Editor’s note: Medicine dislikes the term
“alternative medicine” because to the medicos, there is no
alternative. To appease them, new terms were created: Complimentary
Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Complimentary and Alternative
It is this author’s opinion that terms are
meaningless; that we need to re-define medicine itself. We will do
this by calling for Rational Medicine.
The first and
foremost rule of Rational Medicine is: Give the patient the
medicine the patient needs NOW.
If a person is
about to have a heart attack, give him nitroglycerine,
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, whatever it takes.
If a person has had a heart attack, give her proper trauma care, a
shot of magnesium, blood thinners, anti-coagulants, vassal dilators.
Give the patient the medicine she needs now.
told me: “You don’t call in an herbalist to care for gun shot
|I’ve since found out
that this statement isn’t entirely correct. Sure, the
wounded person requires prompt trauma care, this is
obvious; but a bit of cayenne tincture will help stop
the internal bleeding.
This is what would be
considered First Aid; and is related to the first rule
of Rational Medicine.
The simple rule
is: Give the person the medicine he or she needs now.
The first rule
of medicine is, according to Hippocrates: Do No Harm.
Saving a life
and doing no harm is a delicate balancing act.
So, after the
patient has received exactly what he needed, now, we must
continue our care without doing any further harm.
blood thinners, vassal dilators all those things the patient needed
to save his life and stabilize his condition were perfect, then. If
continued indefinitely, they will begin to do harm, diminish the
patient’s quality of life, and in the long run, lead to an early
A business major
would graph this in a “Cost/Benefit Analysis.” As time progresses on
drug therapies, the benefits begin to diminish as the costs—the side
help us thin our blood and reduce inflammation, but as time goes on,
your chances of having a hemorrhagic stroke increase (not to mention
all the other detrimental side effects of aspirin). Should you need
surgery and are told to go off the aspirin prior to surgery, your
chances of a heart attack skyrocket. Continued Aspirin
therapy also raised your blood pressure.
Hence, there is
no room in Rational Medicine for an aspirin a day therapy. The
simple rule is: Do nor harm.
The third rule
of Rational Medicine is something that most everyone accepts, but is
ruled out by money driven medicine.
Absolute Health and Wellness are the result of what we eat, drink,
breathe, think, and our physical activity. The human animal does not
thrive long at a desk, in a cubical. It needs to get out, stretch,
walk, run, play, and dance.
Medicos give lip
service to this seemingly simple, yet profound, concept. If you read
of April 2007, you’ll see how we began that newsletter
with Medicine telling us we need proper nutrition, and then, in the
following article, they
turn around and tell us that additional vitamins and minerals not
only do not do anything good, they might just decrease our life
spans. Yeah, right.
truth is that our bodies demand proper nutrition, not drugs, to
maintain health. Drugs are needed as a stop gap; to save a life that
has gotten too sick to come back on its own.
Keeping a person
on drugs indefinitely is
quackery. Hypertension (high blood
pressure) drugs do not cure high blood pressure. You have to stay on
them the rest of your life, and the real problem with long term drug
therapies, beyond the obvious side effects, is that there are
nutritional costs to all drugs.
In other words,
the drugs are pulling nutrition from your body, causing problems
that require drugs to handle. Drugs are an endless cycle. If you get
on them and stay on them, then you’ve established a rapidly
Statins stop the
body from producing CoQ10 (which is needed for proper heart health);
hypertension meds pull B Vitamins from the body (and more); Cardio
Glycosides (used to strengthen a weak heart) pull phosphorous,
calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins from the body; all of which are
needed for proper blood pressure and heart function.
Glycosides are life saving when a person’s heart has gotten to the
point where it just cannot function well, but keeping a patient on
Cardio Glycosides is just asking for problems. Here is just a short
list of side effects from long term use of this drug that leaches
from us the nutrients listed above:
Osteoporosis and osteomalacia
(abnormal softening of bone tissues)
High blood pressure
Muscle cramps and muscle weakness
Heart palpitations and irregular
Nervous disorders; anxiety
Depression, irritability, and
An increase in the frequency and
severity of asthma attacks
Edema (swelling from accumulation
Once a problem
that had gone too far has been stabilized by drug therapy, Rational
Medicine calls for nutritional therapies to wean the patient off the
drugs and heal the problem entirely.
