Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and IBS: Another Successful Reversal

Click the play button to watch the interview with Ms. Roseberry to the right.

Ms. Roseberry originally came to the Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal from Northeast Texas in September of 2018 with the medical diagnoses of Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She was taking over ten prescription drugs (see drug list below and to the right) at that time. She described her ongoing, severe, symptoms as follows:

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  1. “Pain that felt like someone had beaten my joints with a hammer”.

  2. “Needle like sensations through the joints”.

  3. “Severe burning in the muscles of my arms and legs”.

  4. “Sleep that is significantly disrupted by pain”.

  5. “Stiffness so bad that it causes my joints to become temporarily locked.”

Now in 2019, Wendy has improved tremendously. Her aches and pains are gone, her digestive troubles (gas, bloating, constipation, cramps) are a thing of the past, her energy is significantly improved and she is sleeping much better. Wendy is no longer taking any prescription drugs including those she was taking previously as listed to the right.

Of interest in Wendy’s case is that her road to recovery was not easy as is often the case with chronic health issues that have been suppressed for years.
 She had to endure periods of discomfort (Bumps on the Journey as we call them) as her body performed its work in “purging” old materials and waste products including drug residues that had accumulated in her system over time. With our guidance, Wendy trusted the process, persevered and gradually saw her health being recovered and her chronic health issues dissipate. Periods of detoxification and renewal gradually resulted in a “90% overall improvement” in a period of seven months. Wendy earned back her vitality with hard work and persistence. She exhibited, as we call it, “The Will to Get Well.”

Congratulations Wendy!


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You have been Deceived… Why Yeast (Candida) is NOT the Cause of Your Chronic Health Issues

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

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Health seekers regularly get hooked into new health fads, often ones simply recycled to each new generation of potential audiences. With the emergence of each new fad, new books are written, websites appear and products are hawked. This ultimately is followed by much disappointment. Candida or Yeast is one of these deceptive health fads from which we can learn important lessons.  

In the 70’s one of the big health headlines was hypoglycemia. Books, diet and treatment plans were everywhere. Since low blood sugar symptoms are numerous, patients with a variety of issues thought “treating” their hypoglycemia was the ticket out of their health crisis. It rarely was.

In the past few years newer fad topics include Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth. Patients come to our office chanting “SIBO, SIBO, SIBO”, yet wonder why treatments for SIBO have failed to improve their health (often after taking expensive antibiotics from their “Functional” M.D.) and finding their problems only getting worse. Meanwhile others continue chasing the elusive yeast route, lamenting that the “Candida” is not resolving and their health is not improving. Let’s look at the misunderstanding with Candida.

Background:

Candida is NOT a primary causal factor in disease.

Candida albicans, a member of the yeast family can be a contributing factor to health issues. Candida can produce large amounts of acetaldehyde leading to fatigue, confusion, and neurological dysfunction as well as acne, rashes, abdominal bloating, flatulence, cravings for sugar, brain fog, depression, mood swings, joint pain, aggravate autoimmune conditions, etc. Candida, however, is not a primary causal factor in disease but rather a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract. Through competition, it limits the growth of pathogenic bacteria while being an opportunist that will take advantage of the situation when the body’s balance (homeostasis) is disrupted. When the right conditions prevail for suppressing immunity, yeast overgrows and produces adverse effects.

Many books have been written on Candida albicans including The Missing Diagnosis by Orion Truss, M.D. and The Yeast Connection by William Crook, MD. These books were followed by a plethora of practitioners writing other books to capture some of the yeast hysteria that followed with the public.

Lessons from A Cancer Center

As a Graduate Assistant at the University of Texas School of Public Health in the 1970’s, I observed patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and noticed two inter-connected factors:  

  1. Radiation and chemotherapy significantly lower a patient’s vitality.

  2. Cancer Patients frequently suffered with candida overgrowth after having radiation or chemotherapy.

Candida does not cause cancer but cancer and cancer treatments contribute to candida overgrowth. The yeast organism is a bystander reacting to changing conditions.

It boils down to resistance…what has caused body resistance to lower and what is required to restore it?

Common Causes Leading to Candida/Yeast Issues

I. Medical Meddling 

  1. Antibiotic Usage leading to a reduction in bacterial competitors that keep candida in check.

  2. Steroid usage (commonly Prednisone).

  3. Birth Control Pill and Bio-identical Hormones

  4. Antacids/H2 Blockers

  5. Excessive estrogen (see #3 above)

  6. Immunosuppressant Drugs

II. Lifestyle Factors

  1. Diets rich in processed, refined foods, sugars and alcohol all lacking in needed macro and micronutrients.

  2. Long term emotional stressors. e.g. divorce/marital and other familiar discord, financial problems, unhappy work place, death or illness in the family, etc.

  3. Lack of sufficient sleep and rest.

  4. Underlying disease processes that lower immune resistance. 

The importance of uncovering underlying causes is critical to recovery but this is not what most practitioners and patients focus on. Rather they… “TREAT CANDIDA” (and here we utter a big Homer Simpson DOH!!!)

Yeast, like SIBO, is a symptom of impaired health not a cause of it. 

Treating Candida with Nystatin, Nizoral and Diflucan will not produce the results patients seek (on the contrary Nizoral and Diflucan are very toxic with a multitude of side effects). Yeast, like SIBO, is a symptom of impaired health not a cause of it. 

