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We live in an age of expansion in all areas of human knowledge. The total amount of information which is available doubles every five years. Medicine is no exception. The average doctor completed training fifteen years ago. That means the amount of information a person needs to know to be a top-flight medical expert has doubled three times since then. Let us do some math: 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 8. The amount of medical information available to the practice of medicine is now eight times what it was in 1981!
Needless to say, most doctors are far out of date in their knowledge of medicine. Those of us who try to keep up, realize how far behind we really are. Those who do not try to keep up, do not realize how far behind they are, because they usually are too preoccupied with the business aspect of the practice of medicine.
With doctors this busy, and hopelessly far behind, many people are shifting responsibility for learning about the latest developments in matters of health to themselves. I am in philosophical agreement with this transformation, and I see progressive, holistic doctors in the role of facilitators of this change. My job is to provide you with the latest information in matters affecting your health.
Prevention of Abnormal (Premature) Aging
The advice for a person under 35 is fundamentally different than advice for an older person. Eat right, exercise, avoid toxic substances (nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, etc.), drink lots of filtered or distilled water and get plenty of sleep. Of course, this all applies to the over 35 group as well, but there is more to the task of staying young after you are no longer young. I divide aging up into minimal aging, normal aging and abnormal aging.
Minimal aging is what occurs when you take the best possible care of your body, including utilizing modern nutritional science. People who do this typically look ten to twenty years younger than their chronological age.
Normal aging happens when you are taking the best care of your body, but you are not taking advantage of what is offered by modern nutritional and medical science to maintain your youth: vitamins, minerals, hormonal therapy, etc.
Abnormal aging comes from abuse of the body: smoking, drinking, subjecting yourself to stress, etc. If slowing the aging process is what you want, and if you are going to choose a doctor to help you, I suggest that you ask that doctor’s age, then step back and take a long look at that person. If this person is not looking a lot younger than the stated age, look elsewhere for someone who knows and practices the information of anti-aging.
Slowing the Effects of Normal Aging
Here is the sad fact of the matter: nature designed you to be healthy long enough to have children and care for them until they reach an age old enough to survive on their own. From a species survival standpoint, that is what your body is for. After age forty, nature doesn’t give a rip about you, because you have lived long enough to have fulfilled your reproductive purposes.
This is true throughout the animal kingdom. Many species die immediately after having laid the egg, fertilized the eggs, given birth, etc. From an evolutionary standpoint, it is no surprise we grow old. Nature wants us out of the way, so there will be room for the next generations. So, after age forty, you are on your own: nature is not going to protect you, and you will have to do it for yourself, if you want to grow old and wise.
The body doesn’t have the courtesy to break down all at once, it goes down the drain system by system. This gives us the opportunity to deal with it and repair each breakdown as it happens or, better yet, prevent it before it happens.
After accounting for the ill effects of a poor diet and lack of exercise, the manner in which the body deteriorates can be traced to the failure of the endocrine and exocrine glands. “Glands” are structures in the body which secrete something vital for life.
The Endocrine Glands
“Endocrine” glands secrete directly into the blood and circulate immediately throughout the body. “Endo” means inside, thus denoting that these glands place their secretions inside the body, namely into the blood stream. Such a secretion is a “hormone” (derived from a Greek word meaning “to stimulate”). Hormones are the language the body speaks between its various parts, letting the various organs know if they need to speed up or slow down, make more of this or less of that. It is an exquisite biochemical symphony.
Blood circulates throughout the body in sixty seconds. Therefore, it takes approximately sixty seconds for a hormone to reach any other part of the body.
The endocrine glands are the following:
The pituitary is listed on top and in capital letters, because it is the so-called “master” endocrine gland. It serves to regulate the other endocrine glands. It produces a variety of “trophic hormones” which tell the other endocrine glands to speed up, work harder.
As we age, and the endocrine glands decrease their function, the pituitary begins to whip them like tired horses. This contributes to the development of a state of exhaustion. It is plain and clear to me that normal aging (as distinguished from abnormal aging from poor diet and lack of exercise) is caused by the gradual decline of the endocrine glands with a resulting decrease in circulating hormones. What causes this gradual decline in the endocrine glands probably is the effect of free radical pathology. (See discussion on antioxidants in The Thinking Person’s Guide to Perfect Health.) This, in itself, is something which can be slowed down by proper diet and supplements.
Aging cells become more and more resistant to the effects of hormones, and therefore just at that time in life when the body needs a boost in hormone levels, it gets a decrease instead.
The hormone secretions of the endocrine glands not only effect the health and well-being of the rest of the body, but they also are dependent on each other to maintain health. Thus, when the thyroid gland takes a nosedive, and the basal metabolic rate is slowed down, this, in turn, slows down the functioning of all the other endocrine glands. When the parathyroids age, they no longer hold calcium metabolism within the boundaries required for maximal health. When the thymus partially degenerates (which it does by age twenty) the immune system is no longer the lion it once was. When the pancreas puts out less insulin, all the other endocrine glands are denied easy access to glucose, because insulin helps drive glucose into cells. Glucose is an important energy source for the functioning of all the cells of the body.
The adrenal glands are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress through regulation of protein, carbohydrate and mineral metabolism, as well as powering up the immune system in conditions of stress. When the adrenals are exhausted, the other glands are unable to cooperate in reducing the effects of stress, and the body is more susceptible to infections. The adrenals become exhausted through constant exposure to stress from any source. This is an extremely common condition in our society.
The testes and adrenals in men and the adrenals alone in women make testosterone (or TNAS, the natural anabolic steroid as I like to call it), and this hormone is responsible for maintaining aerobic metabolism and preventing the body from resorting to the far less efficient anaerobic metabolism.
The ovaries and adrenals in women and the adrenals alone in men make estrogen, which lends softness and pliability to tissues without sacrificing strength. When estrogen production wanes, the connective tissue component of all organs (including the endocrine glands) suffer. The point is: all the endocrine glands work together and depend upon each other, and the failure of one of them affects the rest as well.
Endocrine gland failure is inevitable, and it is part of what I call “normal” aging. Warding off abnormal aging is done by proper diet, exercise and sleep. Slowing down normal aging is possible through timely recognition and correction of endocrine failure – and there is the rub.
Traditionally, doctors have relied on laboratory tests to diagnose deficiencies. That works well for the under 35 age group. However, after 35 or 40, the amount of hormone needed to maintain a youthful condition goes up progressively. Therefore, if you have a set of symptoms which could be attributed to hormone deficiency, you may go to the doctor, be sent for lab tests and then be told there is nothing wrong with you – you are just getting old.
Well, that is true, you are getting old, except it is not true that nothing is wrong with you. What is wrong with you is: you are getting old. Doctors say you are just getting old when they cannot correct a problem. Does it make sense to keep saying that when the means are at hand to correct the problem?
While it may be true that the endocrine glands are getting old and will not put out as much hormone as needed to keep the rest of the body young, that does not mean we should lie down and learn to live with it. If we can rejuvenate or supplement the endocrine glands, and if that rejuvenation or supplementation is safe and creates an enhanced experience of health and well being, as well as increased longevity, why shouldn’t we do it? While it is true that our ancestors had to live with degeneration of the endocrine system, it does not necessarily follow that we should retrace their footsteps.
We can now go to the health food store and buy “glandulars,” preparations made from animal endocrine organs containing the precursor molecules necessary to power up the various endocrine organs. (See the chapter on “micronutrients” for a discussion of glandulars.) This works, up to a point, and is especially effective to prevent aging of the endocrine organs and, to some degree, reverse it. When it no longer works, it is now possible to supplement with the actual hormones themselves. See the chapters on the individual endocrine organs for details in The Thinking Person’s Guide to Perfect Health.
Where the Doctor Fits In
The contribution the doctor can make is the correct diagnosis, based on clinical symptoms and physical examination, of which endocrine organs are weak. Your doc should also know the correct replacement dose(s) of hormone(s) which are required and have the courage to prescribe them whether or not the lab tests reveal a hormone level consistent with low endocrine function for a 35-year-old (or younger) person.
If you want to roll back the clock and completely rejuvenate your body, it is necessary to become familiar with, consider closely the health of, and then fully support the function of each and every endocrine (and exocrine – see below) gland. This is known as a “glandular workup” – in which we test and examine each gland in your body and then bring each gland up to youthful function.
The Exocrine Glands
The “exocrine” glands secrete outside the body. The inside of the gut (stomach, small and large intestines) is considered to be outside the body. If you drink a glass of water that water is not on the “inside” of you until it is absorbed through the walls of your stomach and intestines into the blood stream. The same goes for food.
Here is a list of the digestive exocrine glands:
The function of most of the exocrine glands has to do with digestion of food. Sweat glands help regulate the balance of salts within the body and keep the body cool, as well, during times of heat stress.
Immediately upon ingestion of food, your exocrine glands go to work to digest that food. The salivary glands of the mouth secrete amylase to begin the breakdown of starches (complex carbohydrates). When the food reaches the stomach the parietal cells pour forth hydrochloric acid at a pH of 2! This is stronger than battery acid, and it is combined with pepsin, which begins to break down protein.
After about two hours, the food is moved on to the duodenum where the acid nature of this chyme (as it is called) stimulates the secretion of an enzyme from the duodenum called “secretin.” Secretin is then absorbed and carried by the blood stream throughout the body. When it reaches the pancreas, it stimulates the secretion of lipase, proteinase and more amylase to digest fat, protein and complex carbohydrates respectively.
