You Have Been Misled...Inflammation is NOT the Enemy!

Conventional and Functional Medicine’s Deception

Paul A. Goldberg, MPH,DC,DACBN,DCBCN
The Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal

Information on health and disease topics is wrought with pitfalls. Watch the news media or climb onboard the Internet and poorly derived opinions regarding health and disease jump at you from every angle. The information presented is often motivated by commercial interests and often based on inaccurate hype rather than objective clinical data or substantial clinical experience.

Misinformation is particularly abundant emanating from the ranks of the “Alternative Medicine” and “Functional Medicine” World. Both these loosely defined groups, like the conventional medical world they emanate from, treat disease symptoms rather than causal factors. They are, as suggested in a previous Blog, like Dweedle Dum and Dweedle Dee as there is little difference in their approaches from standard medicine.  Willow Bark vs. Aspirin. St. Johns Wort vs. Welbutrin. Miralax vs. Casgrada Sagrada…the same pattern of treating symptoms and ignoring causes. Saying that you address causes and actually doing so are not the same. 

A prime example of the ill advised nature of Alternative and Functional Medicine that has been foisted upon the public is the notion that inflammation is the root cause of disease and that inflammation must be suppressed. This is yet another clear indication that “Functional and Alternative Medicine” are no different from conventional medicine. Their cry that inflammation is the enemy is false and demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of biology and the proper care of the human body in health and disease.

Inflammation is not the enemy. Inflammation is a natural and necessary reaction the body generates as it attempts to correct abnormal situations and restore normal function.

Inflammation is not the enemy. Inflammation is a natural and necessary reaction the body generates as it attempts to correct abnormal situations and restore normal function. Inflammation is the body’s primary reaction to injury, infection or other situations where it is threatened by forces perceived as being foreign or injurious. Inflammation is characterized by swelling, heat, redness, and pain. The reaction includes heightened blood flow and an increase of white blood cells and other chemical substances that facilitate healing and combat injurious forces that have entered the area. This is all as it should be as inflammation allows for injury and other abnormal conditions to be rectified while alerting us that something is wrong and needs to be addressed.

If our car thermostat shows the car is overheating i.e. the car is inflamed, should we cover the thermostat with tape or should we seek out why the car is overheating? If your hand gets burned (inflammation) by picking up a hot pot should we take drugs to stop the pain or take our hand off the pot? The answers our so obvious as to make the questions seem foolish. These scenarios, however, are no different than when the joints, intestines, muscles, or other tissues of the body become inflamed and practitioners suppress inflammation through “treatments” as opposed to addressing causal factors. Inflammation is not the cause of itself. It is a basic remedial process the body utilizes to address injury, infection, allergy and other harmful situations it is attempting to correct.

The approach of alternative medicine, functional medicine and conventional medicine are the same…to suppress inflammation i.e. to cover up symptoms and thus interfere with the body’s attempt to heal itself. This is typically done by conventional medicine practitioners with prednisone, NSAIDS, and the newer so called “Biological” drugs that turn off important portions of the immune system. Functional and Alternative Medicine Practitioners utilize these drugs as well in practice while adding herbs, supplements and other potions and pills. In all such cases the underlying problems continue and the patient is labeled with one or more “chronic” diseases and does not recover their health. 

Bio-Hygiene™ rejects the notion that inflammation is something to be conquered or that it is the enemy.

Bio-Hygiene* rejects the notion that inflammation is something to be conquered or that it is the enemy. Inflammation is a warning. A symptom that all is not right with the body and that a thorough investigation needs to be made as to what causal factors are at play. It is those causal factors (vastly different from person to person) that are triggering the body to engage in an inflammatory response and those factors are what need to be addressed.

There are ways to measure inflammation in addition to the signs and symptoms, including the Sedimentation Rate and the C-reactive protein readings. We use these along with the signs and symptoms of the patient to measure the inflammatory process and routinely see these drop as causes that have been identified as contributing to the inflammatory processes are addressed and removed. Many of our videos exhibit our patient’s laboratory studies showing objective evidence of this. Whether the patient has Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ulcerative Colitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis or Crohns Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis, causal factors must be identified and addressed. To view inflammation as the enemy and suppress it by the use of drugs or supplements, potions and pills is living in a fools paradise and takes suffering patients down a long dismal road to ongoing pain and suffering.

