CHRONIC DISEASE

When I went to medical school, in 4 years we didn’t have a single lecture on nutrition.  Now I realize that I went to school a long time ago, but things haven’t changed too much.  We didn’t learn about how sleep or exercise worked to maintain health or how optimal hormones and nutrients maintain health.  I learned that real medicine was based on diagnosis and treatment of disease.  The treatment was either pharmaceutical or surgical, and there was much competition between surgical specialists (‘The only way to heal is with cold steel”) and the Medical specialists (“Surgeons are just technicians”).  Any talk of using vitamins or herbs or a healthy lifestyle was derided as quackery.

This approach is very closely mirrored in today’s traditional medical care, much to our detriment.    There are plenty of blockbuster drugs, expensive scans and high-tech treatments, but natural and inexpensive treatments are ignored.  Modern medicine does a great job in treating disease, but not so much in maintaining health.  Just look around you, there are lots of sick people!  An epidemic of obesity, diabetes, autism and Alzheimer’s, etc.  The average life expectancy of the average American is decreasing for the first time in our history, and the average cost of medical care is by far the highest in the world, while the average health is not even in the top 20.

Let me tell you a true personal story from about 10 years ago to illustrate:  I was cold, had no energy, gaining weight and losing hair, so I went to my doctor and told him my symptoms.  He was well-trained, had good credentials, was well thought of and was a friend to boot.  He told me he thought I was hypothyroid (I was) and said he would “run some numbers”.  A week later he texted me that “your numbers are good.”  So, I felt better, right?  WRONG.   A year later, I went to another physician and told him I was forgetting people’s names.  He told me I was “Getting up there” and forgetfulness was normal.  That made me feel great too, right?  Well, I’m here to tell you two things:

     1. I’m not a number and I wasn’t good!
     2. And there is no normal symptom.  Not one!

I have since treated my thyroid and my cognitive decline and I am now good, thank you, but not because I listened to my well-meaning doctors.

Heart disease doesn’t start when you have crushing chest pain or can’t walk to your mailbox from shortness of breath!  Hypertension doesn’t start when your BP is through the roof!  Alzheimer’s doesn’t start when you can’t remember what you had for breakfast this morning!  NO, NO, NO.  All chronic disease starts many decades before it rears its ugly head.  So why do you want to wait for decades to fix it?  That’s like putting a bucket under a leak in your roof until it falls in!  Why not fix the leak as soon as you find it?

So how do you keep chronic disease from getting started?  Cheap and easy.  Well, maybe not so easy at first.

     1. Eat well.  That means no American diet.  No simple carbs.  Lots of good fats and organic vegetables.
         No sweet drinks or deserts.
     2. Take appropriate pharmaceutical grade supplements.
     3. Maintain optimal hormone levels, even after menopause or andropause, including reproductive
         hormones, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, hypothalamic, pineal, sleep and hunger hormones.
     4. Get regular moderate exercise.
     5. Get regular uninterrupted sleep, at least 7-8 hour each night.
     6. Obtain and maintain optimal gut health.  No American diet, antibiotics only when absolutely necessary,
         a good probiotic and plenty of prebiotics.
     7. Get rid of unnecessary stress and unhealthy relationships.
     8. Avoid and eliminate toxins.

If you do get sick, don’t consider natural remedies to be quackery.  They are part of the solution.

Remember when your grandmother said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?”  She was right!

 

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