The presence of fat in the chyme stimulates liver production of bile containing emulsifying agents. These act like a kind of soap to separate the molecules of fat, so that they can be worked on and digested by lipase.
When chyme is broken down to individual molecules, it is absorbed directly into the blood stream through the wall of the gut. From there it is taken directly through the liver by the portal venous system, so that anything requiring immediate detoxification and/or excretion can be dealt with. The chyme progresses through the small intestine and, as the pH returns to neutral, bacteria take over to help in further digestion. If conditions are normal most of these bacteria are aerobic and friendly.
When the food reaches the colon it begins the conversion to fecal matter through dehydration. The colon absorbs water from the chyme, and bacteria finish the digestive process and produce vitamin E in the process. If all goes optimally, defecation occurs within 24 hours of ingestion and this defines the “transit time.” This is the normal situation. Unfortunately, few people are normal. Here are some of the things which can go wrong.
The most common thing which goes wrong is hypochlorhydria. It is impossible to overemphasize the subtle yet devastating results of hypochlorhydria, or underproduction of stomach acid. The entire digestive process depends on a healthy load of acid being dumped on the food when it arrives in the stomach. If this does not happen, protein digestion is incomplete. Remember that acid is necessary to trigger secretin release from the duodenum, which, in turn, provokes the pancreas to produce lipase, proteinase and amylase. If acid is deficient, this response is muted, and digestion of not only protein, but also fat and carbohydrate is compromised.
The presence of undigested food causes an overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria in the lower small intestine and in the colon. The toxins produced by these bacteria are absorbed, and the liver works overtime trying to straighten the situation out. The final result is poor digestion and inadequate absorption of nutrients (even in the face of a healthy diet) and also a toxic condition caused by overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria (a condition called “dysbiosis”). Many symptoms result from this toxicity: headaches, fatigue, hypertension, gas, muscle aches and pain, insomnia, personality changes, irritation and more.
The frequency of hypochlorhydria in the population is fifteen percent. Among people who feel ill enough to show up at a doctor’s office, fully fifty percent are affected. By age forty, forty percent of all people are affected, and by age sixty, fifty percent have hypochlorhydria. A person over age forty who comes to a doctor’s office has about a ninety percent probability of having hypochlorhydria. It is easily the most underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed condition in medicine. (See page 200 in The Thinking Person’s Guide to Perfect Health for more details.)
The pancreas is, as the acid producing parietal cells of the stomach also are, especially sensitive to toxins. One of the toxins to which the pancreas is especially sensitive is alcohol. Many people are unable to fully digest their food, because the pancreas is not producing sufficient amylase, lipase and proteinase. This is diagnosed by measuring circulating levels of these enzymes and also by stool analysis for completeness of digestion.
When the liver is damaged, it ceases to put out a healthy complement of bile salts, and this causes a failure of emulsification of fats leading to poor digestion of fats.
The frequently overlooked colon is equally important to health as any of the other organs of digestion. With age, a low fiber diet and low intake of water, it may slow down and stasis of food occurs, thereby allowing unfriendly bacteria to multiply, producing toxic material which leads to fatigue, headache, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
Butyric acid is a substance which serves as the energy source for the cells of the colon, so ingestion of this substance tends to regenerate a tired colon. Also, colon therapy is valuable to help the colon; but unless more fiber and water is presented to the colon, colon therapy will be of only temporary benefit. There is a variety of plant derived colon stimulants, such as aloe vera leaves, which serve to power up the colon. Psyllium husks (not powder) are an excellent source of supplementary fiber.
There is a variety of other, much more uncommon conditions, which can affect digestion, but I will omit them here and stick to those conditions which are so common as to be accepted by the medical establishment as normal, or at least not worthy of attention.
I believe that poor digestion is behind most of the diseases of aging – including cancer and vascular disease. Genetics may play a role, but something like a five percent role compared to a 95% role played by food selection and life style emphasizing exercise, rest, nutritional supplementation, and perfect digestion. I also believe that much of the degeneration of the endocrine glands is related to poor digestion. Nothing could be more important to the prevention of abnormal and normal aging than attention to the efficiency of digestion.
If the endocrine and exocrine organs are managed appropriately this leaves us with the last type of aging: inevitable aging. This is a kind of change in the genes apparently regulated by a genetic “clock” of some kind, which ticks inexorably to a final conclusion. If it is true that what I am calling inevitable aging is a function of some kind of genetic clock, we will have to wait until our knowledge of genetics is sufficient to devise a prevention of inevitable aging.
Of course, when that time comes, we will have to rename this kind of aging, since it will no longer be inevitable. Presumably at that time, we also will have the ability to reverse the genetic clock, so that a person has the choice to grow younger instead of older.
In that utopian world, one would be able to choose his favorite age and progress or regress to that age and then remain there. Once this can be done, it will bring up an enormous philosophical debate. Should it be done? Who will have access to this technology and on what criteria? We may find that people do not want to live forever, and then we will be confronted with the Kevorkian Enigma with a new twist: should healthy people who could live forever be allowed to choose to die? And should doctors assist them?
Although technically speaking, dental amalgams are not in the general ken of medicine but rather dentistry the problem is so widespread, I would be seriously remiss not to bring it to your attention. The problem of dental amalgams is the problem of mercury poisoning.
Mercury is a natural element, a toxic heavy metal, which is highly volatile, the vapor form having the ability to kill cells outright rather than merely do damage. Mercury is used in thermometers and also is known as “quicksilver.” The breakage of a mercury thermometer is a potential, although usually unrecognized, medical emergency. Once exposed to air, mercury vaporizes rapidly. If inhaled it makes its way into the tissues of the body in minutes. A large dose can be lethal.
Like all heavy metals, mercury is found in two basic forms: inorganic and organic. Inorganic mercury is found in nature. Organic mercury has passed through a living system of some sort and has come out in the chelated form.
One particularly dangerous form of mercury is methylated mercury, which is produced by the chelating systems of certain bacteria. If inorganic mercury is found in your amalgams and these bacteria are found in your digestive tract, the inorganic mercury will eventually make its way to the bacteria where it will be converted to methylated mercury and from there make its way to your brain! Methylated mercury is hundreds of times more toxic than inorganic mercury and has a particular affinity for the brain where the symptom complex can include mild to severe intellectual impairment and/or emotional impairment. Only chelation therapy can fully and reliably remove this toxin from your body.
An ounce of prevention is surely worth a pound of cure. It is much better to never have amalgams put in. If you already have them I heartily recommend you have them removed as soon as possible.
Amalgam, or what dentist sometimes call “silver fillings,” is made from fifty percent mercury, thirty-five percent silver and fifteen percent tin, or tin mixed with copper, and a trace of zinc. This blend is easy for a dentist to work with, and it is much less expensive than gold. It also lasts a long time. Until the mid-1980s dentists assumed no mercury vapor was released from amalgam fillings. Since then, studies have proven a significant level of mercury vapor is released by simply chewing your food.
The federal agency responsible for regulation of allowable levels of substances at the workplace has established 50 ug./cc as the maximum allowable level of mercury vapor in the workplace. The average level of mercury vapor in the mouths of people with amalgams varies between 50 and 150 ug./cc. When removed from your mouth, dental amalgam is considered a toxic waste by the Environmental Protection Agency and must be handled in a certain way to protect dental office personnel from mercury poisoning. This is the same stuff, unchanged, which just came out of your tooth!
There are over 125 known symptoms of mercury toxicity. Most of them are vague and nonspecific. It is not known what role mercury toxicity may play in MS (multiple sclerosis) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), however Dr. Hal Huggins, a dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado has developed a protocol for amalgam removal and replacement, and in treating large numbers of MS and ALS patients has noticed improvement of symptoms in 91%. People who were wheelchair bound often get up and walk, sometimes on the same day as amalgam removal!
This rather amazing result is thought to be due to removal of oral galvanic activity and its effect on the base of the brain. You probably have heard of people whose dental amalgams serve as radio antennas. Some of these people actually can hear the local radio stations in their mouths. This much induced electrical activity must have an effect on the brain, and judging from the results of amalgam removal in some cases, this electrical activity must somehow cause or potentiate paralysis.
Other people have nervous system symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, loss of appetite, and these people also demonstrate a high incidence of recovery from these troublesome symptoms after removal of dental amalgams. Many people with severe longstanding depression are cured by amalgam removal and chelation.
When a physician hears these vague symptoms from a patient he/she may not even consider mercury toxicity, because these symptoms can be caused by many other conditions and illnesses. Also, the patient forgets to mention the new amalgams, and the doctor usually doesn’t ask. The dentist, of course, doesn’t even hear about these symptoms, because the patient thinks of the dentist as the tooth doctor, and the symptoms of mercury poisoning seem to have nothing to do with teeth.
It is necessary to be aware of a diagnosis before it is possible to make that diagnosis, and the doctor usually does not even suspect the diagnosis of mercury toxicity. Many people, who actually are poisoned with mercury, are thought of as chronic complainers by their doctors who try to lend a sympathetic ear but actually ignore the complaints, because they do not know what else to do. Many a patient with a mouth full of amalgams has heard these words: “It’s all in your head.” Of course, that is right, if you remember the mouthful of amalgams is in the head and jaw.
A few of the symptoms which are possible from mercury poisoning are vomiting, gastritis, colitis, excessive salivation, abdominal pain, depression, anger, sleep disturbance, headaches, heart attack, dizziness, speech disorders, leg cramps, clumsiness, bad breath, fatigue and irritability just to name some of the 125 which have been documented so far.