At the Goldberg Clinic, inflammation is viewed as the result of adverse circumstances, not the cause of them

The human body attempts to do its best under even the most trying of circumstances. Viewing inflammation as the enemy is foolish. Rather we must identify causes of inflammation, address those causes and create the right conditions for health to blossom. Having done so we can, with joy and satisfaction, watch the body bring itself back into balance and allow us to enjoy long term reliable health we are in control of.

*Bio-Hygiene developed by The Goldberg Clinic is the art and science of reversing chronic disease by identifying etiological factors, creating optimal environmental conditions to address them and facilitating Re-Creation of the body by implementing a health restoration program tailored to the individual’s requirements.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Reversal : Another Successful Case

Another Successful Reversal of Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Ms. Campian originally came to the Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in January of 2018 with the medical diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Her condition was severe enough that at the Atlanta Airport she needed to be transported in a wheelchair. 

Now in January 2019, one year later, she is not only walking without discomfort but also exercising three times per week with her twenty-year-old daughter! Overall Ms. Campian reports a “90% improvement” in her condition.

As seen in her laboratory work, Cynthia’s initial HsCRP (High Sensitivity Cardiac Reactive Protein), an important inflammation marker, was at 5.5 initially, significantly elevated. Now, without any medications it is at a very healthy 0.6. (See lab result before and after below).

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Of particular interest is that Ms. Campian was taking, like many women that we see,“Bio-Identical Hormones” prescribed by her gynecologist. These led to a metabolic imbalance with her as it does with many women. Our laboratory testing revealed that the “Bio-identical Hormones she was taking were increasing her risk of developing an estrogen dependent cancer e.g. breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer.

Prescribing “Bio-Identical Hormones” is a highly promoted fad by a growing number of medical physicians seeking to attract new patients with the allure of supposedly feeling younger by taking hormones (primarily physicians promoting themselves with titles such as “integrative, alternative, functional or complimentary medicine”).

Prescribing “Bio-Identical Hormones” is a highly promoted fad by a growing number of medical physicians seeking to attract new patients with the allure of supposedly feeling younger by taking hormones (primarily physicians promoting themselves with titles such as “integrative, alternative, functional or complimentary”). We view this as a dangerous and illusionary practice that carries with it significant risks which we believe will become increasingly clear to the public over time. See article on Bio-Identical Hormones: Click Here.

Part of Ms. Campian's recovery, as she describes in the video, was getting off the hormones. Utilizing the individualized BioHygienic Program developed for her, she regained homeostasis (balance). She now enjoys good health and the Rheumatoid Arthritis is no longer the bane of her existence. This new lease on life is happening without taking hormones or other dangerous drugs employed by physicians for Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune conditions patients come to our clinic diagnosed with.

Our congratulations to Ms. Campian for her discipline in following the program we developed for her and regaining her health…real health from the inside out which Cynthia, like so many of our other patients, now has control over.  

How much better to enjoy each day engaging in worthwhile activities and no longer making ongoing, lifetime visits to physicians offices with their dangerous pills, potions and injections.

For those labeled with a “chronic disease” such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, taking an individualized BioHygienic Approach and doing the hard work necessary can lead them away from a life of disease to an active, fulfilling life of independence and freedom.

Paul A. Goldberg, MPH,DC,DACBN,DCBCN
Director, The Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal

Part II: Nine Reasons Why Chronically Ill Patients Fail to Get Well

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Paul A. Goldberg MPH, DC, DACBN, DCBCN
Clinic Director
The Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal

Part One of this series addressed why taking a Medical Approach, whether Conventional Medical, Alternative Medical or Functional Medical, is the leading reason patients with chronic disease conditions fail to recover their health. Part II explores eight additional reasons. Avoiding these errors dramatically increases the opportunity for “chronically ill” patients to improve their condition.  

For over forty years, The Goldberg Clinic has utilized an individualized, Bio-Hygienic Approach resulting in a high success rate reversing the chronic diseases of thousands of patients with medically diagnosed, chronic disease conditions. The Clinic’s website (www.goldbergclinic.com) presents over one hundred case histories with patient interviews and accompanying laboratory studies, documenting recoveries from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Gastric Ulcers, Diabetes, Hashimoto’s Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Chronic Allergies and a myriad of other chronic conditions along with functional issues such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Many of these patients had suffered for years, even decades, prior to seeing us. Those on the website represent only a fraction of the patients who have reversed their chronic diseases by employing a causal centered Bio-Hygienic Approach.

