life to establishing a new medical system that people in crisis can trust. Thus, The MediSearch Institute was born.
Within a year of MediSearch’s opening, Dr. Talbot’s sixteen-year-old sister enrolled as a MediSearch patient as well, and his team found her a plethora of options the doctors never considered. Since then, the MediSearch team has done the same for every single MediSearch Client.
Known as a “modern day Dr. House,” Dr. Talbot and his expert research teams sleuth out everything from cutting-edge treatments to holistic alternatives, determined to find the answers. With the data he and his team uncovers, he can confidently present patients with several of the best treatment options in existence.
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What is your personal history with complex illnesses?
For several years, I only ate what I killed.
No, I didn’t have a pathological blood lust. Rather, I have a pathological disorder called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). After years of misdiagnosis and mismanagement, I’ve finally been able to control it with a very restricted diet of mostly fresh meat.
Beginning in college, I developed a chronic cough, runny nose, and sore throat. Every time I had anything to eat—anything from a snack to a heavy meal—a wave of fatigue would hit me after about thirty minutes.
I experienced these symptoms every day for twelve years. Every doctor told me it was acid reflux, and I was put on a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), which we now know can lead to heart problems later in life.
One of my med-school friends was a GI specialist, and he recommended I get surgery to tighten up the sphincter from my esophagus to my stomach. A pre-surgery test, however, revealed a couple abnormal lesions but a completely normal pH level–not at all indicative of acid reflux. To my astonishment, this well-regarded GI specialist still recommended the surgery. “In rare circumstances, patients can suffer from a kind of non-acidic reflux where enzymes are leaked, rather than acid,” he told me. “That’s probably what’s happening to you.”
I declined. My instinct, thank goodness, told me to wait until the biopsy results on the lesions came back. When they finally did, it turned out I had EoE.
This doctor had a solution for EoE, too, he said: steroids every day for life and periodical surgery to dilate the esophagus. Facing the grim prospect of a lifetime on steroids while having my throat cut into every so often, I decided to embark on some research of my own.
Despite the lack of information, I managed to find some promising studies that suggested food allergies could be responsible. After two weeks of an elimination diet, exclusively eating steak two or three times a day, all of my symptoms disappeared. No sneezing, no congestion, no coughing. I had energy like never before. I could go to bed late and get up early with zero grogginess. I was able to focus and work longer hours. I slept better. I felt like a new person.
Even better, I stayed off steroids and avoided surgery.
I continued to eat meat—preferring fresh meat that I hunted for myself to anything factory farmed or processed—with just a few select vegetables here and there. After a few years, I gradually incorporated select vegetables and grains into my diet. To date, I live a relatively normal life, and my esophagus is looking great.
What gave you the idea for the MediSearch Institute?
After I found my own solution for my eosinophilic esophagitis, I realized I had a tremendous gift: I was privy to both sides of the healthcare system.
Of course I wanted to use this knowledge, but I didn’t know what I could do. Then I got a call from my grandmother. Her husband, my “Pops,” had just undergone back surgery and wasn’t doing very well.
A while back, Pops had started having back pain that wouldn’t go away, and soon he could only muster the strength to leave the house and play golf once or twice a week. When he consulted a doctor, the expert told him to get back surgery, and Pops went through with it right away, but the results were a disaster. After the surgery, Pops wasn’t able to play golf at all–he could barely walk. That’s when my grandmother called me.
As medical professionals, my brother and I took it upon ourselves to dive deep into the research. Throughout the articles and studies, we found a consistent conclusion: surgery, in cases like Pops’, was no more effective than a placebo. We were both mad as hell, but we didn’t stop there. Our research led us to a promising stem cell clinic in Panama City where doctors injected the spinal canal with stem cells. Pops gave it a try on our recommendation, and now, after just three years, he’s back on the golf course. His energy is up, and, as an extra bonus, his heart functions have improved. He has even started growing a little of his hair back on his head.
My own experience clicked with the way I’d helped Pops, and an idea took hold: The MediSearch Institute was born.
I knew there were other patients out there with very serious medical problems. If they came to me, I could put together a team of researchers to do for them what my brother and I had done for my grandfather. The researchers would scour the globe searching for medical information on that specific or a related disease, seeking out every treatment option, anywhere in the world. We’d look for clinical trials and research how our patients can get into them. We also look at holistic options, like diet, supplements, and alternative therapies. I believed that we could find answers for people with no options.
So we did.
I started The MediSearch Institute in 2019, and gathered a team of expert MDs and PhDs. We dedicate over two hundred fifty hours to finding answers for each patient. Once we gather all that information, we bring the patient to our headquarters in Houston, Texas and spend two days with them, presenting all the treatment options, explaining the pros and the cons of each.