The official American Dental Association position on amalgam is that not enough mercury is released to pose a hazard this despite hard evidence to the contrary. Dental schools have long taught the rationalization that the mercury is bound to the silver in the amalgam and does not escape to poison the patient. This is wrong.
In the U.S., dentistry, as a profession, does not question this party line. They respect authority as represented by their trade union, the ADA, too much to be objective about the matter.
Of course, there are exceptions. My dentist is a fellow named Allan Liles, and he is very aware of the truth of this matter. With his good information I have written some of this chapter. However, if you talk to the typical dentist in the U.S., that person will tell you not to worry about your amalgams.
In Europe, as usual in such things, there is much more awareness about this issue. Dentists in Europe recommend against using amalgams and suggest the use of composite (a plastic substance) or gold to fill teeth recently deprived of their rot.
Most dentists in the U.S. will drill out your amalgams and replace them, if you insist. However, I would not have anyone work on my amalgams who does not really understand the dangers involved. If a dentist does not take this issue seriously, he or she may not be diligent in getting the last bit of amalgam out of each filling before covering it over with gold or composite.
If you already have symptoms of mercury toxicity, these symptoms are coming from mercury already vaporized from your amalgams and now residing in the tissues of your body, particularly in your brain cells. The amalgams represent a source of future further intoxication and, for that reason, should be removed. However, to rid your body of the mercury which is causing the symptoms, only a course of chelation therapy will do the job.
Chelation therapy with EDTA has myriad benefits for your health, aside from removing mercury. However, if removing mercury is the only thing you want to get done, the best chelating agent for mercury, by far, is 2,3 dimercapto-1-propane-sulfonic acid or DMPS for short. Two to four treatments with DMPS, lasting a few minutes each, will usually do the job, and the result can be confirmed with pre- and post-treatment measurement of urine mercury concentration.
Remember, mercury enters the body through inhalation. It is not necessary to touch the stuff. People who should be concerned about mercury intoxication, aside from those with dental amalgams in their mouths, are dentists, dental assistants, dental office personnel anyone who has been around the use of amalgam; people living in the vicinity of mercury mines even if those mines have been closed for years; people living around volcanoes active or dormant. I recommend that people in all these categories be tested for mercury.
However, a serum or urine mercury level is an inadequate test, because mercury does not like to come out of the cells in which it is stored. A proper test is conducted with DMPS, which liberates a large amount of mercury. Urine mercury concentration, according to Godfrey and Campbell, shows a sixty-fold increase after DMPS administration in people with amalgam, a thirty-fold increase in dental personnel without amalgams, and only a ten-fold increase in people who have had their amalgams removed followed by a course of chelation therapy. These are average figures, of course, and the study quoted was carefully controlled and statistically significant.
Therefore, DMPS is not only the treatment of choice for mercury toxicity, but measurement of urine mercury concentration after administration of DMPS also is the only adequate laboratory test to correctly diagnose mercury intoxication. A high output of mercury in the urine after intravenous DMPS indicates mercury intoxication. A low level of mercury in the urine in the absence of DMPS administration means nothing except that mercury does not readily come out of the intracellular space.
U.S. dentists, with some notable exceptions, disparage the idea of amalgam-associated mercury toxicity. This is unfortunate for their patients, as well as for the dentists themselves. There is little room for doubt, the unusual incidence of depression and high rate of suicide in dentists is related to mercury toxicity. Europe, led by Sweden, where dental amalgam is being phased out, is coming around to an official recognition of this problem. Sooner or later, American dentistry must follow. Better late than never, folks!
When having amalgam removed, you will be exposed to a large dose of mercury vapor. This is unavoidable. You should arrange to have an intravenous vitamin C infusion that same day an hour or two before or after the dental work. This large dose of vitamin C will chelate the mercury and allow you to excrete it through your kidneys, thus preventing damage to the brain, immune system, etc., caused by the sudden increase in mercury level. Unfortunately, your dentist is not licensed to give this infusion but should be able to refer you to a medical doctor who can do this service for you.
If you need a referral to a dentist in your community who is informed about the amalgam issue, contact:
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Svare CW, Peterson LC, Reinhart JW et al. The effect of dental amalgams on mercury level in expired air. J Dent Res 1981;60:1666-1671
Gay DD, Cox RD, Reinhart JW Chewing releases mercury from fillings. Lancet 1979;1:985-986
Vimy MJ, Lorscheider FL Intraoral mercury from dental amalgams. J Dent Res 1985;64:1069-1071
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Lakartidningen 1986;83:519-122. (Swedish)
Godfrey M, Campbell N Confirmation of mercury retention and toxicity using 2,3 dimercapto-1-propane sulphonic acid sodium salt (DMPS). J of Adv in Med 1994;vol. 7 no. 1:19-30
The Standardized Allopathic Approach
The practice of standardized allopathic medicine involves diagnosis and suppression of disease with specific “cures,” when they are available. Standardized allopathic medicine does not attempt to actually cure disease, but rather to simply suppress the expression of disease symptoms.
For example, if you have a headache, and you take a pill for it – aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc. – the cause of the headache, perhaps a congested colon badly in need of a cleanse, an allergic condition, environmental toxin, or whatever, has not been dealt with. If you have a runny nose and take an antihistamine, you may suppress the runny nose, but whatever caused the problem in the first place has not been diagnosed or treated. If you are nervous, and the doctor prescribes a tranquilizer, you may not be nervous anymore but the cause of the nervousness remains unknown. If you have gallstones, the doctor cuts them out, but you never know what went wrong with your body to produce gallstones.
If you stop the drug in any one of these three situations (headache, runny nose, nervousness), the symptom will return. So you either remain on the drug or experience the symptom, take your choice. If you take the drug, you can be sure you are, at best, stressing your body to get rid of the drug which is, as far as the body is concerned, a foreign chemical. At worst you are putting a carcinogen or teratogen (causing cancer or birth defects) into your body, which has not yet been identified as a carcinogen or teratogen.
The classic, but by no means only, example of this is Thalidomide in the 1960s. Touted as a breakthrough anti-anxiety agent, originating in Europe, it was taken by millions, including pregnant women. Many of these women, about 5,000 in the U.S. alone, then gave birth to babies with phocomelia, a condition featuring short or absent arms. Thalidomide was approved by the FDA, the same government agency which bans substances natural to, and already found in nature and the human body – for example L-Tryptophan (on the thin excuse that a contaminated batch from Japan once caused some problems.) L-tryptophan is a wonderful antidepressant and sleep-inducing agent, but it would compete with the newer antidepressants, and cause the pharmaceutical industry serious loss of income. The FDA will not allow it, despite that, for many people, it is the only thing that works. This is a thorn in the side of holistic doctors who prefer to recommend safe substances, found in nature, which handle the basic cause of an illness.
In contrast, if an allopathic doctor does not understand the illness, but if the symptoms are, nevertheless, successfully suppressed with drugs, the doctor is likely to proclaim a “cure,” even in the presence of unpleasant side effects and who-knows-what long-term damage.
This applies to many diseases for which patients come to doctors’ offices; for example: acne, cataracts, bursitis, congestive heart failure, diabetes, emphysema, fatigue, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, PMS, scleroderma and a host of others. These all are diseases which are not understood by standardized medicine, yet there are synthetic drugs available to suppress the associated symptoms.
The doctor rarely pays attention to the diet which may be contributing to the disease process, and if there is a comment made, it reflects the training the doctor received in grade school, because he or she did not receive any significant training in nutrition in medical school. Then comes the prescription for an expensive, laboratory-created, synthetic drug featuring a molecule often made to resemble a molecule which works better and is found in nature but cannot be patented (the progestins for natural progesterone, for example).
Many diseases, like gallstones, can be handled with nutritional medicine rather than surgery with less expense, less physical pain and less risk. No one should submit to surgery without first finding out if the disease can be handled in another way. The surgeon will not always tell you and may not always know. Caveat emptor: let the buyer beware.
The Nutritional Medicine Approach
Nutritional medicine, on the other hand, rejects the use of synthetic drugs on the basis that nature makes better pharmaceuticals than the lab of man can ever make. The first natural pharmaceuticals we concern ourselves with are the foods and liquids which are ingested. Averaged out over your life, food, air and water are the most powerful medicines you will take, and an adequate intake of healthy food is the beginning of nutritional health. For many people, especially those under the age of forty, this is all that is required for a healthy body.
While your nutritional doctor can advise you about a healthy diet, it is up to you to learn what is health promoting and to convert this knowledge into a pleasurable lifestyle. This subject is dealt with in depth in the book The Thinking Person’s Guide to Perfect Health.
Most disease, in the view of the nutritional doctor, is an outcome of many years of unbalanced nutrition. It is possible many diseases represent starvation states of specific enzyme systems in the body. Aging may have a lot to do with a progressive loss of enzyme systems which leaves the body with a limited repertoire of pathways to produce the energy required of living processes. This loss of enzyme systems may be due to suboptimal levels of vitamins and minerals in the body, ingestion of chemical-laced, processed food, or the taking of synthetic drugs, all over a long period of time.
Much research needs to be done in this area. However, vested capitalist interests (pharmaceutical companies and government) have no interest in spending money to find out things which, if made known, will result in decreased profits for the pharmaceutical and processed food industries and, in the long run, the surgical industry and the government itself.