The question remains, however, as to why some patients, even some of those coming to consult with us, fail in their quest to regain their health. Understanding common reasons as given below, can help you or someone you know avoid making the same mistakes.

Reason I

The Patient Takes a Medical Approach Whether Conventional, Alternative or Functional Medicine.

All of these are Medical Approaches which treat symptoms rather than addressing causal factors as addressed in Part I: http://www.goldbergclinic.com/blog/2019/1/22/part-i-why-chronically-ill-patients-fail-to-get-well

Reason II

The Individual Identifies with an Alternative Disease Symptom as Being the Cause of Their Issues.

In the 1970’s, it was Hypoglycemia. In the 1980’s and 1990s it was Candida. In the 21st century it has been gluten intolerance, SIBO, Food Allergies, Dysbiosis, Leaky Gut and other popular titles patients attach themselves to. Unfortunately, many alternative practices do the same and are happy to cater to patients with these symptoms. None of these symptoms, however, cause chronic disease and addressing them alone will not reverse chronic disease. It is the causal factors behind these symptoms that are responsible and these are the factors that need to be identified and addressed for successful chronic disease reversal.   

Reason III

The Patient Believes that Medical Evaluations will Uncover the Factors Behind Their Disease.

Undergoing costly and often dangerous medical evaluations including CT scans, endoscopies, colonoscopies, biopsies, mammograms and other medical tests reveal the effects of disease rather than its causes. Many of our patients have had numerous visits to “specialists” and seen a succession of alternative/ functional/integrative/complimentary medical practitioners. They have been to “the best specialists in their fields” and arrive at our office with binders full of medical notes. The patient believes they have been thoroughly evaluated.

The contrary is usually the case. The more medical and alternative practitioners seen and the more treatments undergone, the farther the patient has usually gone from the shores of recovery. Treatment after treatment presents us with knots that must be untied for we must investigate not only the original causal factors of their disease but also what additional mischief has resulted from medical, alternative medical and functional medical “treatments” that have compounded the complexity of the patient’s problems. 

We are not so much interested in knowing about the medical description of the “disease” but about the patient having the disease.

An adequate investigation requires a causal based perspective, understanding the highly individual nature of each person. The first step is a lengthy (one to two hour) interview utilizing a Clinical Epidemiological/Bio-Hygienic Approach. Why a one to two hour interview? We must know not just the patient sitting before us today but all that went into the patient that then resulted in disease over their entire life. We are not so much interested in knowing about the medical description of the “disease” but about the patient having the disease. This takes time, understanding the life story of the patient and the details that have affected them. A physical examination and the right laboratory studies by proficient laboratories are then employed. Lab Tests must be current and interpreted from a different perspective than that of the Medical Matrix.

Reason IV

The Patient Fails to Understand the Nature of Symptoms and the Process of Healing.

In our instant relief world patients may fail to give the healing process the requisite time.

Recovering from a chronic condition complicated by medical meddling requires addressing the damage done by prior treatments, breaking down old diseased tissues (catabolism) and rebuilding new healthier ones (anabolism). We refer to this process as Re-Creation. The patient must understand the symptoms the body expresses as it is afforded the opportunity to evolve into health. It takes time for the body to undergo its re-creative work (see article The Time Factor In Recovery). In our instant relief world patients may fail to give the healing process the requisite time. New symptoms or temporary exacerbations of old ones are often part of the process of the body evolving out of chronic disease and emerging into a higher state of health. It is important to understand and trust the process of getting well.

Reason V

The Patient Fails to Give Up Old Behaviors.

Evolving out of chronic illness takes effort and right actions.

Many patients say they “really want to get well”…but lack the will to implement necessary changes. They look for excuses to continue old disease producing habits yet expect different results. Wanting to get well and exerting the will to get well are not the same. It is comparable to the person who really, really wants to be financially well off but is unwilling to acquire the needed skills and do the hard work required to earn it. Evolving out of chronic illness takes effort and right actions. Old disease creating habits must be left behind and health-promoting habits acquired.

