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

3 comments:

  1. Are you saying that he stole your material?

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  3. “Only approximately 6 percent of the graduating physicians in the United States have any training in nutrition.” ... This statement is extremely ambiguous and disingenuous. Nutrition is a subject that is a significant component of the United States Medical Licencing Exam. I just took step 1 of that test, and I assure you that extensive knowledge of nutrition was needed to pass that exam. What is defined as "nutrition" may be where the author is breaking with medical education - he simply doesn't like what doctors learn about nutrition and thinks that they should learn a different kind of nutrition. I don't mind someone wanting to have a conversation about whether the type of training that MDs receive is correct or adequate, but when the author claims that 94% of MDs don't receive training in nutrition (and I personally know that's false), then I become suspicious that the author is simply using scare tactics and logical falacies to promote his ideas and utilize existing sentiment against the medical industrial complex (and it would seem, based on your glowing review, that it's working quite well for him). His methods cast significant doubt on his other claims.

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