The FDA/pharmaceutical industry/surgical industry/food industry complex is an “Old Boys’ Club.” People frequently make career moves from one of these organizations to the next, and they do not leave their professional bias behind them. The FDA was commissioned to represent the interests of the people. It is very questionable that they do, or ever did.
The NIH (National Institutes of Health), where most of our tax dollars for medical research are spent, sits out on the periphery of this situation. A couple of years ago, under intense public pressure, they established a small corner (about one percent) of their mighty organization to study progressive medicine. Vitamins and minerals are being studied through the NIH, but very slowly.
Vitamins and minerals, by definition, cannot be manufactured in the body. Therefore, vitamin and mineral deficiencies become a real possibility. There are other substances, not strictly vitamins or minerals, which can be manufactured in the body (niacinamide and glucosamine for example), but as we age we are able to make less than is necessary for perfect functioning. These kinds of substances have important roles in nutritional medicine.
Most vitamins are less well absorbed as we age. Therefore, just when we need more of them, we are getting less (same situation as many hormones). Premature aging, a common condition, has a lot to do with poor absorption of nutrients.
Vitamins and minerals may be taken orally, given as an injection in the muscle or infused directly into the venous system. Oral vitamins and minerals are important, and I believe everyone, especially people over forty, should be taking a well-rounded preparation of vitamins and minerals daily, even twice daily. I do, my wife does, and we offer it to each of our children as well. This is a great way to offer your body the maximum opportunity to remain healthy. I believe a healthy diet, exercise, adequate rest, and vitamin/mineral supplementation to be the best method of disease prevention available. If you live this kind of lifestyle, you may never need to visit my office.
Rationale for Parenteral (Intravenous and Intramuscular) Vitamin and Mineral Therapy
By the time symptoms of disease have made their appearance, it is sometimes too late for oral vitamins and minerals to make much difference. Nevertheless, these same vitamins and minerals, given intramuscularly or intravenously, can cure many diseases. At first glance, this looks like a contradiction. If nutrients can be used to cure disease, it should not matter by which route they enter the body. However, there is a good reason why it does matter.
It is a fact of biology that all life, except for viruses, is composed of cells and cell products. When we attempt to cure a disease, what we are really trying to do is provide cells with all the nutrients they need to get the job done. If the cells are not healthy, we are not healthy, since our bodies are composed entirely of cells and cell products.
So we approach the problem of curing disease as a problem of “the cell.” We think of the health of a single cell to clarify our thinking, understanding “the cell” is actually billions of cells. We want to provide the cell what it needs to exist in a healthy condition. What the cell needs to be maximally healthy is always found in nature and is never found in a pharmaceutical lab test tube.
However, to work these nutrients must be passed by the cell, through the cell wall, to the inside of the cell. This is called “transport” and constitutes work done by the cell and thus requires energy. The best nutrient formula does no good when the nutrients remain in the extracellular space (outside the cell), circulating around the body, waiting to be filtered out by the kidneys.
There is another method by which nutrients enter cells: by absorption. Nutrients slip through the wall without requiring the participation of the cell or any work from the cell. The cell wall is thus said to be “semipermeable”; i.e., it will keep out all but a small percentage of nutrients unless they are actively transported from the outside of the cell to the inside. Absorption is a minor method of nutrient entry into cells, under ordinary conditions. It depends on a “concentration gradient,” as the biochemists call it; i.e., it depends on nutrients being in a higher concentration on the outside of the cell compared to the inside of the cell.
Now comes the point: if the cell is sick, it does not perform its functions well. One of these functions which it does not perform well is transport of nutrients across the cell wall. Therefore, we have a Catch-22: the cell is sick and does not transport well. What is needed to make the cell healthy is nutrients inside the cell; however, the cell is too sick to transport the nutrients in sufficient quantity to create health. What to do?
The answer is simple: give nutrients in a concentration high enough to force those nutrients into the cell by means of a high concentration gradient and the ability of the cell wall to absorb without expending its energy on active transport. When given in high concentration, IV or IM nutrients enter the cell by shear force of numbers. Highly concentrated on the outside, the “semipermeable” cell wall admits the nutrients due to the high concentration gradient which has been created.
Therefore, if the cell can only absorb ten percent of what it needs under conditions of usual concentration, and we increase the concentration of nutrient available by 1000% (ten times the usual), we automatically increase absorption to 100% [10% (0.10) x 1000 = 100%] of normal. Then, provided we introduced the proper nutrients, the cell becomes healthy and able to transport needed nutrients when those nutrients are in usual concentrations. The numbers used here are not meant to be accurate for any particular nutrient but simply to demonstrate the principle involved.
The only way to increase the concentration of a nutrient by this “1000%” is by intravenous or intramuscular administration. Why is this? Because the cells of the stomach and intestine can transport and absorb only so fast, and this is not fast enough to create a high concentration gradient throughout the body. IV and IM administration bypasses the stomach and produces an instant large increase in concentration, which is presented to every cell in the body. The intravenous route is especially useful for this purpose, because no time is required for absorption from an injection site in a muscle.
It is not always necessary to resort to the “parenteral” (intravenous or intramuscular) routes of administration, and we do not do this unless it is necessary. Many diseases can be handled by large oral doses of vitamins and minerals, but when this is not effective, parenteral administration provides a real benefit.
Because the effects on normal body function of synthetic drugs are unpredictable, especially when given parentally, there is a great fear of this route of administration. Most people have known or heard of someone who has died from an IM or IV synthetic drug. The situation is different with vitamins and minerals. These substances are natural to the body and, when given in proper doses by an experienced physician, are as safe as the day is long. “Idiosyncratic” reactions, which often happen with synthetic drugs, do not happen with substances which are natural to the body.
Formal research into the effects of large doses of vitamins on disease states is not progressing as fast as you might think. Vitamins and minerals are not patentable items, and therefore no great profits are be made in their preparation and sale. Pharmaceutical companies do not come loose from their billions of dollars earmarked for research if there is not a large profit to be made.
What research there is, is being done by clinicians, the people who render care directly to patients. This research is done on an empirical, clinical basis: try it, and see if it works. If it works, tell your colleagues, so their patients can benefit. Two such clinicians who are making a big contribution in this area are Dr. Jonathan Wright and Dr. Alan Gaby. They share their knowledge with other doctors through periodic seminars. Some of the following information I have learned from these two excellent doctors.
I want to give some examples of diseases treatable by vitamins and minerals to bring these principles to life for you. This is by no means a complete discussion. A complete discussion would be at least two more rather thick books. I give you these examples to demonstrate some principles.
These examples are not meant for you to take and try to treat yourself. I strongly recommend you consult a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine, if you have an illness you want treated nutritionally. Do not try to give yourself an intramuscular or intravenous injection. These are procedures which are safe in professional hands but which can damage your health if not done properly.
Treatment of Arrhythmia
With age and disease processes the electrical conduction system of the heart sometimes develops a problem conducting the electrical impulse. This condition is called “arrhythmia” and is classified among the “conduction defects” of the heart.
Nutritional doctors who have dealt with this problem have found they often are able to clear up arrhythmia without drugs through intravenous administration of trace minerals. It is thought by these doctors that the problem lies in the inability of the heart cells to retain and concentrate trace minerals, which are essential to proper electrical conduction in the heart.
These minerals are selenium, magnesium, manganese, copper, chromium, zinc and calcium. The last mineral, calcium, is not a trace mineral, however it is necessary to have sufficient calcium for correction of arrhythmia. Your nutritional doctor knows the proper dosage and frequency of each of these minerals to give you intravenously.
Treatment of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a condition in which pressure builds up in the eye because certain structures in the eye have lost the ability to maintain the normal circulation of fluid through the eye. This fluid, which is called “aqueous humor,” is filtered out of the blood, but the mechanism for putting it back into the blood is damaged. The increased pressure of glaucoma can lead to eventual blindness. The important mineral in treating glaucoma is chromium, and the important vitamin is thiamin. In addition, a substance known as “ACE,” which stands for “adrenal cortical extract,” has been found to be very useful.
E. M. Josephson, M.D., reported in 1935 on the use of ACE for the treatment of glaucoma. He achieved dramatic improvement in intraocular pressures in all of his cases from 30-40+ down to 10-20 which is the normal range! He also noted ACE administration caused a sharp rise in visual acuity in primary simple glaucoma which had not responded to ordinary treatment. He attributed this success in treatment to the normalization of capillary permeability, which eliminated edema of the ocular tissues. In other words, the ability of the eye to rid itself of used aqueous humor was restored. He was impressed with the promptness of the response. Within twenty minutes after administration of ACE, in one case, vision rose from 20/100 to 20/30 without correction.
Unfortunately, because of bad experience with excessive doses of steroids in the 1950s, the American medical establishment became phobic of the use of steroids, and included everything containing steroids into this phobic mix. (Factually speaking, anything which is naturally made by the body, given in doses similar to the doses the body normally makes for itself, including the adrenal steroids, is perfectly safe.)
Nevertheless, this phobia of steroids became institutionalized, and pharmaceutical companies which had made ACE for forty years, without any problems when given in proper dosages, have been forbidden by the FDA to make and sell ACE. After forty years of use, it was proclaimed a “new drug” by the FDA (figure that out), and it costs about $220 million to research a “new” drug to bring it to market. Since it is no longer patentable, no pharmaceutical company will put up the money for the research.
