Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ray D.Strand, M.D. warns you of the danger you expose yourself to if you think most doctors are health experts.

Doctor Ray D. Strand, MD parroted the tune of the American Medical Association during the first 23 years of his practice as a doctor. In fact, Dr. Strand admits telling patients the very statement which drove me to researching vitamins and alternatives to traditional western medicine in the early 1980’s which is “Vitamins just make expensive urine.” It appears on page xv of the introduction to his 2002 book called “ What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You”.

However, after witnessing the recovery from fibromyalgia that his wife made using nutritional supplements when everything he learned in medical school had failed to help her, he soon learned how many thousands of double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific studies have already been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine which demonstrate the effectiveness of antioxidants in treating disease.

Although it is not true, if you read his book and mine, you would think one of us had knowledge of the other before writing our books. Some of the other admissions he makes about MD’s and American medical schools follow my writing practically word for word. Some of these statements included by Dr. Strand in his book are:

“Prevention of disease should be the first order of business for a physician.” “Yet, less than one percent of our health care dollars are spent on so-called preventive medicine. In reality the majority of our preventive medicine programs simply attempt to detect disease earlier.”

“Only approximately 6 percent of the graduating physicians in the United States have any training in nutrition.”

“Are you aware that less than 6 percent of physicians receive any formal training in nutrition?”

“I’ve used all the patented answers in the past (about vitamins): “They’re Just snake oil,” “Vitamins just make expensive urine.”

“Even though research scientists are making tremendous discoveries into the root causes of these diseases, very few physicians are applying this science to their patients. Doctors simply wait until patients develop one of these diseases and then begin to treat it.”

“People don’t make a profit preventing disease.”

“Chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, and aneurysms.”

"Why your cholesterol level is NOT the key to protecting you from heart disease" (From the front cover of the book)

“Take a look at the amount of money the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry have made by lowering cholesterol with synthetic drugs. Billions and billions of dollars roll in each and every year. Have you ever considered who educated you about the risk of high cholesterol? Who is taking out that full-page ad to inform you about the importance of lowering your homocysteine? There is not nearly as much money to be made in the sale of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid.”

In addition to writing “ What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You”, Ray D. Strand, MD also wrote “Death by Prescription: The Shocking Truth Behind an Overmedicated Nation” and “Bionutrition: Winning the War Within-The Amazing Health Benefits of Vitamin Supplements.

Thank you Dr. Strand! Thank you for writing to inform the American public how little doctors know and do to prevent us from falling prey to diseases, even though most are easily prevented by obtaining sufficient nutrients. Thank you for warning people that doctors are not health experts.

Better Health Through Education

Gary Springer,

Founder of Perfect Health Institute

Author of They’re Making You Fat and Sick, It’s Big Business and Big Money

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dr. Abram Hoffer, Allopathic vs. Orthomolecular Medicine

To help you better appreciate Dr. Hoffer's work, it's important to understand the difference between two separate approaches to medicine.

Allopathic Medicine is the medical training provided in all medical schools of the United States. Upon completion of the required training of Allopathic Medicine, a physician can use the letters "MD" after his name. MD means "Doctor of Medicine".

Most of the patented medicines used by allopathic MD's are poisons that interupt the normal biological function of the body to cause a desired result. Small amounts of toxic compounds are given to patients, usually in prescription pill form, in an attempt to stop the body's capacity to produce a symptom.

On the other hand, Orthomolecular Medicine works to restore the balance of the biological functions of the body by providing it with substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids.

Even though the natural substances used in Orthomolecular Medicine prevent and cure diseases, because they are natural substances they can not be patented and are therefore low priced. Any natural substance that cures and prevents disease is in direct competition with the expensive patented pills of the Pharmaceutical industry and the medical practices of all those with MD after their name.

Therefore, natural substances proven to prevent and cure disease are a huge threat to the income of both the pharmaceutical industry and traditional American MD's.

To keep people ignorant of the powerful healing nature of natural vitamins and other natural substances, the AMA and the pharmaceutical companies conduct a campaign to discredit MD's who begin to use natural substances for curing patients instead of prescribing expensive patented pharmaceutical drugs that only cover up symptoms.

Dr. Barret of QuackWatch is engaged in this campaign to discredit inexpensive but more effective and safer means of cure and good health and the doctors who promote them. Dr. Barrett throws all those who promote Orthomolecular medicine under the bridge with quacks who belong there. But, he never exposes any of the scams of the Pharmaceutical companies and the many useless or dangerous products they market using the highly regarded title of "MD".

Incidentally, before a substance can be called a vitamin, it must cure and prevent a disease. For example, Vitamin C prevents and cures Scurvy, Vitamin D prevents and cures rickets and the B vitamins cure and prevent pernicious anemia, beriberi and pellagra.

Now that you understand why there are so many attacks upon the credibility of the man who first coined the term Orthomolecular Medicine, Linus Pauling, one of the two greatest scientists of the twentieth century, you are better prepared to understand the attacks upon the credibility of Dr. Hoffer who is considered by many to be the founder of Orthomolecular Medicine.

Dr. Abram Hoffer used Orthomolecular Medicine to treat psychiatric patients.

Following is an introduction to Dr. Hoffer's autobiography provided by Orthomolecular

"Abram Hoffer's Biography


This book is a feast for the mind and the spirit: the autobiography of one of the great doctors of the 20th century, Dr. Abram Hoffer.

For those of us who have learned, through painful personal experience that drugs, surgery, and most of high-tech medicine offer only very temporary benefits, but rarely if ever a cure, this book tells the wonderful story of the rebirth of nutritional medicine. Based on the science of biochemistry, now known as orthomolecular medicine.

Here we follow the journey of its founder: from his Saskatchewan farm childhood, subsequent training in bio-chemistry and agricultural science, his early insights into the central importance to human and animal health of soil and plant food quality, to his specialization in psychiatry, professorship at the University of Saskatchewan, and his daily work with patients. We learn of his disillusionment with traditional methods of treating the mentally ill and we share his excitement of discovery as we follow his dramatic case histories, which unfold like detective-stories, as he uncovers the connection between deficiencies in specific vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids and mental illness. Price is $35.00. "

You can purchase the book at the store of Orthomolecular Medicine

Better Health Through Education

Gary Springer,

Founder of Perfect Health Institute

Author of They’re Making You Fat and Sick, It’s Big Business and Big Money