Reason VI

The Patient Remains With One Foot in The Medical Matrix.

Some patients want to follow our instructions while hedging their bets and continuing to pursue programs of medical and alternative medical practitioners as well. They falsely believe that the more different treatments received the greater their chance for success. This commonly entails fear in leaving the Medical Matrix behind.

Some patients find it difficult to give up taking pills and potions for their problems whether from a medical, alternative medical or functional medical practitioner. They cannot resist trying new fads they find on the Internet (see article on “Dr. Google"). This dooms the patient to confusion and failure. Multiple cooks in the kitchen (particularly when using the wrong ingredients) will ruin any dish.

This is also commonly seen with Alternative/Functional Medical Practitioners and “health coaches” who advise patients to remain on pharmaceuticals while loading them with “alternative” medications. Irrational notions such as the idea that inflammation is the cause of a patient’s disease (rather than the effect of their disease) and that the patient needs to take drugs to suppress it to keep it from spreading, shows a fundamental misunderstanding that leads patients into an ongoing quagmire.

Reason VII

Focusing On Only One Element of a Health Reform Program.

Focusing on food alone or any other single element of a program while ignoring others is an invitation to failure.

To regain health from chronic disease requires identification of causes and addressing them through a comprehensive plan of action. Often times patients will cherry pick a health plan focusing on just one element rather than the entire program. Most commonly this will be the diet, which some patients focus on obsessively while ignoring other important recommendations. Good health does not come only out of what we ingest. Focusing on food alone or any other single element of a program while ignoring others is an invitation to failure.

Reason VIII

The Patient Bargains as to What They Will or Will Not Do.

Some patients bargain as to what they will or will not do. It is as if we can give them permission to break the laws of nature and not suffer the consequences. They won’t follow all diet recommendations because they just have to have bread, hot sauce (or other item) but will exercise a lot. They won’t give up coffee or marijuana but will be careful about not taking alcohol. They won’t go to bed before midnight but will get sunlight. They want to stay on “Bio-identical” Hormones prescribed by their functional medical doctor but they will take extra Vitamin C. 

A variant of such excuses, is to tell us they have not been following their plan but it was because they had a good reason for not doing so e.g. they had family over, or they had to go to a business banquet or they had to stay up late for a few days for a charitable event. The notion is that they should not suffer any ill health effect from the violation of their plan because it was for a good cause.

We, however, are not in a position to bargain with nature. We do not make up biological laws and cannot circumvent nature simply because the patient contends it was for a good reason. Nature’s laws cannot be violated without consequences. Having a “Doctor” before our names does not give us power to intercede for forgiveness from Nature for harmful behaviors…regardless of the reasons.

Reason IX

Failing to Have The Will to Get Well.

A Bio-Hygienic Approach…the path of causal identification, addressing those causes, creating the conditions for health to evolve and persevering through rough times as the body overcomes chronic disease, requires hard work, time, discipline and the Will To Get Well. Taking a passive, half hearted, approach to reversing chronic disease will not yield success. We must enter into the battle with not just the intent to get well but also the will to do so. We must give up all destructive habits and take the needed steps with perseverance to create the right conditions to recover our health.

Avoiding all the above pitfalls allows the opportunity for a positive outcome. The reward? Good health, a high state of vitality and enjoyment of life. It is well worth the effort. 

The Goldberg Clinic For Chronic Disease Reversal
Causes Identified…Causes Addressed…Health Restored
 

Chronic Disease and the Potential for Health Recovery

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When a Medical Doctor defines your disease as chronic (meaning that you won't get well), it does NOT mean you can't get well, only that you won't get well under medical care taking drugs. With the right approach and guidance, recovery is possible. 

See our over 100 video testimonials and before/after pictures (click links below) showing that patients with a wide variety of chronic diseases can and do recover their health with a BioHygienic Approach.

Autoimmune Disease
Allergic Disorders

Digestive Disorders
Rheumatoid Disorders
Hormonal Issues/Weight
Diabetes
Skin Conditions
Cardiovascular Disease
Thyroid Disorders
Fibromyalgia
Chronic Fatigue
Headaches



Part I: Why Chronically Ill Patients Fail To Get Well

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Paul A Goldberg MPH, DC, DACBN, DCBCN
The Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal

The right approach to “chronic diseases,” utilizing a BioHygienic Program,[1] allows the opportunity for patients to restore their health. Why do patients with medically defined chronic ailments, under Medical Care, not get well?  Medical Approaches include Conventional Medicine, Alternative Medicine and Functional Medicine (which combines Conventional and Alternative Medicine into a one stop shopping disaster). Why do these Medical Approaches assure failure?

