Volume 1 - Integrative Medicine - NOOK

Volume 1 - Integrative Medicine - NOOK PLDZ-12039

  The faith in the fixedness in human biology has created a pernicious belief system among
 the 'academic thought leaders' of the pharmacologic medicine: that only the 'facts' of medicine
 established by blinded and controlled trials of individual drugs can be relied upon, and that the
 'opinions' of physicians who toil for decades in the clinical trenches of medicine are of no value,
 and hence must be dismissed. It continues to amaze me how otherwise intelligent physicians
 continue to be so dogmatic about nondrug therapies which they have no experience with.
 The editors o f medical journals speak of evidence-based medicine with loud voices. They
 pride in their medical 'facts' and deride the 'opinions' of integrative practitioners. In their myopic
 view of medicine, they assert that what cannot be investigated with their blessed double-blind
 cross-over methodology is not scientific, hence of no clinical value. They fail to see the glaring
 disconnect between the needs of the sick and their notions of science in medicine. The sick needs
 robust nutritional, environmental, and spiritual measures for healing. None of those measures can
 be examined with their double-blind cross-over methodology for establishing drug therapies.
 Consider this: Pathologists make the decisions with gravest consequences—who loses her
 breast, whose brain gets radiated, whose marrow is wiped out by chemotherapy. Yet, when an
 experienced pathologist renders a pathologic diagnosis to his peers, he considers that diagnosis
 his opinion, albeit based on his evaluation of all the microscopic findings. I know that to be true.
 I served as a hospital pathologist for twenty nine years. All astute clinicians do the same—make
 therapeutic decisions based on their clinical sense o f the case—read clinical opinion—
 notwithstanding their lip service to the so-called evidence-based medicine built on blinded
 studies. Yet, the editors of medical journals persist with their mantra of every therapy that cannot
 be blinded—read nutritional, environmental, and spiritual approaches—being unscientific.
 Those who champion the label of evidence-based medicine—a euphemism for drug
 medicine and suppression o f nondrug therapies—refuse to recognize the core problem with their
 blessed double-blind cross-over model: individual drugs are blindly evaluated as single agents
 for some months and then are administered concurrently with multiple other drugs for decades.
 No drug manufacturer, of course, ever conducts trials of its drugs when prescribed in
 combination with the drugs of its competitors. Yet, they are eager to dismiss the true-to-life
 experiences o f thoughtful physicians, who work in 'clinical trenches' for decades. They dismiss
 all nondrug therapies as 'unproven,' all in the name of their favored evidence-based medicine
 slogan. They stubbornly refuse to see the fundamental difference between the use of drugs for
 rapid symptom suppression and the value of nutritional, herbal, and self-regulatory approaches
 for slow but sustained improvements in oxygen homeostasis and redox dynamics. The frivolous
 'fact and opinion' mantra continues.
 Coming to the subjects of 'facts' in medicine, is it a fact that cholesterol is an antioxidant? Is
 it a fact that coronary artery disease is, first and foremost, an oxidative disorder? Is it a fact that
 when one is subjected to incremental oxidative stress, one's antioxidant responses are
 upregulated? Is it a fact that some people show marked increases in their blood cholesterol levels
 when they are under unremitting stress? Is it a fact that blood cholesterol levels so raised begin to
 fall when those issues of oxidative stress—including relentless anger and unrelenting sense of
 being a victim—are effectively addressed? In light of that, what can be made of the guidelines
 for statin usage promulgated by the 'cholesterol experts' paid by makers of those drugs? In view
 of those considerations, may we ask, how many physicians view blood cholesterol levels in that
 light when prescribing statin drugs?
 In this first volume o f The Principles and Practice o f Medicine, I assert that no minerals,
 proteins, enzymes, receptors, mediators, genetic sequences, or cellular colonies have any fixed
 biologic roles. I marshall a very large body of clinical and biochemical data to support that view.
 Drawing on that strength, I challenge the prevailing 'science' of drug medicine. I reject the the
 pernicious belief o f the editors of medical journals that nondrug therapies are unscientific simply
 because they cannot be blinded. All elements in human biology are components of a vast and
 ever-changing kaleidoscope of energetic-molecular mosaics.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: The faith in the fixedness in human biology has created a pernicious belief system among the 'academic thought leaders' of the pharmacologic medicine: that only the 'facts' of medicine established by blinded and controlled tria
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