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Evidence Based Medicine?

December 1, 2015 2 comments

In questions of medicine and health, just like in theology, there are a variety of opinions. However, unlike in theology, there still exists a “state church” of medicine. Anyone not in agreement with the state church of medicine is automatically considered a schismatic cult of medicine.

Most people default to trusting state medicine and will look upon others with great suspicion (and often contempt). You will often hear “alternative” medicine denounced as not being “evidence based.” But is that true? What exactly does that mean?

Dr. David Perlmutter: Autism, Alzheimer’s & The Gut Microbiome – #250

David: Well, one of the criticisms that I have gotten in the past has been, “Well, Perlmutter, you’re not practicing evidence-based medicine. What that means is, what I’m doing hasn’t been validated in peer-reviewed studies in a double-blinded way, using thousands of individuals, so that somebody can develop a proprietary drug that I would then prescribe. That’s what evidence-based medicine is all about. In this lifetime, I choose to look at the evidence of what happens to my patients. When I see a child who couldn’t speak or socially interact, and sat in the corner spinning circles, and would scream, suddenly have a videotape sent to me from his mother of this child practicing a book report about Benjamin Franklin, and that’s a true story. Because he underwent a fecal transplantation, and he has autism, that’s … There is not a double-blinded trial.

Although, interestingly enough, that is actually going on right now, at University of Arizona, doing fecal transplant study on kids with autism. The reason that child underwent fecal transplantation to reestablish a healthy microbiome is because of the numerous scientific publications demonstrating that kids with autism have a disturbed microbiome, because of the fabulous research by Dr. Derrick MacFabe at the University of Western Ontario, showing that the bacterial changes in the gut that are correlated with autism induce changes in the levels of what are called the short chain fatty acids. Higher levels of one short chain fatty acid, called propionic acid, that directly damages brain function. He’s actually injected rodents with propionic acid, and what do they do?

They go into a corner, and they spin around in circles, and they don’t sniff each other, they don’t socialize. I have that on my website; it’s on YouTube, for crying out loud. He is going to present his data at our upcoming microbiome conference. When a parent brings me their autistic child, and their family has been devastated by it, they don’t know what the future holds. They know pretty well that that child is going to grow up into an adult who requires full-time assistance. They say, “Dr. Perlmutter, we know there is no pill, but what’s your best guess?” I don’t guess based upon hunches, I’m guessing based upon this information that we have at hand, that researchers are looking at around the world, that I try to write books about, and I try to lecture about.

I say, “Here’s what we ought to do. We ought to change the diet, X, Y, and Z. We ought to consider aggressive probiotics; we might even consider probiotics enemas.” What a crazy idea, putting probiotics in the colon of a kid with autism. Why in the world would you do that? When that question is asked, I give an hour lecture, I show slides, I give people the peer-reviewed literature that documents the research going on that is supportive of these wacky ideas. Again, when people say, “Gee, this is stepping out, why don’t you just toe the line?” I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to look parents in the eye, and say, “Look, at this point in time we really don’t have a medication for your child, and that’s about as much time as I have. See you later.”
That just isn’t going to work for me.

[…]

Dave:  One of the things that really made a difference to me, is I come from a family of engineers and scientists, evidence-based people. When you study actual evidence in the history of debate, and the Greeks, there’s actually 7 different kinds or 8 different kinds of ways of having evidence. To this day, there is actually no double-blind study, that jumping out of an airplane would kill you.

I would invite the evidence-based people to go ahead, and do that, to figure it out, because if you say evidence-based, and you only count one of the 7 kinds, what you’re doing is you’re suddenly insulting everyone else who said, “Well, here’s the evidence. When I smack myself in the face, it hurts; that’s evidence. It just is.” There is not a double-blinded study that says that that hurts, but it is evidence. We can just reject evidence-based people as close-minded, and unwilling to consider most forms of evidence, because it doesn’t fit with whatever dogma they believe. Those are religious people hiding as scientists.

In other words, you could compare these people to “proof-texters” who deny the use of inference in the study of theology and demand an explicit proof text for every doctrine.

Do theologians who draw inferences from the text in order to establish doctrine not explicit in the text reject “bible-based” doctrine? No.

Do practitioners who draw inferences from studies in order to establish treatments not explicit in the studies reject “evidence-based” medicine? No.