Some small labs around the U.S. offer ACE but the best ACE is European, particularly a product called “Maxi-cortex” from Italy. If you travel to Europe, you can buy Maxi-cortex across the counter and bring it back for administration by your nutritional doctor. However, your doctor is forbidden by FDA regulations to import ACE for you.
In addition, the person with glaucoma should do an elimination diet to discover allergens, which may be associated with glaucoma and also should take vitamin C to bowel tolerance, as well as oral thiamin and chromium.
Treatment of High Blood Pressure
The most important mineral in the correction of high blood pressure is magnesium, and the most important vitamin is pyridoxine. A mixture of the two is given over a thirty minute period. This should be done as often as necessary to obtain control of the blood pressure, then cut back to a maintenance frequency, perhaps once every week or ten days. This may be a bit inconvenient, but the safety and freedom from side effects such as nausea and dizziness, common with antihypertensive drugs, makes it well worth the trouble, not to mention freedom from the as yet undiscovered dangers of taking these synthetic drugs.
The diet with hypertension should be strict high fiber, no salt, sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. It should be heavy on garlic and onions and contain no meat or animal products, including no dairy. Take daily flaxseed oil, biotin, co-enzyme Q10, vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. Several herb teas also are effective to lower blood pressure.
Treatment of Macular Degeneration
The important minerals in the treatment of macular degeneration are zinc and selenium. This should be combined with trace minerals and given IV twice weekly for eight weeks. At that point, the dosage can be doubled and the frequency halved to once each week. This should be supplemented with oral doses of taurine, an amino acid which nourishes the retina, as well as oral zinc, selenium and vitamin E.
Some people experience dramatically improved vision when this regime is first instituted, and over half have a marked improvement in vision overall. Even though not everyone experiences improvement, treatment is well worth doing, given that standard medicine has nothing to offer people with macular degeneration.
These are just a few examples in rough outline form to give you an idea of what is possible. The means to treat many of the most common diseases by natural methods is at hand. One has only to overcome the allopathic paradigm of disease as an attack from the outside, requiring a bodyguard in the form of a synthetic drug, and adopt the idea of disease as an imbalance frequently caused by a deficiency of nutrients.
When you find yourself making that appointment for an allopathic doc, or when you find yourself reaching for those over-the-counter synthetic, symptom-suppressing drugs, stop a minute, and ask yourself if you wouldn’t rather heal by natural means.
Here is a list of imbalance states for which there is real hope for treatment and cure using nutrient therapy:
One out of three people, at some time in life, experiences spinal disease significant enough to lead to professional treatment. In America alone, $7.4 billion are spent on drugs every year to treat pain originating in the spine. This amounts to an average of $30 for each person, each year. Every day, one out of five people in Western countries (and probably worldwide) suffer from debilitating spinal pain.
Loss of work time in America amounts to $80 billion each year! Fifteen million Americans consult a physician for backache or neckache every year, paying these physicians a total of $20 billion. And what do we get for our money? Do we get a cure? Not exactly. The truth is, physicians in general have no effective treatment for spinal aches to offer you. Physicians typically offer the following palliative treatments, in this order:
All of this leaves you in the poorhouse as soon as you are discharged from the hospital and, in more than half the cases, leaves you worse off than you were before surgery! Hundreds of thousands of careers have been destroyed by this misguided approach to joint disease of the back and neck.
Let us take a look at what spinal disease really is, so we can see why the standard medical/surgical approach is the only thing worse than spinal ache itself. The human spine is made of 24 individual, movable vertebrae, and nine fused vertebrae. Each articulates with the one above and below it. There are seven cervical vertebrae, twelve thoracic vertebrae and five lumbar vertebrae, the last of which articulates with the sacrum. The sacrum is formed in the embryo by the fusion of five vertebrae. At the end of the sacrum is the coccyx consisting of four vertebrae fused together, which represent what is left of the tail of our simian ancestors. The coccyx is made of four tiny, fused vertebrae and moves independently of the sacrum. It is the so-called “tail bone” which can easily be damaged when one falls backward to the sitting position. Each vertebrae of the spine, whether fused or not, has corresponding nerve roots in the spinal cord. The total number is therefore 7 + 12 + 5 + 5 + 4 = 33.
While problems of the spinal column can occur at any level, the most common area to be affected is the low back with the neck running a close second. As the body ages, the ligaments which hold the vertebrae together become weaker, predisposing you to a greater risk of back and neck injuries with each passing year. Athletic people, and people who perform heavy labor for a living, are most likely to experience an injury due to ripping and tearing of these increasingly fragile ligaments.
Disk degeneration is a natural phenomenon, eventually present in everyone. It should be considered normal, and it is not, by itself, a cause of back or neck pain. The proof of this assertion is the fact many people have degenerated intervertebral discs, but no pain. Many doctors are not aware of this fact, and they will point to an x-ray revealing disc degeneration and tell you the cause of your back or neck pain has been found. Do not believe it!
The cause of back and neck pain is the instability of vertebrae, which results from weakened and/or damaged ligaments. The vertebrae are held in their proper position in relationship to each other by muscles and by ligaments. Muscles alone are not able to do the job. Nevertheless, they can help, and this is the rational basis of exercise as a treatment for an unstable back or neck.
Strong ligaments are necessary for a stable spine. However, instability is not, in itself, the cause of pain. The cause of pain is inflammation. Inflammation happens when vertebrae rub against each other in an abnormal way due to the presence of damaged ligaments. This is why anti-inflammatory agents, including cortisone, can result in temporary relief of pain. However, since the underlying condition is not treated with anti-inflammatory agents, this suppression of symptoms is like putting your finger in a dike. The flood will come sooner or later.
When it does, your doctor may recommend surgery, specifically: fusion of the vertebrae. This is an attempt to create stability in an artificial way, replacing two to five (rarely more) vertebrae with a single structure made by fusing together all these vertebrae, substituting the strength of these fused vertebrae for the lost strength of aging, damaged ligaments. Occasionally this maneuver is successful in the treatment of pain. However, there is a cost: decreased mobility. When vertebrae are fused together, the spine is less flexible than before. In more than one-half of the cases, pain is still present, and mobility also is compromised.
Clearly the standard medical/surgical model of treatment of spinal problems is not the way to go, with the possible exception of the treatment of blunt trauma which requires surgical correction of fractured vertebrae to relieve acute pressure on the spinal cord. Even though medication/surgery is not the way to go in most cases involving back and neck pain, you will be recommended these treatments anyway because, in general, this is all doctors know to do. Even they will tell you chances of a real cure are slim with surgery and nonexistent with medication.
Nonsurgical reconstructive therapy also referred to as “prolotherapy” or “proliferative therapy” evolved out of a treatment pioneered by H. I. Biegeleisen called “sclerotherapy,” which was originally used to treat varicose veins. Prolotherapy involves the injection of an “irritant” solution into the area where ligaments are weak and/or damaged. Over the next few days, cells called “macrophages,” literally big eaters, are attracted into the area by the presence of this irritant solution. Once they arrive, these macrophages pick up the irritant solution and carry it away for disposal (they are the garbage men of the body). As the macrophages are finishing their job, the body sends in “fibroblasts,” literally connective tissue builders, to lay down fibrous tissue wherever they detect damage to connective tissue such as ligaments.
The doctor’s job is to introduce the irritant solution into the places where ligaments are weak or damaged. If properly placed, this causes the repair of ligaments, and the result can be a supporting structure for the spine up to forty percent stronger than the original! This new supporting structure pulls the vertebrae back into close relationship with each other correcting instability and therefore putting an end to inflammation. When inflammation disappears, so does pain! Stability is restored along with mobility.
That is the long and short of prolotherapy. Studies demonstrate it effects a cure in 92% of cases and, if properly administered, does not violate the first rule of medicine: do no harm. These claims cannot be matched by standard medical/surgical treatment methods.
Not only that, this treatment is relatively inexpensive. While a typical surgical procedure on your back or neck can cost $5,000 and more, a single treatment with prolotherapy will cost between $90 and $200. Usually not more than ten to fifteen treatments are necessary to cure a typical back or neck pain syndrome permanently!
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Chelation (pronounced key-lay-shun) is a chemical reaction that results in a bond being formed between a metal ion and an organic (i.e., carbon-based made mostly of carbon) molecule. The resulting complex, metal bound to molecule, is called a “chelate” and contains one or more rings of atoms in which the metal ion is so firmly bound it cannot escape. This allows the metal ion to be transported in the same manner as a prisoner, first handcuffed, then moved from one location to another.
In the presence of aging and disease, the cells’ ability to move metal ions through the system and eliminate them when they are in excess becomes progressively impaired. This is especially true for calcium.
Calcium has vital functions in the human body. Without calcium, teeth and bones could not exist. Nevertheless, as the body ages, lipid peroxidation damages the walls of the arterial tree which is repaired leaving a scar. Then calcium and oxidized cholesterol are incorporated into the resulting scar tissue.
There are several known, and easily avoided, risk factors at work in the creation of arteriosclerosis. Lipid peroxidation begins the inflammatory process in the wall of the artery and is facilitated by the presence of: (1) polyunsaturated fatty acids (present in many “junk-foods”), (2) oxidized cholesterol (from cooked, i.e., pasteurized, milk and other animal foods cooked in open air), (3) the relative absence of antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, and (4) high levels of homocysteine (a condition easily prevented with vitamins B6, B12 and folate). Tobacco smoke drains the body’s resources of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, and further accelerates arteriosclerosis.
