Even throughout the course of my medical training I found my thinking was at odds with the traditional concept of healthcare. This was primarily because many therapeutic interventions dealt with symptomatic relief rather than correcting the true underlying problem or condition. It was for this reason, that after completing my under graduate education I elected to apply to osteopathic medical training (DO) rather than allopathic training (MD). In the osteopathic training we learned allopathic medicine but we also learned structural medicine. With this structural training I could actually deal with many painful conditions directly by correcting misalignment of bones rather than relying on drugs and pain killers to cover symptoms. Over the years I have learned that the more tools at my disposal the more precisely I can direct therapy. A patient may require surgery, physical therapy, medications, or spinal manipulative therapy. If I have all the tools I can direct therapy to the patients’ needs. As the old adage states - If the only tool I have is a hammer then everything begins to look like nails.
As I progressed through my medical training I quickly found that symptomatic treatments were commonplace and looking for underlying causal factors was often ignored.
Arthritis is an example. How often do doctors treat with non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications? That is the treatment we were taught. How can it be wrong? It is wrong because such treatment ignores possible underlying factors such as bacterial infections, parasites, nutritional deficiencies, toxic exposure, free radical pathology, and more. The treatment with NSAIDS can actually cause "leaky gut" which leads to degenerative diseases - including, but not limited to, arthritis. The treatment can make you feel better today but your condition is worse next month because you used the therapy.
Another example is cholesterol. The number one prescribed medications are "statin" drugs to lower cholesterol allegedly to decrease cardiovascular disease. This thought came about in the late 70's and early 80's after the Framingham study concluded that with proper weight control, diet and exercise a person can lower the total cholesterol and raise the HDL. This was shown to reduce hardening of the arteries. Drug companies quickly mobilized to find chemicals that would artificially lower cholesterol and raise HDL. Soon "statin" drugs came on the scene and with great marketing.
The truth is, though, that they have not been able to demonstrate that by artificially lowering cholesterol with these medications that they lessened the hardening of the arteries. Yet almost every Doctor in the country will swear that "statin" drugs do exactly that.
I like to use an example. If one of your children were to get an "E" on their report card and on the way home from school they took a pen and changed the "E" to a "B", did that improve their performance in school? Of course not! Now they have to suffer the consequences of not only doing poorly in school but they will suffer the repercussions of their actions.
A study out of Canada recently confirmed what I have been telling patients for years. Because "statin" drugs drain the body of a nutrient cofactor called CoQ10 the use of these medications can be linked to congestive heart failure and dementia. Co Enzyme Q10 is a nutrient essential to the Krebs energy cycle of the body. It is key to the production of energy especially in high oxygen areas such as the heart and brain! Depriving energy to these areas results in congestive heart failure and dementia.
There are other means of lowering cholesterol without such severe consequences. One example is a natural product called Polycosanol. Polycosanol compares favorably to the "statin" drugs without the side effects.
Treat the issue -
not the symptoms.
Certainly weight control, diet, and exercise are key, though, to good cardiovascular health. Another logical approach to maintaining lower cholesterol levels and helping detoxify at the same time are newer binding substances such as Welchol. Though this is a prescription it is not absorbed after ingestion. It stays in the intestine where it binds to the cholesterol and toxic materials that have been dumped by the liver into the small intestine. By binding these substances the Welchol prevents the enterohepatic reabsorption and recycling of cholesterol and toxic materials back into the body. Thus you detoxify, unplug, and decongest the liver and gallbladder, and lower the cholesterol at the same time. That's what I call functional medicine!
At the Integrative Healthcare Center we apply this type of reasoning to your healthcare concerns. Our success rate has been outstanding. If the traditional approach to your care has left you lacking please consider blending the traditional with the functional approach.
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