I see myself as very astute with regard to heal and healing naturally. I am not a doctor, but in many areas, I feel that I know more than doctors, as it relates to my body. I have defied their recommendations many times over the past 30 years, successfully.
I am not quick to take prescription medicines without doing research and knowing how the body functions. Laziness and detachment are the main reasons most people are submissive to doctors’ whims.
I try to avoid doctors and prescription drugs like the plague. My view of Western medicine is perhaps too simplistic for most but has worked well for me. To sum up my philosophy, I have five main reasons that cause me to be pragmatic about Western medicine.
- It’s For Profit: Western medicine is not always a humanitarian endeavor. It is mainly an entrepreneurial endeavor. Though doctors want to treat your conditions, they never claim to heal them, and their recommendations and diagnoses are influenced by profit. Many doctors no longer practice and are becoming Hospitalist. Their incentives and bonuses are impacted by institutional revenues. They do not get bonuses for the effectiveness of their treatments. They are not penalized for bad medical advice.
- It Excludes Spirituality: I trust The Lord. Western medicine does not include spirituality’s benefits to healing. I do. When I consider all of the intricacies of the human body, I am confident that The Lord is amazing and that man will never comprehend how hundreds of bodily processes work, nor understand how the trillions of cells, molecules, bacteria, fungi, and parasites impact health and healing. Trying to do so would be similar to man trying to defeat global warming without addressing lifestyle causes. And, don’t get me started on how the fake-faithful dismiss true spirituality in health. Many of my ‘holiest’ family members, who spit scripture on a dime, are obese, have cardiovascular issues, and other types of serious health issues, simply because they fail to honor the body temple to which they were endowed.
- It Does Not Emphasize Lifestyle: Western medicine dedicates little attention to lifestyle and nutrition. They will quickly prescribe medications, often to be taken for the rest of your life, and give a brief blurb on corrective lifestyle and nutrition changes that might actually cure. They tend to say what the patient wants to hear which often does not require that they make any significant changes in how they live. Our ‘free will to choose’ leads us to do as we please. This is yet another instance of free will fucking us up.
- Doctors Never Heal: Doctors never heal. They never make such claims not only because they don’t, but for liability purposes. I believe that Diet, Lifestyle, Stress Management, and Spirituality has the potential to heal.
- Doctors Are Not Holistic: Doctors do not take a holistic approach to healing. Nearly every doctor is a specialist. Family Practice and Internal Medicine doctors are dwindling because these are the least profitable types of practices. In focusing on specialties, they tend to relieve what is in their specialty, without paying much attention to root causes. The body, on the other hand, is all interconnected and relational. These two facts are polar opposites.
I must always remind readers to read our medical disclaimer. I do this not because I don’t believe in the protocols that I recommend. I do it because most alternative healing is not accepted in Westernized cultures, and I could be fined for giving what is considered ‘medical advice’. So, please read our medical disclaimer statement.
Alternative regiments work best if you practice a holistic lifestyle and believe in the benefits of the regiments you follow.
As I mentioned in prior posts, I do believe that Western Medicine has an area of expertise and credibility. It’s in diagnostics.
Advances in analyzing blood samples, stool samples, urine, cells, as well as, advances in medical technology have made diagnosing health issues fairly precise.
It is the interpretation of the diagnostics and the treatment recommendations that is where they fail, in my opinion. Therefore, my strategy has evolved to using Western diagnostics and taking the results to nontraditional health practitioners. This has worked well for me because rarely am I sick, though I have not taken regular medicines of any kind for over 30 years, and never get vaccines. I am now 59 years old.
It is key, however, to believe in the protocols that you follow.
I cannot stress this enough because the brain, our emotions, and psychology have a significant impact on the body. I learned this well through stressful trials that I endured whereby I developed a new autoimmune disorder that has now all but disappeared, now that the stress is gone. I am also aware of this connection by gaining a thorough understanding of the power of the Placebo and Nocebo Effects.
Nocebo – Placebo Effects – WebMD
Placebo Effect – That’s what occurs when patients think they’re getting a fancy new drug, but what they’re really getting is just a sugar pill. Then, in the case of “mind over medicine,” they start to recover from their ailment as though they’d been taking the real deal.
