Carotid Artery Symptoms

carotid plaque
plaque taken from carotid artery

Carotid artery symptoms explains why carotid artery disease occurs. A family member has carotid artery disease.  Recently he had to have  two operations, one on each side of his neck.  The operations had to be done a few months apart, with the worst affected artery being done first.

What is Carotid Artery Disease (CAD)

Sometimes called carotid artery stenosis, which means a narrowing of the carotid arteries, this disease can be quite incidious, creeping up on the unsuspecting patient until something serious happens.  You are at serious risk of stroke if you have this disease, the thing is, it’s completely avoidable if you are aware of what causes it.

These carotid arteries are just like others, including the ones which supply blood to the heart, known as the coronary arteries.  Although we are more aware of blockages that can affect our heart or the vessels and arteries to and from the heart, blocked or narrowed carotid arteries can cause just as much damage, but this time to the brain.

CApulseWhere are they

The carotid arteries are situated either side of the neck.  They are two large blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain.   Any obstruction which stems the flow of blood through these arteries can compromise the function of the frontal lobes.  This part of the brain controls your personality, sensory and motor functions as well as thinking and speech.  Some doctor will check your heartrate by gently pressing his fingers on the side of your neck to feel the pulse from your carotid artery.

Atherosclerosis

The term atherosclerosis means hardening of the arteries and applies to any artery or blood vessel that is stricken with a buildup of fatty substances.  This decreases blood flow to the brain, heart or any other part of the body.  Someone with carotid artery disease will already have atherosclerosis and therefore must be aware of the possibility of the coronary arteries also being compromised.

Either of these can cause a stroke:
  1. An artery becomes very narrowed or blocked
  2. Part of the plaque in the artery breaks off and travels to smaller vessels and blocks it
  3. A rupture happens in the artery to the brain
  4. A blood clot forms and obstructs a blood vessel

When the blood is cut off or impaired and doesn’t reach the brain it can cause a stroke.  If the blood flow to the brain ceases for a long period of time ie. many hours, then the damage caused is likely to be permanent.  The quicker a stroke victim can be treated, the better the chances of a full recovery.

FASTF.A.S.T.

It’s a good idea to remember the word FAST which will help you recognise someone who is having a stroke.  F = Is the victim’s Face dropped on one side.  A = Can the victim lift their Arms. S = is the victim’s Speech slurred.  T = if the victims exhibits all three then it’s Time to call for an ambulance.  Your quick recognition of a stroke victim could save their life and give them the best chance of a full recovery.

What causes this disease

Put simply, you get this disease because of your lifestyle.  The following are precursors:

  1. lifestyleHigh blood pressure.
  2. Low HDL ‘good’ cholesterol.
  3. Being overweight or obese.
  4. Diabetisy.***
  5. High triglycerides.**
  6. Atherosclerosis.
  7. Being inactive.
  8. Smoking, excessive alcohol, junk food, sodas.
  9. A magnesium deficiency.
  10. Metabolic syndrome X.*

*There are five recognised conditions with metabolic syndrome X:

BP imagea) abdominal obesity.
b) high triglycerides.**
c) low HDL  ‘good’ cholesterol.
d) high blood pressure.
e) high blood sugar.***

As you can see, these symptoms are in the list for carotid artery disease.  You are considered to have syndrome X, if you have at least three of these risk factors.

** Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood.  According to the Mayo clinic:      “A simple blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range. Normal — Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or less than 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) Borderline high — 150 to 199 mg/dL (1.8 to 2.2 mmol/L) High — 200 to 499 mg/dL (2.3 to 5.6 mmol/L)”

***According to Medline “If you had a fasting blood glucose test: A level of 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) means you have impaired fasting glucose, a type of prediabetes. This increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A level of 126 mg/dL (7 mmol/L) and higher usually means you have diabetes.”

Dr ResnickDr Larry Resnick

According to Dr Resnick of Cornell University, metabolic syndrome X is caused by low levels of magnesium ions.¹  Therefore, insufficient magnesium causes the five recognised conditions that make up metabolic syndrome X and insufficient magnesium is  linked to atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.²

Symptoms of carotid artery disease

Early carotid artery disease rarely causes symptoms.  Once the arteries are around 80% blocked, you may start having an effect known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA/mini stroke) which is a temporary blockage of blood which doesn’t cause permanent damage.  Ignoring these attacks is not sensible as a TIA may herald a forthcoming serious stroke.  Signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • TIAheadacheWeakness/numbness on one side of the body affecting the face, arms and legs.
  • One side of the face drooped.
  • Garbled speech.
  • Vision impairment in one or both eyes.
  • Severe and sudden headache
  • Dizziness
What else is going on?

