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I've owned a health food store for over ten years. I know that most of us rely on doctors and drugs to support our health. Many a customer comment begins with, "My doctor said...", and yet, whatever follows is often something I believe is dangerous dogma.

I think that our society overlooks the importance of dietary choices in preventing and treating illness. Doctors are often poorly informed about nutrition, and we're encouraged to think drug therapies are the answer to all our questions. Our children, especially poor children, are nourished badly by their school meals and by heavily-advertised snacks, and in many low-income neighborhoods, it's difficult or impossible to even purchase food that is not heavily processed and downright life-threatening to live on.

I want to win a DFA scholarship to attend Netroots Nation 2013, because I am hoping to network with other progressives interested in these issues. Below the fold, I'll share more of my current ideas. I'd appreciate your vote, so that I can come to NN13 and continue to learn and work for better health for all of us. (You can vote for unlimited candidates!)

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I have plenty of personal health challenges, like hypertension and insomnia. But all in all, considering that I have worked in highly stressful, competitive environments most of my life, I enjoy pretty good health. I stay healthy because of a lifetime of knowing that diet impacts health. When I was 17, I discovered the macrobiotic, or brown rice, diet. When I stray from the macrobiotic precepts of whole foods, that's when I have health challenges.

There are no great secrets to what I have uncovered. But I have had to rely pretty much on my own research and my own judgment to come to the solutions I have found. There are so many 'alternative' theories, and you can bounce from Paleo Diet to raw foodism with sincere advocates promoting each theory.

Because I had some seemingly intractable conditions when younger, like bronchitis all winter and myriad food allergies, I ended up going the conventional route at first. I was drugged for everything from asthma to mycobacterium marinum, a disease related to leprosy that I caught as a side-effect of a drug I was given. So once I backed into owning a health food store, I began to study better ways to deal with my own health, and came across some interesting findings that led me to a new perspective on how to maintain or regain health.

First, the hippies were right. You are what you eat. Every cell, every fiber in your body reflects what you have fed it. If you have fed it the traditional American diet of refined carbohydrates and animal proteins, with few fresh fruits and veggies, and you are still the picture of health, you are a genetic marvel. More likely, the ravages of time and poor diet have left you with some condition or other. There are genetic predispositions, but there are also dietary ways to counter many of them.

If you are in decent health and want to stay that way, or have an underlying condition that might be addressed through better diet and nutrition, here are some conclusions that I have drawn over a lifetime of learning. I don't have any medical or other nutritional degree, and I don't claim to be able to cure or treat diseases. But I think with a modicum of interest and self-directed study, you can learn how to keep yourself pretty healthy.

One of the basic tenets I start with is that inflammation in the body is the source of most pain and disease. Irritated joints give rise to arthritis. Irritated duodenal, stomach and esophageal linings give rise to ulcers and acid reflux. There is even some current research that indicates that inflammation has a causal relationship to cancers.

Thus, learning to control inflammation, or preventing it from starting in the first place, may be one of the cornerstones of maintaining or achieving health. And an adjunct to preventing inflammation is an understanding of how to balance the body's acid/alkaline balance, or pH.

If you google acid/alkaline balance, you will come upon a wealth of information, some of it good, some not so good. But of real value are the charts showing which foods tend to create either an acid or an alkaline state in the body. You can purchase pH strips or pH tape at many health food stores. Then, first thing in the morning, you can check your own pH before you have anything to eat or drink. Health lies, it has been found, in having a slightly alkaline pH. If you are very acidic, you can raise your body's pH with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. As we are going into summer, this should be more affordable for those on a budget, and spring-cleaning for the body through diet is a great idea.

As with most health-related issues, extremes, like becoming overly alkaline, have their own inherent problems. Moderation, including an understanding of your personal metabolic type, is needed to learn to understand what acid/alkaline balance is appropriate for your own body type.

If there is interest, I will continue diarying on health topics, and explain why I think a gram of calcium a day isn't necessarily such a great idea for everyone, or why completely eliminating salt from the diet may lead to stomach ulcers. Then there is the whole topic of vegetarianism/veganism, which involves moral and environmental issues as well as questions of personal health.

Whether you support my positions, or want to set me straight from your perspective, I am interested in hearing your input. I think these discussions about the way we are nourished are important and need to be had.

