Monday, August 1, 2011

Running Out of Energy, But Not Information

Doctors routinely measure chemicals in the body to get health information, such as cholesterol and triglycerides. METABOLOMICS, however, involves measuring hundreds or thousands of chemical processes, such as the breakdown of nutrients from diet, going on in the body at the same time, which could yield a lot of information. [METABOLOMICS] can also account for environmental factors, such as how well a patient is absorbing medications. Since METABOLISM-energy generation and breakdown-gets disrupted in many diseases, figuring out how these metabolic pathways change could potentially yield better ways of diagnosing or treating a wide range of diseases.”[1]

If you have been following my newsletter and blogs you are familiar with the concept that ALL diseases start at the cellular level due to less optimal energy and information for cells (no matter what type of cell) to do their job and be properly structured. Despite volumes of evidence pointing in the direction predicted by physicists, the medical profession has been very slow in assimilating these concepts, which has resulted in much frustration for me. Instead, we continue to rearrange the chairs on the Titanic ship of Health Care Reform.

Nothing will improve in health care delivery, until we de-emphasize the pharmaceutical approach and focus on METABOLOMICS. This has been the central focus of my career, which I am strongly contemplating ending. It is not worth it to me when I am having chest pain out of sheer stress, since my excellent diet and exercise routine have shown my heart is physically quite healthy.

The only thing that keeps me going is flashes of brilliance, like the quote above; I found it while waiting to get on the air (KTALK 630 AM on Sundays at 4PM.) There was an old copy of the Wall Street Journal in the studio. The quote came from the editor of the Journal Metabolomics; he was commenting on an article on dandruff, of all things.

But, my isolation from society at large and the medical profession has gotten so unbearable that I fear my health is suffering.

Even though many doctors like what I am doing, I estimate that about 1/3 of them are bitterly antagonistic. Amazingly, I don’t have the support of many herbalists, naturopaths and other so called health workers. I feel it is because I have been known to condemn their over emphasis on the supplements and herbs they sell. There is nothing wrong with those items IF they are properly and honestly manufactured (a big IF.) But, when the sole emphasis is questionable marketing without emphasizing METABOLOMICS (nutrition, environment, and mind-body issues,) I fear this “natural approach” is not much better than treating with pharmaceuticals. For example, treating depression with St John’s Wort or Prozac only address symptoms, not the roots of the problem; Energy and Information, or METABOLOMICS are the best approach

To make matters worse, there are certain “patients” who do not come back to see me when they discover I don’t share the predominant faith in my state. There are also those “patients” who don’t return because they believe the misinformation planted against me in several sites. But, none of them are more hurtful to me than those “patients” who don’t return when they see that I am not as white as they are….

Added to all this is my social isolation, which I am not ready to share at this point. Suffice it to say that emotional and social issues are also Energy and Information issues.

This blog is not a pitty-party, but a realistic assessment of the struggles an Integrative Doctor faces in a protracted fight with a dysfunctional health care system. Added to this battle is the sense of never having belonged in a society whose main goal is profits and materialistic consumption. It is with these thoughts in mind that I, like all of us at times of existential crisis, muse about “what ifs…” Yes, maybe I should have become a Jesuit priest, when, as a child, I sensed modern societies do not care much about their spiritual, economic, physical, mental or political health.

There are three things that keep me going in this struggle: (1) the economy, since this is not the time to look for a second career at my age, (2) the sense of having been “called” to this work, and (3) all those faithful patients who express their support and love to me at each visit. To them, I say thank you from the bottom of my aching heart.

[1] Wall Street Journal, July 19th


At August 12, 2011 at 6:48:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanted to relay this conference as discussed. The link is
thanks-Philip Shupe

At August 12, 2011 at 6:50:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...
thanks Philip Shupe

At August 23, 2011 at 11:53:00 PM PDT , Blogger Mark said...

Dr. Rodier so many are blessed by your sacrifice and service. Please know that we need you. You've made a REAL sustained difference in so many lives. Please hang in there.