The problem with CAD is that if you have blocked carotid arteries, there’s a good chance that you have atherosclerosis in other arteries of your body.  So the risks for carotid artery disease are the same as the risk for coronary heart disease and also peripheral artery disease.

What does plaque consist of?

Plaque is not just cholesterol, there are other fatty substances, cellular waste, calcium and fibrin, a clotting agent.

According to Dr Carolyn Dean  “Calcium can precipitate out of the blood and deposit in the lining of the arteries, causing hardening of the arteries (arterioslcerosis).  It can coat and stiffen cholesterol deposits or plaque in the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis.  This, in turn, can cause blood pressure to rise as well as increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.  Calcium can even deposit in the brain.  Many researchers are investigating it as a possible cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”³

So what’s the link?
calcified testis
Marked calcification occupies the whole left testis (arrow)

The link is the balance between the two vital minerals of Mg and Ca.  If Ca is allowed to run amok in the soft tissues and organs of the body, it will cause calcifications in places you’ve never even thought of.  Ca without Mg is dangerous.  If the balance is in equalibrium, these two minerals will keep you healthy.  If Mg is depleted and Ca takes control, you will be unwell.  Mg keeps Ca dissolved in the blood.  If you take a good quality Mg supplement and add vitamin K2 (menaquinone7) this combination will actually usher Ca out of soft tissue and back to the bones where it belongs, so stiffness and calcification of the arteries and other parts of the body can be reduced.

Now you know, do something about it!

If you’ve read all of this article, you know what causes the most serious diseases to man and you know the simple solution to make sure you and your family do not slowly and incidiously succumb to one or more of these life threatening illnesses.  A cheap and vital mineral known as Mg will protect you from carotid artery disease as well as coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, stroke and many other conditions.  Without adequate Mg to balance Ca, you WILL get sick as you age, you will shorten your life and the life you have will be undermined.

agingAs we age

As we age, we start to slow down, we can’t walk as fast as we used to.  We become stiffer and often need a walking aid like a cane to help us.  Often our minds start to get slow and less sharp.  Have you ever wondered why?  Yes, old age will get us in the end but if you do give your body the nutrients it needs, you can stay sharp and supple throughout your golden years too.

Remember this, Mg is the relaxing and calming mineral, Ca is the mineral of tension and stiffness.  As we age our Mg levels drop and our Ca levels increase.  It comes to a time when Ca takes over the body and all our cells slowly die.  What kills them?  Calcium.  Did you know that it’s Ca that starts the process of rigor mortis!

  1. Ches PowerIonic basis of hypertension, insulin resistance, vascular disease, and related disorders. The mechanism of “syndrome X”. Resnick LM
    Am J Hypertens. 1993 Apr;6(4):123S-134S.
  2. Low magnesium and atherosclerosis: an evidence-based link. Maier JA
    Mol Aspects Med. 2003 Feb-Jun;24(1-3):137-46.
  3. Page 31 “The Magnesium Miracle” by Dr Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.

Prostate!

fake researchNot all research is equal

I do a lot of research before writing my articles and there’s one thing I really have to watch out for.  Modern research is very suspect and you have to be really careful that the studies you are citing do not have a conflict of interest associated with them.  Making sure the research is from a bona fide research establishment which has not been ‘hired’ by a pharma company is imperative.  It is claimed that 50% of research and studies now are bogus or manipulated to favour the drug or procedure in question.  Often bigGSK pharma put their research out to study groups, doctors and researchers, who are paid enormous amounts of money to produce results that favour the drug or procedure being studied, to the detriment of the end user, YOU!

Old research on the prostate

Research that was done in the last century, preferably before the big pharmaceuticals took over, is much more reliable.  Most of the researchers were doctors or other medical practioners who were principled and honourable.  Just because a study is old, doesn’t mean the results are not worthy.  If a study proves a point or comes up with a definitive conclusion, then that study is as dependable as any study done today, if not more so.  Unfortunately, many older studies are passed by or ignored, just because of their age.  This is sad, because there are some real gems out there and one of them is to do with the prostate.

mineralsDr Favier and mineral balances

A Dr Joseph Favier wrote a book in the 1960s about mineral balances and health and it dealt specifically with the mineral magnesium.  The book explained about the importance of magnesium (Mg) as a medication and how necessary it was for the health of the body.  There is a specific chapter about Mg’s effect on the prostate.  The book is out of print unfortunately and I haven’t been able to obtain a copy as yet.

