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Cancer – The Latest American Golden Goose



Cancer – The Latest American Golden Goose

Part 2
by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

We left off last month as patients are being led to believe that being referred to an oncologist, and or surgeon and or radiotherapist constitutes a “team”. However, before continuing I would like to bring to your cognizant awareness an obvious but overlooked point. Unlike cardiovascular disease and diabetes, whose pharmacological treatments have decreased intervention and thus revenue, medicine has found a way to keep the cancer goose well fed.

Medicine has formulated an almost endless supply of cancer patients. Next time you hear an advertisement about medications for irritable bowel, psoriasis or arthritic issues, especially those referred to as biologics, listen to the side effects, cancer in particular and then do your own research. Remember, the objective of the advertisement is to sell a product or service.

A few facts:
The only one with skin in this situation is the patient, not the practitioner.

Success/failure: Your success depends on you: how you feel, what you eat, what you think, how you behave. In other words, medical success is not based on a grading curve. If a practitioner has a 100% success rate, it does not mean that you are guaranteed success. If you do not believe in what you are doing or looking on how to make it better or trying every treatment that you have read about, you stack the odds of success against your successful outcome.

Communication: The purpose of any consultation is for you to understand the problem and be presented with solution options in a way that you can understand. Each solution option has its upside and its downside. If you do not understand what the words mean, ask for an explanation. Ask for analogies. If you do not understand, you cannot help yourself! It is up to you with the assistance of the professional to decide which path you will chart. Additionally, nothing undermines success faster than doubting your treatment plan. If you don’t understand and unexpected detours to occur, you will doubt your treatment. If you don’t believe in what you are doing you diminish your chances at success.

I consulted a post Whipple procedure patient. He continued to lose weight in spite of eating 5,000 calories daily. When I asked if he met with a nutritionist prior to discharge he said no. When I asked what dietary guidance he was given by the surgeon, he was told to eat whatever he wanted. I asked if he spoke to the surgeon about his weight loss. He said he had, and that the surgeon stated he knows little about nutrition. He knows how to perform the procedure, while ignoring the aftermath it causes to the digestion. I recommended to the man that he add digestive enzymes either in capsules, papaya or pineapple. He began to gain weight. Then we focused on treating his cancer.

Ask about alternative treatments if you are interested in them. The usual answer is if they were any good we would be doing them… However, the reality is that insurance does not reimburse alternative treatment modalities and the majority of the practitioners are not experienced in using them. Most oncologists will prefer patients defer any alternative therapies. It is so ridiculous that one radiotherapist prohibited a patient from using aloe vera on her skin when she was doing radiation deep into her breast tissue. The result of such ignorance is that the woman’s skin became leather like. Those women that disregarded such advice had suppler skin.

Your participation: Nothing happens unless you participate. Participation is more than appearing and getting intravenous therapy or an operation. What you think, what you believe dramatically alters your success or failure.

The team: It is unreasonable for anyone to expect any practitioner to be omni-knowledgeable, however it is reasonable for them to present solutions, which may involve other practitioners. You have no idea how often I have spoken with patients who have undergone bowel surgery, i.e. Whipple procedure, bowel resection with ileostomy or esophageal radiation who are left to figure out what to eat after the procedure. Cancer cells have 20 times the sugar receptors versus a normal cell. Thus eating /drinking a fluid which is 40%+ sugar, I would think would not be the best choice. The issue is that rarely is the patient made aware of the permanent consequences of the decisions that they are pressured to make. If you lose weight, then you catabolize your body (Your body consumes your muscle and fat for the nutrients that are needed and not being provided by the diet.). When you do this, your body becomes more acidic.

Thus the team I am referring to and the services we provide at Utopia are designed to prepare the patient for the potential aftermath of choices before they are decided upon. For example, I have seen or spoken with untold patients, whose oncologist stood idly by as the patient losses much as 40% of the patient’s weight. Weight loss during chemotherapy treatment is all too common. Unfortunately, none of my patients have ever told me that they met with a nutritionist prior to undergoing the treatment. The few that have met with the nutritionist, after weight loss, have been told to consume products that are very high in sugar. Simple sugars feed cancer. If you don’t believe me, then ask why it is that the simple sugar glucose is a component in the PET scan used to identify the locations and activities of cancer cells.

Some will argue that pressure to decide is not imposed, but perceived by the patient. Practitioners, at least experienced ones, should have a reasonable idea of the aftermath outcomes, of the requests being made of patients and their families/caregivers. If the system is designed for healthcare, then a team of practitioners, from different disciplines, should discuss reasonable anticipated outcomes prior to procedures with the patient and associated family members or caregivers in order to reduce post procedure stress or chaos. The attitude of if I did not ask a question, then the practitioner does not volunteer information, is regrettably not rare.

According to Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D., a patient has had cancer between 3 months to 3 years prior to discovery. Thus when a patient is told that breast surgery must be done or else death is eminent, in most cases, there is usually time to investigate and calmly decide treatment choices.

Full body PET scan before deciding on a course of treatment: Most women agree to a mastectomy or lumpectomy because they are led to believe that it can be curative. Investigating the extent of a patient’s compromise is essential in order to formulate a complete treatment approach before initiating surgical intervention. However, this rarely happens. The surgeon performs his duties and then discharges the patient. The oncologist is not in concert with a nutritionist to mitigate weight loss. The radiotherapist (radiation) rarely is in contact with the oncologist or surgeon. Physical therapy is rarely consulted and massage therapy for aches and pains is pooh-poohed for potentially spreading cancer cells, even when the patient has stage IV cancer (systemic cancer spread).