And please, if you are able to support me, vote for me at the link below to help me win a DFA scholarship to attend Netroots Nation 2013. Even if you have voted for other candidates, you can still vote for me, because there is no limit on the number of candidates you can vote for. Thank you so much for reading and for voting!

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Originally posted to 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:15 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town, Hunger in America, Motor City Kossacks, and Michigan, My Michigan.

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  •  Netroots Nation is a great networking (42+ / 0-)

    opportunity, and I'm hoping to attend this year. Our nation needs to re-orient itself away from enriching the already entitled, to assisting the rest of us in the areas of jobs, education, transportation, housing, and, of course health.

    I would like the chance to discuss options to our present health care approach with those more focused on prevention than pathologies.

    Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

    by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:09:09 AM PDT

  •  Thanks, 4Freedom! (12+ / 0-)

    You are so right! I know so many people who have been terribly sick and had to diagnose their own sensitivities to various kinds of food and "food", after having doctors politely tell them they're crazy. There's something really wrong going on here. I wish I could vote for you twice!

  •  Getting Americans to consider diet as a (11+ / 0-)

    component to health maintenance has proven quite a challenge. I'll be working with college students tomorrow in a clinic conducted by the college's wellness program.

    Most of the kids will have been raised on conventional food, and will already be experiencing health issues. Over the years that I have helped with nutritional consulting at the clinics, there has been a rise in food sensitivities. A few years ago there weren't as many who tested as gluten-sensitive.

    Now many tell me how their food is literally making them sick.

    Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

    by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:24:32 AM PDT

  •  I'd vote for you, but.... (12+ / 0-)

    I already did!

    There are so many "fad" diets and theories out there that need to be debunked. Voices like yours are very much needed. Hope to see you at NN13!

    Oh, I used to be disgusted
    Now I try to be amused
    ~~ Elvis Costello

    by smileycreek on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:25:06 AM PDT

  •  Great diary, but I think using "dogma" (11+ / 0-)

    to describe western medicine is dangerously close to anti-science advocacy. I know a lot of doctors, and I can assure you that they are driven by scientific inquiry and a deep dedication to helping people stay or get well. Diet is a really big part of this, and the same doctors who will prescribe you medication to help with a condition are also likely to tell you to make lifestyle choices ESPECIALLY in diet. I don't think doctors, on the whole, are trying to mislead people into "dangerous dogma".

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:25:29 AM PDT

    •  Most doctors have a very sincere (4+ / 0-)

      desire to help their patients. But they, too, are fed so much information from academic journals, and have so much to keep up with to keep abreast of their fields, that often they simply don't have the time or inclination to explore options.

      And I do hold that there is some questionable dogma afloat in the medical community. As a woman I was urged to go on birth control pills to 'even out' hormones during menopause. Now I'm hypertensive, and the dogma or doctrine about such prescriptions has changed.

      One has to be a careful consumer of medical services. And science marches on with new discoveries and new conclusions all the time. It was science that has begun linking cancers to inflammation, which non-conventional practitioners had advocated for years

      Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

      by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:44:00 AM PDT

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      •  It would seem to me that academic journals (5+ / 0-)

        and keeping scientifically abreast of one's field are good things. Are you suggesting that, say The Lancet for instance, is publishing material which is intentionally feeding bad information to doctors? That seems a bit of a stretch.

        I suppose I know only exceptional doctors, because ALL of them have the time to understand that good nutrition is key, and their partners in nutritionists and people like you who make available the kinds of healthy products people need are important allies.

        Clearly, you are contributing a lot to your community, and I applaud you for it.

        What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

        by commonmass on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:51:22 AM PDT

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        •  I read the academic journals all the time, which (3+ / 0-)

          is where I found the link that is being studied between cancer and inflammation. There is increasing convergence between what was considered alternative and what has become conventional.

          And I agree that the exceptional doctors are urging their patients towards better nutritional practices. It's common sense. They attain better results for their patients when good dietary practices are included.

          Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

          by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:26:35 AM PDT

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        •  yes, you only know exceptional doctors! (4+ / 0-)

          See, e.g., Doctors lag in dietary training, research shows (Tampa Bay Tribune), which asserts, among other things:

          the number of hours devoted to nutrition education in medical schools is decreasing, leaving doctors unequipped to deal with common patient concerns about diet, studies have found.