Consider the following as well:

As a practicing physician for more than 25 years, I can assure the reader that virtually all doctors fear being ridiculed by their colleagues more than anything else. This fear, more than any other factor that I can identify, appears to almost completely stifle independent medical thought. As Goethe once said: “We would rather admit our moral errors, mistakes and crimes than our scientific errors.” Certainly, a small handful of dishonorable physicians may realize that some unwelcome but legitimate medical breakthroughs could reduce their income, and they may oppose those breakthroughs for that reason. However, most physicians really care about and want to help their patients. The problem that remains is how to get physicians and the complete medical truth together. Forman (1981) analyzed this resistance to innovation by some scientists, especially those who are physicians and clinicians.

Although this book will address the incredible ability of vitamin C to effectively treat and cure many different viral diseases and effectively treat a wide array of other infectious diseases, the following true story about another long-standing effective therapy will probably best illustrate why additional attempts to get the truth out about vitamin C must be made. On Sunday, July 2, 2000, a made-for-TV movie aired during the primetime evening hours. Entitled . . . First Do No Harm, it starred Meryl Streep, one of the most acclaimed actresses of our day. It was a fictionalized story based on real events in the life of a mother (Streep) and her young child. The child developed epileptic seizures that proved to be progressively unresponsive to all of the prescription medicines that were used. Additionally, the child developed multiple side effects to the medications, with at least one being life-threatening. The child was finally offered brain surgery as a last resort, although not an option with much hope of long-term success. The child’s mother, not one to just accept fate but determined to mold it herself, threw herself into research at the medical library. She “discovered” a treatment called the “ketogenic diet,” which the literature said completely eliminated seizures in a significant percentage of patients unsuccessfully treated with multiple seizure drugs. Her neurologist had not even mentioned diet as a possible therapy, even though this treatment had been in the medical literature for about 75 years! When the mother mentioned trying the diet, the neurologist only ridiculed her, labeled the reports of success with the diet as “anecdotal,” and even threatened to use legal action to keep her from transferring her child to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to try the diet and avoid surgery. As might now be expected, the diet worked dramatically, and the child rapidly became seizure-free and remained off of all medications.

The next day in the doctor’s lounge at one of the local hospitals in Colorado Springs, it was very apparent that the doctors as a group were indignant that their authority had been questioned by the movie, . . . First Do No Harm. When one of the younger doctors did assert that he should “look into” this ketogenic diet, the remainder of them rapidly built up a strong “group negativity” that welcomed only further negative comments about this treatment modality. Some of these real doctors’ comments actually closely paralleled the negative comments of the TV movie neurologist. The doctors also assaulted the reports of positive responses to the ketogenic diet as anecdotal, even though it was very obvious that most, if not all, of them had never even heard of the ketogenic diet before seeing or hearing of the movie. This was in spite of the fact that many of these positive responses to the diet had actually been published. One doctor even referred to the internet as just another “National Enquirer,” implying that lay people are too hopelessly ignorant to ever discover vital information on their own, and that they are easily deluded by anything they might read. Another older physician asserted that he would need a “full bibliography” of medical references before he would even give the ketogenic diet passing consideration. As a group, it was generally expressed and accepted that it was impossible that any significant therapy for unresponsive seizure disorders could possibly have eluded them in the course of their medical training. Rather than join in the conversation, i just listened, and then i left without commenting.

After I got home, it took all of about three minutes to get my computer online, access MEDLINE, and find 180 medical journal references on the “ketogenic diet.” MEDLINE is the database of the National Library of Medicine, containing over 11 million citations and author abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals throughout the world, dating from 1966 to the present. (See the references cited at the end of this introduction for a small sampling of these ketogenic diet references.) in one of the more recent references in the April, 2000 issue of Pediatrics eleven studies on the ketogenic diet were reviewed. The authors concluded that the ketogenic diet completely stopped medically unresponsive seizures in a significant percentage of children. The diet also reduced seizure frequency by over 90% in an even greater percentage of children! Similar articles were found in the various neurology and epilepsy journals. Sadly, it would seem that many pediatricians and pediatric neurologists do not know what is in the most current issues of their primary and specialty journals. At the very least, it appears that what is read is rarely independently evaluated and weighed in the mind of the doctor reader. Invariably, new and “radical” information simply must already be accepted by the majority of a doctor’s medical peers to have any real chance of being utilized in patient care. Older, more “radical” information, ironically, seems to have even less chance of objective evaluation and practical application.

