Medical Opposites

Medical Opposites
            There is an interesting trend that I
have noticed from our many years of clinical practice which I call medical
opposites. What I mean by this term is that the mainstream medical advice we
hear seems to be the opposite of what the human body actually needs
nutritionally or diet wise. There are many of these and I will try to explain
them as sensibly as possible. Let’s start with a simple one.
            For decades now, the mainstream
medical wisdom has told us not to eat salt because it supposedly causes high
blood pressure. I would agree that the use, or overuse, of refined salt can
cause problems. Our bodies need sea salt or mineral salt to work correctly and
that distinction is never made. Sea salt is necessary for our kidneys to work
correctly, for good adrenal function to handle stress, for lymphatic fluid
drainage and cerebral spinal fluid flow, to keep the proper acid/base balance
in the body, and many other functions. Many of us older people will remember
salt pills at the water fountains in school. Salt helps you to sweat so you can
cool your body and helps you retain fluid to keep you hydrated. By just telling
people to not eat salt at all, causes many symptoms and problems in the patient
population. An example of this is people who pass out from being overheated.
What did they do? They take you to the hospital and put in an IV to give you
salt water. And then send you the bill. Humans have used salt for millennia for
preserving food, for health issues as we describe, and even as money in certain
civilizations. Telling people not to have any because of blood pressure issues
is an oversimplification.
            Another simple opposite is that of
refined sugar. Mainstream medical opinion is that refined carbs are no
different than the sugar found in fruit or vegetables and are therefore safe to
indulge in. While the body does use glucose, a simple sugar, as an energy
source, our bodies were never meant to use refined sugar taken out of food
context. This refined sugar has no minerals or fiber to slow the body’s use of
it. It is addictive and the continued use is a major reason behind all other
degenerative diseases that we are plagued with. Everyone knows that diabetes
patient numbers are on the rise but no one seems to want to know why. I don’t
know how many patients that I have seen that were taking diabetic drugs or
insulin, that were still eating loads of refined sugar as this was allowed by
their doctors. As refined sugar is addictive, like cocaine, it is hard to get patients
off of this substance but it can be done if done on a gradient level. There are
60 different names for sugar that the manufacturers put into our foods. It’s no
wonder that the numbers of diabetes patients are rising. Just good business?
            The next opposite is a little more
complex. The mainstream medical war against fats has claimed many lives. There
are essential fatty acids and essential amino acids that we must get from the
diet. Essential means that the body cannot make them so they must be gotten
from our food intake. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all oil soluble vitamins and
come from the consumption of good fats and oils. The manufacturers have
processed oils so they will not go rancid on the store shelves and this
processing makes the oils worthless as a nutritional source, that’s why they
won’t go rancid. We’ve heard over and over how saturated fat causes heart
disease and this is not true. Our bodies have handled the natural sources of
fats and oils for millennia and it’s the introduction of refined sugar that
actually is underlying the cause of why fats are not used correctly by the
body. This leads us to a quick discussion on cholesterol treatment, a huge
source of income for Big Medical and Big Pharma. The body needs cholesterol to
work correctly and using Staten drugs to stop the liver from making them
answers no question as to why the cholesterol number is up. Lowering
cholesterol too far can also cause issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia as the
brain is around 60% cholesterol by weight.
            Another opposite would be the use of
the purple pill, or a proton pump inhibitor, to stop acid production and reduce
stomach pain. The big problem with this is that most people that have reflux
problems need more of the correct kind of stomach acid to digest their food
correctly, not less. This reduction of stomach acid causes all kinds of
problems with absorption of nutrients in the person and they develop nutritional
deficiencies and age faster.
            I could go on and on but you get the
point. My main question here is that is this information given to us from
ignorance on their part or are they telling us this misinformation on purpose? The
high cost of medical care and the high cost of insurance is a result of all
this misinformation. If people would only realize that they can help themselves
by correcting their diet and lifestyle, mainstream medicine would lose its
power over us. Get Healthy, Stay Healthy, and Live Well – Dr. Mark