          Even as rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes soar, researchers report that doctors are spending less time than ever talking to patients about nutrition because they lack time, training and optimism that patients can make lifestyle changes. Insurance is also more likely to cover procedures than behavioral counseling.

          •  Sorry thing, isn't it! I live in rural Vermont (2+ / 0-)

            where we are working towards single payer. I deal with people every day whose doctor is sending them in for something or other in place of their taking a drug.

            I think many docs are digging into options because the side effects of some drugs are so bad. Doctors seem to have become very aware of Tylenol's effect on the liver. Today a patient referral was in asking for turmeric because her MD told her to get that instead of Tylenol or a prescription.

            The doctors may not have had much nutrition education in medical schools, but they want to help their patients. I think as a consequence of this, I see more doctors recommending drug altenatives, at least in my corner of the world.

            Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

            by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:03:12 AM PDT

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        •  You've got to admit (2+ / 0-)
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          there are a lot of doctors out there who couldn't diagnose their way out of a paper bag.  How can the average patient tell the difference?

          Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

          by Ice Blue on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:01:26 AM PDT

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          •  Very good point. I try to find out something (2+ / 0-)
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            about a doctor's reputation before going to see them. There are some good evaluative sites online. Angie's List is one of the sites where you can find doctor evaluations. You can also check with your state Board of Medical Practice to see if an MD has had any charges of unprofessional conduct leveled against them.

            Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

            by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:11:35 AM PDT

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            •  Between you and me (2+ / 0-)
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              I don't care about unprofessional conduct, if you get my drift.  ;-)  I have a whole lot of complicated and, quite frankly, outlandish sounding medical problems.  All I care about is can he/she tell me what's wrong with me.

              And if one more doctor tries to slip me an antipsychotic I'm gonna shove his script pad up his ass!

              Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

              by Ice Blue on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:29:21 AM PDT

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              •  I know too many people who are being urged to (2+ / 0-)
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                go on antipsychotics.

                A friend with Lyme's Disease was recommended to go on them until her real malady, the Lyme's, was discovered. All her symptoms presented as psychosis, when what she was  was really, really sick from an overload of Lyme spirochetes.

                There are many difficult-to-diagnose conditions that require digging into to understand. An un-curious MD might just pass off the challenge and recommend a drug treatment to get you off their back.

                In some situations, if your condition is too difficult to diagnose, it is easier to say you have a mental disorder and drug you, than to get to the bottom of what is causing the imbalances in your health.

                Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

                by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:36:40 AM PDT

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  •  already voted...hope to see you in San Jose..!! (9+ / 0-)

    n/t.


    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:25:32 AM PDT

  •  Good luck! n/t (8+ / 0-)

    "Maintaining a robust public health infrastructure will be critical to managing the potential health impacts of climate change." NCADAC Draft Climate Assessment Report January 11, 2013

    by politik on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:27:19 AM PDT

  •  Wish I could vote for you more than once. (8+ / 0-)

    Nutrition and naturopathic healing is a critically important subject, and needs to be further brought to light, as well as continually explored.

    curious portal - to a world of paintings, lyric-poems, art writing, and graphic and web design

    by asterkitty on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:30:12 AM PDT

  •  I voted a few days ago. (6+ / 0-)

    Good luck 4Freedom.

    Diaries are funny things Sam. Type one letter and you never know where you might end up. My apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien.

    by Caddis Fly on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:32:31 AM PDT

  •  Good Luck! (7+ / 0-)

    Timely for me, as I moved and had to start with a new Dr.

    I'm now trying to come up with a tactful, "Thank you, but I don't want any of your prescriptions'.

    We are an over medicated society and I'm opting out.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:35:23 AM PDT

  •  anti-inflammation (10+ / 0-)

    agreed . . . I've solved (or at least have partway solved) many of my health problems by learning about inflammation, how to reduce it, etc.  (conversely, a number of my health problems are because I ate poorly, and, as a result, had some seriously inflammation (which can be measured by blood test -- it's the "A1C level" -- go look it up)).

    If anyone's reading this that isn't aware of inflammation, read "The Dummies Guide to anti-inflammation diets".  Seriously.  (One of the two authors is a Harvard Med Professor).