It is of further significance to note that there has always been a consistent push to use prescription drugs whenever possible for just about any medical condition. Modern epileptic drugs were not available when the ketogenic diet was first discovered. However, the proper application of the diet is demanding and requires much more of an investment in time and effort than needs to be taken in the writing of a prescription. When the anti-seizure drugs first came along a few years later, the ketogenic diet quickly fell into disfavor. This is especially unfortunate since epileptic drugs frequently have severe side effects compared to many other prescription drugs. Suffice it to say, however, that the ordinary physician rarely strays from what is contained in the primary textbooks, even if the current journals with which the physician should be familiar assert otherwise.

A word about one of the most common physician criticisms of a concept that does not mesh with traditional medical information needs to be mentioned here. When something is labeled as an “anecdote,” the person reporting the information is usually being told that he or she is incapable of accurately reporting the response of a patient to a treatment. In reality, the dictionary defines an anecdote as being a short narrative that is unpublished. The most esteemed journals of our day often contain what are called “case reports,” which are nothing more than brief summarizations of the response(s) of one or a handful of patients to a certain treatment. A case report is absolutely nothing more than an anecdotal report that managed to get published. However, the published case report is typically written by a health care professional, and the information is often given the validity of a much more “scientifically” prepared study or article. In the final analysis, however, a case report is an anecdote, and an anecdote is a case report. The only differences are the reporter and the reporter’s ability to be published. The lay person reporter or the non-mainstream medical doctor reporter will only endure ridicule and struggle to get published, while the mainstream doctor reporter will often get published and be awarded greater respect from the medical community for making a significant observation of a noteworthy clinical event. New, cutting-edge medical concepts from “non-sanctioned sources” frequently struggle just to see the light of day.

Levy MD JD, Thomas E. (2011-08-31). Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins:Curing the Incurable (Kindle Locations 202-263). Xlibris. Kindle Edition.

Finally, listen to this podcast Ep. 541 Just How Much Has Government Screwed Up Health Care? An ER Doctor Explains — and Tells Us How to Fix It

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Biotoxin Illness

February 2, 2015 1 comment

Back in September I posted about my CIRS and Lyme diagnosis: I’m a Leper in a Leprous House.

Yesterday I came across a blog that does a decent job of communicating what it’s like. My story with Mold Toxicity , Lyme Disease and MCS/EHS

Thankfully I have not been dealing with it as long as she has, so I have not developed MCS. The Lord has also graciously given me a safe place to live for the time being, but I can confirm her comments about reacting to spores on people’s clothes, restaurants, stores, and in my case mail from the moldy Post Office. As of last Sunday, I also can’t tolerate the community center our church began meeting at. This stuff sounds absolutely nutty and it took me a while to get over how bizarre it is. It’s also not rare.

photoQuestions and Answers for the Afflicted

When sorrows surge, and strength has fled,
When streams become a flood,
When man is laid upon his bed,
And finds he’s flesh and blood,
Where will he run, where will he turn,
Where can a creature go?
When will he see, when will he learn,
What he should surely know?

“Why now? Why here? Why me? Why this?
Why us?” we cry aloud.
“Have I behaved aright? Amiss?”
We ask, with body bowed.
“Has God forgotten to be kind,
Will he not keep his vows?”
Such thoughts and questions fill the mind,
More than the soul allows.

Yet through his word, fit for my frame,
I find myself consoled.
“Recall my deeds, recall my name,
Recall my works of old.
Twas I who brought the Israelites
Out from their slavery.
Twas I who led them day and night
Through deadly land and sea.

Recall to mind, and then have hope,
That I do all things well.
When in the shadows, blind, you grope,
I will, the dark, dispel.
New, new, each morn, my mercies are,
Bright as the rising sun.
And whether you go near or far,
They cannot be undone.”

But greater still than parted waves,
Or manna from the sky,
Is God the Son, who came to save,
Who only lived to die.
He is the bread; he is the way
Through death and judgment’s path.
And he alone saves on that day
Of God’s unfailing wrath.