Drugs do not
heal anything. Even antibiotics can only kill a bug, but the damage
they cause in their wake still requires healing. Once the bug is
gone, we must bring back the good bacteria (lactobacillus
acidophilus and bifidus to name two) needed for proper health and
into Rational Medicine is the idea that quackery is deadly and
however, feel that quackery is giving the patient some untested
snake oil; some unproven therapy.
quackery in modern medicine is rampant without ever mentioning
Statin drugs are
pure quackery. The assumption that cholesterol causes heart disease
has never been proven. There is simply no “causal” relationship
between cholesterol and heart disease. The connection between heart
disease and cholesterol is tenuous at best, especially considering
the great number of heart attacks in people who have “healthy”
By healthy, I
mean the artificially imposed numbers created by the pharmaceutical
industry hoping to make money from our ignorance.
It is the goal
of the pharmaceutical industry to turn every person in into a
patient. Pharmaceutical companies used to make only drugs. Today,
they make up illnesses: hypercholestemia is a made up illness; it
did not exist prior to the invention of cholesterol lowering drugs.
long term regimen of three or more drugs for one patient is
Once a person is
put on a regimen of three or more medicines, all the double blind
studies go out the window. No one knows the overall effects these
drugs will create in the patient.
quackery defined by a physician prescribing a regimen of drugs
without knowing what will happen?
Sadly, this form
of quackery is rampant in the treatment of our elderly population.
possibly think of a situation demanding overmedicating anyone, but
if someone with more knowledge on the subject than I demands that a
person must have all these drugs to help stabilize his situation,
then Rational Medicine says “Yes.”
Medicine also requires that we get that person off this cocktail as
soon as humanly possible and onto a nutritional regimen before we
start chasing side effects with still more drugs causing more side
effects has no place in Rational Medicine.
Finally, we beg
the question: where in Rational Medicine is there room for
untested, untried, alternative therapies?
medicine will never test a non patentable substance. This is not a
conspiracy theory, just a simple fact of business.
The last rule of
Rational Medicine is: we must give equal and objective testing to
all possible avenues to conquering disease. It is only rational.
taxes fund the National Cancer Institute, the FDA, and a lot of the
Pharmacological Industry’s research. Many believe that none of these
institutes are on the side of the patient and you’ll hear arguments
to support both sides of this issue.
Medicine proposes is that our tax dollars go to universities to test
objectively non patentable therapies.
universities work objective will be difficult, as many researchers
there might wish to leave for the private sector one day, and
resisting temptation seems to be impossible at times.
It would be
comforting to know that any study that is rigged to fail would be
overturned by the university itself, and those rigging any study
would be handed their walking papers. [See also:
Study on Echinacea]
science. It’s only aim should be to discover the truth. When we bend
it to make a profit, it is no longer science; it is a sham.
universities is owned by all of us. It is public information we have
all paid for with our tax dollars. It is time to demand that our tax
dollars go to helping the public good, not private profits.
universities with research dollars benefits us all, from the
employment of university staff to the grad students working on a
study, to we the public reaping the benefits of the system. It’s a
There you have
it. Rational medicine is based upon four solid principles:
Give the patient the medicine the
patient needs now.
Do no harm
Once a patient’s condition is
stable, initiate nutritional and mind/body therapies to heal the
patient and achieve ultimate wellness and peace of mind.
Demand, real, objective science
with sufficient funding.
The only problem
with this system is getting people to follow through. Consistency is
not a human trait.
be created by offering patients and their families lowered insurance
costs. Families will find their costs lowered the more they get
involved in their own health, receiving preventive checkups and
attending counseling sessions and informational classes.
In the long run,
preventive medicine that furnishes a patient with access to
nutritional counseling, massage therapy, yoga, tai chi, qigong, or
meditation classes, psychological counseling, and proper information
about diet and lifestyle is much cheaper than the Disease Care
System we have now. We all know this.
Huckabee of Arkansas started one of the best programs of preventive
medicine ever established in the US. His Healthy Arkansas Initiative
has become a model program for the entire country. The program
rewards healthy behaviors judged by the results; and the results are
astonishing, while the savings to the state of Arkansas are
dramatic. To read more on this, visit the Life Extension Foundation:
A New State of Health for America.
Medicine is simply good business. The cost/benefit analysis says it
offer their employees gyms, running tracks, and swimming pools have
known this for years. Many progressive businesses call in massage
therapists to do fifteen minute sessions on their employees. Some
companies have tai chi, yoga, or Pilates sessions prior to the work
day and again available during the lunch break and at the end of the
day. Progressive businesses fill their pop machines with fruit
juices; they fill their junk food vending machines with fresh fruit.
Medicine goes far beyond the doctor/patient scenario; it is a way of
life. Talk to any dietician/nutritionist and they will tell you that
the only way to end the ups and downs of dieting is to develop a way
Medicine is a way of life.