Mg Chloride and the prostate

Dr Favier credits a Dr Stora for being the first to discover Mg chloride as a treatment for urinary problems of the prostate and back in 1930, he informed the Medical Academy of France of what he had discovered.  A few days after, the famous Dr Pierre Delbet submitted a similar report showing the same results with magnesium chloride.

MgCl2All physicians were on Mg Chloride!

When Dr Favier and Dr Stora discussed the treatment, Dr Favier decided to consult with some of his physician friends.  Much to his surprise he found they were all taking magnesium chloride!  Of the five he spoke with, four of them had problems urinating, particularly at night.  After taking the magnesium, they all found their nighttime difficulties abated or disappeared.

10 out of 12 cured

Another doctor, Dr Chevassu, had some data regarding 12 prostatic patients who he treated with magnesium.  Out of the 12, 10 were cured.  Of the other two, one went missing and his results were not known and the other was not cured but his condition had improved with just his nightly urination problem remaining.  What was a bonus is that these patients had an improvement in their general wellbeing.  There was something about the magnesium that was making them feel better in themselves.

77 year old
BPH
A blockage in the urethra

One of Dr Chevassu’s patients was a 77 year old man who could not pass urine at all.  He had to be cathetered regularly every day.  Although he regained the ability to urinate, he was going 5 times a night with the bladder never fully emptying.  Magnesium treatment was started on December 14th and went on until the 21st February 1930.  The frequency of urinations went from 5 times a night to 3 times with a low residue of 20 grams.  The patient was well pleased.  Thinking himself cured, he stopped the medication.  Three days later, the frequency increased and the residue went up to 126 grams.  Of course, the treatment was resumed and by the 21st March the patient’s frequency had reduced to 2 to 3 urinations per night.

Prostatectomy operation cancelled

Another of Dr Chevassu’s patients who had complete retention of urine was to have an operation to remove his prostate.  Dr Chevassu thought the operation too dangerous and started magnesium chloride tablets.  The patient started to urinate and left the hospital without having the operation.  He carried on taking the magnesium chloride after leaving hospital.  From then on he had no difficulty or pain when urinating.  He was so grateful to the doctor that he made a point of visiting him regularly as a friend.

On Mg, nobody suffered prostate problems.

In his book, Dr Favier remarks that among all the men who had been taking magnesium chloride for years none of them, to his knowledge, had ever suffered any further symptoms of prostate problems.

Dr Pierre Delbet’s observation

Dr Pierre Delbet who has done much research and cured many of various magnesium deficiency diseases, not least poliomyelitis, remarks about his ideas of growing older. He explains that the organs of the body do not deteriorate or age at the same rate.  He says the muscular system ages the quickest and the nervous system the slowest.

As we age Mg declines and Ca increases

He suggests that magnesium must diminish slowly with advancing age and it has been shown that the bones of old rabbits have less magnesium in them than young ones.  At the same time as magnesium declines, calcium increases.  He added that excess calcium and reduced magnesium are characteristic of the senile testicle.  He also confirms that this is the same in the brain too.  So, as we age magnesium diminishes while calcium rises.

Interestingly, calcium is considered to be a ‘framework’ mineral whilst magnesium is an ‘action’ mineral.  In other words calcium is static and magnesium is dynamic.

It’s not rocket science

If we know that magnesium becomes less abundant as we grow older and at the same time calcium increases, would it not be common sense to increase our Mg and decrease our Ca intake.  It is now common knowledge that Ca and Mg should be in our bodies in equal measures.  Keeping this equilibrium of these two vital minerals is surely the way forward.

Dr BriffaDr John Briffa

Back to the present day, Dr John Briffa says that not all men with symptoms of an enlarged prostate have an enlarged prostate.  So what’s going on?

He explains that difficulty in urinating will lead a doctor to concentrate on the prostate.  An enlarged prostate can cause problems with urinating because of the squeezing effect it has on the urethra.

An overlooked condition

He also states that not all symptoms will exhibit BPH (benign prostatic enlargement) and not all BPH symptoms mean prostate problems.  He has found that some men have urinary symptoms that don’t stem from the prostate.  This condition he thinks, could easily be overlooked.

