Recent Case Study: Psoriatic Arthritis and Gout

Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout | June 2016 

Dana came to the Goldberg Clinic in early 2016 with medical diagnoses of Psoriatic Arthritis and Gout. His Rheumatologist prescribed steroids (Prednisone) but his health continued to deteriorate. In this video, Dana shares his experience with us at the Goldberg Clinic and the significant improvement he has made while under our care. He is now drug free and he reports a reduction in his overall pain by 90%. 

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The Rationale of Fever

David. R Tener, DC
Associate Doctor
The Goldberg Clinic
 
One of the more common mistakes made by parents and Physicians is the “treatment” or suppression of fever. This typically arises out of a misunderstanding of what fever is along with a fear of possible damage should the fever “go on for too long or get too high.” This concern is not warranted except only in rare circumstances.

What is Fever?

Fever is but a part of the body’s general process of purification and reconstruction. It is salubrious (health giving) and beneficial.
— Dr. Herbert Shelton, "Human Life: It's Philosophy and Laws"

Fever is an elevation above normal body temperature produced in response to irritation, viral or bacterial infection. It is a body-instituted action representing the mobilization of vital forces as part of a natural, healing response. As body temperature is raised, immune responses are enhanced and foreign organisms are neutralized. Most bacteria can only tolerate certain temperature ranges and once outside of it, do not survive.

What is a High Fever and What are the Dangers?

A person is generally not considered to have a fever unless their oral temperature has risen above 100 degrees F. The Hypothalamus in the brain is the body’s primary temperature regulating control center and releases specific fever producing chemicals that initiate fever. Body temperature is tightly controlled and in general will not rise to a level that will cause the body to harm itself. 

Fever that results in brain damage is a common fear for most people/parents. For this to occur, pre-existing damage or injury to the body’s thermoregulatory system from a brain infection (meningitis or encephalitis), prior injury e.g. heat stroke, or poisoning would be a necessary pre-requisite. It would be very rare for a fever to go above 105 F unless there has been pre-existing damage to the brain.

The “Treatment” of Fevers 

Treating/suppressing a fever is generally a mistake if the fever is not very high (104 or greater). A low to moderately high fever rarely lasts longer than 2-4 days if the proper supportive steps are taken. To suppress a fever by drug or other treatment is to attempt to “cure” the body’s cure. This is counterproductive and will typically lengthen recovery time. Treating a fever with aspirin in children is not recommended due to the risk of developing Reye’s Syndrome, a serious condition that causes confusion, swelling of the brain, liver damage and in some cases death.

The suppression of fever does not make illness go away, but rather prolongs it. Even worse, the repeated “treatment” of acute illness and fever often serves as the match that then lights the fire of chronic disease.

Fever is a reaction of organic defense, and as such, it should be protected, rather than opposed.
— Dr. Herbert Shelton, Human Life: It's Philosophy and Laws Part I, p. 87.

Steps to Support Recovery

The primary need for the febrile patient is rest. Long hours of sleep in a peaceful environment devoid of excessive noise and stimulation are paramount. Careful attention should be given to ensure proper hydration through the regular application of fluids including purified water and/or homemade broth. Fresh air should be taken if the weather is not too hot or cold. If the fever is very high (104+), a cool compress or tepid bath can be given.

During periods of acute illness, the body’s resources are diverted away from the organs of digestion, appetite is suppressed and the digestive processes are temporarily suspended. It has long been the recommendation of Naturalists to fast or take a liquid diet during periods of acute illness and fever. Vital energy is thereby conserved and utilized to fuel the healing response. To eat despite the body’s signal to abstain from food is to prolong illness. As the patient recovers and appetite returns, nourishment should gradually be taken.  

The Role of Fever in Chronic Illness 

At the Goldberg Clinic, we are dedicated to assisting patients in recovering from a variety of chronic health issues. In most cases, it has taken years for the patient to evolve into chronic disease. As we carefully dissect out a patient’s health history and the factors responsible for their current condition, what we often uncover is the repeated suppression of acute symptoms including fever with drugs and other treatments. Repeatedly interfering with the body’s vital forces and mechanisms of recovery transforms acute illness into chronic illness that then often leads to the application of more symptom suppressing drugs.

