I came across a series of 4 articles on Medscape that explain why the current health-care system is truly a disease-care system where chronically ill patients don’t have much hope of getting healthy when they are under allopathic care. The first article, “Physicians, Patients at Odds on Chronic Care Priorities” reports on an exploratory study of primary care physicians and their patients. Published in the Annals of Family Medicine, it found that patients don’t think doctors properly recognize and treat 7 of the top 10 chronic illnesses.
Doctors supposedly work for patients; they are responsible for their healthcare. But what is becoming more apparent is that doctors are focused on diagnosing disease and treating symptoms with drugs or surgery but turning a blind eye when their treatments don’t seem to work.
According to this study, doctors are at their best when diagnosing and treating these three conditions – probably because there are lots of drugs for them to prescribe.
The following chronic conditions are hard to treat and frustrate doctors to the point that patients feel they and their diseases are being ignored.
4. Hearing loss
What’s missed is that these top ten conditions are related to mineral deficiencies (especially magnesium) and yeast overgrowth, which I cover in my free eBook Total Body Meltdown & The 65 Reasons Why. Yet they are being treated with drugs, which according to patients, aren’t working.
Let me explain:
1. Hypothyroidism is occurring in almost epidemic proportions – with apparently no known medical cause. However, it can be caused by yeast toxins blocking thyroid hormone receptor sites. It’s also caused by deficiency of one or more of the 9 minerals required to make thyroid hormones.
2. Diabetes (type 2) is associated with magnesium deficiency.
a. Mg is necessary to make and secrete insulin.
b. Mg facilitates carbohydrate metabolism.
c. Mg allows insulin to transfer glucose into cells. Otherwise, glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.
d. Tyrosine kinase, an enzyme that allows glucose entry into the cell (along with insulin) is Mg-dependent.
e. Seven of the ten enzymes needed to metabolize glucose in the glycolysis pathway are Mg-dependent.
3. Hypertension occurs when insufficient magnesium and too much calcium causes the smooth muscles lining blood vessels to go into spasm. If cholesterol is elevated, which can also be due to Mg deficiency, cholesterol can bind with calcium, causing atherosclerosis in the blood vessels, worsening high blood pressure. Allopathic medicine uses diuretics in combination with salt restriction to help flush fluids from the body presumably to put less pressure on your blood vessels. The resulting dehydration can thicken your blood and make you susceptible to clotting-related conditions such as stroke and deep vein thrombosis.
Another side effect with diuretics is greater magnesium deficiency and consequent elevation of cholesterol and blood sugar. Then patients are given statin drugs for their cholesterol and drugs for their diabetes, causing even greater, which can become so severe that they develop atrial fibrillation or have a heart attack. Most drugs used in treating heart disease and hypertension drain Mg from the body, especially the ones containing fluoride molecules.
4. Asthma The smooth muscles of the bronchial tubes go into spasm when they are magnesium-deficient. There are many studies using IV Magnesium for the treatment of moderate to severe asthma in children and adults. Magnesium also helps treat asthma because it is an antihistamine.
5. ObesityRead my blog, “Magnesium The Weight Loss Cure”
a. Magnesium helps the body digest, absorb, and utilize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
b. Magnesium is necessary for insulin to open cell membranes for glucose.
c. Magnesium helps prevent obesity genes from expressing themselves.
d. Magnesium and the B-complex vitamins are energy nutrients: they activate enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Lack of these necessary energy nutrients causes improper utilization of food, leading to such far-ranging symptoms as hypoglycemia, anxiety, and obesity.
e. Food craving and overeating can be simply a desire to continue eating past fullness because the body is, in fact, craving nutrients that are missing from processed food. You continue to eat empty calories that pack on the pounds but get you no further ahead in your nutrient requirements.
6. Osteoarthritis According to a study in the journal Life Sciences, magnesium deficiency is a major risk factor for the development and progression of osteoarthritis. Magnesium deficiency is “active in several pathways that have been implicated in OA, including increased inflammatory mediators, cartilage damage, defective chondrocyte biosynthesis, aberrant calcification and a weakened effect of analgesics.” They referenced laboratory and clinical evidence in animal studies that suggested nutritional supplementation of magnesium could provide effective therapies for osteoarthritis. A study in the Journal of Rheumatology followed 2,855 subjects. Investigators measured magnesium using the inferior serum magnesium test and arthritis was determined by specific X-ray criteria. They found a significant association between low serum magnesium and osteoarthritis.