An overactive bladder

It would appear that some men, like women, can get bladder dysfunction which leads to many similar symptoms to BPH.  As women don’t have prostates, their symptoms will lead mostly straight to a bladder problem or urinary tract condition.  Because men have a prostate and the symptoms are similar, doctors often forget about a bladder condition and may misdiagnose a prostrate problem.  An overactive bladder could be what many men are suffering from, not prostate problems.

sensitive bladderWomens urinary tract problems are mostly put down to childbirth damage, mens are put down to prostate problems.  Perhaps doctors should take a more careful look at possible bladder problems in men and not assume the prostate is the cause.

It is important to make a correct diagnosis.  It is extremely stressful for a patient to have to deal with a prostate problem.  If the condition can be dealt with by a supplementation of a simple mineral, it could alleviate a lot of anxiety, apart from benefitting the general health of the patient.

Another problem is, if a patient is ‘assumed’ to have a prostate problem, no doubt various types of drugs will be prescribed which could be an unnecessary extra toxic burden on the body.  Some of these drugs have serious side effects like impotence, ejaculation disorders, decreased sexual drive and enlargement or tenderness of the breast area.  Other more serious side effects include an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Mistakes do happen

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is a good idea to get a second or even third opinion.  Pathologists have a hard time sometimes distinguishing cellular level behaviour of tissue and your doctor can only go by the pathologists determination.  As the linked article shows, most doctors will be happy for you to send your biopsies to another recognised facility for another opinion, such as John Hopkins of Baltimore.

muscle spasmAdequate Mg = normal function of all muscles

Dr Briffa confirms that an overactive bladder is often related to a Mg deficiency.  To have normal muscular function it is absolutely vital to have adequate Mg.  If not the body will be prone to muscle spasms and don’t forget your heart is a muscle!  When you think of all the areas in the body that have muscles, including the bladder, it is understandable why a Mg deficiency will cause so much havoc to a depleted body.

Dr Briffa will look out for signs in his patients such as cramping, restless leg syndrome, tight muscles and recommend at least 400mg of elemental Mg per day.  If you do have symptoms of urgency and having to get up in the night numerous times, why don’t you try a good Mg supplement first, before making your way to the doctor’s surgery.  It will definitely do you good even if you don’t have prostate problems.

Mg:CaThere’s so much that goes wrong when Mg and Ca are not balanced

Nearly all of us are deficient in this mineral and making the deficiency worse is consuming too much Ca.  This will only exacerbate any problems of tightness you have, whether it be headaches, heart arrhythmias, digestive problems, twitching around the face and eyes, restless legs, insomnia, asthma to name a few.   If you have any heartChes Power problems, Mg is a must.  Without enough Mg, Ca will start to calcify in various places in the soft tissues, not least the coronary arteries, the brain and let’s not forget the testicles!

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Do You Trust Your Doctor? – Part Two

This is part 2 of “Do you trust your doctor”.  You can see Part 1 here.

I'm a doctorThe arrogance of some doctors

Those of the older generation generally regard their doctor as being someone of extreme importance, someone to look up to and be admired.  This gives some doctors a sense of of superiority that they carry with them as they practice their ever diminishing skills.  I sincerely think that doctors of the past used their skills as physicians much more and were more deserving of their high status.  Whereas modern doctors seem to be hampered by dogma and directives from all quarters.

Our future doctors, God help us!

I remember when visiting my Mum in hospital (where she died of aspiration pneumonia due to lack of care and negligence).  We were walking up the staircase after visiting her, when a group of young medics came charging down the staircase, completely ignoring those coming up and barging past like a herd of buffalo.  Whether they were medical students or interns I don’t know.  I know they were all wearing white coats and all had the ubiquitous stethoscopes around their necks.  No apology was offered to a woman they knocked into the wall as they rushed by giggling and shouting. These, I thought, are our future doctors, God help us!

Just out of interest, today  I did a search on google.  I just put in “doctors are” to see what search suggestions came up.  I think most doctors would be upset with the result.

Why this arrogance?

Arrogance on the part of doctors, nurses and and other healthcare providers seems to be commonplace and students and others starting in the field of medicine are obviously going to emanate this conceit.

I am now a doctor!

A number of factors could lead to this self-importance including being licenced, which converts doctors into elite and privileged members of society.  “Trust me, I’m a doctor” is a common saying and it is how most of the public see their doctor, as someone they can trust.  Unfortunately that trust is deteriorating as more people are disillusioned by modern day practices and corruption within the medical profession.

Terminology

The terminology that doctors use which is often myserious to the patient, puts the doctor in an elevated position of power.  The patient becomes the underling and is quite happy to assume inferiority as long as he feels he can trust his doctor will do him no harm.