Yeast overgrowth is a consequence of etiological factors that must be identified and thoroughly addressed in order to regain health. Yeast is an opportunist but essentially it is an innocent bystander. This requires some diligent detective work to make sure the patient is aiming in the right direction and not barking up the wrong tree. If we are not headed in the right direction addressing real causal factors than no matter how hard we try we are not going to obtain good results. Yeast treatments lead us down a primrose path that does not lead to the restoration of health.

Want to get rid of your yeast and restore your health? Seek out and address causes. Create the right conditions for health to flourish. Then, with perseverance and patience, watch your health return. Just as with SIBO, Yeast is not your primary problem. 

Psoriatic Arthritis and Eosinophilic Esophagitis Conquered…A Return From Illness to a Full Life

When we first met Ms. Jane McGill, she had so much discomfort, fatigue and pain that it took, in her words, “sheer grit just to get through the day”. Having gone to a litany of medical physicians including Gastroenterologists and Rheumatologists, Jane was taking Tramadol, Claritin, Pantoprazole when she came in to see us, none of which was improving her health. As with many patients Jane had also had multiple courses of antibiotics. Her medical doctors told her that she would continue to have bad days and that nothing could change her situation.

The drugs Jane was taking, like all drugs, had numerous side effects including further unbalancing her GI tract and its microbiome (antacids being notorious for this…see Dr. Tener’s video on the Dangers of Ant-Acids). Jane had been labeled with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (http://www.goldbergclinic.com/blog/2017/9/11/eosinophilic-esophagitis-gastritis-and-colitis), an increasingly common medical diagnosis that inevitably involves ongoing steroids and endoscopic evaluations which offer no light at the end of the tunnel.

Coming from New Jersey for her initial visit, Jane could barely make it through the airport, having to stop to rest many times. At her follow up visit five months later, Jane zipped through the airport and chose to walk through the entire Atlanta Zoo as a side excursion.

When causes are thoroughly addressed at their roots and appropriate Bio Hygienic Measures instituted, so called “chronic diseases” can, with diligence and time, melt away. Ms. McGill’s attention to following directions and her perseverance in going through the rough times of reconstructing her health, have paid off both for now and the future. Instead of having to live with a lifetime of ongoing pain and discomfort, Jane can now look forward to many years of good health and enjoyment of life.

Related Articles:

1) Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastritis and Colitis: http://www.goldbergclinic.com/blog/2017/9/11/eosinophilic-esophagitis-gastritis-and-colitis

2) Reversing Rheumatoid Disorders: http://www.goldbergclinic.com/blog/2017/6/28/reversing-rheumatoid-arthritis

See More Autoimmune/Allergic Case Studies: http://www.goldbergclinic.com/autoimmune

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

Conventional and Functional Medicine’s Deception

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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 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 address causal factors. They are, as suggested in a previous article, like Dweedle Dum and Dweedle Dee as there is little difference in their approaches from Conventional Medicine. Whether the patient is given Aspirin from the Conventional M.D. or Willow Bark (where aspirin was derived) from the “Functional M.D.”…whether the Conventional M.D. prescribes the anti-depressant Wellbutrin or the “ Functional MD” gives an herb like St. John’s Wort, the same pattern of treating symptoms and ignoring causes remains. 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 mistaken notion that inflammation is the root cause of disease and that inflammation must be suppressed. This is another clear indication that “Functional and Alternative Medicine” are no different from Conventional Medicine. Their cry that inflammation is the enemy is false, demonstrating 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. This 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 are 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 interfere with the body’s attempt to heal itself. This is typically done by conventional medicine practitioners with prednisone and the so called “Biological” drugs that turn off important portions of the immune system. Functional and Alternative Medicine Practitioners also utilize these drugs in practice while adding herbs, supplements and other potions and pills. In all such cases, the underlying problems continue, the patient is labeled with one or more “chronic” diseases and importantly 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 should be made as to what causal factors are at play. It is those causal factors (vastly different from person to person) that trigger 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 signs and symptoms, including the Sedimentation Rate and the C-Reactive Protein readings. We use these (along with the signs and symptoms) to measure the inflammatory process and routinely see them drop as causes identified as contributing to the inflammatory processes are addressed and removed (see before and after C-Reactive Protein results below). Many of our videos display 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 was developed by The Goldberg Clinic. It is the art and science of reversing chronic disease by identifying etiological factors, creating optimal conditions to address them and facilitating Re-Creation of the body by implementing a restoration program tailored to the individual’s requirements.

Before/After C-Reactive Protein Results from the Goldberg Clinic

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a blood protein that measures systemic inflammation. It is commonly elevated in chronic disorders including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and other chronic inflammatory conditions. C-Reactive Protein is also used to assess cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) risk.

The following are before/after HsCRP test results from patients at the Goldberg Clinic. The improvements seen came by addressing causal factors and without the use of drugs, herbs or other treatments/therapies. 

To see more before/after CRP results from the Goldberg Clinic in addition to those shown below, click here.

Greater than 3.0 = High
Less than 3.0 = Normal
Zero to 2.0 = Ideal


Rheumatoid Arthritis:
http://www.goldbergclinic.com/autoimmune (see case #6)

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Cardiovascular Disease: http://www.goldbergclinic.com/cardiovascular-disease (see case #3)

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Severe Asthma and Allergies: http://www.goldbergclinic.com/autoimmune (see case #3)

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Ulcerative Colitis

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Diabetes, Hypertension, Chronic Diarrhea, Chronic Fatigue, Obesity

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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