Oncology may be defined as the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. But where does cancer come from? Some say diet. If that were the case, then the highest incidence of cancer would be expected in third world countries with poor nutrition and even worse sanitation, but that is not true. Others blame stress. Stress maybe defined as an inability to cope or feeling of being overwhelmed. How does oncology address this issue? It doesn’t. In fact, it adds more stress to the patient’s life.

In its zeal to diagnose and treat cancer, oncology has forgotten to identify the root causes of why people get cancer. Perhaps this could be because there’s no reimbursement code for such request. What makes Utopia Cancer Center unique is that we do find the root cause of why people have cancer. At Utopia Cancer Center we understand that cancer is not the problem, it’s the symptom. If you do not understand why you have cancer, then I tell my patients that you will not understand when it recurs.

In short, and regrettably, it falls upon the patient and their caregivers to make sure that a complete program is discussed prior to starting a treatment regimen. Unfortunately, most patients and caregivers do not have enough medical experience to know what to ask, thus they rely on the practitioners who have failed to create a team to manage the patient. Diagnosis focused medicine appears to sacrifice the patient. It appears that the zeal to follow protocols, designed by who knows, which may or not apply to you, not your diagnosis, is the mainstay of medicine. The art of medicine is currently lost to most practitioners due to insurance reimbursement code driven pressures. This undermines patient- doctor relationships. This undermines patient success, and this is not healthcare, which should place the welfare of the patient before the treatment of the diagnosis. You are not your diagnosis no matter what the insurance carrier wants you to believe, regrettably, it appears many practitioners have forgotten.

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Cancer – The Latest American Medical Golden Goose

By: Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

 

Medicine has always had a golden goose. Back in the 80’s and 90’s cardiovascular medicine was medicine’s golden goose. Eventually, through improved pharmacology and technical innovations, this golden goose was replaced by diabetes. As with cardiovascular medicine, pharmacology and technology are whittling away at diabetic profits. Dialysis has maintained it stance not increasing in numbers and technological advancements not making leaps and bounds. However, the dark horse who appears to be leading the pack today is cancer. The number of Americans participating in cancer medicine, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, surgical and radiotherapy appear to be expanding without limits. Everyday Americans are brainwashed into thinking that it is perfectly correct, normal and healthy to take medications, whose side effects cause cancer or worse. Regrettably, direct marketing to the American general public has over the years resulted in the acceptance that disease is a normal expectation. However, whereas disease is part of living, the belief that the body’s immune system can rectify the malady is suppressed. The perception proposed by pharmaceutical marketing is that once with a disease, you will always have it.  Additionally, the pharmaceutical marketing objective is the acceptance by the American society that medicine is only able to manage the malady, i.e. do not expect a cure. Finally, that vaccination is the only logical and sound practice for health.

 

In short, medicine evolved into America’s second largest contributor to the American gross national product, the largest being the American industrial war complex. In other words, American medicine has evolved into a sales machine, where the consumer, through direct marketing, is lead to believe that adverse effects from pharmaceuticals is not only acceptable, but to be the anticipated norm. Life without pharmaceuticals is totally unacceptable.

 

The following is a typical history for a woman with breast cancer. I have heard variations of this story as far back as I can remember, unfortunately…

 

Week 1: The woman noticed a lump in her breast. She states that she felt something like it before, so she did not panic, and opted to recheck myself.

 

Week 2: When she examined herself the following week she thought that it was a bit bigger. She wasn’t sure, so she called her primary care doctor for an appointment. She told the receptionist/scheduler her concern and was given an appointment for 2 weeks in the future.

 

Week 4: She met with her primary doctor who examined her and recommended a mammogram. She asked if there were any other options, but was told this is protocol. She asked if the pressure exerted on her breast tissue during the mammogram could rupture or disrupt the mass, which could be cancerous. She was told “no”. She agreed to have the mammogram performed. They scheduled the mammogram; the next available date was in 5 days.

 

Total time elapsed from initial finding of lump to mammogram scheduled: 4 weeks.

 

Week 5: The mammogram is performed, and the patient returned home being told that the results would be conveyed.

 

Middle of week 5: She was informed that her mammogram was abnormal and that she needed to repeat it. Additionally, she was told that if it is again abnormal, an ultrasound would follow.

 

Week 6: Repeat mammogram. Soon thereafter, the patient was informed that there was an abnormality and that an ultrasound was in order. The patient agreed and the ultrasound performed.

 

Week 7: Follow up with the primary doctor’s office. Because of the abnormality, a needle biopsy is recommended. She asked the doctor if a needle biopsy could spread her cancer? She was reassured that there are no studies to support this theory. The doctor informed the patient that without a tissue diagnosis no one can be sure if the lesion is benign or malignant. Furthermore, without a biopsy, treatment choices cannot be made. Thus she would not be offered any treatment options. She agreed to the needle biopsy. The biopsy was scheduled.