Using state of the art equipment

Doctors, nurses and other medics often use state of the art equipment worth millions of dollars and this can give them a sense of importance.  There always seems to be a shortage of doctors and other medical professionals which will also up their status.  Being a medic gives them instant credentials and instant respect from the general public.  Doctors don’t have to compete for their work like other professionals who are kept in line by competition with others of their trade.

The media boost

The media, often led by big business and big pharma, talk about the wonders of modern day medicine.  The statistics tell a different story with some people now NOT living as long as their parents and drug induced illnesses and conditions rising year on year.   Even so, the trusting public still go along with all the falsehoods that big pharma pontificate which means their doctors are also going along with the lies and corruption, especially when it is apparent that ‘incentives’  from big pharma are plentiful.

Earnings

In the US orthopedic physicians earn $443,000 per year and are one of the top earners.  Pediatrics earn $204,000 per year and they are at the bottom of the scale.  In the UK general practioners earn around £80,000 and hospital consultants around £100,000 per year.  These are basic salaries.  How much can be added for perks and incentives was an unknown quantity but now, on this site, you can actually check and see how much, if any, your doctor in the US has received from pharmaceutical companies, who are now bound by law to disclose these figures.

Advertising and swaying patients.

Media advertising is a powerful weapon for pharmaceuticals to get the public on their side.  They spend shameless amounts on advertising and use press releases to boost the appeal of the latest drug or procedure.

Brainwashing the public is a sure way of getting them off to their doctor asking for this latest innovation.  It’s like the spider leading the fly to its web.  Once caught the patient often will insist that he is prescribed this new’ life changing’ treatment which can quite often be a death knell for the unsuspecting patient.

guinea pigYou are now a guinea pig

The doctor will oblige and the patient then becomes a guinea pig for this new and often poorly tested drug.  You the patient should at least be warned that this drug is new and untested on humans but no, off you go and more often than not, back you’ll come with tales of woe about a plethera of side effects.  Hopefully, your body hasn’t been damaged in the meantime.

The drug must be safe, the FDA said so!

Doctors are swayed and lulled into a false sense of security by the overtures of the pharmaceutical companies pushing their drugs.  If they do receive ‘incentives’, they will justify them by convincing themselves that the drugs they’ve been touted, are the most up to date and the best on the market.  They would be wrong in most instances and their patients could suffer as a consequence.

So many new drugs are later found to seriously endanger health and after killing or damaging hundreds if not thousands of people, will be withdrawn, Accutane for Acne comes to mind, withdrawn because of birth defects, miscarriages and more.  Cylert is another for ADHD caused liver toxicity.  How about Mylotarg for Acute myeloid leukemia which was found to increase the risk of death and cause veno-occlusive disease (obstruction of veins).  Have a look at this site for a list of some withdrawn drugs

The doctor who prescribed the inadequately tested treatment will excuse his dereliction of duty by convincing himself  that the drug must be safe because the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approvedFDA BigPharma it.  The FDA has been proven to be less than honest as to what goes on behind their closed doors.  They are in cahoots with Big Pharma and it does appear that Big Pharma is in charge.

Collateral damage

There are instances too numerous to mention where drugs have been known to be toxic and have serious side effects.  Research is often ‘doctored’ to produce a favourable outcome and the drug can be pushed through the FDA without proper testing and sound research.  Greed, patents and a lack of morals is what drives these massive pharmaceutical companies and they have the power to barge through laws and policies and make up their own rules.  Their priority is financial and the danger of side effects and even death from their drugs is just ‘collateral damage’ to them.

Are GPs unaware or shackled?

Perhaps GPs are often unaware of what’s going on, too busy trying to make the best of their 10 minute slots they have allocated to each of their patients.  This being the case in the UK anyway.  Even so, they must be aware of the unrest and uneasiness by much of the public.  Doctors are just pushers for the drug companies.  They haven’t time to check out every drug that comes onto the market.  They have to trust Big Pharma like we have to trust them our doctors.  In a way, doctors have been sucked into the situation they’re in and many of them are troubled about the way medicine is going.  But if they rock the boat, they are likely to be admonished, so they keep the status quo and keep their heads down.

