In the past, I've run into several roadblocks in dealing with MD's regarding quantified self. I am told that doctors don't order useless or harmless tests. I politely respond asking them why the test is useless and harmful? At that point, I am usually shut out and given something to the effect, "I won't do it."
What I don't understand is why doctors are very against this? How could getting more data hurt? Sure, you could have a test that comes back a false positive, but that's why tests have sensitivity and specificity associated with them -- you have to test more than once and stack up against other evidence. I could also understand people getting tests from Naturopaths that are dangerous (H2O2 infusions) or useless (like candida for example).
I can't imagine that there are a plethora of uneducated people going to MD's asking for unnecessary tests. You would think that the champions of health would want people to be concerned more with their health. From a a capitalistic standpoint, getting these tests generates more revenue for the labs which are usually associated with the hospital.
For my next question, how do you deal with this? Is there an approach you find works better or do you simply find a new doc?