"The Goldberg Clinic changed my life, and I will be forever grateful!"

Suzanne and her husband Fall 2015

Suzanne and her husband Fall 2015

The Goldberg Clinic changed my life, and I will be forever grateful!

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 16 years old (June 2010) and was prescribed Asacol HD (anti-inflammatory). After about a year, Asacol wasn’t helping me much anymore, so my gastroenterologist prescribed Imuran (immunosuppressant) in addition to the Asacol. After another year or so, that wasn’t enough for me, so my doctor prescribed a cycle of Prednisone (steroid) in addition to the Asacol and Imuran. I started with a big dose of Prednisone and weaned off of it. That helped me to feel good again, but like before, the remission didn’t last and I was still taking Asacol and Imuran daily. I was prescribed another bout of Prednisone, which helped. My doctor said that this would be the last time she would put me on steroids and she told me that if I flare again, I would have to stop Asacol and Imuran, and start Remciade or Humira (biologics). About a year later, I flared again. I was too scared to start a biologic because I was still so young and I wanted to have a healthy body and be able to have children, and I felt like a biologic drug would rob me of the happy and healthy future I desired. A friend recommended the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I tried it out, but my health wasn’t improving. Around the time of this last flare, another friend of mine told me about The Goldberg Clinic. I was a little nervous at first because I knew it would require a lot of discipline and a total lifestyle change on my part, but I scheduled an appointment anyway, because I feared biologic drugs even more than discipline.

It was one year ago (January 2015) that I had my initial visit at The Goldberg Clinic. Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Tener were very thorough with asking questions about my symptoms, but also about my lifestyle habits. They recommended of testing that they thought would aid in discovering the source of my inflamed colon. After those set of tests a specific program was developed for me to follow. I didn’t see results right away, which was very discouraging, but I was steadfast and kept going. After about five months I really started noticing my body healing and getting healthier. I could tell that the chemistry of my body changed. My brain has changed as well—I have no desire to eat unhealthy foods. I value good, whole food, sunshine, and a chemical-free life. When I was 17 years old I developed Vitiligo and since The Goldberg Clinic, I noticed my white spots started going away. I still have Vitiligo, but I believe that it will get even better as I continue living a healthy lifestyle. I am now blessed to be pregnant with my first child and I have had an immaculate pregnancy! No sickness, no pains, no aches, and I know that it is because I am drug-free and living healthfully.

-Suzanne

BEFORE/AFTER LAB WORK

BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
(Before, January 27th 2015)

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of mal-digestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain. It is frequently associated with allergic, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal disorders including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's/Colitis). 

Suzanne's initial test result revealed a severe bacterial overgrowth. The waste products produced by bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates are toxic and irritating to the gastrointestinal tract. This can contribute to inflammation and autoimmunity as seen in Suzanne's case. 

 

 

 


BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
(After, May 7th, 2015)

Suzanne's Bacterial Overgrowth Test was repeated after 5 months of working with us at the Goldberg Clinic. 

Suzanne's test result showed significant improvement  Her follow up test result (May 7th, 2015), is shown to the right. It is now normal.

Husband and Wife From Virginia Make Significant Strides In Their Health

Patient Interview: January 2016

Oakley and Kathy presented to the Goldberg Clinic in the fall of 2015 with significant health challenges. Oakley had been suffering with chronic diarrhea, acid reflux, incontinence, hypertension and fatigue while his wife, Kathy, had been struggling with debilitating muscle pain (Fibromyalgia) as well as depression, asthma and allergies. After four months of care at the Goldberg Clinic, both Kathy and Oakley have made significant strides in their health as they described in their video interview with us (see left). 

Dr. Paul Goldberg Featured by PETA

University Professor Teaches Clinical Nutrition with Compassion

Article re-posted from: http://prime.peta.org/2016/01/university-professor-teaches-clinical-nutrition-with-compassion

Teaching Clinical Nutrition to Chiropractic Students in a manner that promotes respect for our planet and its inhabitants while uncovering uncomfortable truths about the foods that people consume is one of two passions driving Dr. Paul Goldberg’s career. The other is helping his patients reverse chronic disease conditions at his Georgia Practice, The Goldberg Clinic. Dr. Goldberg believes that both these endeavors are related.

While in his 20s, Dr. Goldberg was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and told by physicians that he would be permanently crippled, forcing him to examine his lifestyle in order to find a solution. He found answers to his dilemma by working at a vegan natural hygiene center in Florida, followed by graduate studies in Chronic Disease Control at the University of Texas Health Science Center. In just two years, he reversed his “incurable disease” and became focused on helping others do the same. As an educator and a clinician, he has proved that living healthfully and compassionately go hand in hand (or “hand in paw,” as he puts it).