Once we’ve covered our findings, we put together treatment pathways that are customized to the patient. Where traditional doctors give one or two options—something like offering a medication route or a surgical route—MediSearch might present five, even ten different pathways, explaining which are the most conservative, which are experimental, and which are a combination of tried and true and cutting edge new. We create a sequence of flow through time of what to do first, second, third, fourth, what happens if the treatments don’t work, and where we can go next.
Our patients, now armed with knowledge about their condition and a thorough understanding of their options, choose for themselves which direction they want to go. Then we connect them with the people offering the treatments. We monitor their progress, and we stay with them every step of the way.
Through MediSearch, I’m able to help the people who, like my grandfather and myself, didn’t have other options in the healthcare system.
What results have you seen for MediSearch patients?
A few years ago, Brad Klein learned that he had very high PSA levels, an indication that he could have prostate cancer. Determined to get the best treatment available, Brad visited MD Anderson and sat through test after test, waiting. After several weeks, his oncologist confirmed his fears.
Before long, his doctor started him on androgen deprivation therapy. Brad had never heard of androgen deprivation therapy before, but his appointments went by so quickly and were so packed with clipboards and stethoscopes that for the life of him, Brad couldn’t pin down exactly what was happening. Google was no help either. Everything he saw either confused him or made him second guess his treatment plan.
He knew this had to stop.
That’s when Brad reached out to us at the MediSearch Institute. I personally assigned him a team of medical researchers, and we jumped on the case, spending hours reviewing his records and searching for every treatment plan available. But as we worked, we listened. Unlike most doctors working at hospitals and clinics, we could afford to spend as much time with Brad as he needed. His client advisor sat with him for hours on end, hearing everything he had to say. We answered all his questions in laymen’s terms so that he always knew exactly what was happening.
As it turns out, androgen deprivation therapy is a fancy term for hormone therapy, which would treat brad’s cancer with hormones designed to break the cancer down. This was a fine treatment plan in the short term, but Brad’s doctors hadn’t prepared for his cancer inevitably becoming hormone resistant. We explained these risks to Brad and his wife as we continued our research.
“It was such a relief,” Brad told us. “Finally, someone took the time to tell us what was going on and why!”
As part of The MediSearch Process, my team and I reviewed the case with multiple leading prostate cancer surgeons, all of whom recommended surgery as well as chemotherapy. However, when we consulted several medical oncologists, each of whom is renowned for their expertise in metastatic prostate cancer, every one recommended that we NOT do surgery and instead treat it with medications better than traditional chemotherapy. We also reached out to leading molecular pathologists who recommended doing genetic testing on the cancer tissue itself to identify mutations in the cancer which could make it more susceptible to certain drugs.
With the three different perspectives, we crafted a unique plan that took advantage of all three different opinions. And since we’d talked to Brad himself, we felt confident we had the full picture of his case. Within a few weeks, we condensed all our findings and presented the results to Brad, his wife, Cathrine, and one of their sons.
Before long, his doctors at MD Anderson performed the recommended surgery and had him on the best hormone therapy. Through the genetic analysis we ordered of Brad’s tumor tissue, we found specific mutations in Brad’s cancer. Knowing those mutations allowed us to set up the best treatment to be ready as soon as his cancer becomes hormone resistant.
On top of this, the research team presented other findings, including:
- A diet which, according to several studies, showed independent effects of slowing the progression of prostate cancer.
- A drug that could be used off-label with a good safety profile that had strong anti-cancer effects and would augment the power of the treatments.
- A clinical trial to which Brad could turn with confidence after the hormone therapy lost its effect.
Within five months, Brad’s PSA dropped to 0.0, and he’s still going strong. He’s lost weight, taken up walking, and found a new normal. He and his wife couldn’t be more thankful.
By the end, this is the feedback they had for us:
“Medisearch is committed to their patients.From the informative, honest, forward-thinking collaboration of their research team to their constant follow up and follow through, they make their priorities obvious. They checked in almost weekly to monitor changes or just to ask if we had any questions. Their ability to connect with world renown professionals—professionals that they researched individually for our specific needs—was not only amazing but amazingly reassuring.”
Brad is just one of many patients who’s lives have been forever changed by the MediSearch Institute. We helped a man who had suffered for 22 years under a condition that doctors hadn’t noticed; a fifteen year old girl with scoliosis; countless others have come to us for counsel and direction.
Every single time, we uncover information and options that they hadn’t known about previously.
More than that, we offer the peace of mind that comes with exploring every option, not just the one-size-fits-all prescriptions.
Is the US healthcare system entirely lost?
If nothing else, my experience in the medical field reveals that the US healthcare system leaves much to be desired. But it is not without value or hope.
In many ways, American healthcare is efficient and advanced. Our doctors have access to education, equipment, and information coveted in much of the world. And for the most part, the typical medical system is wonderfully successful. The doctors who work in this system strive day after day for their patients’ health and well-being, and I fully support them in their effort. They are able to find effective solutions for most common conditions, and they have made modern medicine safe and useful.