The focus of the Goldberg Clinic is not to treat disease or suppress symptoms but rather to begin setting the right conditions to allow the body the opportunity to once again mobilize its own healing forces. If the right conditions are set according to the individual patient’s needs, a gradual evolution back into good health and proper function is possible as The Goldberg Clinic has witnessed and documented with patients over the past 40 years.

After a fever (in cases where suppression is not resorted to) the body is left renovated, cleansed and renewed.
— Dr. Herbert Shelton

Many of our patients after having started a program with us will develop a fever to the satisfaction of Dr. Goldberg and myself as this generally represents the body beginning to “kick in” and initiate the healing process. If fever is not suppressed and the body is supported in the proper fashion, a breakthrough is often seen. In cases involving long-term chronic illness, a “healing crisis” of this type may occur once or more before health is fully restored.

David R. Tener, DC
Associate Doctor
The Goldberg Clinic


Related Article:
The Reality of Acute Illness: Take Charge of the Cold and Flu by Dr. Paul Goldberg
 

Case Study: Chronic Indigestion, Chronic Fatigue, Hormonal Imbalances, Acne

The Goldberg Clinic
Chronic Disease Reversal

Jillian presented with a long history of chronic health issues. She had seen numerous Physicians over a 20 year period and took various drugs, treatments, supplements, therapies and tried numerous diets without success. Her symptoms worsened over time.

A thorough work up was performed at the Goldberg Clinic including a case history, physical exam and appropriate laboratory studies. In just 3 months, Jillian reports 70-80% overall improvement in her health. She is drug free. The improvements seen came by addressing causal factors and without the use of drugs, herbs or other treatments/therapies (see video interview with Jillian to the right).  

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

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), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, GERD, etc. 

Jillian had a significant bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine which likely developed as a result of repeated medical treatment with antibiotics and ant-acids (see our video "The Hazards of Ant-Acids"). Jillian's before and after SIBO test results are shown below
 

Before (March 11, 2016)

After (May 27th, 2016)

Eosinphilic Esophagitis, Digestive Issues, Thyroidectomy, Chronic Fatigue, Seasonal Allergies

Madison came to the Goldberg Clinic in 2015 with a medical diagnosis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis. She was also suffering with chronic indigestion, acid reflux, fatigue and seasonal allergies. At the Goldberg Clinic, a thorough evaluation was performed and an individualized program was developed for Madison to follow. Madison reports 80% overall improvement in her health in just 4 months. 

See Madison's medical history below. 

 

 


Madison's Medical History

2010: Goiter on Thyroid detected. Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.
2010: Thyroidectomy. Hormone replacement (Levothyroxine) prescribed.
2011: Diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis.
2011: Surgical dilation of esophagus three times due to strictures. Prescribed Flovent and Prevacid. 
2013: Began experiencing rashes and hives. Prescribed steroids. 
2015: Hospitalized for one week due to yeast infection in the esophagus caused by Flonase/steroid treatment.  
2015: Yeast infection treated with Diflucan and Nystatin. Madison's overall health continues to worsen. 

January 2016: Madison comes to the Goldberg Clinic. 
May 2016: Madison reports 80% overall improvement in her condition. 

 

Elevated Liver Enzymes, Pre-Diabetes, Elevated Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke

John came to the Goldberg Clinic in 2015 with a medical diagnosis of Elevated Liver Enzymes. His test results also showed that he was pre-diabetic and at elevated risk for heart attack and stroke. At the Goldberg Clinic, a thorough evaluation was performed and an individualized program was developed for John to follow. John's test results have normalized, his energy levels have improved and he lost 15 pounds while under our care. He is drug free. See John's before/after test results below. 

 

 


Lab Tests: Before and After

Hemoglobin A1C (marker of blood sugar regulation) reduced from 6.0 to 5.8. 
HsCRP (marker of inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk) reduced from 3.4 to 1.1.


Liver Enzymes Before (12/21/15)                                                           Liver Enzymes After (4/1/16)