If you know and apply these facts from an early age, there is no reason for arteriosclerosis to develop in your body. “Hardening of the arteries” is not an inevitable disease of aging, as you have been led to believe; it is a disease of bad habits. To know and apply these facts, you have to be willing to think for yourself and ah, there is the reason arteriosclerosis will continue to kill people. Maybe the good do die young but so do the uninformed and dogmatic.
As the years pass, calcium deposits build up, and in association with cholesterol, calcified plaques and atherosclerotic plaques form, lining the arterial vessels. When calcium predominates, this process is called “hardening of the arteries” or arteriosclerosis, and when cholesterol predominates it is called “atherosclerosis.” The exact content of the plaques is determined by the individual’s diet, antioxidant intake and duration of the process. Regardless of where on the arterio-/athero- sclerotic continuum any particular individual falls, the result is the same: less and less fresh oxygen delivered to the tissues of the body.
It once was thought this process began in middle or old age. It is now known to begin in childhood in many people. The severity of this life-long process is determined by genetics, level of exercise and dietary habits. By age 21, many individuals have arterial disease, easily recognized at surgery or autopsy.
This is a disease of modern civilization. Never before have people so young had arteriosclerosis. As recently as the year 1900, heart disease was very rare. It may be that airborne industrial pollutants, as well as herbicides, pesticides and preservatives in our food, have a lot to do with arterio-/athero-sclerosis.
The cholesterol content of these plaques can be handled by shifting to a no-fat, high-fiber diet. Plaques actually decrease in size, and the cholesterol content can eventually disappear. Lipid peroxidation itself can be halted by the liberal intake of antioxidants such as Beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and vitamin C, so no further damage is caused to the arterial tree.
The calcium content of the scar-plaques already present is another matter. Diet and pure water have little effect on it. Therefore, if you want to restore your health to a completely youthful condition, you are facing a real challenge with arteriosclerosis.
The list of problems that can be caused by artery disease is truly impressive, but it should not be surprising that it is so extensive given that a fresh supply of oxygenated blood is absolutely necessary for proper functioning in any organ. Even diseases that are more complicated, in that they have causes other than decreased blood flow, are made worse by arterial disease.
A prime example is Alzheimer’s Disease. True Alzheimer’s Disease is mimicked by simple aterio-/athero-sclerosis of the arteries and arterioles supplying the brain. Diabetes is known to be made worse by poor blood flow to the pancreas, and poor blood supply also can cause decreased output of digestive enzymes from the exocrine part of the pancreas, causing incomplete digestion.
Decreased blood supply to the kidneys results in the inappropriate release of angiotensin by the kidneys, inducing hypertension throughout the vascular tree. The joints, particularly the joints of the low back, react with inflammation and pain to decreasing blood flow and this, along with the degeneration of ligament tissue and disc disease, is responsible for the so-called “low back syndrome.”
Arterio-/athero-sclerosis plays a big part in the cause of arthritis throughout the body. The effect of this process on the heart is angina (chest pain originating in the heart) and eventually infarction and death. Poor blood supply to the stomach and small intestines results in poor digestion. Poor blood supply to the colon causes slowing of the colon with resulting colon disease.
The effect on the extremities is cold hands and feet, and in an advanced case, gangrene of the extremities can result. Impotence can be caused by decreased blood flow to the penis due to clogged arterioles. Frigidity can be caused by decreased blood flow to the pelvis. Cancer is known to be accelerated by decreased blood flow to the affected tissues. When blood flow is decreased to the immunocompetent cells in the bone marrow and spleen, the immune system itself is weakened.
The list of pains, aches, discomforts and diseases caused, or made worse by, arterio-/athero-sclerosis goes on and on. The above discussion is not complete and could not be made complete unless expanded to book size. Fortunately, there is a way to deal with arteriosclerosis. The answer is chelation.
Prevention of Arteriosclerosis: Oral Chelation
An ounce of prevention certainly is worth a pound of cure. The oral chelating agents serve admirably to prevent or halt the progression of arteriosclerosis, but do little to reverse the disease once it is present. You probably already are taking one of the oral chelating agents, vitamin C. This is an excellent oral chelating agent and also easily available. Also, fresh vegetables are loaded with other natural and effective chelating agents.
Lactic acid, produced from exercise, is an excellent chelating agent. It is the metabolic byproduct of sustained, vigorous muscle contraction. To get this chelating agent, you must exercise regularly. Exercise also increases your body’s ability to reduce, and thus neutralize, free radicals, which are at the heart of degenerative diseases.
There is a host of more exotic substances (Anginin, Unithol, Vaso Elastin, DMS, NTA, Hexopal Forte, Syntrival) that I think you should ignore, since they are not readily available, they are expensive, and the agents already easily available to you are excellent.
Reversal of the Effects of Arteriosclerosis by Intravenous Chelation
In distinction to the oral chelating agents that serve to prevent arteriosclerosis, intravenous chelation has been shown to actually reverse the effects of the disease. The agent used is Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic Acid, also known as “EDTA,” sold commercially as Sodium Edetate.
EDTA is a synthetic amino acid. The usual dose is 2000-3000 mg. (adjusted to body weight, age, and kidney function) added to 500 ml. of “carrier solution” sterile water with a mixture of vitamins and minerals. Most chelation doctors add vitamin C along with B vitamins, bicarbonate and magnesium.
The solution is infused slowly, one drop per second, and one treatment requires about three hours. The prisoner (calcium) is moved out of the body using the sheriff’s handcuffs (EDTA). The half life of EDTA in the body is one hour; i.e., one-half is removed (filtered into the urine) after one hour, another half of what is left is removed after one more hour, etc. Within 24 hours 99% of the EDTA is gone from the body, and you are left with only the therapeutic benefit.
In addition, to the transitory transport of calcium, many other metal ions are transported and rearranged, which brings up the subject of how EDTA works. In the early days of EDTA therapy, physicians had no idea how it worked. As physicians do, they reached for the nearest reasonable explanation. They said it decalcified the walls of arteries clogged with arterio-/athero-sclerotic plaque, a kind of chemical ROTO-ROOTER ®. This is now known not to be the only benefit of EDTA, even though decalcification of plaques does occur. The action of EDTA is more complex than the simple-minded comparison with a ROTO-ROOTER can reflect.
To be sure, the action of EDTA is to increase blood flow throughout the body. One of the hallmarks of aging is decreased blood flow to all the organs. It has been shown conclusively: EDTA restores this lost blood flow. How can this happen, if EDTA is not a “ROTO-ROOTER?”
Delivery of oxygen to cells is not explainable by merely comparing the circulatory system to a set of pipes. Blood vessels are living organs, not pipes. Once oxygen is delivered to a cell there is still the matter of how efficiently it can be used. EDTA, as it turns out, operates at all these levels. Here are the effects of EDTA, the final manifestation of which is the healing of degenerative diseases of many kinds.
I recommend any individual over the age of forty to have a series of twenty EDTA treatments, followed by six to twelve per year for maintenance after that, simply to restore youthful vitality lost due to aging and arteriosclerosis. A person who is already symptomatic with a cardiovascular disease will require more than twenty treatments. We look for the end of troublesome symptoms such as chest pain, leg pain, transient dizziness, intellectual impairment, and fatigue all attributable to loss of blood flow to vital organs to know when there have been enough treatments. A good rule of thumb to estimate the maximum number of treatments needed is one treatment for every year of your age, minus 20, but this is only a rough estimate.
You should expect to pay $90-120 per treatment, which admittedly is a nice piece of change. Most people would spend more money on a new car than on their health, so you have to ask yourself how much your health is worth. In the long run, the money you spend on chelation should more than repay itself in health, vitality and the absence of illness. If this were not so, I would not recommend it to you, and I would not be a chelation therapist. The number of physicians who carry out this procedure is relatively small, but growing rapidly a few hundred in the U.S. at present. This relative unavailability is surprising, given the great benefits available through this relatively inexpensive, extremely safe treatment.
A Short History of EDTA
EDTA was developed in Germany in the early 1930s as a substitute for citric acid. Citric acid was produced in England and used by Germany for binding mordant dyes. The development of EDTA was part of Germany’s effort to become independent of other countries. No one dreamed at the time that it would ever have a medical use. It has been available in the U.S. for medical purposes since 1948. The controversy has been raging since then, and it is not going away, much to the chagrin of the medical/pharmaceutical complex.
Many physicians who administer EDTA are people who have benefited from it themselves, many of whom have been brought back from death’s door, most commonly from heart disease. As I write this, I am experiencing the absence of a severe low back pain condition, which had been with me for thirteen years, relief I attribute to EDTA! Also my hearing, which was beginning to fail, has cleared up dramatically, and my kids are now puzzled that I can hear them from the other room.
I was introduced to EDTA by an 84-year-old former surgeon, Martin Weiss, M.D., who had been given a death sentence by a cardiovascular surgeon at age 67 unless he would immediately undergo coronary bypass. He knew the dangers of surgery and looked around for an alternative. He learned of EDTA and through treatment became free of heart disease without the risk of anesthesia or surgery. He then decided to offer EDTA to his patients.
Many physicians are closet chelators who perform chelations on themselves and their loved ones and relatives, but do not offer it to the general public because of the threat of condemnation by the medical community. These physicians are severely constrained by their need to be accepted by their peers. The freedoms we enjoy in America were not won by such people.