Health cannot be recovered by ignoring causal factors or by plying ourselves with pharmaceuticals, potions, pills, nostrums, hormones and therapies unrelated to why we became ill.

Chronic diseases, by Medical definition, are Medically diagnosed problems one will not recover from. Indeed, if one takes a Medical Approach (whether Conventional, Alternative or Functional medicine) to “chronic conditions” one will not obtain health. Health cannot be recovered by ignoring causal factors or by plying ourselves with pharmaceuticals, potions, pills, hormones and therapies unrelated to why we became ill. Health cannot be restored if we fail to create the right conditions that cause health to occur.

The list of conditions listed as chronic diseases by the Medical Matrix[2] has grown exponentially since I studied Chronic Disease Control as a graduate student in the 70’s at the University of Texas Medical Center. The increasing number of chronic conditions and patients suffering from them, despite being under medical care, is damning evidence of the failure of Medical Approaches. Common “chronic diseases” include the growing list of autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Disease, Eosinophilic Gastritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other chronic afflictions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. There are also legions of patients suffering with chronic functional issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic indigestion, skin disorders, etc., who are also labeled by The Medical Matrix as being “chronically” ill. “Chronic Mental disorders” have become rampant including chronic depression and anxiety where patients are plied with toxic pharmaceuticals.  

Labeled with a medically defined chronic disease is a guarantee by the Medical Matrix that recovery will not occur. You cannot arrive at a health destination by following Medicine’s Pathway of drugs, potions and pills that it admits will not bring you to a state of health and vitality.

Labeled with a medically defined chronic disease is a guarantee by the Medical Matrix that recovery will not occur. You cannot arrive at a health destination by following Medicine’s Pathway of drugs, potions and pills that it admits will not bring you to a state of health and vitality. It is simply the wrong direction to travel in. It makes no sense to take treatments from any Medical Matrix Practitioner whether Conventional, Alternative or Functional Medical Practitioner, who defines your “condition” as a chronic, lifelong, affliction. It is largely due to people’s fear of authority and not knowing where else to turn that they pursue such a futile approach to their “chronic disease” conditions.

Many “chronically” ill individuals go from one form of Medicine to another e.g. from Conventional Medicine to Functional, Alternative or Naturopathic Medicine thinking these are fundamentally different. A Medical Approach, is a Medical Approach and entails symptom suppression rather than the important process of causal identification followed by providing the right conditions to allow health to flourish. Going from dweedle dum to dweedle dee does not change the outcome.

A Medical Approach entails the illusive process of “Medical Diagnosis” based upon naming symptoms rather than the causes of a patient’s problems. To diagnose a patient with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gastric Reflux, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns Disease, Psoriasis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Restless Leg Syndrome, Candida, Fibromyalgia and literally hundreds of other “diagnoses” is but to name symptoms followed by the routine application of pills and potions aimed suppressing those symptoms.

A Bio-Hygienic Approach™, focused on identifying and addressing causes and creating the right conditions for health to evolve, requires hard work and the will to get well. The rewards? A reliable pathway to good health, a high state of vitality and enjoyment of life.

Taking a Conventional Medical, Alternative Medical or Functional Medical approach to chronic illness is the single greatest reason but not the only reason why patients with “chronic disease” conditions do not recover their health.

Part II of this series will examine additional important reasons why chronically ill patients fail to recover their health.


Definitions


[1] Bio-Hygiene™ is the art and science of reversing chronic disease by identifying etiological factors, creating optimal environmental conditions to address them and facilitating Re-Creation of the body by implementing a health restoration program tailored to the individual’s requirements.

[2] The Medical Matrix includes all the closely tied in aspects of the Medical Complex pervasive in the United States including Medical Schools, The Pharmacuetical Industry, The Health Insurance Industry, Conventional Medical, Alternative Medical and Functional Medical Physicians, and supporting industries, public relations and lobbies that are integral parts of the Medical Matrix.