And in his death I start to see,
The clouds begin to clear.
The questions that were plaguing me
Begin to disappear.
In history, outside of me,
I see God’s working hand,
And find a true reality
That makes me understand.

For if my God through wickedness,
Can bring about his plan
To save from sins in righteousness
An undeserving man,
Then can he not in my life, too,
Cause good to come from ill?
And should I not, since this is true,
Resign to trust his will?

Who else have I, who else have we,
If not our God above?
Where can we fly, where can we flee,
If not to he who’s love?
We can, we may, we will, we must,
Find rest in God alone.
The creature’s sole and only trust,
Is he who’s on the throne.

And do I not have reasons great
To know that this is so?
Since he, in heaven, sets my fate
Here on the earth below?
And so the Father calms his child.
He wipes and dries my tears
And in his ever-loving arms
The Father calms my fears.

What vanities befall me now,
I know they work for good.
And though I often don’t see how,
I see the cross of wood.
And when my sorrows well within,
As sorrows well without,
I’ll take my Savior’s medicine,
And banish fear and doubt.

(These thoughts were drawn especially from Psalm 77 and Lamentations 3.)

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I’m a Leper in a Leprous House

September 5, 2014 6 comments

The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give you for a possession, and I put a case of leprous disease in a house in the land of your possession, then he who owns the house shall come and tell the priest, ‘There seems to me to be some case of disease in my house.’ Then the priest shall command that they empty the house before the priest goes to examine the disease, lest all that is in the house be declared unclean. And afterward the priest shall go in to see the house. And he shall examine the disease. And if the disease is in the walls of the house with greenish or reddish spots, and if it appears to be deeper than the surface, then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house and shut up the house seven days. And the priest shall come again on the seventh day, and look. If the disease has spread in the walls of the house, then the priest shall command that they take out the stones in which is the disease and throw them into an unclean place outside the city. And he shall have the inside of the house scraped all around, and the plaster that they scrape off they shall pour out in an unclean place outside the city. Then they shall take other stones and put them in the place of those stones, and he shall take other plaster and plaster the house.

“If the disease breaks out again in the house, after he has taken out the stones and scraped the house and plastered it, then the priest shall go and look. And if the disease has spread in the house, it is a persistent leprous disease in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, its stones and timber and all the plaster of the house, and he shall carry them out of the city to an unclean place. Moreover, whoever enters the house while it is shut up shall be unclean until the evening, and whoever sleeps in the house shall wash his clothes, and whoever eats in the house shall wash his clothes.

“But if the priest comes and looks, and if the disease has not spread in the house after the house was plastered, then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, for the disease is healed. And for the cleansing of the house he shall take two small birds, with cedarwood and scarlet yarn and hyssop, and shall kill one of the birds in an earthenware vessel over fresh water and shall take the cedarwood and the hyssop and the scarlet yarn, along with the live bird, and dip them in the blood of the bird that was killed and in the fresh water and sprinkle the house seven times. Thus he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird and with the fresh water and with the live bird and with the cedarwood and hyssop and scarlet yarn. And he shall let the live bird go out of the city into the open country. So he shall make atonement for the house, and it shall be clean.”

(Leviticus 14:33-53 ESV)

About a year and a half ago I posted about some of my health problems stemming from significant food allergies (gluten, dairy, egg, yeast). The most overt symptoms dissipated after removing those foods, but since then my health has continued to deteriorate, most notably as extreme fatigue. We moved in March and I suspected we had been dealing with mold at our previous residence, but my health seemed to worsen after the move.

In June I was visiting a church while out of town on business. I started feeling sick half way through the Sunday School. I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes once the morning service started. I felt nauseous and I was slurring my words. I couldn’t sing. I took a pair of hearing impaired wireless headphones and laid down outside for the rest of the service. After falling asleep and taking some detox supplements I felt a lot better.

That was my second experience with Sick Building Syndrome, and it confirmed that I had become a mold canary. I found out that 25% of people (that’s a huge number, btw) have a genetic susceptibility to this condition. Because of a defective immune system, we cannot properly respond to and eliminate toxins produced by mold. Most people, when exposed to toxic mold from water damaged buildings, experience seasonal allergy type symptoms as their body identifies and eliminates the toxins. For the rest of us, our body can’t do that, so the toxins trigger an inflammatory cascade and then they just keep cycling through your body, like a revolving door they never exit, continually triggering inflammatory responses. The result is that you become highly sensitive to moldy environments, whereas most people aren’t aware there is any problem in the building.