All the best!

Mark Crosby

At August 25, 2011 at 5:35:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't EVER consider leaving your practice! Slowly the truth will be realized and you will be the hero! I met you 10 years ago and everything you taught me was completely new. Slowly over time, bits of change from the main-stream medical community trickle in and I say "Dr. Rodier taught me that 10 years ago!" YOU ARE A PIONEER AND YOU ARE CHANGING THE WORLD! It takes time for people to change their views. Hey, look how long it took for people to stop believing that the world was flat! You are loved and thought about every day by thousands of people living a better life because of you. Thank you for having the courage to do what is right and for carrying the heavy costs of doing it.

At September 28, 2011 at 9:56:00 AM PDT , Blogger Trisha Morton said...

I just found your blog and wanted to tell you to keep your chin up and stick with it. Everywhere you go you will find prejudice. You don't have to let it prevent you from doing what is right, however. You have chosen a path that is right for you and one you succeed in but it is not the mainflow. That doesn't mean it is wrong and pleny of pioneers in medicine were a bit 'radical' in their ideas. That is one of the main reasons the science of medicine has reached the pinnacles and achievements it has-someone thought outside of the box.

Our family, while typically not in the habit of visiting the doctor for minor colds,etc, had occasion to meet you approximately 10 years ago as patients and we still remember the advice and treatments you gave and it has influenced our lives.

It was only when we moved farther away about 5 years ago when we quit coming to your practice, yet we still think highly of your advice and methods. You do make a difference and while we may not be able to visit your office always, we will continue to follow you here, now that we have 'rediscovered' you. Warm wishes!

At October 16, 2011 at 8:47:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Rodier, Others have said it better than I can, but I have decided that I should represent the hundreds who can not say it better, but need to say something, just to be counted.
Please don’t give up the good fight. There are a lot of us that are depending on you to point the way to keep us healthy in a deteriorating environment. Who knows how many lives you have improved by sharing your knowledge with us. If you quit, it is a major victory for big pharmaceutical, the pesticide industry and others who do not have our best interest at heart.
As you power boat your way up the reservoir, you see the pressure of the obstacles on your right and on your left, but please look behind you and consider the ripple effect of those improved in your wake behind you. There is not another to take your place with the knowledge and trust that you have earned. You are the torch bearer. You know of the people that you meet with regularity, but you can not be aware of the associates and family members of your clients that also are influenced by the light you carry.

At March 9, 2012 at 11:26:00 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Rodier
Years ago I saw you once. What you told me probably was spot on but I found it just too hard and continue to suffer the health consequences. I find your that over the years we are making changes for the better based on your research and admonitions. We are all fighting societal pressures and habits from childhood to make the changes for a better world. I hope you can continue your battle. My wife still sees you and you are making a difference for the better for my family. Thank you for what you have done and I hope you can continue.
Wayne Despain

At April 13, 2012 at 5:41:00 PM PDT , Blogger Liz said...

Dr. Rodier,

I wonder if you have many more faithful patients than you realize.

You have been my family's primary care physician for almost 9 years but we've only been into your office a few times over the years. People who really follow your advice just don't get sick. (Well, we're not following it perfectly, but we try).

We come in every now and then for a kindergarten check up and that's about it.

We used to have some allergies and eczema issues but your advice cleared them up. We read your books and blog and write your name on every form that asks for our pcp, but we rarely need to see you.

I appreciate you so much and the unpopular stand you are taking. I hope you will feel the love and support from all of us that you don't see often.


At April 18, 2012 at 9:30:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Rodier,

What you are trying to accomplish is a paradigm shift -- from the drug-based approach to medicine to this ... metabolic approach. As Galileo and other paradigm-shifters can attest, this path is fraught with opposition from the current paradigm who, as you observe, have vested interests in the status quo, not the least of which is commitment to their current belief system.

Please keep up the good work!


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