A healthy lifestyle and a compassionate one, Dr. Goldberg contends, are one and the same, commenting, “America’s exploding chronic disease rates and ecological issues are related to our agricultural practices and the inhumane ways we abuse and then consume animals. All this contributes to the myriad of chronic diseases our nation is enveloped in.”

Dr. Goldberg refers to the insidious way that the animal agriculture industry has disconnected us from the realities and horrors of factory farms as “the food matrix.” He sees this as akin to the many pharmaceuticals that his ill patients are dependent on when he meets them, a phenomenon he refers to as “the medical matrix.” “In both matrixes,” he says, “a false consciousness is promoted, leading to disastrous results. We are drowning in pharmaceuticals linked to a multitude of toxic effects, while supporting factory farms that cause ghastly suffering for billions of animals and perpetuate disease upon those who consume them. Ironically, since the agriculture industry pumps enormous amounts of drugs into animals, the consumption of these animals is a major additional source of drugs for humans.”

As Dr. Goldberg teaches his students at Life Chiropractic College:

Nutrition is a process of transformation—ingesting materials transformed by nature from earth into food and then again transformed, through digestion, absorption and assimilation into sentient beings, including humans. To the degree those materials are chosen wisely and digested and absorbed efficiently, we have health. To the degree they are chosen unwisely or transformed inefficiently into living tissues, we develop disease.

Choosing our foods in a conscious manner, Dr. Goldberg contends, involves considering the effect that they will have on:

1.  Our health

2. The environment

3. Other animals

“Each time a food selection is made,” Dr. Goldberg believes, “is like throwing a stone into a pond … ripples extend, having ramifications upon ourselves, the planet, and on other animals.”

Dr. Goldberg incorporates into his courses discussions about choosing food on the basis of how it relates to human-health, animal-welfare, and environmental issues. He argues in favor of a plant-based diet, eliminating most or all animal products. He and his associate, Dr. David Tener, also incorporate this message into their work with patients who come for help with reversing a wide range of chronic, degenerative issues.

This thoughtful and scientific orientation toward health and nutrition is further evidenced in the choice of materials that Dr. Goldberg has his students read, including Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution by John Robbins and The China Study by Colin Campbell, Ph.D. Dr. Goldberg also shows the PETA video “Glass Walls,” narrated by Paul McCartney. Having taught clinical nutrition to more than 1,000 students per year since 1980, Dr. Goldberg estimates that he has reached over 35,000 people, both students and patients. In turn, Doctors of Chiropractic who have studied under Dr. Goldberg convey what they have learned to their patients.

Dr. Goldberg admits that it has not always been easy:

Diet has emotional factors tied with it, including familial traditions. It can be uncomfortable to have habits we grew up with questioned, and painful to realize that our habits have not only played a role in the genesis of our disease, but have also contributed to inhumane acts forced upon innocent, feeling, sentient animals. Some students are at first taken aback, feeling their way of life is being challenged. Others are grateful that their eyes have been opened. I believe that the job of a good teacher is not to simply cater to making students feel good about themselves, but to encourage exploration of beliefs and behaviors. This sometimes means getting outside one’s comfort zone. I often hear from former students, however, now doctors of chiropractic, who, while uncomfortable at the time their beliefs were questioned, are, years later, very grateful for my opening their eyes. This has led to changes for a healthier, more humane way of living on their part. I like to think that the “D.C.” after my name not only refers to being a Doctor of Chiropractic, but also as a Doctor of Compassion.

PETA thanks Dr. Goldberg for enlightening both his students at Life University and his clinic patients about the humane aspects of nutrition that we should all be conscious of. We commend Life University for having Dr. Goldberg as a professor for over 30 years, teaching nutritional science, ecological consciousness, and compassion for all living beings.

A Message To You From Dr. Paul Goldberg

To our Patients and Friends-

As we head into 2016 and our forty- first year of helping patients with chronic illnesses recover their vitality, The Goldberg Clinic will continue to promote our foundational methods of restoring patients to good health. Identifying Causes…Addressing Causes….and creating the right conditions for each patient to restore and preserve their health.

In a confusing world of fads, “alternative medicine”, “functional medicine”, “holistic medicine”, “integrative medicine”, and other forms of medicine, with their innumerable treatments, therapies and potions that miserably fail to address causal factors, we remain steadfast in our dedication to uncovering and addressing the causes of ill
health at their source in each patient.

