Today I saw this BBC.com article about Endometriosis, and I have to say that it’s all a load of crap.
The article explicitly states that there is no cure. Bullshit!
My wife was 27 when we met, and she had extreme and severe endometriosis. Being a state employee at a college, she also had very good health insurance. Her endometriosis pre-existed the diagnosis by years, but was finally diagnosed when I rushed her to the hospital and she had an emergency appendectomy. We went, together, to many specialists over the next few years. The AMA treatment protocol was followed TO THE LETTER. Every treatment not only failed, but made her condition worse.
Before she turned 30, the last specialist she saw told her the bad news. “Everything we can do for you has been done. The only option left is a radical hysterectomy, and there is no guarantee it will help.” Desperate for relief, she agreed to the procedure, which was scheduled for 6 months later. The intervening time was intentional – to allow her to save sick days and vacation time to cope with the 3-6 MONTH recovery time after the surgery.
However, there was a problem.
Every month she still experienced debilitating pain when her cycle started, and she was using all those sick days and vacation time just to avoid having to go to work while incapacitated. As the months passed, it became obvious she wasn’t going to save anywhere near enough time off to allow a proper recovery before returning to work.
Fortunately, we were active in a church at the time where we knew some very excellent chiropractic doctors. One of them did work with nutritional therapy supplements, as well as acupuncture and spinal adjustments. I called him out of the blue one day, described my wife’s situation, and asked him if anything could be done “to get her enough relief that she can at least make it until the surgery.”
It shouldn’t have been such a difficult thing to ask, but at the time it felt like we were grasping at the moon. The doctor told me to bring her in right away, so he could do a proper evaluation. I had to help her walk to the doctor’s office, because she was in pain at the time.
After the evaluation, he did an adjustment, and told her to take some nutritional supplements (that he provided) and come back in a couple of days. By the time she returned, she was walking on her own. He did another adjustment, and changed her nutritional supplements a little bit.
She saw him 2 more times in the next 2 weeks. By the end of the 2 weeks, she was symptom free. The next time her cycle came, it was “normal” and she called the OB/GYN to cancel the appointment for the hysterectomy. She has remained free of endometriosis for the last 15 YEARS.
There is a cure. It is proper nutrition. Anyone who says otherwise has a snake-oil to sell, or profits from doing surgeries.
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My wife found this article, in which a nurse whistle-blower has exposed that some hospitals have taken it upon themselves to give vaccinations in secret.
Once again, it has been proved that cancer can be bested. All it takes is a willingness to put patient care above profit. But the American Medical Association (AMA) will never accept that. Profit is their god.
A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about my frustration at my primary care doc at the VA trying to push me onto statin drugs for my cholesterol. In her comment on the blog, my good friend Anita pointed at the Mark’s Daily Apple website ( marksdailyapple.com ) and said it is her Paleo Diet guru. I’m also on the Paleo Diet, but hadn’t seen this site, so I went to take a look.
My chief frustration with the site (at least at first glance) is that it is typical of sites that specialize in fitness – they don’t have anything to say that doesn’t include a fair amount of healthy exercise. If I want to use his program, I need to be able to follow the program. But, after a bone tumor in my left femur in 1980, the femur can’t handle that sort of activity. The permanent limitations I was given back then included: No walking over 1 mile per day TOTAL, No jumping of any kind (like parachute jumps), No pushing pulling or lifting over 30 pounds.
Every time I have ever exceeded those limits, there has been a price to pay. Stress fractures around the site where the bone tumor was have ensured that a week on crutches each time was the minimum price I’ve paid. I actually have a pair of aluminum ones in a closet that I’ve used for years.
But – I had an idea today. My doc asked me on that last visit if I’d thought about getting a hip replacement. I half laughed and said I might get it someday, but when I do we’d have to replace the whole femur because of the bone tumor that caused all this trouble.
It may be time to do that.
Why? Because I’m actually only 53 years along. If I do get a hip/femur replacement, I would have to do physical therapy, and then I’d be free – FREE – to start exercising in earnest again. Keep in mind – before the tumor I was a candidate for the US Army’s Special Forces training. A hip replacement before this summer could mean that I’m able to start training for a half-marathon by the time I’m 55. I can almost get excited just thinking about it. If I also get the migraine headaches under control, I might even be able to go back to work, part-time at least.
It is something tempting to think about. Especially since I just had a short phone call with the Veteran’s Choice program, and they are setting me up with an appointment for a primary care doctor HERE IN TOWN.
My lawyer called back this morning, and we talked over my concern and the response I wrote up to the doctor. She approved everything I wrote, with the caveat that this may still initially cause trouble with Social Security over not complying with “doctor’s orders”. Still, she feels that because it’s a matter of spiritual/religious faith, ultimately we’ll prevail.
It’s currently 56F degrees here, looking for a high in the low 70’s – so I shut off the heater and opened up the windows. It’s SO NICE to have that option now!
I’ve been sitting on this for over a week, waiting for a chance to talk to the lawyer who’s handling my claim for Social Security disability. Unfortunately, she’s having health issues herself, and hasn’t returned my call yet.
Anyhow, through the last 5 years the doctor at the VA clinic has been “concerned” about my cholesterol levels and has wanted to put me on drugs to lower them. This year, he didn’t even have a lab on-site to get the results from, but he went full-court press on pushing the statins just based on LAST YEAR’s results.
I swear, being an MD is nothing but legalized drug pushing anymore.
Anyhow, I told him I wanted to see what the results of the NEW blood work were before making any decision, and they could contact me with those results by email.
I got the email the next day. My results were that the total cholesterol went up over 40 points. Here is an excerpt of what he said:
“LDL (bad cholesterol) has gone up from 240 mg/dL to 280 mg/dL Patient has been very resistant to taking statin drugs. Complications of untreated high cholesterol including heart attack. I would advise him taking ATORVASTATIN … in order to get his LDL down. Possible side effects include muscle weakness, muscle pain.”
First – ATORVASTATIN is generic Lipitor. Notice that the only side effects he mentions are muscle weakness and muscle pain – nothing about LIVER DAMAGE, which all the literature on the health websites claim is the #1 side effect.
Anyhow, I still haven’t talked to my lawyer, but I also haven’t been sleeping well for the last week, mostly because I’ve been stewing over this. I still want to talk to my lawyer, but I think I have figured out what to say to the doctor. It would go something like this:
Dear Doctor: Please notice in my records that I am a Scientologist. This affects much more than just my attitudes towards drugs that have psychiatric actions. It is WHY I have an Advanced Directive AND a Living Will, both of which stipulate a DNR order. It is my religious and spiritual belief that the end of this life is only an opportunity to begin the next one. I am happy to discuss health care options that affect the quality of life while I have it, but I have no interest in extending it. If I have a heart attack, it will be the end of my life, and I’m comfortable with that. I will not take anti-cholesterol drugs now or ever, and you will not ever bring it up again.
Well, I think that’s what I’d say.