How these Leaflets can Help You
I wrote these leaflets hoping they would give the best and most up-to-date information to patients. They also proved useful in busy surgeries where there isn’t always enough time to explain everything. I believe they could also help other doctors because I wish I’d known some of this information earlier in my career.
Here are some ways I think the leaflets can help.
It can make a huge difference if you can recover faster from infections. Using Vitamin C at maximum dosage is an outstanding remedy that can make a profound difference (see leaflet on Vitamin C). Vitamin C really comes into its own in severe infections and here it can be lifesaving, as recent research has shown. In sepsis cases, in intensive care units, giving high doses of Vitamin C intravenously improved survival over four-fold. Sadly it is rarely used in this situation. A major advantage of Vitamin C is that it is just as effective against viruses as it is against bacteria.
For serious infections it is crucial to get medical help as soon as possible but there are other remedies which can help and be an important adjunct to treatment (see the leaflet on severe infections). There are remedies that will help with the common problem of recurrent urinary infections (see leaflet). There are also leaflets on recurrent sinus infections and boosting the immunity.
It is rare for doctors to give cancer patients information on food and few doctors are aware of the extensive medical literature that now exists on this subject. For example, mushrooms have some of the strongest cancer-fighting properties of any food. Chris Woolams, of CancerActive, notes that four Nobel prizes have been won on this topic alone, demonstrating how they strengthen the immune system, allowing it to recognize rogue cells more easily, and enhance communication between cells (see the leaflet on food and cancer). Many other foods have known anti-cancer properties.
Also see the leaflet “Useful Books on Cancer”, many of these written by people who survived cancer against the odds. These books are packed with useful information. There are also leaflets on specific cancers, cancer in general (summarising some of the information in these books) and on cancer prevention.
3) Diet can have a Major Impact in Chronic Disease
Many are awakening to the fact that diet is a powerful tool to treat many serious chronic diseases. Dr Michael Mosley’s diet for diabetes is an example of how recent research findings can be used to produce a highly effective dietary regime that can improve and often reverse diabetes. This contrasts with the poor results seen with many diabetic drugs. (See the diabetes leaflet for information on this and other strategies that can help diabetes).
However diabetes is by no means the only serious disease that can be helped or even reversed by diet. Both patients and doctors have used the paleo-ketogenic diet in various forms for many serious chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis (see separate leaflets on these conditions). As we have so few effective treatments for chronic disease I think this is important knowledge.
4) Heart Disease
In my opinion, most doctors underestimate the effect of lifestyle changes and overestimate the benefits of drugs. However lifestyle remedies typically trump drugs in their effectiveness. The leaflets “Food, Lifestyle and the Heart” and the shorter “Food, Heart and Cholesterol” give information on this.
Did you know that one sugary drink daily can increase mortality from heart disease by 50% and diet drinks also increase mortality (easily undermining the benefit you could get from a whole concoction of cardiac drugs). Many now know that the Mediterranean diet can improve mortality (by 75%) but few know that just drinking 5 or more glasses of water daily can improve mortality from heart disease by 50-70%. Several other simple dietary interventions can also improve mortality by 30-50% (see leaflets). No drug has been shown to have benefits of this magnitude.
5) Mental Health
We are seeing an epidemic of mental health problems, especially anxiety and depression. The leaflets give some useful strategies that can be help (power of the mind). Several studies how fruit and vegetables enhance mood in those with or without mental health issues and what is more surprising is the more eaten the greater the benefit. There are also separate leaflets on nutritional remedies for anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. In my experience nutrition rarely gets a mention in mental health but can make a profound difference in selected patients. As an example, zinc deficiency can stop SSRI anti-depressant drugs working, (as zinc is essential for the conversion 5HTP into serotonin).
6) Mild Hypertension
Large numbers of people take drugs for mild hypertension (between 140-159 systolic and 90-99 diastolic) and yet this may not be necessary. Several studies have shown no benefit in treating people with mild hypertension (see leaflet on mild hypertension) providing they have no other medical conditions. This is important to know as side-effects from treatment can be significant.
