Drugs Only Mask Problems
Drugs are awful – and I’m not talking about illicit, illegal drugs. Prescriptions are meant as short-term helpers and meant to mask issues. We need to treat the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit – and not just the ailment.
A lot of the research going on right now is to find these designer drugs. Sometimes that’s appropriate, but most of the time, that’s not what’s best for the patient. If I have someone with migraines, is it better to give them an expensive drug, like Sumtriptan, which has significant side effects, or is it better to say, “Your diet is deficient in magnesium — consume foods richer in magnesium.” Now, only 1 out of 6 patients with migraines need magnesium. But for that 1 out of 6, increased magnesium in the diet is almost miraculous in what it does for them, because not only does it relieve the migraines, but everything else impacted by inadequate magnesium will improve as well.
Statins Aren’t A Cure, Either
Statin drugs can work – and they usually do – but they shouldn’t be the first resort for someone with high cholesterol.
For example, who just wants to use drugs, doesn’t want to change their diet — well, fine, use the statin drugs, because they are pretty effective. But also realize that the statin drugs have some significant side effects, and a lot of those side effects are due to the fact that statin drugs poison the enzymes of the mitochondria that produce coenzyme Q10. So if a person takes statin drugs, I would give that person an additional amount of coenzyme Q10 to help relieve the side effects of the prescription drugs. So that’s an idea of, you might say, integrated or co-managed care, where we say, okay, you’re going to be on the drug, but let’s use some natural medicine to relieve the side effects of the drug.
Now, alternatively, most people who have elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, it is due to dietary inappropriateness. And so we go to the person’s diet and look at, now what are they doing inappropriately? What food are they eating that they shouldn’t be eating, what foods should they be eating that they’re not eating, what nutritional supplements can we give the person to help their system start producing more appropriate levels and appropriate types of cholesterol? In addition, if we have to, there are some natural herbal therapies that can be used to help decrease their cholesterol levels. I always try first to do it with diet and nutrition, and then use the herbs.
We are NOT Standard
There are over 7,000 diseases that have been standardized, and those of us who suffer from them are placed into categories.
The problem is, this assumes that everybody’s the same, and they’re not. We’re all biochemically unique. So, I look at disease, and let’s take juvenile diabetes as an example, or NIDD1. Now, juvenile onset diabetes actually describes what’s going on in the patient physiologically. Basically NIDD1 means that their pancreatic cells are gone; they don’t produce insulin. So there you have a good correlation between what’s going on with the patient physiologically and the disease name they have. But if you look at NIDD2, or adult onset diabetes, there you have a situation where you have elevated blood sugar, and we call it diabetes. However, people get the elevated blood sugar due to a wide range of problems — it could be that they’re not producing enough insulin, or it could be that the insulin they’re producing is malformed, or it could be that the insulin receptor sites on the cell walls that attach to insulin aren’t working properly, or it could be the cells signaling within the cell when the cell’s supposed to absorb sugar isn’t absorbing sugar properly. And there are some other reasons too, but each one of those reasons is physiologically different.
Now, if you take a conventional approach, you say, oh, elevated blood sugar — let’s give that person insulin. Well, yes, the blood sugar will go down, but the underlying pathology, the underlying physiological dysfunction which results in elevated blood sugar has not been addressed. So from my perspective, the term “diabetes” actually obfuscates what’s going on with the patient physiologically.
So, while I won’t put a disease label on someone with insulin insensitivity on a cellular level, what I do is I try to reverse that insulin insensitivity so that the cells respond to insulin the way they’re supposed to. Now it turns out that this is a very common cause of adult onset diabetes, and one of the primary reasons is because the standard American diet is very low in a trace mineral called chromium. Without chromium, the insulin receptor sites won’t work properly. So what I do with these people is, not only do I put them on a diet that has lower amounts of refined sugar but I also get more chromium in the diet, either supplementary or through food, and by re-establishing normal function, the blood sugar goes down, and it goes down not because I gave them a drug; it goes down because I got the body working better.
That’s the problem with standardized medicine: It treats what is going on right now, and not the underlying issues. With proper diet, and a healthy lifestyle everyone can have a productive and healthy life.