One can speculate about why this treatment is not more well-known and commonly administered in modern medicine in the U.S. It is interesting to observe, the patent on EDTA ran out in 1948, and it is therefore very inexpensive, because it can be produced by any drug company and must therefore face free market competition. It hardly matters how effective any drug is, when the patent expires, you probably will not hear much more about it. Drug companies have no fortune to make and thus no motivation to advertise EDTA to doctors. This kind of advertisement, believe it or not, is the most important factor determining which drugs many doctors prescribe, because it is this advertising doctors rely on for the bulk of their “continuing education.”
Also, if EDTA became commonly used, there would be a lot of cardiovascular surgeons looking for something else to do, as EDTA is a reasonably priced (cost: $2,000-4000), safe, nonsurgical alternative to balloon angioplasty (cost: around $15,000), and coronary bypass operations (cost: in the range of $50,000!). Many of these surgeons make over two million dollars per year doing drastic procedures for illnesses which could have been prevented with oral chelation, and many even most of which can still be treated successfully with EDTA. If these surgeons go out of business so does a section of hospital surgery suites and with those, many hospitals. The economic phalanx lined up against chelation therapy is solid and deep.
It is interesting to note a recent study in a publication called Medical Care (1995;33(7):715-728). This study reports that coronary bypass surgery is 96% more likely to be recommended when the patient is covered by private insurance versus Medicare (which pays less), and 117% more likely to be recommended versus the noninsured (which pays even less).
I recently attended the thirty year reunion at the university where I took my premed training. There I met an old friend who had become a vascular surgeon. This man was a wonderful student who never made less than an “A” on any test. I thought that, of all people, Ed would have looked over the relevant studies and would have a well-thought-out opinion for or against bypass surgery. So, I asked him, “Ed, what do you think of bypass surgery now? Is that good for people? Should we be doing that to people?” His reply: “It pays the bills!” And that was it. I could not persuade him to say anything more about the matter. He did offer that he was looking forward to an early retirement, but he had no more to say about bypass surgery.
One can only speculate about why the mass consciousness of doctors is not simply neutral to EDTA, but is, instead, openly hostile and disparaging. Otherwise open-minded docs will say absurd things like “I don’t know anything about it except it is no good!” How can you know it is no good, if you know nothing about it? My guess is: it is a combination of unconsciousness, ignorance and pure capitalism on the part of both pharmaceutical companies and medical practitioners.
Many courageous physicians have faced censure from medical societies, loss of hospital privileges, and worse for administration of this incredibly effective and safe treatment. Those days are coming to an end, however, because of the massive evidence which has accumulated to validate the safety and effectiveness of EDTA and the power of ACAM, the medical society for chelating doctors.
Nevertheless, we cannot take this therapy for granted. The California Medical Board is striving, right now, 1996, to regulate the use of EDTA to the point that it will not be available for the conditions for which most people need it. The Board is evenly split on whether to do this or not with (predictably) the vascular surgeon on the Board rabidly for suppression of chelation, despite the evidence of its effectiveness. As one of these rigid, righteous, closed-minded doctors said at a recent board meeting, “As long as chelation therapy was limited to being used by only a few docs, it did not need to be regulated, but now that it is becoming well-known, this ripoff therapy must be suppressed.” What he did not say, that is clearly true, is he wants to stamp out the competition to his enormous coronary bypass fees. This meeting was open to the public, and the room was full of hundreds of people whose lives had been saved by chelation, one of whom shouted out “Coronary bypass is the real ripoff!”
Let me quote this surgeon a little more. “If EDTA is so good, let them prove it. Proof is not so hard to get! Let them prove it with controlled, double-blind, placebo studies and then publish these results in the top peer-reviewed journals.” He apparently had an attack of attention deficit disorder when these very studies had been presented to the Board only a few minutes before.
Only a few of the thousands of fine studies on EDTA have been published in what were once the distinguished journals of medical research. The reason for this: the pharmaceutical industry bought these journals out with “donations” and advertising dollars years ago. Studies on the uses of EDTA threaten the profits of the pharmaceutical industry with its panoply of patented, toxic, synthetic drugs and the surgical industry with its dangerous unnecessary interventions such as bypass surgery. These studies simply are not allowed to be published in what were once the best medical journals, but that now are disrespected by doctors who are knowledgeable about the political process behind these publications.
Indeed, the surgical, pharmaceutical and hospital industries would like to stamp out chelation therapy. I am sure some people at MacDonald’s would like to outlaw other restaurants and make the Big Mac the required “food” for every person on the planet. Quality meals, like quality medical care, are not served at every standardized outlet.
Ten days ago one of my patients finished his course of chelation therapy. He went back for a visit to his cardiologist, who had recommended angioplasty and who strongly opposes chelation therapy. This man informed my patient that chelation therapy is dangerous, unproven, a financial ripoff and then insisted that my patient get back on his Mevacor (a toxic synthetic drug for lowering cholesterol). He then mailed to me a nasty little “progress note.” A few days later my patient dropped by my office for a chat and pointed out that as a result of chelation therapy his blood pressure is down, his diabetes is under control, his arrythmia is no longer present, and he has a new-found experience of well-being.
When informed by his cardiologist that my fee was a ripoff, my patient reports that he leaned toward that doctor and asked “Just how much does angioplasty cost?” (Answer: $20,000 for a two-hour procedure which typically is a failure versus my fee of less than $2,300 for 25 three-hour chelation treatments which typically are successful.) Almost any chelation therapist can tell you several such stories.
I am proud to be a physician. I studied and worked hard for my degree. The only time I am embarrassed to be a doctor is when I see performances like this one by a colleague. I am embarrassed that this man has the same degree I have. I know better than to hope this doctor will change. The facts do not matter to righteous, closed minds. Things will change, but as a result of people like that growing rich, old, retired, and replaced by a new generation.
Insurance companies, including Medicare, will not cover the cost of chelation therapy with EDTA, even though the cost is only around $3,000 compared to $15,000 for angioplasty and $50,000 for a bypass. The excuse is, EDTA is not an “accepted” therapy. What that actually means is: not accepted by cardiovascular surgeons who compete with chelation therapy and not accepted by the drug industry, which depends on people remaining sick and taking loads of synthetic drugs, and not accepted by the leading medical journals, which have been bought out by the pharmaceutical and surgical industries.
What is most strange, on the surface, is the fact that insurance companies do not cover the costs of chelation, even though they will shell out for coronary bypass which costs fifteen times as much and treats only two, three or four of the hundreds of arteries in the body. However, if you consider how widespread is the incidence of arterio-/athero-sclerosis, the number of insured people who would need EDTA as a preventive measure is truly astounding, and the cost of covering those people is clearly outside what is possible for any insurance carrier. Perhaps Medicare and the insurance companies have thought rather deeply into what it would cost to cover chelation therapy.
Nevertheless, if you are willing to have your treatment and then sue your insurance company for coverage, you probably will win, provided you present the facts about EDTA clearly. Historically this has been the case. I have a stack of several hundred scientific articles on EDTA, and I am prepared to prove my point in any forum.
The word doctor, in Latin, means “teacher.” The Latin word docere translates: “to teach.” When you go to your doctor, you should expect not only to get well but to learn about health and healing also. If you want to learn and your “doctor” doesn’t want to teach you, I suggest you get a real doctor.
A good teacher also is a student otherwise there is soon nothing to teach. Is the ordinary doctor a serious student? To give you an idea of the answer to this question, let me tell you this: most state medical boards require that each doctor have at least thirty hours of “continuing medical education” each year to maintain his or her license. To really keep up with developments, about 300 hours of study per year are required for a fast learner. The fact that medical boards must require thirty documented hours per year reveals how little continued learning is valued by most doctors compared to such things as, for example, managing their business interests.
Most doctors study thousands of hours to make it through each year of medical training, and after that, they feel entitled to believe whatever they did not learn is not worth learning. “If I didn’t hear about it in medical school, it must not be any good.” That is the unfortunate, unspoken and sometimes spoken attitude.
This book is about “progressive” medicine. All good teachers think for themselves. However, most doctors believe what they are told to believe by their teachers in medical school, and this uniformity in beliefs results in “community standards” of medical practice. This term, “community standards,” is a semi-legal term used to harass doctors who dare to think for themselves about medical care and who realize “community standards” is merely another term for institutionalized mediocrity.
The Allopathic Paradigm
A paradigm is a model for how things are. It is so deeply believed as to be unexaminable by the person who holds to that paradigm. A paradigm is an unconscious belief that organizes the perception of reality. For example, the paradigm for war is conflict. When you hear the word “war,” you assume conflict. A paradigm is not examined or questioned and almost all of what we know to be “true” is paradigm derived. It is not possible to think for yourself until you become aware of the nature of paradigms and conscious of your own particular paradigms. Very few people ever attempt this, and fewer still master it.
Standard medical care is based on the allopathic paradigm. An “allopath” is a standard mainstream doctor following “community standards.” These folks assume the body to be basically a machine that functions normally until attacked by a specific disease with a single cause. Find the cause, kill it (usually with a synthetic drug, radiation or a scalpel) and pronounce a cure, if the patient does not die from the treatment, of course.
This paradigm this unquestioned assumption is the foundation stone of standardized medical care. From the point of view of a holistic doctor (a “teacher of the whole person”) this is a woefully inadequate and mediocre paradigm from which to render medical care.