Nocebo: This is a sort of negative placebo effect, that I believe is intentionally used by Western doctors. I have had needless procedures, examinations, x-rays, and MRIs done just because I was scared into them. It’s what happens when you’re given a sugar pill, are told it’s a drug that has terrible side effects, then start to exhibit those symptoms. The nocebo effect can also occur when a doctor tells you surgery or procedure could have negative results: Just knowing the risks could negatively impact your recovery… all because of the power of suggestion. In the strictest sense, a nocebo response is where a drug-trial’s subject’s symptoms are worsened by the administration of an inert, sham, or dummy (simulator) treatment, called a placebo.
The Gut’s Connection To The Brain
All organs and bodily processes are interconnected. One thing always has an impact on the other.
The same applies to external influencers such as diet, nutrition, emotions, stress, and drugs. It is a disservice to yourself to not evaluate every aspect of your Body/Mind/Spirit when addressing any health issue. It is a known disservice for many Western doctors not to do so. But they ignore this fact because we might just get healed and therefore drive down revenues.
Of greater loyalty to me, is my loyalty to my Creator. I simply place more trust in The Lord than in man. The body is magnificent, a creation that is only possible by a higher divine being. Man could never and will never figure out conclusively how the human body works. There will also be mysterious, and things not understood. In life in general, when dealing with any matter beyond my comprehension, I put spirituality above all else.
I follow various alternative health, diet, and spiritual protocols, including significantly following Traditional Chinese Medicine actively, which is over 4000 years old and considers all aspect of my being. It has worked well for me, but even still, I must address the lifestyle, emotional, and spiritual aspects on my own. My health and healing protocols are all a partnership, not placing the full burden on practitioners, as do most Americans.
I am privileged to attend monthly workshops at the University of Colorado where the latest research is discussed on new medications and treatments. They are just beginning to scratch the surface on natural protocols and processes. Usually, I am the only attendee that rarely takes prescription drugs. Physically it shows. Some of the other attendees look like death warmed over because they take lots of drugs and participate in trials for pay. I am a thorn in their sides because of my probing questions, and because I walk into the meetings looking like fine porcelain.
Though I had already been practicing alternative healing for some twenty years by the time I cared for my dear mother, my sentiments about Western Medicine was solidified further.
My siblings had my mother, in her 90’s on eleven or more prescriptions. They had 90+-year-old woman scheduled for gallbladder removal! I immediately stopped all of this. I reduced her prescriptions to about three and canceled her already scheduled surgery, cleansing her liver and gallbladder naturally. I attribute these moves to extending her life for another 5 years. Visiting clinics and hospitals with her was appalling! I see how the elderly are treated by Western medicine as very close to genocide.
I am also fortunate to have liaisons with Dr. Mercola and Dr. Axe. They have given me permission to use their content. I have a list of various other reliable health information sources, but these two are my go-to sources most often. There is a great deal of conflicting information on the internet about health. It takes years and intense networking to determine what is credible versus what isn’t. Dr. Mercola and Dr. Axe are very credible in my opinion.
They believe that there is a connection between gut health and the brain. Furthermore, they believe that there is a connection between gut health and the most common illnesses and diseases. Recent research backs them up. I believe in them and share in this post all that I know about this connection.
Don’t be lazy or detached from your own health. Healing requires many things, but being a partner in your healing is first and foremost.
Your stomach is a hub of intelligence, holding the equivalence to a small pet’s brain. It’s host to 200 million neurons and hundreds of billions of bacteria that influence our personalities.
Your brain and stomach are in constant conversation. They both use the same neurotransmitters, it’s the language that nerve cells speak. Read More
How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella – 1,482,322 views – TED-Ed – Published on Mar 23, 2017
The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest, produce important nutrients, regulate the immune system, and protect against harmful germs. And while we can’t control all the factors that go into maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, we can manipulate the balance of our microbes by paying attention to what we eat. Shilpa Ravella shares the best foods for a healthy gut.
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Perlmutter About Gut Microbiome – 60,986 views – Mercola – Published on May 17, 2015
Natural health expert and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. David Perlmutter about his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life.