We also re-dedicate ourselves to another primary goal of our clinic…to help each patient become increasingly self sufficient in caring for themselves, i.e. to turn health care into self-care. To help each patient take charge of their own health destiny, to live confidently in taking charge of one’s health and not in a state of anxiety and fear of a growing list of “medical diseases.”

We will continue to promote respecting our environment and the other animals we share this planet with, treating them in a kind and compassionate manner.

Lastly in 2016 we will continue to strive to improve our service to you. Please, if you at any time have suggestions on how we can serve you better, tell us. Know that we appreciate your patronage and allowing us to help you help yourselves.

Dr. Tener, Susan and I wish you the very best for a new year that brings you peace and many blessings. 

With Warm Regards, 

Paul A. Goldberg

The Case Against Dairy

          Is Drinking the milk of a cow really natural?

          Is Drinking the milk of a cow really natural?

David R. Tener, DC
Associate Doctor
The Goldberg Clinic

The phrase “finish your milk” is a directive just as common in most American households as “finish your vegetables."  Most of us can remember the famous “Got Milk” and “Milk Mustache” ads of the 1980’s and 90’s which further reinforced the need to drink milk daily if we wanted to grow up healthy and strong like our favorite athletes, movie stars and rock stars. Since that time, however, the purported health benefits of dairy consumption have gradually been called into question and concerns about milk’s role in the rising rates of obesity, diabetes, allergies, digestive disorders and other chronic health problems have been raised. Have we been sold a bill of goods?

Cow’s milk is for a calf, not a human.

Mother cows, much like human mothers, produce milk to nourish their young after birth. Both calves and human infants will naturally nurse for a finite period of time until the natural dietary can be taken. Calves nurse for a period of 8-11 months and will consume approximately 20% of their body weight per day of milk during that time. Human infants in general nurse for a period of 1-2 years or longer depending on the culture and will consume approximately 19-30 ounces of milk per day. The nutritional composition of milk for both calves and humans is finely tuned to meet the nutritional needs of each animal. The nutritional composition of cow’s milk differs considerably from human milk as seen in the figure below.  Cow’s milk is the perfect food for nursing calves. Human breast milk is the perfect food for nursing human infants.

A COMPARISON OF PROTEIN, FAT AND CARBOHYDRATE COMPONENTS OF WHOLE COW'S MILK AND HUMAN MILK

A COMPARISON OF PROTEIN, FAT AND CARBOHYDRATE COMPONENTS OF WHOLE COW'S MILK AND HUMAN MILK

Once weaned, the human infant much like the baby calf will transition onto its natural dietary and the mother will no longer produce milk for her young.  It is not biologically appropriate to consume milk after the nursing period, and no species on earth will naturally do so. Not even a cow drinks milk!

Somewhere along the lines of human history, mankind extended the nursing period to include the rest of adult life. This is perhaps one of the most bizarre and illogical behaviors humans have engaged in. We make the additional mistake (and a rather bizarre one at the that) of consuming the milk not even of our own species (which would be somewhat more appropriate) but rather that of another animal for which we were not biologically designed. We have no more need for the milk of a cow than we do for the milk of a dog, giraffe or monkey.

Milk…Does it really do our body good?

The dairy industry will have us believe that cow's milk is a requirement of human nutrition and of good health. Clever marketing tactics and advertising campaigns produced by the milk industry encourage us to take dairy products regularly to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, maintain lean muscle mass and improve cardiovascular health. The “Got Milk Mustache Ads” featuring celebrities of all kinds is one of the most recognizable ad campaigns of all time, but it is nothing more than propaganda produced by an industry that stands to make millions of dollars from our ongoing consumption of their products.

Dairy products are a health hazard. Milk is one of the most common offenders for those with digestive, allergic, hormonal and autoimmune conditions. The proteins in cow's milk (casein, whey, lacto-albumins) are particularly offensive which is why dairy is one of the most common food allergens seen in medical practice. Further complicating matters is our inability to digest milk sugar, lactose, beyond the age of one at which time we no longer produce the enzyme lactase.

A Case Profile: Dairy and Autoimmune Disease

Anderson came to the Goldberg Clinic in 2013 after having received a diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. He had previously been treated medically with steroids and oral antibiotics as per his rheumatologist. When these failed to control his symptoms, stronger immuno-suppressant drugs (Biologicals) were recommended but his parents refused. Specific allergy testing performed through our office revealed that he was severely allergic to dairy products (see test result below). Pulling him off dairy was one of the factors that allowed him to regain his health. Within 30 days, Anderson's symptoms resolved. He is drug free. 