 

Week 8: The needle biopsy is performed. The tissue removed was sent to pathology for staining and diagnosis. Pathology report returns towards the end of the week. She is informed that tissue sample is cancerous or malignant. She is scheduled to consult with a surgeon, oncologist and radiotherapist (radiation). Additionally, tests including blood, genetic and systemic radiographic scans, CT and MRI are discussed and scheduled. The patient expressed concern to her primary care doctor that after the needle biopsy her breast lesion increased in size, hurt more, and seemed to get bigger. She was told that this occurs sometimes, it’s normal and don’t worry about it. Additionally, she is reminded that she can discuss these concerns with the surgeon or oncologist when they meet. (I call this kicking the can down the road.)

 

Week 9: Depending on the size of the tumor and results of radiographic scans pressure begins to mount on having to make choices with little more information.  Surgeons, not all, have been known to consult at the bedside, specially, if they performed the biopsy. Pressure to take action can be horrific, according to some patients I have spoken with. Some have been told that their condition is a matter of life and death.

 

However, sooner or later, the patient, who placed her faith in medicine figures out that it took between 6-9 weeks to get a diagnosis, sometimes faster, sometimes longer. During these past 2 months, she has lived with cancer. She is still alive without any treatment, just testing. So why is there a need for a 5 alarm fire? Why the pressure to decide without taking the time to evaluate options? Why?

 

There are other scenarios experienced by patients which have been recanted to me during an initial interview. One interesting case involved a woman who explicitly told the surgeon that she did not want any of her axillary lymph nodes surgically removed and told me that she wrote that on her surgical consent. She explained she was afraid that surgical intervention would result in lymph edema. This is a condition in which the elimination of lymph from the arm is surgically inhibited, resulting in a swollen extremity. The swelling can be extreme or minimal. (I encourage the readers to do an image search for lymph edema of the upper and lower extremities.) She was extremely upset after surgery when she was informed that the surgeon ignored her instructions and removed a centennial lymph node. When she questioned the surgeon why he had ignored her specific instructions, the surgeon answered by saying it was the standard of care, protocol.

 

I could go on with different scenarios, however, I would like to shift gears and address patient empowerment. This is a position mainstream medicine does not encourage. You matter and don’t let anyone make you feel any differently no matter how much wallpaper they hang (diplomas, certifications, etc.) on their wall. Practitioners, as defined as anyone you seek counsel from and that you compensate, is your employee. Don’t allow their wallpaper to make you feel inferior; you employ them. Now, that does not mean that you are as knowledgeable as they are, that’s why I hire an electrician. People seek counsel from those who have knowledge and experience that you do not have. A respectful relationship between the practitioner and the patient is the keystone for the patient in developing trust in his/her healthcare team.

 

Mainstream medicine’s flaw is that it rarely if ever approaches the patient with a team of practitioners. Readers may initially object to this sentence by saying something to the effect: my primary care doctor arranged for meetings with a surgeon, an oncologist, and a radiotherapist! That’s my team! Yes, it is a team, which is deficient in numerous aspects as I will explain in Part II of this series available to you in our next newsletter.

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Mark Wilson

Courageously Seeking Alternative Options

By:  Mark, Admissions Counselor

In the midst of a pandemic, everyone has their health on the mind. Most of us have a heightened awareness of our surroundings and are more conscience of what we touch and what goes in our body. These concepts are nothing new to someone with a cancer diagnosis which inherently comes with a compromised immune system. When considering alternative cancer treatment options in this current environment there are many circumstances that must be factored in. In speaking with those looking for information about our holistic approach, I am able to provide them with a “Travel Game Plan” that allows them to keep their minds set on the goal of healing.

As Admissions Counselor, my job is to not only inform them of our program but to calmly change the context of the situation. I commend them for having the courage to seek out another option other than chemotherapy or radiation; to explore a way other than what most people think is the only treatment. I let them know that they are in control; the fear and pressure don’t have to be the motivating factor. Just the opposite, the person reaching out to us, is taking their power back and seeking a path they feel will be best for them. The secret is listening to yourself; your gut instincts will lead the way. Find a direction that feels right to you-and embrace it fully. Attitude is everything; that same courage that had them Googling alternative cancer treatment is the same courage that gives them the strength to pack their bags and move across the country for several weeks and attend our clinic. To take such a big step requires trust in yourself.

The first step to treatment at Utopia Cancer Center is a consultation with Dr. Carlos Garcia which can be done in the clinic or by telephone, as most are, considering our patients come from throughout the world. For those with a cancer diagnosis, the consultation is complimentary; Dr. Garcia actually donates his time so that these people have a chance to hear another side to the story from what their conventional doctors are telling them. Which as previously stated, is to start chemotherapy or radiation immediately as if there is NO other choice. I suggest anyone who calls me to take advantage of this offer; even if it’s just a “fact finding mission”.

Alternative medicine is about education because this type of medicine is patient driven; they take an active role in their healing. The body can heal if given the right tools and environment starting with the way you think. I always tell people gather all the information you can, take advantage of all the consultations available and then pick a direction that resonates within you. Whether they choose Utopia Cancer Center or somewhere else, I tell them to fully commit to their choice and embrace it. I just want to see people heal regardless of how they get there.

 

 

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Our Brain – Our Super Computer

by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Clearly the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, Dementia or a combination thereof confirms the fact that our brain, our super computer, has a system error. Mainstream medicine precedes to micromanage the brain with drugs or procedures. The biggest detriment to micromanagement is tunnel vision. Mainstream medicine focuses on the symptoms, and pursues its amelioration at the expense of other issues. This is a pattern seen in just about all aspects of specialization.