We were out of town for 2.5 weeks when I started figuring this out. We planned on getting our house tested when we returned, finding a doctor, and slowly figuring everything out. Well, the first night back I started feeling sick. I spent the next day outside, and then slept outside. Being aware from the environment for that long and then re-exposing myself made the reaction apparent (think about the frog in a boiling pot). So I sent the family away and stayed to figure things out.

With some help, I tested our home using an ERMI PCR DNA analysis. The test showed that we had unsafe levels of Stachybotrys Chartarum (aka “toxic black mold” – even though lots of mold is black). S. chartarum is a toxic mold, meaning it produces mycotoxins. One of the mycotoxins produced by S. chartarum (trichothesene) was used to produce a chemical weapon known as “yellow rain”. So it was clear we needed to get out of the house. What was also clear was that everything we owned was also contaminated. With a tremendous amount of help from friends and family demonstrating Christ’s care and provision for His people, we were able to sort through everything in the house, discarding what couldn’t be cleaned (anything porous) and cleaning what could be kept safely. I put those things in a truck and got out of Dodge, driving north to live with family in Washington for my 6 month treatment to reverse the inflammation. (After arriving, it was apparent that the items were still contaminated, so they’re in storage for now).

The official diagnosis is Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Caused by Exposure to the Interior Environment of Water-Damaged Buildings (CIRS-WDB). (It was the cause of my food allergies)

Many patients “don’t look that bad.” But those people are struggling with an illness that causes them to lose their quality of life. These patients don’t know that they have a genetic susceptibility to develop this illness based on their immune response genes (HLA–DR). They don’t know that the inflammation that makes them ill comes from within: it is due to an assault by their own unregulated innate immune system responses. Because of exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building(WDB), these patients will have a series of abnormalities in innate immune responses that will not self heal; will not abate in severity [actually increase!] and will continue to cause illness from blood- and tissue- based inflammation as well as alteration of the regulation of fundamental genomic activity. At the core of why one person becomes ill from this exposure and another doesn’t is their gene susceptibility (or predisposition) – what is built into their DNA.

 

When these spores with their neurotoxins are inhaled, about 76% of people have the ability to quickly eliminate them. They may sneeze or have other minor symptoms, but symptoms are temporary. They are like a plastic bucket that has poison drip into it from time to time but they have a small hole in the bottom of the bucket and
the poison leaks out.

About 24% do not have a hole in their bucket. They have a genetic inheritance that makes them unable to eliminate mold toxins. The body simply does not tag the toxins as invaders and it does not eliminate them. The liver can send these toxins to the digestive tract via the bile, but they are quickly reabsorbed back into the blood. The result is that continual or repeated exposures to mold toxins results in an ever increasing amount of these toxins in the body. It is estimated that around 25 million Americans have some degree of mold toxin illness though it might be called MS, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis[, lupus, ALS,]  and so on.

Mold Toxins Summary

Currently, there are only 8 physicians in the US who treat the condition. Thankfully I found one in San Francisco that I’ve been seeing. This week I was thrown a curve ball I wasn’t expecting. I also tested positive for Lyme Disease. There is a great deal of overlap in symptoms and the genetic defect (CIRS) is also triggered by toxins produced by Lyme as well. So the rabbit hole gets a little deeper and treatment will now take 2.5 years, rather than 6 months. But we know what we’re dealing with and how to treat it, and much more importantly I know that my Redeemer lives and that every affliction in this life is appointed by Him to tear down my idols of health, prosperity, self – anything that keeps me from clinging to and loving my Savior. Physical leprosy in the Old Covenant was symbolic of something much more deadly: spiritual leprosy – our corrupt and sinful hearts at war with God. Though my physical leprosy may or may not be healed, praise God that by His grace, I have been saved from my spiritual leprosy – for which I deserve so much worse than the minor inconveniences I’m now experiencing.

