According to a leading physician, thousands of Americans die needlessly every year from a deadly myth — that only drugs and surgery can heal. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., a pioneer in the successful treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and the author of "Real Cause, Real Cure," tells Newsmax that the financial power of the pharmaceutical companies has skewed our healthcare into a system that ties the hands of natural practitioners and patients who want to find root causes of illness and restore their health.
"Standard medicine offers about 15 to 20 percent of what can help people recover from illness. Other branches of the healing arts offer the rest," Teitelbaum says.
Dr. John Reed, a Maryland-based physician who believes in integrative healthcare, adds that it isn't so much which diseases should be treated with alternative medicine, but what kind of people are receptive to taking control of their health. Some people are so used to popping pills that they won't explore the opportunities to self-heal while others want the information but can't get it from their regular healthcare practitioners.
"The current medical system is in danger of collapsing because it is treating problems, not people," he tells Newsmax. "The whole idea of integrative medicine is to restore vitality and function. Our healthcare doesn't encourage healthy lifestyles that could prevent many of our dreaded diseases, including the diabetes epidemic we are facing right now."
Teitelbaum, the author of "Diabetes is Optional," agrees. "People with adult onset or type 2 diabetes do not need to be treated with insulin because adults produce enough insulin. Their problem is that they are insulin resistant. This disease can be prevented and treated with a low-sugar, high-fiber diet, the herb Hintonia (Sucontral D), and checking for deficiencies in hormones and vitamin D. If necessary, I prefer to give the drug metformin over insulin because it doesn't encourage more weight gain."
Teitelbaum says that when it comes to heart disease, traditional or Western medicine shines in acute situations such as heart attack or stroke. But alternative medicine, including a change in lifestyle habits, can prevent and reverse cardiovascular disease.
"The key treatments I use for heart problems in my practice, including angina and abnormal heart rhythms, are ribose, coenzymeQ10, magnesium and B complex, and acetyl-l-carnitine," he says. "I often see dramatic improvements in heart health in six weeks."
Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are usually managed traditionally with potentially dangerous pain killers like Lyrica, which is known to increase thoughts of suicide. Instead of medication, Teitelbaum has had success with his famous S.H.I.N.E. protocol. "This provides a blueprint for the body to heal itself," he says. "Getting adequate sleep, testing for hormone deficiency, boosting the immune system, maintaining optimal nutrition, and exercising are five key elements to beating these autoimmune diseases. In our published research study, over 90% of patients improved with treatment."
Teitelbaum says that new research is showing that some old, safe, and very low-cost medications can starve cancer cells. "But this research is largely being ignored by standard medicine because there is no profit in it," he says. For more information, check out yufoundation.org.
Dr. Alan Christianson, a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), tells Newsmax that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is another disorder for which modern medicine has no cure.
"Natural medicine, on the other hand, can identify and treat the causative factors such as food intolerances, intestinal permeability, and intestinal parasites, which may be causing IBS. In fact, conventional medicine has no real treatments except for suggesting a high-fiber diet which often exacerbates the condition," he says.
Reed says that the best medicine is what he calls an "integrative approach."
"For example, I was on duty at a trauma center when an accident victim arrived in very bad pain from his crushed limbs. We gave him a very high dose of opioid medication which lessened his pain to 8 out of 10, I then used acupuncture to shift his nervous system away from the pain centers and his pain subsided to 5 out of 10, making the medication more effective.
"When the medical situation is acute, it is beneficial to give drugs or surgery so that the patient doesn't slide downhill, but in the meantime, we must offer supportive care and suggest lifestyle changes to restore good health. We have found in our practice that approaching illness in this fashion also reduces the number of return visits to the hospital so in the long run, an integrative approach saves money.
"We need to spend more time and money on educating people — starting with our children — on how to stay healthy in the first place instead of focusing on fixing problems."
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