Knowing our limits:

The specialist is driven to rid the patient of their symptoms. However, in this quest, the specialist ignores collateral damage(s) that may result from their treatment. For example, chemotherapy for the treatment of the cancer symptom (cancer is always the symptom; why one has cancer is the problem) ignores several side effects, such as nausea, malabsorption, emotional effects of physical changes, compromised immune system, anemia, etc. Do oncologists team up with nutritionists? No. When patients develop collateral issues because of treatment, it is usually the patient who has to find his or her own solution. I believe that the majority of specialist suffer from tunnel vision and as such, the patients and their family and loved ones are pushed in becoming the general practitioner, a responsibility that they are untrained and ill experienced, in most cases, to manage.

Mainstream’s symptomatic protocol treatments (the notion that the same treatment fits everyone with a given diagnosis) require the patient to comply with the preexisting protocol(s). Any deviation from the master plan, i.e. nutritional intervention, or the taking of supplements, is usually ignored, frowned upon, or left to a patient to figure out on his or her own self.

At Utopia, I along with my staff coordinate and manage issues for all of our campers. Whereas, we need to start somewhere, as we get to know our campers, which does not take long, we are able to customize our treatments per the individual. We have structure; we are just able to adjust it as necessary for each of our individual campers. Striving for individualization is the driving force behind our weekly grand rounds, which includes all service practitioners. The practitioners share their insights and nuances about each patient in order to adjust each camper’s treatment plan to better fit their needs.

Pulling back the curtain:

Be it dementia or Parkinson’s or a combination of both, there is clearly something haywire within our super computer. What’s wrong? NO ONE KNOWS. People have ideas. BUT NO ONE REALLY KNOWS! Having said this unwelcomed truth does not stop doctors and researchers from making claims. Claims based on laboratory conditions are more likely to be embraced by the church of science based medicine if a pharmaceutical or a procedure is involved.

Another secret: there is no reference range for intrathecal chemistries, the fluid that surrounds our brain and spinal cord. It’s a guess that your brain is deficient in dopamine and that giving a medication to increase the levels of dopamine will be beneficial. Truly it is called the practice of medicine because we are all individuals, and what works for one may not work for anyone else. There is great social pressure placed on physicians to comply with what other colleagues do. Individualism is frowned upon in medicine.

So if we know so little about how our brain functions, how can we assist and reverse or mitigate a person with a cerebral systems error? The answer: Do no harm. The treatments, which I researched and selected, allow me to assist our innate healing properties, while avoiding disastrous side effects. The worse side effect one can have at Utopia is that the treatment does not work for that individual.

First and foremost, we start by feeding the brain. Unless a camper has a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia, I ask the patient to stop all statins. Here is another secret: cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease.

Many “experts” will refute what I have stated above in part or in whole. However, “experts” are all too quick to follow the mainstream medical protocol. They have few cures, if any, for any medical illness. In fact, the mainstream model is to keep people sick but feeling better in order for them to not lose a customer. This model is designed to maintain the status quo. Namely, cures are bad for the economic medical model. If you ask them how they arrive at which drugs to use or why. at a particular dosage they will refer to what is written by others. However, what they don’t say is that there is no concrete answer for your case specifically. If you ask them what the brain fluid levels are before and after taking medication, they don’t have them. Mainstream science-based medicine settles for drawing out the disease progression as success, or the best that the patient should expect. I believe otherwise.

It sounds pretty gloomy but if you ask me, I believe medical practitioners really would like to cure patients. However, unless “Big Pharma” spoon-feeds them a protocol that has a cure, they won’t or can’t figure one out. Creative thinking in medicine is not encouraged, unless it can be monetized. Mainstream practitioners want to cure. However, I know I cannot cure, and I am not embarrassed or ashamed at acknowledging it. I want to help campers heal, which campers can do. This is the greatest difference between a physician and a doctor. The physician understands his role at assisting the camper’s innate healing powers; a doctor is not just looking at numbers, but thinks that without micro-management you are unable to heal. Thus by macro-managing your environment through diet, detoxing, etc., Our focus is intended to facilitate your innate ability to micro-manage the innumerable variables which results in healing. Most of which are yet to be identified by mainstream science-based medicine, let alone understood.

Join us next month for Part II in which we will provide Utopia’s Macro-Management Protocol in supporting your innate ability to heal.

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Colon Hydrotherapy Myth Versus Reality – Part Two

By Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Let’s look at the numerous myths associated with colonic irrigation. Many mainstream medical websites foster fearmongering as a way of subverting disease prevention. Claims such as the following are touted as “the dangers of colonics”:

Myth

  1. Severe Cramping: “Awful abdominal cramping is one of the most common side effects of a colon hydrotherapy treatment. This occurs due to large amounts of water being flushed through the digestive system. Air bubbles can occur causing painful cramping, abdominal pain, a weighty feeling of fullness and bloating.”

Reality

Colonic irrigation is a magnificent way of removing trapped air. I actually had this happen to me once, when I was doubled over with trapped gas. Large bowel distention from whatever reason is extremely painful. Luckily, I was able to find a colon therapist who was able to treat me and in the process facilitate the passing of the trapped gas, since water is heavier than air. The water was able to gently break the air lock and facilitate its release. In my 23 plus years of ordering colonic irrigations, I do not recall any disabling case of post colonic cramping.