1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,1 am not my own,2 but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ,3 who with His precious blood4has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil;5 and so preserves me,6 that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head;7 indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation.8 Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,9 and makes me heartily willing and ready henceforth to live unto Him.10

1Rom 14:7-9; 21 Cor 6:19-20; 31 Cor 3:23; Tit 2:14; 41 Pt 1:18-19; 1 Jn 1:7, 2:2; 5Jn 8:34-36; Heb 2:14-15; 1 Jn 3:8; 6Jn 6:39-40, 10:27-30; 2 Thes 3:3; 1 Pt 1:5; 7Mt 10:29-31; Lk 21:16-18; 8Rom 8:28; 9Rom 8:15-16; 2 Cor 1:21-22, 5:5; Eph 1:13-14; 10Rom 8:14

Hercules Collins, An Orthodox Catechism

 

 

As is common in every field of medicine, politics has tremendously hindered progress in acknowledging, diagnosing, and treating CIRS. Ritchie Shoemaker’s Surviving Mold recounts much of that struggle. One chapter is about a man who was completely debilitated by CIRS, leaving him house bound and largely bed ridden with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The catch is that he was an accomplished employee of the EPA, and he acquired his condition at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., along with thousands of other employees. Of course the EPA denied it and it took 20 years of legal battles to finally prove the EPA headquarters was itself a “sick building”. Clearly we won’t get any clear answers on the issue so long as the legal and medical establishment looks to regulatory bodies like the EPA who have a vested interest in denying the existence of the condition (it would cost the government billions of dollars to remediate their moldy buildings).

Final note: this is not a rare condition, but it is a rarely diagnosed condition. There are a great number of people dealing with diseases with a name, but without a known cause. Since 25% of people are genetically susceptible and an estimated 30% of buildings have mold problems, a lot of people are suffering from CIRS without knowing it.

Resources

Mold:

Lyme

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Fix Your Gut

Fix Your Gut: A Book Dedicated to “Fixing” All Your Digestive Ailments and Concerns by John Brisson is currently on sale for $5.99 on Kindle. It’s a steal at that price. I paid $25. I highly recommend it.

I used many of his recommendations for overcoming my son’s H Pylori infection. I’m also at the tail end of following his protocol for Crohn’s. (Results look promising, but it’s too early to say)

From the intro:

Chapter 1 My Story

For twenty-two years of my life, I thought natural medicine was a sham. My grandfather, who was a pharmacist, taught me that standard medicine was the only way to go and that the FDA (and drug companies) could do no evil. I laugh to myself now when I think of how foolish I was back then. Do not get me wrong, I still think conventional medicine has its place in healthcare, but I believe that we should consider all available options and make reasonable choices that are supported by the data. I suffered from different medical conditions including being born extremely premature (twenty-two weeks) in 1985.

I suffered from asthma, poor lung capacity, and a poor functioning immune system until I successfully healed myself a few years ago. Conventional medicine was just “treating” the symptoms of my asthma. It never addressed the true causes of disease which were a deficiency in vitamin C, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and chronic dehydration from ingestion of soda. Supplements changed my life. My asthma symptoms disappeared within six months, and all tests showed my lung function was now completely normal. I asked my doctor how this was possible, and he was completely mystified and refused to consider the changes to my nutrition as a factor. It took conquering asthma and taking my life back to evaluate the relationship that I had with my doctor, and the entire healthcare industry.

My mother passed away from systemic Lupus when I was five. She believed fully that conventional medicine would save her. My father was one of the first Americans in the early 90′ s to be diagnosed with hepatitis C. He participated in the first clinical trials of Pegylated Interferon with Ribavirin. I remember taking care of my father throughout high school and listening to him vomit and sob for hours at a time after taking his medicine. When I was a senior in high school, the medication had left my father with cognitive deficits including memory loss trouble focusing, and paranoid schizophrenia. He left this Earth when I was eighteen years old and about to leave home to go to college. He also believed that conventional medicine would have cured him, or at the very least, kept him alive to see me start a life, get married, and father him grandchildren.

I believe nutritional medicine would have saved both my parents. I believe that we should have opened our minds to other possibilities. What about people who have heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, and autoimmune diagnoses? Are they aware of the treatment options that nutritional medicine has to offer? Conventional medicine does not always address the root cause of these illnesses. In many cases, only the symptoms are addressed.