My mission is not to discredit or decry “normal” doctors.
I’m recognizing that they do not have the time or resources fully research, diagnose, and treat some conditions. Those cases take hundreds of hours of searching, multiple opinions, and extensive weighing of risks and rewards. Doctors at typical hospitals can’t offer that to their patents and continue to pay the bills.
Reasons for this stretch to the horizon, but here’s a quick overview of why doctors can’t afford to sufficiently treat the most complex illnesses:
- Doctors are under tremendous pressure from all sides.
- Financial Pressure: The cost of medical school is rising dramatically, while insurance companies are decreasing reimbursements significantly. To keep the lights on, doctors must see more patients than ever.
- Time Pressure: The rising number of patients reduces the amount of time doctors can afford to give each person. The idea of extended hours of research is washed away in the flood of appointments.
- Bureaucratic Pressure: Insurance is ramping up the red tape. Each patient visit now requires more and more laborious follow-up because of increased regulations intended to keep patients safe.
- Research Pressure: Rapid advances in medical research make it nearly impossible for a working physician to keep up with all latest advancements, even just in his own field.
- Doctors are bound by the “Standard of Care.”
- Out of sight . . . . In medical school, doctors learn accepted treatments for most illnesses, a body of treatments known as the Standard of Care. Even though these ideas could be years, even decades, behind, doctors habitually start their treatment plans with the accepted method, instead of looking for the most recent and effective solution.
- Finances strike again. Even if a doctor learns about a better treatment process outside the standard of care, he or she often cannot suggest the new system without risking significant legal prosecution. For better or for worse, the Standard of Care has become doctors’ safe zone.
Even though most doctors want to help patients with complex illnesses, the system limits them to quick and easy cases that they can fully treat with minimal risk.
So while US healthcare works well enough for most patients, those with complex conditions find it severely lacking.
What can patients do to ensure they get the best care?
The MediSearch Institute approaches complex medical cases from three angles:
1. Compiling information & synthesizing advice
Most patients with complex conditions see multiple doctors, each of whom has a slightly different opinion or suggestion. Each doctor only hears what the patient remembers to tell him. At MediSearch, we comb through the complete history, simplifying and compiling it so that our researchers and future doctors can approach the issue with the big picture in mind.
I recommend that patients with complex cases find their complete medical records and present all of the most important points to every doctor they see.
Once doctors can quickly see how their colleagues have approached the situation, they are much more likely to avoid redundant failures and can work from a much more informed standpoint.
I also recommend that patients see multiple types of doctors: specialists, micro-specialists, generalists, etc. Each will offer a unique perspective which will inform the final decision.
2. Treat the whole body
Doctors tend to treat only the patient’s disease, and in many cases, they ignore the fact that the patient is working from a shaky foundation. To be fully healthy, I encourage patients to focus on eating healthy, exercising regularly, and equipping their body to function as it should.
Further, I’ve learned first hand that many conditions are the body’s reaction to a specific lifestyle. My chronic fatigue and cold symptoms came from allegories. I was able to cure myself with an elimination diet. Countless instances and studies suggest that many intestinal or autoimmune diseases can be partially or entirely relieved by a change in diet or an addition of supplements.
As patients research their conditions and gather advice, I strongly recommend that they learn about how diet and lifestyle affects their conditions and that they consult qualified nutritionists that can recommend specific diets and supplements.
3. Learn what you can
Many people assume that Google holds every conceivable answer. Spoiler: it doesn’t.
Not only do paywalls and technical wording keep laypeople from the most reliable sources, but charlatans, quacks, and shady pharmaceutical companies flood the internet with false information, purposefully or not.
Instead of running to Bing, I tell patients to focus only on reliable sources. They should ask their doctors as many questions as they can and search reliable databases such as the U.S. National Library of Medicine. When they run into technical wording, they can learn the meanings with resources like the Marion Webster Medical Dictionary.
Finally, I tell patients to specifically research clinical trials. Many times, there are no established solutions for complex illnesses, but there are promising answers still being tested. Because not everyone can wait years (even decades) for a drug to be released, many patients opt to try clinical trials before the treatment is officially approved.
Topics of Interest
Topics Dr. Talbot speaks on frequently.
How the MediSearch model is revolutionizing the healthcare industry.
MediSearch takes personalized care to a whole new level, and Dr. Trent has seen it change how many doctors work. He firmly believes that personalization is the future of healthcare.
How patients can navigate researching their own complex illnesses.
Google can do many things, but when it comes to researching rare or complex illnesses, it takes a trained eye to navigate through millions of results to find answers. With his broad experience, Dr. Trent has compiled a hearty list of tips and tricks of researching for laymen.
And much more . . . .
Dr. Trent is open to speaking on a variety of topics related to his experiences as a doctor, a patient, and a trailblazer in the healthcare community. For specific questions on talks he will give, please use the contact form below.
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