Myth

  1. Electrolyte Imbalance: “The colon is like a sponge and oftentimes clients can absorb too much water during a colon hydrotherapy treatment or over repeated treatments. Too much water can cause a severe electrolyte imbalance and side effects—including heart arrhythmia, nausea, vomiting, cramping, fluid on the lungs and even coma.”

Reality

The claim that “the colon is a sponge is just utter stupidity”. Just because there is water there does not mean that the colon must absorb the water. The colon is a highly regulated and sophisticated organ with numerous feedback loops and checks and balances. I challenge the author of this article to provide the case study(ies) where a competent colon therapist caused coma, cardiac arrhythmias, severe electrolyte imbalances, pulmonary edema. These claims are just unreal.

I have yet to see any such claim as arrhythmia, pulmonary edema secondary to a colonic, or coma after or during a colonic. If such claims were truthful as you will read below, colonics would have been outlawed in America. Patients are encouraged to eat prior to their therapy and clearly afterwards. Whereas too much water intravenously is harmful, our colons have a regulatory mechanism.

As you will see in the history of colon therapy in Part One of this series, colon therapy was considered at one time, prior to endoscopy and colonoscopy technology, mainstream medicine (4). Due to the level of technology and monitoring back in the 1920’s – 1960’s the incidences of such catastrophes would have been astronomical given the number of therapies done across the USA. It would have been banned, yet it continued until new technology could be monetized.

Myth

  1. Bacterial Infection – “A bacterial infection can occur following a colonics treatment if the equipment used is not properly sanitized. This is why most states demand that any equipment used in colonics hydrotherapy is serialized and disposable so it can be replaced between clients. Contaminated colonics equipment may cause a bacterial infection anywhere along the digestive system. An infection can also result inside the colon if too much healthy bacteria are flushed away during the procedure. “

Reality

I think that basic sanitation escaped these authors. What makes these authors think that because we are dealing with the colon, or fecal matter, that sanitary conditions are ignored? Basic sanitation in medicine requires that each practitioner, be it in the operating or colonic suite, assure sanitation. In case these authors forgot, it was not until 1847 when Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis proposed washing hands before surgery. (7) True to human nature, this proposal was initially met with resounding opposition.

The purpose of colonic irrigation is to flush out all bacteria, beneficial and others. What these authors fail to understand is that the colon is best described as a huge parking lot. Bacteria, both friendly and not, colonize the parking slots within our colons. Thus with this therapy, all beneficial and other bacteria are flushed out. This is why we instruct our patients to take probiotics after colonic irrigation and for the next two weeks following in order to recolonize the gut with beneficial bacteria. Once again, the authors of this article appear to have a resounding lack of understanding of colon therapy, its purpose and benefits. However, it also appears that their apparent ignorance has in no way interfered with their attempt to fearmonger.

Myth

  1. Renal Failure – Renal failure (or kidney failure) is a severe risk of colonics that has been linked to certain herbal preparations used over many colonics treatments. Renal failure will occur if the kidneys are unable to filter waste products out of the blood.

Reality

What herbal preparation are these hacks referring to? Colonics are to be done with filtered water only. Again, a competent technician knows this. This, once again, is nothing more than fearmongering driven by securing mainstream therapies.

I have referred patients with renal dysfunction for colon therapy. In no way has their renal function been adversely affected. The idea that water infused into a colon results in water entering the blood stream is not what I have observed in my practice. The human bowel is not a mere diffusion membrane. Our bowel is a complex organ with extensive innervation and complex feedback loops.

I can even make the comparison of our bowel to a high sophisticated ecosystem, involving a medley of bacterial, fungi and viruses working to provide assistance in our wellbeing when in harmony or illness when in disharmony.

Myth

  1. Bowel Perforation – Bowel perforation, which actually results from damage to the wall of the bowel, can occur with colon hydrotherapy that is not performed by a professional. This severe perforation is usually caused by flushing the bowel with too much pressure and requires emergency surgery to repair.

Reality

Automobiles by themselves do not kill people; inept drivers operating an automobile can do so. Seeking a competent therapist is key to safe colonic irrigation. Ask to see the therapist’s licensure and ask about his/her experience.

As for pressure, if these authors spent as much time understanding current colonic irrigation machines as they do in confabulating fear, they would have stated that modern machines have a pressure monitor. The competent therapist is constantly conversing with the patient and observing the pressures being generated. A competent therapist will release or evacuate the water when a patient feels uncomfortable or the pressure increases.

Myth

  1. Liver Toxicity – The liver is closely related to the colon as both filter waste and toxins out of the body. If an unsafe herbal preparation is used in a colonics treatment, liver toxicity (or aplastic anemia) can occur if toxins remain in the blood.

Reality

This comment above truly defines walking brain donor! The author of this statement has no clue as to what he or she is saying. This is just plain ignorance and fearmongering. “Aplastic Anemia” is a condition where the patient fails to form red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. NONE OF WHICH ARE MADE IN THE LIVER!!! Liver failure and aplastic anemia are worlds apart.

There is no way that colonic irrigation in and of itself can result in aplastic anemia. With the number of colonics that I have ordered, witnessed and received myself, I have never seen a case of aplastic anemia presenting as a result of colonic irrigation. In fact, I have treated patients with aplastic anemia and I have recommended they do colon therapy in an attempt to detoxify their body in order to facilitate becoming more alkaline.

