Monday, December 4, 2006

first braindroppings from one more integrative medical doctor

Let me go for the jugular as I start my blogging career:

[By the way, go to to see where I am coming from. After all, you may think this is more rantings from yet another "quack," which is why I will not use the word "alternative."]

Why is it that most medical doctors are not stampeding to join the ranks of physicians who are getting more training to integrate themselves into the medicine of the future?

Surely, docs are interested in caring for patients. Yet, why are some docs dismissing what their patients report about their experiences with non-pharmaceuticals issues?

Surely docs are interested in science. Yet, why are some of them ignoring the articles on integrative issues coming out by the dozens, each week, in their own medical journals? [By the way, click on my "newsletter," where I listed a recent sample of my review of 150 medical journals each month.]

Surely docs are interested in the community, in working environments, and in the issues that touch patients' health. Yet, why do some of them focus on a pharmaceutical approach only, leaving out anything else pertaining to health, specifically, nutrition?

Doctor-haters will be quick to answer that docs are bad people, that they are not interested in health, but disease. Personally, I do not believe this is the case. As an integrative doc, I am closely associated with a medical school, and my practice is backed up by dedicated physicians taking call with me. So, I am of the opinion that the vast majority of docs want to help patients, and that most of them have been called to serve people, as I often see as a member of the Admission's Committee at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

I feel the main reason some docs are not anxious to join the medicine of the future, integrative medicine, is extremely simple: they fear that their livelihood may be threatened.

Look within your own heart. Whatever field you are in, you may be hearing footsteps behind you. It may be a new technology, more computer learning, younger and more up-to-date competitors, shifting economies, political issues at work, outsourcing to India, hostile take-overs, and maybe immigration. Most people today fear for their jobs. In the world we live in, we are one step away from losing our jobs [Read "The world is flat," 2006, Friedman.]

It is the same with doctors. The explosion of knowledge in Nutrition in general, and Nutragenomics in particular is poised to overtake the clinical practice of medicine. Patients sense this, and they want their docs to guide them through this maze of new information, because, they correctly perceive their M.D.s as the captains of the health-care team, however chaotic it may be today.

So, docs are facing a major shift in paradigm, which threatens their livelihood, as well it should. Blaming them for these normal feelings is counter-productive. They would like to find someone who they could trust to learn from, since these issues are, for the most part, not part of the curriculum in medical schools. Having been through the same training, and having taken the time to explore the literature very meticulously, I would like to offer my services to provide objective clinical evidence, from medical journals, that integration of non-pharmaceutical issues, particularly nutrition, is the future of health care in our country.

Also, my clinical experience with thousands of patients, gives me applied cases where I see these somewhat abstract issues come to life, resulting in patients getting off their prescription medications, by changing their lifestyles and diets.

My approach to integrative medicine is a bit different from other integrative physicians. First. I do not sell any products. Second, I integrate the humanities, literature, public health, politics, etc., to the practice of health. A patient's culture and community are critical to his/her health. Third, I review 150 medical journals each month, cutting across all specialties. Scientific evidence is a must in this dynamic field.



At January 3, 2007 at 7:24:00 PM PST , Blogger paula said...

As I read your Blog, I can't help but notice that no one has commented. My son will visit you for the first time tomorrow> he has changed from being a healthy, happy 22 year old to his present self, an unhealthy, ill, 24 year old, I can't help but blame western medicine. He began his bout with 3 MRSA's, treated with 3 courses of SEPTRA drugs. Soon thereafter, he was erroneously treated with 3 more courses of antibiotics for tonsilitis infections. His now suffering young body pains him daily with muscle weakness, stomach problems, both digestive and metabolic...and he can't remain standing for more than 10 minutes without feeling exhausted. I pray that you know the havoc that antibiotics cause to the human body and I pray even harder that you will be able to remedy the distaster that they have caused to my son's body. There just has to be a better way to human health than the standard medical school "kill or cure" prescription world. I believe you, the integrative physician has happened onto the answer. Do others just lack the consciousness to know that they are actually being poisoned by traditional western medicine? Do you really have to burn down the garden to start a new crop? My hope, prayers and love are with you as you pioneer this new field. The fact that no one has commented stands as a testimonial that AMERICA is somewhat conscioulsy dead...they know not what they eat, what they feel...they just want someone to give them a pill when they are sick! Bless you in your quest for healing, I believe you are truly on a God given path.

At January 11, 2008 at 7:50:00 AM PST , Blogger Linda said...

I have been reading your blogs for about a week now and just can't stop reading. I agree with you 100%. I can so relate to this father's comments about his son. I am making an appointment today for my dad to see Dr. Rodier. I know that he needs to see him. My dad also went through 3 rounds of being treated for MRSA(IV for 2 weeks) At his age he should have died but through nutrition and supplements he made it. Until my dad gave me Medical Power of Attorney, the doctors and his wife were killing him with traditional medical treatments. We need to talk to as many people as we can and share this way of thinking with them and wake the world up to how they are killing themselves.


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