Pills Versus Lifestyle – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Pills Versus Lifestyle

January 8, 2013

For the renewal of my medical license I have to complete 50 hours of continuing medical education (CME) that I’m doing online through MedScape. Each time I do my CME courses I’m reminded why allopathic medicine is not working. For example, their list of specialties does not even include nutrition, lifestyle counseling, prevention or anything to do with keeping people well.

The CME cases are all focused on what drugs to give and make no mention of diet or supplements. Even worse, their attitude toward patients is demeaning and unprofessional. For example, in a discussion about constipation induced by opiates used for pain control the following statements are made:

“Patients with OIC (opiate-induced constipation) experience various negative effects on cognition associated with OIC. These include irrational thoughts such as believing that nutrition could improve their constipation, the supposition that constipation indicates deteriorating health, and a misperception that no treatment is available.”

Since when is it an irrational thought to think that nutrition has something to do with constipation? Now, I know they are talking about drug-induced constipation and there’s the eternal bind of drug-taking where the side effects of the drug are treated with another drug. Yet allopathic medicine has turned its back on nutritional solutions to any health problems and demeans people who think otherwise.

Cases describing epilepsy, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation are all treated with drugs, drugs, drugs with never a mention of magnesium, which can help to heal the condition and not cause any side effects. One case was about the increase of HPV virus in post menopausal women. So, get ready for the next ad campaign to scare these women into getting HPV vaccines!

It’s as if the complexity of drugs and their side effects intrigues doctors and makes them feel useful in diagnosing more problems and treating with more drugs. They would consider diet and supplement advice TOO SIMPLE!

Another CME case was about obesity. More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese and about two thirds are overweight. Medicine calls it a serious public health challenge that they are trying to understand. That’s right they say they don’t understand why we are an obese nation and they say nothing about the standard American Diet (SAD). Linked to this case was the disability associated with obesity. Among the 25.3% of adult men and 24.6% of women who were obese, 35.2% and 46.9%, respectively, reported a disability. In contrast, 26.7% of men and 26.8% women of normal weight reported a disability.

Yes, a lot more obese people are disabled but what struck me about these figures is that 26.7% of men and 26.8% women of normal weight are also disabled. That’s over a quarter of the American population disabled. Don’t you find that statistic startling?

After doing several CME cases, I watched a documentary called Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. Joe was sick and fat and nearly dead when he decided to take his health into his own hands. Joe’s plan was to juice fast for 60 days during which he lost almost 100 pounds. A trucker named Phil who Joe met on his journey took up the diet and lost almost 200 pounds. Both men are walking miracles and are inspiring others to take charge of their own health. (I’m not endorsing or recommending that everyone go on a juice fast but if you do it while being followed by your doctor, it can be a safe way to detox.)

However, what was truly scary about this film was the dismissive, negative and indifferent attitude of almost everyone that Joe spoke to about his plan to get healthy.

So, in fairness to allopathic medicine, it’s clear that people don’t want to change their diet and lifestyle to get healthy. The tiny percentage that do make a change usually wait until they have one foot in the grave and their prescription pills are not making them better. Only then does it finally sink in that they are responsible for their own health. Medicine just follows the path of least resistance and promises people pills for all that ails them but never a cure.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

RESOURCES: Along the borders and in the links of my web site you can find my books, writings, and my call-in radio show. Email your questions to: questions@drcarolyndeanlive.com.


Want more health info like this?

Subscribe to receive FREE health tips from Dr. Carolyn Dean. We won't spam you or sell your information.