In eight years of experience recovering our health, my family has learned that we cannot blindly trust most western medicine experts, and we have to be actively involved in improving our health. In this blog post, we share three critical issues that many people overlook.
If you are not an active participant in creating your health and are overly trusting of government recommendations or the recommendations of your doctor, you might want to reconsider because:
- Government agencies are not always forthcoming
- Medical research is often manipulated
- Medical doctors are not always up to speed on the most current medical research.
But there is hope. Resources are available to help ensure that you are making healthful decisions.
Scientific American wrote this article for its October 2016 issue, which illustrates that government agencies can be misleading: How the FDA Manipulates the Media. It is a lengthy article, the point of which is that the FDA and other government agencies purposefully manipulate the press regarding the information they release.
The Scientific American information above combined with the growing body of evidence that health studies can be corrupt makes the case to do your own research even more compelling. Dr. John Ioannidis, Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University, is a leader in this area. See: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science. You can view more of Dr. Ioannidis’ work here: All Publications.
Finally, many medical doctors are running behind in their awareness and understanding of the research in their fields. This Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine article discusses this further: The answer is 17 years, what is the question: understanding time lags in translational research.
To simply restate the points above: America has frighteningly high numbers of sick people, and:
- government agencies manipulate the information that Americans receive
- the medical research industry largely manufactures their data to meet their needs
- a significant number of medical doctors are not up to date on the latest research or aren’t trying to determine the validity of that research.
This is a recipe for an epic disaster. With children born in the year 2000 or later already expected to have less health and a shorter lifespan than their parents, according to former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, what are we going to do?
First, there are good medical doctors to work with – you just have to find them. We provide additional information in our eLearning program.
Second, I have found that doing my own research in PubMed, which is the US National Library of Medicine, has helped me to help family and friends ensure that their doctors really know what they are talking about and prevent unintended harm.
Third, using your common sense is critical because not all the research makes sense, nor has all the research that is needed been undertaken. For example, when Colson was suddenly struggling with anxiety and OCD at age 10, I did an Internet search to see if people were reporting links between dairy and these disorders. Sure enough many, many people were. But, there was no mainstream medical research on this, just anecdotal reports. Because of all the research I have done about food, I knew we had to take dairy out of Colson’s diet, and based on the anecdotal reports I had read online, it seemed that it would take about three weeks for Colson to see improvement. He was better after three weeks and two days. Because of the knowledge I had accumulated, common sense, and the reports of other people, we solved Colson’s problem and he only invested five weeks into therapy instead of the projected 10 years and likely medication. You can learn more about that part of our journey in our eLearning program, Small and Powerful Steps to Wellness.
I really like the approach Dr. Ioannidis demonstrates as a champion of preventative approaches to disease, and preventative approaches start with the food we eat. I began blogging about my family’s healing foods journey in October 2008, and in 2016 we are still learning and improving. It has taken many small steps to get where we are. Our latest improvement is for me to eat a ketogenic diet and for Ryan to eat close to one. He hasn’t joined me yet because his body wants him to transition more gently. Fortunately, we are healthy enough that our bodies can talk to us and guide us regarding what is right for us. Each person is different and the healing journey will be different. The point is to get started with a small step.
What one step are you willing to take today? Join us!
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