    BTW, I also agree with the comment above that "I don't think doctors, on the whole, are trying to mislead people into "dangerous dogma"."

    I think most doctors are just simply ignorant of the immense effects that diet play on the body.

    But not all -- I learned about inflammation from my own doctor (who had measured my A1C)

    Good luck in spreading the word!

    •  There are absolutely wonderful doctors who (4+ / 0-)

      are open-minded about the sources and possible treatments for illness. But one of my former doctors, who is an internist with a large, closed practice, said she literally doesn't have time to read anything except the current journals in her profession just to keep up with new tests, new drugs, and new conclusions about causes of diseases.

      So I changed doctors to one who has practiced in third world countries and who is lots more open-minded about options.

      Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

      by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:51:06 AM PDT

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      •  I understand... (2+ / 0-)
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        I guess I'm just saying that "dogma" sounds like it's a conspiracy trying to push stuff at you -- when the reality (even as you describe it in your comment right hear) is that it's just ignorance and/or benign neglect.  (And so, and I guess I'm nit-picking/quibbling, I'm just re-iterating the comment that I think your article up above would be stronger without that word).

        But, don't worry -- I voted for you! ;-)

        •  Bless your heart! Some of my wariness about docs (2+ / 0-)
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          and meds is based on some negative personal experiences. After a course of a drug I was placed in many years ago for bronchitis, I was cleaning my fish tanks and an infection started in one of my fingers.

          It spread up my arm, and the bumps had to have the CDC consulted for a diagnosis. It turned out to be mycobacterium marinum, a tropical disease that can spread through aquariums and is related to TB and leprosy. The drug for bronchitis had  crashed my immune system and made me vulnerable to bacterium in the fish tanks I had successfully maintained for over twenty years with no problems.

          Had I known the nutritional options I now know, I would have cleared the bronchitis and not needed the drug. But that was then, and I didn't know any better.

          Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

          by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:33:54 AM PDT

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          •  I hear you there. (1+ / 0-)
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            4Freedom

            A good rule of thumb--if your doctor answers one of your questions with an "I don't know" he or she is probably a keeper.

            Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

            by Ice Blue on Fri May 03, 2013 at 01:16:10 PM PDT

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            •  My present doc grilled me on which (1+ / 0-)
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              supplements I take and why I take the particular ones that I do. She was genuinely interested in how I maintained my good health.

              She is a keeper!

              Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

              by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 02:25:58 PM PDT

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  •  It is very empowering to have a health condition (6+ / 0-)

    and to be able to help yourself through changing your diet. In high school biology class the theory of homeostasis is taught. The thesis is that systems in nature tend to be self-balancing, given the right input.

    We are another system in nature. Each of us has systems in our body that help maintain our health. When we give our bodies the right input, the output is generally decent health.

    But when we consistently eat and drink foods and beverages that can challenge our health, and we catch a cold or the flu, that follows as well. In such instances, we have undermined our body's natural homeostatic tendency. As a result, we have created a systemic imbalance that our bodies will try to correct with heat to burn off the pathogen (fever) and/or pain (inflammation) to try to make us change the behavior that created the imbalance.

    Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

    by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:37:06 AM PDT

  •  Already voted for you, 4! (5+ / 0-)

    I will try to persuade my lovely wife to vote for you when she gets home this weekend.

    GOP Agenda: Repeal 20th Century.

    by NormAl1792 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:47:00 AM PDT

  •  I voted as well, Good Luck! (5+ / 0-)

    I do have a question or two though...

    How do you feel about legislation requiring the FDA to evaluate and monitor vitamins and "Health" food claims?

    I feel that if the FDA regulated supplements, people would have more faith in them and have some assurance that they were actually what they claimed to be.  More government information about alternative therapies could lower health costs as well.

    The second question is very off topic but you or maybe another commentor may have some good input.

    I have been to Mexico many times and have always heard, "Do not drink the water" but I never understood why Mexican people can drink the water (with some but certainly not devastating effect).  I live in the country and have watched dogs eating carcasses on the side of the road (my own dogs included) and have wondered why they can eat such disgusting, rotting corpses and yet if I eat and undercooked, FDA approved hamburger, I will be on the toilet for the rest of the night.

