By Anna Thomas, Ozarks News Journal

Springfield, MO – James Baumlin spent years of research, endured 100 treatments, and traveled 250 miles to cure his Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Baumlin said he is a strong believer in patients being a large part of their diagnosis and treatment.

“Nowadays we cannot rely on the immediate expertise of the family physicians and the general practitioners that we see. Sometimes we can’t even rely on the so –called experts over particular conditions because they’re tied to paradigms,” Baumlin said.

Paradigms like licensing boards and insurance companies, who Baumlin said, pressure physicians to stay in safe and narrow treatment protocols.

According to Baumlin, bringing research to a physician, having a real conversation about the diagnosis, and finding a number of treatments is the best way to get results.

Self-diagnosis might seem like it is on the opposite side of doctors and prescriptions, but in reality, the health field is encouraging their patients to research their symptoms and treatments as long as they keep an open mind, and an open discussion with their physician.

Dr. Frederick Muegge, director at Taylor Health and Wellness at Missouri State University, said to discuss any treatments with a doctor to avoid bad side-effects or chemical mixing.

“The main dangers are the edges. If somebody exclusively relies on self-diagnosis without benefit of professional interaction, or maybe if somebody is exclusively dependent on the profession interaction,” Meugge said.

There can be a lot of noise and overflow of information but Baumlin said people can research well and maybe discover new diseases and treatments.

“Someone has to be the bearer of the message. It’s not always going to be the physician. That’s where we have to take the responsibility for ourselves,” Baumlin said.