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Cow's milk is also brimming with estrogens and growth hormones that are problematic for humans. These hormones are not only a natural component of the milk produced by recently pregnant dairy cows, but they are also increased by dairy farmers that routinely inject cows with hormones to increase milk production. This contributes to a variety of health issues not only for the cow (mastitis, infertility, shortened lifespan) but also for the humans that consume their milk:

  • U.S. girls are now entering puberty an earlier age. Studies have reported an overall decline in the average age of menarche from 14-15 to an average of 12 today. We have seen girls as young as 6-7 at our clinic who are showing early signs of breast changes and other indications of precocious puberty. The consumption of dairy products and the hormones they contain is likely one factor involved in this recent trend.
     
  • Cows are routinely injected with rGBH, a genetically engineered growth hormone, to boost their milk production. This increases the levels of IGF-1 in milk by up to 70 percent. IGF-1 is a potent hormone that acts on the pituitary gland to produce powerful metabolic and endocrine effects, including cell growth and replication. Elevated IGF-1 is associated with breast and other cancers.

Does milk consumption really reduce the risk of Osteoporosis?

The commonly accepted notion that we need to drink cows milk in order to have strong bones is the result of a very successful marketing campaign by the dairy industry. This long held belief is not as accurate as we have been led to believe and may in fact be the exact opposite of what we’ve been told.

  • Consider this: Cultures that consume the most dairy products (the United States, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom) have the highest rates of osteoporosis!
     
  •  The 12 Year Nurses Health Study involving over 78,000 participants concluded that increased milk consumption resulted in a higher risk of hip fracture. 

Despite its high calcium content, the consumption of dairy products actually contributes to the development of osteoporosis. This has less to do with calcium and more to do with milk’s high protein content and high acidity which depletes calcium from bone tissue over time. The promotion of dairy products as the “answer” to osteoporosis by the dairy industry is not only self-serving by downright inaccurate and dishonest. 

Dairy products are not the only source of calcium. There are many plant-based foods that are rich in this bioavailable mineral:

Bok choy (cooked) – 330 mg
Kale – 180mg
Bean sprouts – 320 mg
Spinach (cooked) – 250 mg
Collard greens (cooked) – 260 mg
Mustard greens (cooked) – 100 mg
Turnip greens (cooked) – 200 mg
Swiss chard (cooked) – 100 mg
Seaweed (Wakame) – 120 mg

Almonds (1/4 cup) – 95 mg
Brazil nuts (1/4 cup) – 55 mg
Hazelnuts (1/4 cup) – 55 mg
 
Almond butter (1 tbsp) – 43 mg
Sesame seeds (1 tbsp) – 63 mg
Tahini (1 tbsp) – 65 mg
 
Soy beans (cooked, 1 cup) – 200 mg
Tofu (soft or firm, 4 oz) – 120 – 400mg
Figs (dried) – 300 mg

 

Ethical Concerns: Another reason to ditch dairy. 

Life on a conventional dairy farm is far from the paradise portrayed in advertisements and in the images of "happy" cows on milk cartons and yogurt containers. The life of a dairy cow is grueling. In order for them to continue producing milk, factory farm operators typically impregnate them through artificial insemination each year. Once they've given birth, their calves are stripped from them within 24 hours, a cruel practice which causes both the mother and calf considerable distress. Mothers are often heard calling for their young for days. Male calves end up in veal crates or feed lots where they will be slaughtered for beef. Females are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers. 

Drugs are often used to force dairy cows to produce as much milk as possible. The average cow today produces 4x more milk than they naturally would on their own. Many are dosed with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) which contributes to mastitis, an extremely painful inflammation of the udder. Once the cow has worn out from the stress of repeated pregnancy and lactation, it will be slaughtered and turned into food for dogs and cats or ground beef. The average dairy cow will survive only 5 years as a result of such inhumane factory farming practices.

Cows are intelligent animals that love, play and feel just like our beloved pets at home. These dairy cows (portrayed in the video to the right) were saved from slaughter by members of the local neighborhood. Cows are usually happy when they are let out in the Spring, but this herd was especially excited having been freed from giving milk until their body's give out and or from losing their calves immediately after birth. 

Be mindful of how your food choices affect the environment, your health and the lives of these beautiful creatures that run, play and love just like our beloved pets at home.

Ditch the dairy. Your body will thank you and so will thousands of dairy cows and their calves who are forcibly taken from their mothers at an early age so humans can drink their milk