Look at it from a doctor’s point of view

It is very difficult to run a doctor’s surgery, a hospital or a medical laboratory without patients that need drugs, procedures and services.  If you look at it from the perspective of the medical professional, their careers depend on patients.  If there was suddenly a cure for heart disease, what would happen to all the cardiologists?  If depression was a thing of the past, what would all the psychologists do?  Supposing cancer was cured; what would happen to all those oncology doctors and consultants?

doctors need patientsDoctors need patients

There is a financial conflict of interest.  If you the patient suddenly became very healthy and didn’t need their services any more and if this happened on a grand scale, there would be many medical professionals out of a job.  This scenario has to be kept in mind when you are being treated by your doctor.  He may not admit it, but he wants you to come back and get another prescription and when your condition doesn’t improve, no doubt he will have another drug to hand which he can add to your list of tablets.  This helps his income.  He needs patients to keep his career flourishing and to keep the status quo.

It’s just human nature

I’m afraid it is just human nature.  You, as the patient, must be aware of this fact and do what’s best for you, despite what your doctor may advise.  Take his advice but do your own research on your condition/s.  Is there an alternative? Will the drug he’s prescribed help or harm you?  Check the drug’s side effects and look for articles and stories about the drug’s efficacy.  Check what the drug actually does to your body.  Does it turn off an enzyme?  Does it stop a natural process within your body?  A couple of examples of this are ‘Statins’ which actually stop an enzyme working and ‘Nexium’  which is a Proton Pump Inhibitor.

Healthy BabyBack to basics

A healthy baby is born with all the vitamins, nutrients and minerals to have a healthy body and mind.  When something goes wrong, is it not because a toxic drug is needed.  If we consume rubbish food and drink, with junk ingredients and deficiencies in nutrients, our body will start to fail and will succumb to all kinds of conditions and diseases.

The root cause of sickness

This is what causes us to be sick.  It’s not the lack of a drug, it’s the lack of healthy nourishment.  Rubbish in, rubbish out applies to our bodies too.  If you eat junk food, take in too much alcohol and sodas, smoke cigarettes, consume large amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners, use recreational drugs, what can you expect.  You WILL succumb to bad health and diseases.  It’s as simple as that and a toxic drug, in most cases, will not be the answer.

It will change!

One day our health will come full circle.  That day is probably closer than you think.  The public is becoming more aware of what goes on within the medical fraternity.  They are becoming disillusioned by their medics and uneasy about prescription drugs.  More and more evidence is coming to light of the suppressed research and corruption that has proven that drugs generally control a disease rather than cure it and can have devastating side effects to boot.

Future doctorsControl or cure?

Who wants to have their illness controlled for their lives, who would rather be cured of their sickness so they can enjoy the life they have, right into their golden years.  We all want this and many of us can have it if we would just stop and think and do our own research.

Doctors of the future

The doctors of the future will be those who prescribe alternative treatments.  Those that work with the whole body rather than against it, those who have the knowledge of how the body and mind is made up, the nutrients, the minerals and the vitamins and how they interact with one another to balance a healthy body and mind and protect it from disease.

Don’t be fooled, be smart!

Ches PowerThis is our future health, not the drugs and poisons that are being foisted on us now in vast quantities.  The writing is on the wall for Big Pharma.  As Abraham Lincoln said “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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Do You Trust Your Doctor?

trust me!“Do you trust your doctor” talks about what’s happening to our medical profession.  There is this niggling feeling that something is going on which restricts our doctors from being the doctor they were when first they took the oath.  It’s as though they’re shackled in some way, unable to use their skills as physicians but only able to dish out prescription drugs.  Are they being controlled?

What’s wrong with natural?

It is unbelievable that doctors of today don’t know, or choose to ignore, the benefits of treating the sick body by looking into the root cause of the sickness.  He surely must know that treating with a natural remedy is far superior than prescribing a toxic drug which may control a disease but will likely make it worse.  So what’s going on?

What’s influencing our doctors?

floridaI decided to look into what may have influenced our doctors to subtly change their modus operandi and why they may be restricted in how they manage their patients’ diseases and conditions.  The first issue I came up against was the Licensing Boards.

The majority of the problems I found related to the US but the UK and other jurisdictions will be similarly affected.  I list below subjects that I think may control and effect how our doctors work.

  • Licensing Boards

A doctor nowadays will be very aware of his dictate to keep within the bounds of his licensing board rulings.  If a doctor does not abide by the rules, his/her licence may be revoked which means they can’t work.  This makes a doctor’s first allegiance to be to his licensing board rather than to his patient.  Straight away, the doctor has to be aware that he cannot treat his patients in an innovative way, even if he thinks it may benefit that patient.  Outdated and ineffective treatments are protected. Thinking outside the box, forward thinking or common sense approaches will be frowned upon if they don’t uphold the status quo.

icicle's vodkaDoctors are not allowed to think for themselves

I was watching a program called ‘The Supervet” and a cat came in which had been poisoned with ethylene glycol (anti-freeze).  The cat was dying but one of the vets, Dr. Colin Driver, a Senior Neurologists, had an idea.  If he intravenously administered vodka (no ethanol was available) into the the cat’s bloodstream, it would make the liver work overtime to clear the ethanol and thus also clear the poison.  This ingenious vet saved the cat’s life and apart from the cat waking up in a drunken stupor, it iciclemade a full recovery.