7. Hearing Loss Some forms of hearing loss can be caused by calcification, like my otosclerosis. If I had enough magnesium when I was growing up, perhaps the small bones in my ears would not have become calcified and affecting my hearing.
8. Eczema A certain proportion of eczema can be caused by yeast toxins. When a yeast free diet and a yeast detox are undertaken, skin conditions automatically improve. See my free eBook, ReSet The Yeast Connection for details.
9. Insomnia This is one of the first symptoms to be alleviated with magnesium. There is a saying in magnesium circles that the mineral is so effective that if a person complains that magnesium isn’t helping them sleep, then they just aren’t taking enough. How does Mg help us sleep?
a. It relaxes twitchy, restless, tense muscles that keep you from falling into a deep sleep. Tight muscles make you hyperalert and irritable, and in that condition any noise or even an active dream will wake you up.
b. GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system: activation of GABA(A) receptors favors sleep. Mg binds to GABA gates and increases their effects.
c. The sleep-regulating melatonin pathway production is disturbed without sufficient Mg.
d. Mg reverses age-related neuroendocrine and sleep EEG changes.
e. Mg supplementation improves Mg deficiency symptoms and inflammatory stress in older adults (over age fifty-one) with poor sleep.
f. Mg reduces heart rate response to sympathetic nervous stimulation, to exercise, and to sleep problems.
g. Mg deficiency has been strongly linked to sleep disorders, which can either cause or increase anxiety.
Because they know nothing about nutrient deficiencies, doctors can’t take care of patients with chronic health problems. These patients end up in a swirl of polypharmacy with increasing side effects that overwhelm doctors’ ability to understand or treat. Decades ago I saw doctors display the same attitude toward the elderly, who were on multiple medications and had a long list of chronic complaints. Currently 70% of the population suffers from at least one chronic complaint.
Instead of suggesting nutrients for these conditions, the authors recommend “more patient-centered care for patients with various chronic conditions” and say there is a need to “build a therapeutic alliance and a better partnership.” To me this study is another waste of research money that could have been better spent giving nutrients to patients and following their improvement – not documenting how badly allopathic medicine fails its patients.
It’s obvious that their empty words don’t help a sick patient get well; they just tell doctors to be more empathetic with their patients while they break the news that they can’t do anything more for them. I suppose it’s better than ignoring them or writing them off – but it certainly doesn’t help them get well. And, instead of recognizing their failure, they “acknowledge the need for studies with larger sample sizes in order to confirm their results.”
What follows is the wishy-washy “health-speak” that has become common in HMO-based medicine as the researchers suggest that, “Future research should explore the consequences of poor patient-GP agreement on health outcomes. It should also focus on how to achieve patient-centered care in the context of limited time for clinical consultations and efficient personalized communication adjusted to health literacy.” Believe me, I have no idea what this even means! These words help no one but the researchers who are trying to grab as much money as they can for their next project. Oh, the next quote is even more priceless. “The authors stress that patient preferences should be integral to clinical decision making, with care shifting from a focus on disease to one on patients’ goals.
HA! Yes, let’s shift our medical focus away from these pesky diseases that we cannot treat and placate the patient with empty platitudes!! Lord Sufferin’ Cats!!
The second article echoes the first and specifically focuses on the fact that “PCPs Lack Awareness of Prediabetes.”
As an aside let me just say that the title of family doctor has been stripped away and replaced with primary care physician (PCP) because family doctor implies that a patient might have too close a relationship with their doctor if he or she is “part of the family”. In fact, the doctor of today is just a technician, a cog in the wheel of the health care industry.
When it comes to diabetes, PCPs refer these patients to diabetologists and endocrinologists and just may follow their oral medications but don’t know how to work with insulin dosing. This second article says they don’t know how to prevent diabetes by diagnosing prediabetes. Obviously if they looked for prediabetes they could put patients on a diet and prevent diabetes – but having no training in nutrition and having no time to spend counseling patients, prediabetes fall through the gaps in allopathic medicine.