I am not completely discounting the effectiveness of conventional medicine. The data shows that there is a high success rate of using certain treatments including antimicrobials to fight life threatening infections, surgeries, and stabilizing someone during a medical emergency (like a heart attack, or stroke.) One lovely Christmas morning, I accidentally cut my artery in my left arm and would have bled to death without arterial repair surgery. I also took antibiotics, and I followed my doctor’s recommendations and drug regimen for a month afterwards. I have no problem admitting conventional medicine saved my life. This is why the acceptance of both forms of healthcare is needed in the United States. We can have a complete healthcare system.

Brisson, John (2014-04-12). Fix Your Gut: A Book Dedicated to “Fixing” All Your Digestive Ailments and Concerns (Kindle Locations 197-215). . Kindle Edition.

 

I had to resign when my youngest son was born with health problems and I dedicated my life to take care of him. My youngest son, Abel, was born with an extremely rare medical condition known as congenital myopathy with excess muscle spindles. He is only one of six children in the world to be given this diagnosis. The medical explanation of this condition is complex, but the simplest explanation that I can describe is that the gene that produces muscle fibers was stuck in the “off” position…

…Doctors told my wife and I that my son would continue to get weaker until he died. He was on a ventilator for the first three months of his life. My wife and I made a difficult choice and his doctors removed the ventilator to end his suffering. Even though I consider myself a Christian, I often struggle with my faith. There is no reasonable scientific answer for why Abel is still alive. Even though he was completely paralyzed, he coughed up the ventilator tube and began to breathe without the assistance. This appeared to be medically impossible because his lungs atrophied. We took our son home the same month.

I am grateful for conventional medicine. They stabilized my son’s life. He lived in the ICU for a total of six months. I am grateful to all the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff that took care of my son. Conventional medicine stabilized my son. Supplementation extended and improved his quality of life.

diagnosed. They say it takes becoming sick to take one’s health in their own hands, and the same can be said for me. I wrote this book about digestive health and coached many clients with digestive problems and concerns because no one should have to suffer.

Brisson, John (2014-04-12). Fix Your Gut: A Book Dedicated to “Fixing” All Your Digestive Ailments and Concerns (Kindle Locations 250-254). . Kindle Edition.

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Systemic Problems with the American Medical Association

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are some quotes/links I put together for a friend who is skeptical of my skepticism of “conventional” (allopathic) medicine:

I totally get your skepticism – I used to share it. The simple answer is: find out how the government is involved. Don’t underestimate the real consequences of government involvement.
  1. How Medical Boards Nationalized Health Care
    1. Laws and regulations covering doctors and hospitals plus all the other parts of our healthcare system now account for over half of all the words, sentences, and paragraphs in our entire body of law.
    2. There is one category of physician transgressor in particular the board will treat more harshly than any other. The major but unspoken mission of the state medical boards is to protect MDs from market competition. Is this not the main focus or purpose of labor unions and trade associations? State medical boards are the enforcement wing of the American Medical Association. State medical boards masquerade as consumer protection agencies to get public support, police powers, and taxpayer dollars. The Federation of State Medical Boards was organized to coordinate the fifty state medical boards and serve as liaison between them and the AMA. This combination and collaboration of AMA, Federation of State Medical Boards, and the state boards of medical examiners to form a medical monopoly was complete by 1912.

      Such combining of state and corporate entities is not unique to this AMA/state medical board combo. It was a popular approach at the start of the twentieth century. The common name for this arrangement is fascism. As Benito Mussolini pointed out, “fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” Therefore what we have here in the United States is medical corporatism or medical fascism—or, even more precisely, a medical fascist monopoly. This medical monopoly has throughout the twentieth century continued to consolidate and strengthen its power. It has attacked any would-be competitor to its hegemony.

      The true purpose of this medical monopoly, like all monopolies, is to control the market.

    3. Whether the object of destruction by the medical monopoly be homeopaths, midwives, chiropractors, or internet prescribers, the purge is conducted in the same manner. No scientific proof or research data is offered to discredit these practitioners. The entire approach is one of character assassination directed at their profession.
  2. Has the Medical Profession Been Corrupted?
    1. Somehow or other, we have developed a government-industry-medical complex that extracts tremendous amounts of money from taxpayers and patients, but damages health. Subsidies for wheat and soybeans and corn make toxic foods cheap; junk science like the “lipid hypothesis” promotes their consumption; elite doctors appointed supreme authorities by government bureaucrats declare biomarkers of wheat, corn, and soybean oil consumption to be diseases requiring drug treatment; the drug industry sells tens of billions of dollars of drugs to the afflicted persons.