This kind of innovative thinking would not be heard of or even allowed in the medical profession.  In fact,  I think that veterinary surgeons have more of any idea about how to treat a body than doctors do.  If I had a choice I would consult a vet rather than a doctor!

Licensing smothers innovation

Licensing is supposed to protect the public but in fact all it does is hinder and impede progress and handicap any innovative skills a doctor may have.  Hence we have the problem of doctors being shackled by fear of being admonished if they do something unusual.  This allows the pharmaceutical companies to move in and push their drugs in favour of more appropriate natural treatments.  Toxic substances should only be administered as a last resort when all else fails.

Alternative practioners are still regulated

Most people think that unlicensed alternative practitioners are unregulated.  This is untrue.  Those practioners who are unlicensed ARE regulated.  They are regulated by law in that they are responsible for any fraud, malpractice and negligence.  Word of mouth is also a good regulator.  If an unlicensed practioner doesn’t come up with the goods, he would soon be out of business.  Not so a doctor who will maintain his position as long as he has his licence, whether he be incompetent or not.  Medical boards are usually made up of medical professionals who are supposed to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing a license but this tends not to be the case.

  • Health Information Portability and Accountaility Act of 1996 (HIPAA) US

This act was brought about to protect the privacy of all patients’ medical records.  The fact that your doctor is forced to share your records with 40 plus government agencies, does nothing to ensure privacy and, in fact, does the exact opposite.  If you visit a hospital or doctor’s surgery etc., you will have to sign a privacy statement which is actually signing away your rights to privacy.  What this form does is actually allow your records to be shared.

googlePrivacy in the UK

In the UK, privacy is supposedly taken very seriously and with the digital age, makes it very difficult to keep things under wraps as far as your records are concerned.  But when you read about deeds like this you begin to wonder:

The NHS has given the medical records of 1.6 million patients to Google, it has been revealed. The records have been shared with Google as part of a data-sharing agreement between the technology giant and the NHS, revealed by The New Scientist.  The records relate to patients of three London hospitals which form the Royal Free Trust; Barnet, Chase Farm and Royal Free Hospital collected over the course of the last five years. An estimated 1.6 million patients attend the hospitals every year.  Google says it intends to use the data as part of its group DeepMind to develop a health app which can help recognise kidney injury. However, campaigners have expressed concerns that the data-share is a breach of trust and not in patients’ interest.

  • malpracticeMalpractice and Negligence

The fear of being sued is stifling our medical practioners.  Doctors know that some treatments may be completely unsuitable for some patients.  Still he will be forced to prescribe these treatments because treatise says this has to be the case.  No matter that the doctor may know of a remedy that is just right for the patient in front of him.  Even if the patient is keen to give it a try, the doctor or hospital will not risk it.  If the drug or treatment is not on the ‘list’, it will not be used for fear of reprisals.  The status quo must be upheld and all paradigms and dogmas adhered to.  This despite the patient being the one taking all the risks, not the doctor or hospital!

Sent home to suffer

I actually know of an incident happening right now where a patient wishes to have an operation but the doctors will not allow it in case he doesn’t survive.  They are more worried about their death figures than helping a desperately sick man.  The medics have told him they can do no more and sent him home to suffer.

A doctor will be loath to use a treatment even if it has been researched and proven, unless it is standardised and has been well practiced by the medical fraternity and classed as a recognised procedure.  This leads to outdated and antiquated practices in preferance to dogmamore modern techniques that could be of great benefit to the patient.  The patient is not the priority, the good name of the doctor or hospital comes first.

But when it comes to drugs, big pharma has the techniques and control to push forward any drugs even if it has not being properly researched or test.  It is ironic that because of the medical fraternity’s dogma and lack of foresight, complaints about medical negligence and malpractice are rife and increasing year on year.

  • Defensive medicine

This defensive medicine is at the nub of medical treatment and it is a great pity that doctors and hospitals are hiding behind a veil of evidence based practices that could be updated and brought into the 21st century to include modern proven double blind studies on nutrients and natural treatments instead of being hoodwinked and tempted by pharmaceutical companies to use drugs and procedures that are causing worsening of health and even death.