7) A treatment for Alzheimer’s does exist
No drugs exist that can reverse Alzheimer’s disease and is widely believed that drug companies have given up their search for an effective drug for this disease. However a new approach, the Breseden protocol, has been successful in several hundred cases of early Alzheimer’s. This is a major breakthrough, because as Dr Breseden notes, everybody knows a cancer survivor but no one has heard of an Alzheimer’s survivor. (See the leaflet on Alzheimer’s).
Although it is early days this is the first time Alzheimer’s disease has ever been reversed. As we are witnessing with so many chronic diseases today successful treatment involves changing a range of critical lifestyle factors rather than using a drug.
8) The Danger of Drugs is often Underestimated
In my experience doctors frequently underestimate the danger of drugs. I can understand why this is because we give them out all the time and get a bit blasé about them. But drugs can be dangerous and many are overused.
There is a pattern I have noticed during my career. Drugs become very popular when they first come into use. Then they are then given out by the bucket load. Two or three decades later we realise, much to everyone’s surprise, that they were lot more dangerous than we first thought. Examples are anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), diazepam and HRT. There are many more.
At one practice, we often joked that every patient came out of hospital on a PPI, (drugs that block stomach acid, examples being omeprazole and lansoprazole). However a paper in the British Medical Journal in 2018 showed PPIs increased mortality by 25%. (Compare this with smoking which increases mortality from all cancers by 25%). The guidelines suggest they should only be used for 8 weeks but they are often used for very much longer. There is a leaflet on PPIs.
Another group of drugs which have caused controversy are statins. A recent independent report from Australia found 45% of patients developed side effects such as muscle pain, insomnia and erectile problems (though industry-funded studies of statins find few side-effects). But what worries me more is research which shows every facet of brain function depends on cholesterol and deteriorates as cholesterol drops and improves as cholesterol rises. I have seen patients initially suspected of having dementia who recovered totally after statins were stopped. I suspect this is the tip of a very big iceberg. These drugs need to be used with great care, particularly in the elderly.
9) Minor Skin Tumours
As people get older they commonly develop skin tumours such as actinic keratoses and basal cell carcinomas (BCC). These are rarely serious. In the case of BCCs they need a minor operation. Few people know that these can often be treated with simple remedies when small (see leaflet on skin tumours).
10) Medical Pioneers
Patients with a disease are highly committed to finding a cure and this has led to several important breakthroughs. For instance some of the most useful advances in autism have come from doctors who have had autistic children (see leaflet). Dr Terry Wahl’s successful fight against multiple sclerosis resulted in the Wahl’s protocol and is another example of how one person’s fight against a disease can benefit many patients with the disease. Sometimes it is a highly committed doctor that makes all the difference as in Dr Myhill’s discovery that chronic fatigue syndrome is primarily a disease of the mitochondria and for the first time there is hope for people with this illness. Another example is Dr Dale Breseden, a research neurologist, who found a way to reverse early Alzheimer’s disease.
However the problem for patients is that, if it is not a patented drug, these discoveries can take decades to become accepted and patients need this information now not later. This is where the leaflets can help.
And there is much more: why iodine is important in thyroid disease, a remedy for ankylosing spondylitis, a method to rapidly improve diabetic neuropathy and why B12 deficiency is often badly managed by doctors. These are just some of the topic covered.
NOT ALL IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
LEAFLETS ON AIDS, BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY, FATTY LIVER, HRT, SKIN TUMOURS, DIET DRINKS, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, GUT BACTERIA (THE MICROBIOME) AND COLIC CAN BE FOUND AT END OF LEAFLET PAGE
The information in these leaflets is based on my own opinions which have been formed after many years of medical practice and after much research and based on the best quality information I could find.
Remember medicine is very prone to change. For instance, many drugs which were once thought to be safe are now regarded as potentially hazardous. The medical profession recommended the low fat diet for heart disease for decades although we now know this advice was incorrect. Some of this information here will eventually become outdated too.
The leaflets are not a substitute for medical advice and anyone with a serious medical condition should consult with their own doctor. Seeing other practitioners including nutritionally trained practitioners may also be of value.
I believe it is wise to find out as much information about an illness as possible. Don’t be rushed into a treatment you are uncomfortable with. There are many ways to deal with illness, not all of them widely known. There is almost always something you can do.