Conventional Medicine or Natural Medicine?
Natural Medicine - the Medicine of the Future!
I'm Not Opposed to Medicine...
Now before I go any further, I want you to understand I am not opposed to medications. What I am opposed to is the overuse and abuse of medications. Medications can be life-saving and if used properly they are a valuable tool to protect our health and well-being---especially in emergencies. We have the best emergency medical system in the world. In a medical emergency i.e., ruptured appendix, a raging bacterial meningitis or heart attack - medications are life-saving. However, when it comes to chronic health problems and the diseases associated with aging, modern medicine is failing, miserably. Conventional medicine doesn’t have any cure for chronic digestive illness, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer or any chronic disease.
There Is a Huge Gap in Our Health Care System
At best, drugs only treat the symptoms of chronic disease and provide patients with comfort care—also known as palliative care. Medications mask symptoms PERIOD! They reduce or eliminate pain, lower blood pressure and sugar levels, reduce inflammation, suppress the immune system and provide symptomatic relief to keep the patient comfortable and prevent a medical crisis. Medications do not stop the progression of the disease. Remove the medications and the patient’s symptoms will return and spiral out of control. The bottom line is, modern medicine is treating the down-stream effects of some upstream mechanism that is broken. In other words, the cause of the disease is ignored. Instead the patient’s symptoms are the primary focus. Functional medicine, the type of medicine I help my patients with goes upstream to treat the cause of illness with safe, evidenced based natural medicine.
There is a huge gap in our health care system…It’s patch-up, symptomatic treatment of illness…
millions of people are trapped in it…suffering and dying prematurely because of it.
Medications are nothing more than pharmaceutical band-aids for chronic disease. Remember, medications do not stop the progression of chronic disease; If they work, at best they only relieve symptoms and delay the ultimate consequence of ignoring the cause of illness—disability or death. For example, diabetic medications control blood sugar levels from spiraling out of control. However, most people don’t know the medications do not protect the person from the consequences of diabetes; clogged arteries with subsequent heart attacks and strokes, diabetic retinopathy (number one cause of blindness), kidney damage and more. On top of that, medications have side effects often worse than the condition they are treating. Let me give you an example. If you have acid reflux, conventional doctors prescribe acid blocking medications. They do relieve symptoms but with a high risk. A quick look at the warning label on the acid blocker medications reminds the user not to stay on the medication for more than 6 to 8 weeks. However, the sad truth is millions of people are taking acid blockers for years, even decades---astonishingly with the approval of their doctors. Yet research clearly demonstrates acid blocker medications used for more than 6 to 8 weeks increase the risk of muscle and bone loss, and an increased risk for life threatening infections. For example, acid blocking medication increase your risk for getting an intestinal infection, Clostridium Difficile, also known as “C. Diff.” This bacterial infection has severe consequences, including diarrhea and worst of all death. To make matters worse, acid blockers cause nutrient deficiencies. There is a better way to treat acid reflux and any of the other chronic stomach illness, functional medicine---the system of health care I’ve been helping my patients with since 1986. It’s the best-kept secret in medicine. Functional medicine is the science of promoting healthy bodies. It treats the cause of disease and not merely the symptoms. Functional medicine is an entirely new way of looking at disease. It uncovers the factors that drive disease. Functional medicine focuses on nutrition and nutritional deficiencies, food allergies and food sensitivities, hormone imbalances, toxins, imbalance of the micro-organisms (bacteria, yeast, etc.) living in your gut, neurological imbalances and more. Functional medicine prescribes safe, time proven, evidence based natural treatments that don’t cause harmful side effects. Functional medicine is the medicine of the future-available now!