The problem with this fear of being sued can be expanded to include unnecessary tests and procedures which will legally cover the doctor or hospital in case of a lack of care suit but could not be in the patient’s best interests.

misdiagnosedDo doctors lie?¹

Also the medic may inform a patient of an untruth saying, for instance, that they are likely to have cancer when the doctor knows it is unlikely.  This protects him from a lawsuit in the unlikely event that the patient does have cancer.  Or he may suggest chemo and/or radiation therapy when he knows it’s probably not the best course of action, especially if the patient doesn’t have cancer in the first place.

This is the medical profession looking out for themselves instead of doing the best for their patients.  It can lead to stress and fear for the trusting public with the doctor perhaps prescribing unsuitable drugs and procedures causing adverse side effects, including death. The fear of a ‘failed to treat’ lawsuit can drive this behaviour and is a way of practising medicine that is taken for granted.  Defensive medicine seems to be at its worst in hospitals where elderly patients in particular are really at risk.

  • Insurance

Much private or non-governmental health coverage in the US is employment based.  Most large employers give group health insurance to their employees.  Whether governmental or private your doctor will be swayed to give certain tests and drugs and procedures depending on your health insurance or not as the case may be.

laughterDoes your insurance cover all treatments?

If your insurance does not cover certain procedures or treatments then they will often be ignored.  Unless your doctor is one of the rare ones, it is unlikely that you will be informed of your options, especially if your insurance doesn’t cover some of them.   Your doctor will not want to be put on the spot if the treatment he thinks is best for you is not covered by your policy.  Knowing you may be upset if you can’t get the treatment recommended, he would rather suggest a method that you are insured for.  This may not be in your best interest.  Practioners can be reprimanded or even lose their job if they suggest a method of treatment that is not covered by insurance.  This proves that you, the patient, are not the priority.  Your doctor follows guidelines laid down by obscure individuals who only know you as a number and treat you in accordance with statistics and calculations.

  • Rules & Regulations

There are so many rules and governmental regulations that hospitals, medics and technicians have to comply with.  The cost of adhering to these controls is extremely high. These ‘backroom’ expenses have little to do with patient care and take a great chunk out of the already stretched time and resources of the medical profession which can only be detrimental for patients.

It is common knowledge that most doctors, hospitals and other medical departments are often given ‘sweeteners’ or bribes by pharmaceutical companies to push their drugs and medical equipment.  These companies are required to report their spending on promotions and advertising.  It is estimated that each doctor on average in the US receives in excess of $10,000 annually from these ‘incentives’.

The government is also guilty of this practice offering bribes to encourage the use of cheaper or new drugs.  Doctors are used as tools to push specific drugs, procedures and devices.  This does not mean these are the best on the market.  With new drugs, patients are often used as guinea pigs with many of these pharmeutical drugs being  dropped after serious side effects or even deaths of the unsuspecting patients.

Over 50% of medical studies done today are biased towards the pharmaceutical company who have often enlisted the help of doctors and medics to procure a poor quality, phony study. Statistics of these sham studies are massaged to produce a particular result in favour of the drug, procedure or device that is being ‘researched.’  The drug companies will pay top dollar for the work and the conclusions, always favourable, that are then used to promote the so called researched treatment.

Doctors are just puppets of the system

Your doctor then reads these studies having no clue that they’ve been rigged.  They will be touted in journals such as The Lancet, JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), The BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal) and other accredited medical publications.

Many of these journals are supported by drug advertisements so despite the corruption being known by the journals’ editors, the problem gets brushed under the carpet. The result is you the patient, end up getting prescribed these sub standard and poorly researched treatments which could have dire effects on your health.

If you are offered a new drug, IMHO the best course of action is to refuse it until it has been fully tested for a number of years and all the side effects have been accounted for.

Ches PowerWhy is it that those in the medical profession are considered to be of a superior intellect than other professionals, when this is clearly not the case.  This enigma will be appraised in part two of this article.

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  1. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2009; 11(4): 163–168. 
    doi:  10.4088/PCC.09r00780 ‘Lies in the Doctor-Patient Relationship’ John J. Palmieri, MD and  Theodore A. Stern, MD

Monsanto and Cancer

Class 2A “probable carcinogen”

In March 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which is a division of the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that Monsanto’s herbicide known as Roundup  is a Class 2A which indicates a “probable carcinogen”.  This being due to the active ingredient within Roundup which we know as Glyphosate.

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