Myth

  1. Abscesses – Studies show that abscesses can form after faulty colonic hydrotherapy treatments. An abscess or multiple abscesses can form due to damage to the walls of the colon. If the tissue becomes infected, pus can accumulate in sacs along the colon lining (similar to a condition called colitis).

Reality

I challenge that such studies exist in humans. Furthermore, I reiterate that if such were true, colonics would be outlawed and not licensed. If anything, irrigating an infection is a great way to reduce the bacterial load. Perhaps this is why people are instructed to first clean the wound with soap and water or irrigate the wound with water.

Colonics in a non-traumatized colon does not result in abscess formation. I do not see how water will cause the abscesses. Perhaps the author could explain what he or she means by “faulty”.

The pathophysiology associated with diverticulosis, which may evolve into diverticulitis involves the dehydration of feces. Feces are trapped in the colon’s folds; this is normal for us all. The cells within the colon’s folds or invaginations, which are in direct contact with the remnant fecal material, dehydrate the remnants. The dehydration changes the consistency of the fecal matter from hydrated and firm or soft, to dehydrated, sticky and hard.

The change in consistency due to the dehydration stimulates an immune response to that area, since the colonic folds fail to act naturally. Think of it as mud dehydrating. As the water consistency decreases the mud becomes harder. This is what happens with the remnant fecal material. As the feces dehydrates, it acts more like cement interfering with the normal movement and function of the colon, resulting in an inflammatory response or diverticulitis.

As this sticky, hardened fecal material comes in contact with water during colon therapy, it softens, making it easier for its evacuation with normal bowel motion. When the irritating, dehydrated, sticky feces is gone the inflammation decreases. With frequent colonic irrigation, diverticulosis and diverticulitis should not recur.

Myth

  1. Exacerbate Existing Health Issues – A client should never undergo colon hydrotherapy treatments if they have existing health conditions—such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, internal hemorrhoids, rectal or intestinal tumors, heart disease, kidney disease, and diverticulitis. Also, any patient who recently underwent any type of surgery should avoid colonics altogether.

Reality

It is clear to me that the author(s) of this article is/are novices when it comes to colon health. I have ordered colonic treatments for conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, internal hemorrhoids, intestinal cancers, diverticulosis and diverticulitis with great benefit to patients.

I had this case where a man, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, was scheduled for a total colectomy, total surgical removal of the large colon. His father, my patient, referred his son to me for evaluation. He was an assistant administrator for a hospital. His diet had been severely restricted, since certain foods exacerbated his symptoms. Even with a severely restricted diet, the patient had significant abdominal discomfort. In short his life stunk.

He was hesitant to do colonic irrigation. I finally convinced him to try one after explaining the quality of his life without a colon and the fact that he was willing to defecate his colon away. In short, what did he have to lose? He agreed and after his first colonic, he felt a bit different. He could not put his finger on it but his daily cramps were diminished. He agreed to a second and felt even better with more energy, his bowel movements became more regular and less painful. He requested more treatments. By the end of six weeks, his diet was augmented to almost anything he wanted, including roughage. He cancelled his surgery. His departing comment to me was: I want to thank you for helping me. I only wish I could tell others, but if I did I would be fired. Welcome to the realities of our sick care system.

Contraindications for colon hydrotherapy include the following:

I do not recommend colonics if one has:

Ostomy bag (person who empties fecal matter into an external bag)

The main issue here is that it makes a total mess and does not clean much

GI Hemorrhage/Perforation – for obvious common sense reasons

These conditions depend on the particulars which will be addressed by a physician:

Abdominal Hernia

Aneurysm

Cancer of the Rectum or Colon – depending on proximity to anus/rectum

Congestive Heart Failure

Fissures or Fistulas

Kidney Disease (decreased kidney function) – depends on creatinine levels

Recent Rectal or Colon Surgery – less than 7 weeks

Severe Hemorrhoids

Uncontrolled Hypertension (more to do with arteriosclerosis vs hydrotherapy)

Contraindications are on an individual basis, not on generic arbitrary dogma. Medicine is an art because we are all unique, thus what applies to one does not necessarily apply to another. Our uniqueness is the fun aspect of medicine and also its frustration.

 

(1) – Carlos Garcia MD Clinical Practice and Observations

(2) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm

(3) – https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/the-dangers-of-colonics/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=AB_GGL_US_DESK-SearchMarketing_TR&utm_content=g_c_223336349998&cus_widget=&utm_term=colon%20cleansers&cus_teaser=kwd-10347500&utm_acid=3040947159&utm_caid=345399758&utm_agid=24581757518&utm_os=&ver=desktop-refresh&utm_pagetype=multi&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp9DAl4zg5QIVQ9yGCh2RXASwEAMYAiAAEgLuIvD_BwE

(4) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm

(5) –  – Modern Medicine, Vol. XVI, No. 6, June 1907, P122.

(6) – https://www.gpact.org/docs/the%20history%20of%20colonic%20hydrotherapy.pdf

(7) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis

 

 

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Overcoming Fear with Child-Like Curiosity

By: Daniel Mykins, M.S.