The Holistic Paradigm
A holistic doctor is necessarily one who has overcome medical school dogma and thinks for him/herself. He/she thinks from a different model of illness and health: the holistic paradigm. This kind of doctor believes illness is almost always multifactorial in cause, and that an important factor in causation of overt illness is the condition of the patient when in the “healthy” state, that is to say, an apparently healthy person may be ill without yet showing symptoms. The holistic doctor believes it is best to treat the patient before symptoms appear because of the difficulty involved in treating after symptoms appear. This is called “preventive medicine.”
The holistic doctor believes correction of illness before it is apparent also is the best way to contain health costs. And finally, the holistic doctor sees his or her role as that of an expert advisor with the goal to create an informed patient more able to prevent disease on his own. (This book is meant to assist that process.)
This is the paradigm, or model, with which the holistic doctor approaches the patient. However, the allopathic model with its single cause, doctor-as-God approach is still the predominant medical model in North America. It is popular, because it gives over responsibility for health matters to the doctor.
All professions practice their skills in a socioeconomic context. There are great political pressures on holistic doctors to conform to “community standards” of medical practice. Therefore, your holistic doctor is, by nature, a person willing to think and act in your best interests, despite pressure from his allopathic peers. Your holistic doctor also is termed an “alternative” physician, meaning that because she/he is not of the allopathic paradigm, he/she provides an alternative to that approach.
Perhaps the state of medicine can best be made clear by making what Albert Einstein (a real doctor, a teacher) called a “thought experiment.” In this case, our experiment is a social-political-economic-medical thought experiment. Imagine for a moment a plant is discovered having the following characteristics: the seeds are readily available; it is easily grown in any climate; eating this plant instantly cures all of the diseases of aging including arterial occlusion, spinal problems, and also cancer. In addition, this plant works to prevent all other diseases.
What do you suppose would be the reaction of the medical establishment to such a plant? By the term “medical establishment” I am not referring to individual doctors, rather to the advertising/propaganda machines created by the various trade unions associated with medicine: the American Medical Association, the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Dental Association, etc. I also refer to the FDA, which is staffed by former members of the medical establishment and thus has the same mentality, even though it is supposed to impartially regulate the rest of the medical establishment. The medical establishment is a state of mind created by propaganda machines.
Individual doctors listen to these propaganda machines just as does the rest of the public. Doctors believe most of what they believe about medicine because these trade unions have told them to believe it and have overwhelmed them with propaganda to support their point of view.
To get the answer to the question about the plant that cures all disease, you have to remember this plant, if properly understood by the public, will replace most of modern medicine, putting doctors, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, medical insurance companies, the professional trade unions (AMA, APA, ADA, etc.) and almost all related industries out of business overnight.
Trauma surgeons, emergency rooms, cosmetic surgeons, obstetricians and a few others still would be in business, everyone else would be scanning the “help wanted” column of the newspaper along with the multi billion dollar pharmaceutical industry and the manufacturers of most medical equipment. An entire industry would be rendered obsolete.
The reaction of the medical establishment to this plant would, of course, be more than negative. Given any chance whatsoever, the medical community would mount a propaganda campaign to discredit this new discovery. This propaganda campaign would be unmatched by any the world has ever seen. Powerful vested interests would not yield easily to this simple plant.
If such a plant were discovered, you probably would never hear of it, or if you did, it would be in the form of the medical establishment’s denouncement of this plant as a hoax.
Pure medical science and capitalism do not mix in the same pot. All medical advances occur in a political/economic context. If there is no great profit to be made from an advance in medicine, that advance is downplayed, ignored, or attracts a powerful negative reaction that brands it a hoax.
The fact is, as far as I know, such a plant has not been discovered. However, if you take a handful of relatively obscure medical treatments, that currently are in use, you will have something close to the equivalent of such a magical plant. Probably, you have never heard of them, because they have been downplayed, ignored, or (if that failed) outright attacked by the medical establishment.
In this book I will be telling you about this handful of therapies. The claims that can be made by these therapies are truly astounding and hard to believe. “Why hasn’t my doctor told me?” you will ask. “Why haven’t I read about these therapies in the paper?” you will want to know. Your doctor hasn’t told you, because probably your doctor is also unaware. Doctors listen to the medical establishment, as does the general public, and doctors believe what they are told by the medical establishment, which they trust.
You haven’t read about these therapies in the paper, because the media print only that which has general medical agreement. Therefore, the therapies that I will describe in this book are not for everyone.
Most people are hypnotized by the advice to “Listen to your doctor, and do exactly what your doctor tells you!” This is good advice, if you have not informed yourself in such a way that you can become a partner in your own health care rather than merely the passive recipient. Most people should listen to their doctors, and do what those doctors tell them. I am not writing this book for “most people.” This book is for the exceptional person, the person who has the intellect and will to question authority, not to be rebellious, simply in recognition of the fact authority is not always correct. This book is for the person who can, and will, think for him/herself.
Let me tell you about the revolution underway in American medicine and in medicine worldwide. On one side is the old order: the medical establishment, espousing allopathic medicine one disease, one cure supported by the pharmaceutical industry, churning out one laboratory-made drug after another, providing short-term benefits with significant risks and sacrificing long-term health. Also, lined up with the old order is the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) which collects over 200 million dollars for its participation in the approval process of each new drug, drugs which, after they are approved, are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths outright every year in the U. S. alone and contribute to another 115,000 deaths each year.
On the other side of this war are people who believe in healing by natural means, people who know synthetic drugs are universally toxic and who also know there is no job done by a synthetic drug that cannot be done better by natural agents vitamins, herbs, botanicals (plant derived), homeopathic preparation, or some other agent derivative from nature. These doctors also know that many times diet and lifestyle changes alone will effect a cure much better than any synthetic drug.
The pharmaceutical industry also is aware of this last fact and is extremely anxious to prevent the public from learning about these superior preparations. Above all, they are terrified doctors will come to appreciate these facts and cease handing out synthetic drugs as if they were candy and begin practicing medicine in a more sensible way. When doctors make this change the pharmaceutical industry is history, and they know it. For this reason they provide a never-ending stream of propaganda aimed at doctors and medical schools (future doctors). They buy large amounts of advertising space in the major medical journals, effectively coercing these journals not to publish research on botanicals, vitamins, and minerals, etc. that would undermine their profits.
The FDA is heavily allied with the pharmaceutical industry with a high priority on protecting drug company profits (and thus their own 200-plus million dollars per drug approval). They have proclaimed regulations to shut the mouths of the manufacturers of vitamins, botanicals, etc. These companies are prohibited from printing the truth on bottles of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, etc. regarding their health benefits and uses. They are forbidden from distributing books and brochures proclaiming these truths. For this reason only people who have taken the time to educated themselves in these matters are aware of the situation.
When these dictatorial regulations are breached, the FDA has no problem putting on their flack jackets, loading their guns, busting into doctors’ offices, vitamin stores, vitamin and botanical companies etc., roughing people up, stealing patient and research records, stock, property, and pat-searching personnel, including women. (I can back these assertions up with data.)
The FDA would like to ban the sale of books proclaiming these truths. They would like to regulate vitamins as if they were dangerous synthetic drugs and, if not ban them, at least put them on prescription or, failing that, at least permit only the sale of greatly reduced dosages. These things have actually happened in many countries and if we are not eternally vigilant, they also will happen in the U.S.
All doctors participate in this monumental struggle for the future of your right to be informed and to make informed decisions regarding your health care. Unfortunately, most doctors are participating by doing nothing, by staying locked into the “system,” practicing medicine as it was taught to them in medical school and as they are encouraged by the American Medical Association (AMA), the FDA, their state medical boards and other organizations such as the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
By the way, if you think these assertions are outrageous and hard to believe, let me invite you to educate yourself. All of these assertions, and many more, are documented in a book entitled The Assault on Medical Freedom by P. Joseph Lisa. You can order this book by dialing (800) 357-2211. The cost is $14.95 plus shipping. You will be amazed. I especially encourage other doctors to order this book. So many of us are not informed.
The Transformation of Medicine
There exists a network of doctors in America and throughout the world, among whom I include myself, who are not satisfied to live out their lives practicing the kind of medicine they were taught to practice in medical school, regardless of how obscene the income it can generate. These people understand time marches on, things change, and advances are made. They understand the medical monopoly and choose not to participate in it. Indeed, these doctors want to break the medical monopoly and create a condition some have called “freedom of health care.” These doctors think for themselves, practice their art with integrity and courage, and are open-minded to the newest advances in the healing arts whether or not these advances were taught in medical school and even if these advances do not further line the pockets of the medical establishment.
The latest advances, even if they favor the generation of large incomes for doctors, hospitals, and medical insurance companies, take ten years to make it from the research labs to teaching centers, and at least another ten years to make it to the medical practice of typical doctors. This twenty year lag period makes it too late for many people. Those advances which are not patentable which reveal the power of vitamins, nutrients, natural human hormones, and other natural substances to heal would never make it to the consumer except for dedicated practitioners of progressive medicine and their colleagues in research labs and compounding pharmacies.
The network of doctors of which I speak believes in bypassing this pyramid of medical authority and bringing these advances directly to the public. This was the way medicine was designed to be practiced before it became big business. We commit ourselves to a renewal, a renaissance, a transformation of medicine.
This transformation seems to be provoking an inquisition as doctors are harassed, persecuted and even prosecuted by the FDA and state medical boards for nothing more than beating the timetable by twenty years and offering therapies which actually work. But, never mind, we can handle the inquisition.
Ron Kennedy, M.D.