- Quality of bacteria in your gut has an enormous influence on your brain. 100 trillion bacteria in the gut are intimately involved in the health of the brain, and various other organs.
- The gut creates neurochemicals dopamine, serotonin, etc., as well as, manufactures vitamins. This all keeps the brain healthy. Health bacteria in our gut sends positive messages to the brain for healthy body processes, and vice versa. Good gut bacteria (microbiome which includes bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. These are not all bad.) keeps the brain healthy.
- Good gut bacteria maintain the lining of the gut. When not maintained you can develop leaky gut which increases inflammation. The cornerstone of everything that can go wrong with the brain including Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, Autism, etc. can be attributed to leaky gut. It has also been associated with autoimmune diseases, including Celiac, Lou Gerick Disease, Thrombocytopenia, and Crohn’s Disease.
- Leaky gut causes food particles that would normally be broken down to nutrients not to be broken down properly, and therefore foreign substances as gluten (Celiac) to enter the bloodstream causing serious health issues.
- We can measure the permutability of gut through the substance LPS. Higher LPS is a marker of gut leakiness. It is the instigator of the inflammatory cascade and this impacts the whole body. High LPS has been associated with several autoimmune diseases.
- This does not mean that leaky gut causes the problem. It instead indicates that there is a clear correlation.
- Our diet as a society is threatening the health of our bacteria, and therefore the brain. They eat what we eat. Our food choices have a dramatic effect on our bacteria, and the brain, and every other part of the body.
- Gut bacteria is associated with Type 2 Diabetes. More progressive doctors, particularly in other countries, have done fecal transplants and reversed Diabetes in patients. Changing the makeup of gut bacteria can make diabetes go away. But again you must take responsibility by improving your lifestyle too.
- The Gut bacteria is 99% of the DNA in our bodies.
- Gut research is still a very young and leading-edge medical science.
- You can change the makeup of gut bacteria by taking probiotics, eating prebiotic-rich foods (to enhance the growth of good bacteria), and making several lifestyle and diet changes. We are doing things in our lifestyle choices today that is causing damage to our microbiome and therefore we are developing diseases that we should not. Then we go to doctors that prescribe medicines that do further damage to our bodies chemically through its side effects.
- It is not just a matter of having good gut bacteria, it is a matter of having diverse good bacteria. A study in Africa compared gut bacteria of Africans to Americans and found that due to diet and lifestyle, Africans have healthier gut bacteria.
- The cosmopolitan gut bacteria of today is unlike anything that humans have ever had. Gut bacteria is 99% of our DNA. Our DNA has not changed much in the past 5 – 6 thousand years, but now research is showing that our DNA has changed dramatically, and is creating more harmful bacteria that increases inflammation throughout the body. These changes degrade immunity, causes obesity, changes how we respond to insulin, changes our metabolism, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, MS, Autism, Parkinson’s, and the list goes on.
- The relationship between gut bacteria and DNA is astounding. Gut bacteria influence the expression of our 23,000 genes, moment to moment. These changes are causes changes in the signals that we send to the brain and other organs in the body.
Enhance the Health and Diversity of Gut Microbiome
- Reduce antibiotics – Take only when absolutely necessary and when you do, supplement more pre and probiotics in your diet.
- Make more conscientious food choices. Organic, Non-GMO, Non-Processed foods.
- Choose natural childbirth because not passing through the birth canal deprives newborns of natural biome of the mother.
- Probiotic enemas
- Fecal transplants
- In medical school, the gut was never even a consideration, but today it turns out there is a link between the gut and the rest of the body. Gut now should be considered by Gastroenterologist, Neurologist, Skin, Joint, Cancer, or Psychiatrist specialist, but often it is not.
- The bacteria in the gut is correlated with mood, anxiety, and depression. Depression at its core is an inflammatory condition and the bacteria in the gut. Markers of inflammation are elevated in correlation with depression.
- GMO foods are a major factor in destroying gut bacteria. The reason for GMO foods is financial for corporations. The main reason for GMO foods is to make crops Roundup-resistant (weed and bug resistant). It also causes crops to ripen faster. So, agriculture is freely sprayed with Roundup which does its job of keeping profitability up.