    Could our success at clean water and hygienic food limited our bodies ability to combat bacteria to the point that we are now suseptable to anything we happen to encounter?  Could we stimulate our body's ability to fight these types of sickness by taking some form of benign bacteria (whether similar to dangerous strains or rendered incapable of doing harm like a vaccine).

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:49:24 AM PDT

    •  All kinds of good points there! (3+ / 0-)

      On the dog front, dogs have a powerful enzyme in their mouths called lysozyme. It can kill pathogens that could make us very sick. And Mexicans have probably evolved gut bacteria that permit them to drink the water. Think of the sacred Ganges River and the millions of Indians who bathe, drink and do whatever in the river, yet few become ill.

      Finally, all the anti-bacterial soaps and super-scrubbed homes do kill pathogens that might make us sick, or, better yet, might help make us immune to some ailments.

      There are many immune stimulants like maitake mushrooms, echinacea, andrographis, astralagus and others that might be able to be used to strengthen the immune system.

      Many nutritional companies have very stringent testing standards, and some do not. There are also lots of NIH and other federally-funded clinical studies that are studying the impact of nutrients on disease.  

      Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

      by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:10:21 AM PDT

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    •  Other animals, such as dogs, (6+ / 0-)

      have different digestive systems than we do. Some things they can easily eat would make us sick, and things we commonly eat can be poison to them (such as chocolate), depending on the animal.

      People who can safely drink tap water in Mexico are accustomed to drinking that water. There is probably deeper science to this, but in simple terms, their bodies can process bacteria that we can't. What you suggested in your last paragraph is very likely the case.

      I personally would not trust the FDA to regulate vitamins and minerals any more than they should regulate food, because these are components of food. I personally don't trust the pharmaceutical industry not to have their hands in this. There is a wealth of information online, including contraindications, concerning vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies. Just like you should research any prescription drug before agreeing to take it (excepting emergency situations), one should research naturopathic treatments for ailments. What is right and works well for one person, is not necessarily good for another. Like anything regarding our health, research is key.

      curious portal - to a world of paintings, lyric-poems, art writing, and graphic and web design

      by asterkitty on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:20:24 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you... Do you have any links? (3+ / 0-)

        I do not trust most medicines.  I think most doctors have become drug peddlers not because they do not care but because they are trained by the drug reps who have a vested interest in lying.  

        It is impossible for them to keep up with every new drug on the market so they have to trust the very same people who are paid to sell them these new chemical miracles.  The FDA only requires that these chemicals do not do more damage than the sicknes they are treating (most of the time) and they only have to work better than a sugar pill as opposed to the current most used treatment.

        I want to always try a non-pharmaceutical solution first (when at all possible).  Do you have any links to good, advice on natural cures and treatments?  

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:49:20 AM PDT

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        •  My key to start digging into options is to (3+ / 0-)

          take a condition, say you have a cold, and add alternative care or alternative options. So I would google for cold, alternative care and study links that came up.

          I do the same for myself because this is a bad allergy season. It came on so suddenly that I used a drug, generic Zyrtec, yesterday and was very glad to have it! I couldn't think, and I felt just horrible.

          Usually I would have spent April building up my system through diet, mushrooms and herbs. Last year the allergy season caused no problems and I didn't need any drugs. But this year has been very stressful from a business standpoint, and I didn't do my usual preparations so my health paid for it.

          I'm definitely not anti-doctor or anti-drug when needed, and I certainly needed the drug yesterday and was grateful to have medicine that worked.

          Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

          by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:55:46 AM PDT

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          •  I may have overstated my position. (3+ / 0-)

            I am not anti-doctor.  I do not blame them for not have the time to evaluate each pharmaceutical claim that comes their way.  I also realize that sometimes medicines are needed and can do wonderful things to improve people's lives.  I do not trust the pharmaceutical companies though and I do not have any faith in the FDA to keep them honest.

            I consider medicine as the last resort and I think that everyone would be better off with that line of thinking.  I am merely seeking more options in front of that last resort because I am embarrassingly ignorant to which natural remedies, foods and supplements do what and whether they are  actually good for you or whether they are old wive's tales.  

            Any advice is appreciated.

            "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

            by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:07:59 AM PDT

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      •  Research is key as is informing yourself of (2+ / 0-)
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        options. There are so many! And there are many systems of medicine that are very successful. Ayurvedic practitioners treat the whole person, not just a symptom, as does Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are clusters of people in South America that live well into their hundreds on a completely indigenous diet, using indigenous remedies that have evolved over centuries.