The question of the week asks, “what toxic element in my life am I unwilling to change”? For many of the campers the toxic element is fear, more specifically fear of change. Most of us would rather remain in what we know because it is safer and more comfortable, even though it isn’t promoting our healing. Campers shared in our group session their unwillingness to change habits that have been well formed and learned from others. These habits can be psychological, otherwise known as habits of the mind, and are often connected to relationships with family members. Campers may have been told as children that they are not worthy unless they behave in a certain manner. The unhealthy habits of the mind develop, such as, “I am not worthy of change even if it promotes my healing. I don’t deserve to be happy”. None of these habits are easy to shift from, especially when they are used as coping mechanisms for other difficult issues in life. Often one unhealthy habit like anger is really a cover up for another unhealthy habit such as guilt or shame. Like cancer, the unhealthy habit is a symptom of an even more toxic issue that may directly connect to self. All of our issues have one thing in common: SELF. Everything comes back to self-love and self-trust.

The most common fear is the fear of the unknown. This fear may be paralyzing and prevent the camper from making any changes whether positive or negative. The camper worries about the outcome of the change and if they will be in a better place for making the change. This fear of the unknown is often used as an excuse for not making the change in behavior. One camper remained in a toxic relationship with a significant other for years out of fear of not being able to find anyone else to love or be loved. Often a camper may feel that they are too old to start over or have invested many years in the relationship and doesn’t want to start over with someone new. I might ask the camper this question: How do you know the outcome won’t be better? This may cause the camper to looks at me with a puzzled face and often may acknowledges he/she doesn’t know. You won’t know unless you choose to do something different, which involves taking a risk and being vulnerable. We say vulnerability is a strength not a weakness at Utopia. A common hope is that the other person will change their behavior. This kind of wishful thinking allows the camper to give their power away and be dependent upon an outside force changing, which allows the camper to remain the same. The camper has given their permission to remain in a victim mentality.

The path to making a change is to make a change for better or worse. I often say this phrase, “if not now, when? What’s going to make the next moment any easier to make a change”? Instead of fearing what might be lost and remaining in the same position, we empower the camper to be curious in a child-like manner and to look at the possibilities of how change can support their healing. It is making a shift from the finite to the infinite possibilities that may appear with the willingness to act differently. When campers reframe their fear into a child-like curiosity, the possibilities of healing are endless. The camper feels the difference between remaining in a toxic relationship out of fear and making choices for change out of love for self. The camper has now gone from being a victim to becoming victorious.

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“You want me to do what with what?!”

By Beth Gaines, Certified Colon Therapist

This is the ongoing joke among my patients when I open up the dialogue about coffee enemas as a chief tool to recuperating their health. As a colon hydrotherapist, it is my job to coach and educate my patients on the time honored medicine of colon cleansing (dating back to the Egyptians), as it lays the foundation for good health throughout the entire body. This article is based on my experience listening to testimonials from thousands of patients, experience with my own coffee enemas, and research that I have sought out in the last six years working at Utopia.

Before we delve into coffee enemas, it is necessary to clarify why the flushing of the colon and bile is so imperative to our health. The colon is in charge of processing waste (98% of which is toxins) from our food and body via the secretion of bile. Bile breaks down consumed fats in the small intestine, and attaches itself to toxins, so the toxins can be excreted. In fact, it is recycled many times before exiting through the stool, so it becomes very concentrated with toxins. This is why we feel so much better right after a bowel movement- we can actually feel relief from the toxic release! When the colon becomes sluggish and congested with old stool and bile, the liver does too.

While colon hydrotherapy bathes this organ clean with warm purified water, the coffee enemas purge the liver by activating glutathione, our body’s number 1 anti-oxidant. Coffee enemas release 700% more glutathione than the body’s normal, natural function. As a result, 700% more toxins than normal evacuate the body, thereby speeding up the detoxification process tremendously. How is this possible? Because palmitic acid is the base for glutathione in the body and coffee is full of palmitic acid. The acids and caffeine travel across the gut wall, through the portal vein via the hemorrhoidal veins, and into the liver. In addition, the caffeine opens up the gallbladder ducts facilitating bile to flow even more.

These two therapies in conjunction work synergistically as a tag team effort: colonics removing the built up residual fecal matter, and coffee enemas removing toxins throughout the liver and blood such as heavy metals, fungi and viruses. The two have a powerful detoxifying effect on the body and mind.  However, the internet will have you believe otherwise.

Below are some of the main points that conventional medicine propagates which undoubtedly spreads confusion and fear:

“There’s no scientific evidence that proves or disproves that coffee enemas are helpful to treat any medical condition. Evidence for or against the use of coffee enemas is mostly anecdotal.” (1)

On the contrary, there is scientific evidence from a University of Minnesota study proving that palmitic acid increases glutathione levels by 600-700%. (2)

What is known for sure, is that coffee enemas are potentially dangerous. The decision to have a coffee enema or not is a personal choice best made between you and your doctor. If you choose to have a coffee enema and experience any serious side effects, get medical help. Serious side effects include severe pain, persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.”

Coffee enemas, like taking an aspirin or any other medicine, is potentially dangerous. There are only a few reasons why you shouldn’t do a coffee enema, such as electrolyte imbalance, congestive heart failure, and actively bleeding hemorrhoids, which is why you can discuss it with your integrative or holistic doctor to see if you are a good candidate. If your integrative or holistic doctor does not agree that colon therapy is beneficial, he or she will likely not support coffee enemas.

Out of the thousands of patients I have worked with, I have only heard two negative side effects: first, inability to sleep because too much coffee was administered or enema was taken too late at night, and second, abdominal cramping. The first side effect is quite common in patients who are sensitive to caffeine. In this case, doing a coffee enema in the morning solves this problem. The second side effect is extremely uncommon because caffeine relaxes the smooth muscle in the large intestine. Many of my patients diagnosed with colitis find that coffee enemas relax cramping significantly, and that it was the only time they could find relief.