- Research has concluded that GMO/Roundup crops, though resistant to weeds, and ripening faster, does change the gut bacteria. It changes bacteria period, whether a plant, animal, or human. This is how it works as a weed killer. It destroys the beneficial microbes and fungi in the plant’s roots. It does the same thing in our bodies when we eat it.
- We are poisoning the food that we eat. This is the food that is killing our own gut bacteria.
- Decide not to eat GMO foods. But, in the US foods are not properly labeled as such. So, what you can look for are Organic foods. This will give some measure of protection. Doing this will also cast a vote for what you will buy.
- Our world is becoming too sterile: Killing lack bacteria in foods, overuse of antibiotics, hand sanitizers, and not interacting with the earth (playing in dirt and grounding.).Rebuilding the gut bacteria is key. But, more importantly, we should work towards preserving it in the first place.
How to Heal Your Gut with Dr. Josh Axe – The Spa Dr. – Published on Apr 6, 2016
My guest today is Dr. Josh Axe. Dr. Axe is a nutritionist, chiropractic doctor, and author with a passion to help people get well-using food as medicine and runs one of the world’s largest natural health websites DrAxe.com.
Talks about how he was able to reverse his mother’s cancer by changing her diet including introducing pre and probiotics into her diet. His mother is not very healthy, and Dr. Axe began recommending protocols in this area.
Strategy To Heal Your Gut (Without Overwhelming Yourself)
- Diet: Start with taking one step at a time. Not doing everything at once. Establish a plan. Start with diet. Establish the idea things that you should do. Start out with just changing breakfast. This is 33% of your diet.
- Lifestyle: Evaluate lifestyle. Reduce stress. It is a big issue.
- Supplementation: Determine the best supplements to take on a regular basis, not every supplement in the health food store.
- Find Root Causes: Have the root cause of disease addressed, not just the symptom.
- Prevention: Don’t wait until you are sick. Practice a smart diet and lifestyle that prevents sickness.
Tips For A Healthy Gut
- Eat Honey: Eat raw honey, and preferably local. It is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen immunity. Raw honey contains over 200 microbes and various types of pollen.
- Avoid Antibiotic: Eliminate using hand sanitizers, antibiotics, fluoride, bleach, etc.
- Better Diet: Improve diet, especially addressing eating too much sugar and grains. Grains should be sprouted and fermented. But, 99% of the grains that we consume today are difficult to digest. Also, eliminate unhealthy oils including Corn, Vegetable, Canola, etc. Last, eat organic, and Non-GMO foods. Eat bone broth for its unique amino acids. Bone broth also includes ingredients that heal the gut. Eat fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, goat’s milk kefir, and kimchi. Eat steamed vegetables with foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids (like wild-caught salmon). In general, the ideal diet should include cooked vegetables, organic meats, and bone broth.
- Fasting: It is recommended in the Bible and in Chinese Medicine (4000 years old) for the body and for the spirit. Fasting is important because it allows the body to rest.
- Eat Cooked Foods: There isn’t a food or supplement that will heal you. Your body heals itself. A lot of the foods that we eat are difficult for the body to digest. As long as the body’s digestion is difficult then the gut bacteria will be destroyed, and healing will be adversely affected. Cooked foods are much easier for the body to break down.
- Manage Your Emotions: Different emotions affect different parts of the body: Fear (Kidneys, Bladder, Female Organs ), Grief/Depression (Lungs), Anger (Liver), and Worry (Stomach).
- Find Out Your Gut Type: There are five different gut types. For each type, there is a different diet that would be healthy for your gut type.
- Manage Stress: Stress, Anxiety, and Depression can cause chemical changes in the body that impact gut health, which impacts various functions in the body.
- Toxic (Cancer or Liver Toxicity; Eating processed or fast foods.),
- Candida (Eating too much Ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, etc.).
- Immune (Popping antibiotics every time you feel sick),
- Gastric (Eat a Large Amount of Food Too Fast), and
- Stressed (Overdoing the coffee and booze).
New Gut Health Research (Developments in the Microbiome) – 3,808 views – The Whole Journey – Published on May 24, 2018
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