        Medicine is continually being discovered based on new rainforest plant discoveries. From digitalis to turmeric, the plant kingdom has offered many ways to treat imbalances in the body.

        Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

        by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:49:42 AM PDT

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  •  Going to rain on your parade (2+ / 0-)
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    because of this:

    "There are no great secrets to what I have uncovered. But I have had to rely pretty much on my own research and my own judgment to come to the solutions I have found."

    This is pretty much the antithesis of the scientific method. It is anecdotal and confuses correlation with causation. It is the battle cry of every homeopath, naturopath, chiropractor and every other "natural healer" when there is no evidence to back up their assertions.

    The medical profession has given us scientific breakthroughs that were not thought possible and medical doctors spend years learning the science of medicine. Prescription drugs save lives.

    We claim to live in the reality based community. We shouldn't be so quick to endorse highly questionable assertions.

    Anyone who wants to learn about science based medicine should go to this website. There you will find factual information on many health topics.

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/

     

    •  As someone with a science background, I have (3+ / 0-)

      read literally hundreds of medical and research journals on health topics. Much of what I learned about diet and nutrition was from reading the work of doctors and lab researchers who used testing to define their conclusions.

      But within the scientific and medical communities, there is much difference of opinion. I mention the long-standing recommendation for menopausal women to supplement themselves with estrogen to make up for declining estrogen levels in the body.

      As an unintended consequence, many women, myself included, acquired an unwanted case of hypertension that is very difficult to overcome.

      So I think we need to couple science with empiricism to come to good conclusions about how to deal with our own health. No man may be an island in society, but physiologically and psychologically, we are all very, very different from one another, from our personalities to our DNA.

      Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

      by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:22:25 AM PDT

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  •  Recc'ed tipped and voted (4+ / 0-)

    good luck, I hope to see you there.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:56:33 AM PDT

  •  Dangerous and misinormed dogma not coming from MDs (1+ / 0-)
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    This is simply nuts! "Acid/alkaline balance", "inflammation " as source of many maladies, "including cancers", spring cleansing of the body, Ph strips as a diagnostic tools of wellness. I know this type of junk psuedo-science has a market for some ohere, but probably prefer to see an allopathic, board certified and western-educated physician for my health care needs and questions.
         Or I could drop by the author's health food store for some erroneous, New Age mumbo jumbo and some flax and linseed oil for spring cleansing and "Ph balance". Jeez.

    •  If the MDs have no interest in diet or nutrition, (3+ / 0-)

      that puts them in the minority these days. The popularity of the Dr. Oz show and of Dr. Fuhrman shows that there is more than "junk pseudo-science" to their opinions. Both are allopathically-trained, board-certified and western-educated physicians. Dr. Oz, you may know, is a cardiologist.

      Diet has a profound effect on health. There is nothing pseudo-scientific about that. And if you want to grow a pathogen in a lab, you put it into a sugary, acidic medium. That is why pH testing has a certain level of validity. Nowhere do I say it is the ultimate key to wellness and health.

      Besides, I do not prescribe or proscribe. I am sharing my experiences and my experience of working with hundreds of people over the years.

      But if your mind is closed to options, that is, of course, your choice.

      Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

      by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:42:07 AM PDT

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      •  Diet does have a profound effect on health. (0+ / 0-)

        If one doesn't get essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in one's diet, a multitude of well recognized and scientifically based maladies will result. That's a huge leap from keeping my acid/alkaline karma in balance and spring cleansing, Mr. Graham. This reeks of nutrition quackery, but if I'm ever in the neighborhood, I'll stop by for some raw food, a bowl of organic brown rice and some Ph strips to monitor my humours and vapors.

        •  I would hope that the humour would be good, (2+ / 0-)
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          and that the vapors would be inhaled because we have many wonderful ones like neroli and lemongrass and frangipani and many others.

          It is interesting that Americans are well aware of the necessity of changing oil and such to prepare an automobile for summer, but think the body can cruise swimmingly along with no change in diet.

          Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

          by 4Freedom on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:27:43 AM PDT

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  •  navajo told me to vote for you, so i did. xoxo. (3+ / 0-)

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Fri May 03, 2013 at 10:50:36 AM PDT

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