      Qui bono? Elites do well – elite doctors on the review and funding panels, bureaucrats, politicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Public health suffers.

    2. Medical research is very focused on incremental progress in an established research paradigm. Since many established research paradigms are mis-conceived – are cul-de-sacs that lead nowhere – incremental progress down these blind alleys translates into “no progress.”

      When stuck in a cul-de-sac, one should reverse course and try some new direction. But medicine is increasingly unable to do this, Dr. Charlton says, due to the bureaucratization of medicine, and consequent stifling of independent creative research:

      Nothing stifles creativity like a monopoly.

  3. Excerpt from Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins:Curing the Incurable, Levy MD JD, Thomas E.
    1. Most people, especially highly schooled ones such as physicians, doggedly persist in thinking as a group rather than as individuals contributing to a collective fund of knowledge. Once something gets etched into the pages of the medical textbook, and medical school professors throughout the country teach it to medical students and doctors in post-graduate training, any contradictions to this orthodox body of knowledge get summarily ignored once these impressionable trainees become practicing physicians. This unquestioning faith in the “established” medical knowledge is so deeply engrained that many doctors simply will not even consider reading something that comes from sources that they do not consider worthy of producing new medical concepts. And if they do accidentally encounter and read such information, they quickly dismiss it as just being ridiculous if it conflicts with too many of the concepts that most of their colleagues and textbooks embrace.
    2. As a practicing physician for more than 25 years, I can assure the reader that virtually all doctors fear being ridiculed by their colleagues more than anything else. This fear, more than any other factor that I can identify, appears to almost completely stifle independent medical thought. As Goethe once said: “We would rather admit our moral errors, mistakes and crimes than our scientific errors.” Certainly, a small handful of dishonorable physicians may realize that some unwelcome but legitimate medical breakthroughs could reduce their income, and they may oppose those breakthroughs for that reason. However, most physicians really care about and want to help their patients. The problem that remains is how to get physicians and the complete medical truth together.

See also:

  1. The FDA Escalates Its War on Health Freedom
  2. America’s Socialized Healthcare
    1. The large drug companies became part of the medical cartel through their agent, the federal Food and Drug Administration. Anyone who believes the FDA is an impartial or even helpful agency needs to read The History of a Crime; How Could It Happen, by Harvey Wiley, M.D., the first director of the FDA. In the book, he meticulously details how the FDA became infiltrated by food and drug companies and how its mission became completely subverted. As a physician, I believe no other domestic agency has caused more deaths than the FDA.
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Eating and Thinking

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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The Paleo Diet is Not Paleo

January 3, 2014 4 comments

Just because a food wasn’t eaten during the Paleolithic era, that, in my mind, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t eat it now.

-Chris Kresser, @43:45

It’s regretful, In the Lord’s wisdom, the Paleo diet has a poorly chosen name. It comes from the evolutionary belief that Paleolithic man (hunter-gatherer) was bigger, stronger, and healthier than Neolithic man (agricultural, civilized). This foundational premise from which the diet gets its name has kept many Christians away from it as they roll their eyes. But a look at some of the top Paleo advocates shows that the diet itself actually isn’t Paleolithic and actually isn’t necessarily rooted in any evolutionary theory. Here’s why:

  1. Just because a food wasn’t eaten during the Paleolithic era doesn’t mean we shouldn’t eat it now. (1)
  2. Just because a food was eaten during the Paleolithic era doesn’t mean we should eat it now. (2) (3)

So if the Paleo diet isn’t Paleo, what is it?

It’s just a nutrient dense, whole foods diet that focuses on foods that have the lowest level of anti-nutrients and the highest level of micronutrients (4)

In sum:

I basically think of the Paleo Diet, at this point, as an Elimination Diet. (5)

That’s why it works. It teaches people to be aware of how different foods affect their individual bodies and to eat accordingly (it just so happens nearly everyone today does better off of grains – Btw, recent estimates suggest that 1 in 3 Americans are gluten sensitive). So get over the misnomer and look into the Paleo Elimination Diet. (See this too.)

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