Basically most PCPs don’t want to take care of people once they develop diabetes – they quickly refer them to endocrinologists, but they also don’t want to help prevent diabetes.
The survey presented in this second article wants doctors to seek out prediabetics and counsel them on diet (which they won’t do) and put them on the drug metformin (which they will do). But they won’t put them on nutrients like magnesium (ReMag), chromium and zinc (ReMyte), which are the underlying deficiencies in diabetes – along with a high sugar diet.
Doctors have been educated for 6-12 years to diagnose disease and not prevent it, so it’s pretty hard to change that pattern. That’s what we’re up against in the failure of medicine to prevent chronic disease, which is most often related to nutrient deficiencies and yeast overgrowth.
The third article announces that “Hypertension Rates High Among Medical Students.” Hold your horses! This can’t be right! Instead of helping people stay well, your doctor is learning to get just as sick as his/her patients! Hmmm. If they don’t know how to take care of their own health, what makes them think they can be in charge of ours? What about the old adage “Physician Health Thyself?”
Allow me another Lord Sufferin Cats! when I report that “Among medical students, rates of hypertension are more than twice those of members of the general public who are of the same age.” And this study is on students who are only in their first and second year of medicine. The results were reported at the American Heart Association‘s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.
Researchers found that one in five medical students had stage 2 hypertension, (systolic pressure of equal or greater than 140 and a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher) compared with less than one in ten members of the general population of the same age (mean age 26). A comment from one of the 3rd year medical students conducting the study was scary. He said, “Being future doctors, we know that hypertension’s a silent killer.” To me this means that before they even leave med school, a lot of these students will be on medication –to “prevent disease” because that’s what they are learning!
They cite the following reasons for this high incidence of hypertension, none of which are going to change.
1. Medical students are sedentary for most of the day.
2. They are under pressure to perform.
3. They lack time to exercise and to cook healthy meals.
I don’t think the pressure to perform, which is a euphemism for MASSIVE STRESS is any less now than when I went to medical school. It’s actually probably less. Med school is where I developed IBS from the gut-clenching stress of learning to be responsible for people’s lives!
In this study, only 36.6% of the medical students had normal BP and male students were 13.3 times more likely to develop hypertension than female students. An increase in waist circumference by 1 inch was associated with an 11% increase in stage 2 hypertension and sleeping less than 6 hours a night was associated with a 37% increase in hypertension. Apparently, exercise, anxiety, and diet were not significant factors, which I think is a load of bull. They probably just didn’t assess them properly. Of course they didn’t assess magnesium deficiency as a probable cause of the hypertension, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability!
The last nail in the coffin of allopathic medicine and likely a reason why doctors are avoiding chronically ill people and getting hypertension is in this fourth article “Are the History and Physical Coming to an End?”
I ask you, how can you be a doctor supposedly helping to take care of the physical bodies of your patients and not even examine them or ask them questions about their lives? Unfortunately, that’s the direction that medicine is taking. This article admits that “as medical technology barrels ahead, the patient history and physical examination (H&P) would eventually become obsolete.”
You can read the article if you like, I’m not going to even bother “unpacking” it for you because it’s all a bunch of “1984 doublespeak” using words like “genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, microbiomics, metabolomics, and an array of other omics” to define the future of medicine.
One of the writers even has the gall to say that “We are entering an age when medicine can become truly personalized, as we learn to interpret multiomics data and integrate them with data from other sources, such as sensors, scanners, wearables, and other devices.” I’m sure they meant to say “truly depersonalized”.” But you know what’s missing from all that data – nutrients and proper nutrient testing. They are not part of the data entry of the new entrepreneurial, allopathetic medicine so they will never be part of the solution.
As doctors become disillusioned with medicine; as they fail to take care of their chronically ill patients; as they develop the same diseases as their patients; as drug side effects become more commonplace, they will embrace this new technology so they can keep their distance from patients – and not have to do a physical exam or take a history!
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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