If the insertion tube is lubricated and inserted gently into the rectum, and the coffee is administered at a temperature close to body temperature, there is no reason why there should be any discomfort during the enema. The bowel will feel full at worst, as if a bowel movement is necessary.

Individuals should not do coffee enemas or colon hydrotherapy if they have low electrolytes because enemas remove electrolytes. After performing an enema, it is recommended to drink eight ounces of coconut water (because it contains sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus) in order to replace the lost electrolytes, along with a green juice, in order to provide vitamins and minerals for the body.

In my profession I have witnessed the vast majority of my patients yield positive outcomes than have the handful of negative ones. In fact, I have seen countless patients confess to their surprised enjoyment of their coffee enemas, something that they initially looked upon with dread and even disgust. A patient recently reported to me that after her sinus surgery she was astounded that the inflammation and pain drastically reduced after her coffee enemas. When my patients return for maintenance at Utopia, it is typical that they mention how much they are enjoying their coffee enemas and how much better they feel in general when they do them. While so much fearmongering has been cast upon a well-documented medical therapy, one must indeed question the intent behind this misinformed action.

References

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health/coffee-enema-
  2. Luke K.T. Lam, Velta L. Sparnins and Lee W. Wattenberg., Isolation and Identification of Kahweol Palmitate and Cafestol Palmitate as Active Constituents of Green Coffee Beans That Enhance Glutathione S-Transferase Activity in the Mouse, American Association for Cancer Research, April 1982, 42: 1193-1198,
  3. https://www.drlindai.com/detox.html
  4. Case of Poisoning by Aconite; Enema of Coffee in the Treatment. Pacific Medical Surgeon Journal, 1866;9:239-240.
  5. Stajano C. The concentrated coffee enema in the the
    rapeutics of shock. Uruguayan Med Surg Special Arch. 1941;29:1-27.
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Colon Hydrotherapy Myth Versus Reality – Part One

By Carlos M. Garcia

The History of Colon Therapy

It appears that colon cleansing is first referred to in Egyptian writings. In the 5th century B.C., Herodotus wrote: “The Egyptians clear themselves on three consecutive days, every month, seeking after health by emetics and enemas for they think that all disease comes to man from his food”. 6th century B.C. Babylonian and Assyrian tablets also memorialize colon cleansing and rectal speculums (6).

Hippocrates was known to use enemas to treat fevers. Fevers are part of the body’s defense arsenal to fend off infections. Roman physician, Asclepiades of Bithynia (124 B.C.) who is credited with establishing medicine in Rome, preferred the enema over laxatives. Asclepiades used the enema for intestinal worms and fevers. Even then, astute practitioners recognized the enema’s treatment superiority over laxatives.

In today’s society we value external cleanliness. However as stated in the past, external cleanliness without internal maintenance, is akin to a tomb with good paint. In other words, external appearance or a lack of symptoms, if you do not maintain your internal body function/integrity, will result in dys-ease. Enemas were used extensively as the main source of treatment worldwide. The enema syringe was invented sometime between 0950 and 1050 and is regarded as the first colonic irrigation tool. The use of the enema continued to grow and by the time of the famous English surgeon, John Ardene (1307-1390), the enema was used “extensively in England by women of that day.” Ardene recommended that each person, constipated or not, should be purged three to four times a year to maintain good health. Notice at that time, medicine was focused on prevention, since intervention was barbaric by today’s standards, e.g., bloodletting, amputation, and alcohol as anesthesia.

The 17th century was the age of the enema. It was well accepted by society and technological advancements we highlighted by the advent of the enema syringe. By the middle of the 17th century other modalities, closed systems were available to the public.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy, and enemas, slowly dwindled among the medical community as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer. It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. John H. Kellogg, that the therapy was rejuvenated. He reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine, “in all but twenty cases, he had used no surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in his patients…”. Finally, in 1932, Dr. W. Kerr Russell wrote a book entitled, Colonic Irrigation. This was the first documented use of the term colonic irrigation and colonic lavage.

Once and Done?

What people do not understand is that the average American food source may expose the consumers to trace amounts on antibiotics. How is this? Great question! Perhaps you have heard about controversies about antibiotic fed animals. When antibiotics are added to the feed, the animals consuming the antibiotic laced feed expose their cells to the antibiotic.

The antibiotics penetrate the animal’s cells and alter the animals intestinal gut flora. When we eat the meat from these animals, we also ingest trace amounts of antibiotics. So what, we only ingest trace amounts? Even trace amounts over time accumulate and also alter our gut flora.

If you think of our gastrointestinal track as an ecosystem, with a finely orchestrated balance between bacteria, fungi and viruses, then the exposure of the gut flora to antibiotics, results in an alteration to this balance. As the consumed antibiotics affect the bacterial flora, the bacterial fungal balance is altered. As the amounts of fungi increases, the processing of food within the colon changes. Remember, neither fungi or viruses is affected by antibiotics. Thus the concentration of these two entities increases with antibiotic consumption.

Thus as you have surmised, trace consumption of antibiotics over time results in gut flora alteration and thus inefficiency in the processing of food. Thus it is just a matter of time before the gastrointestinal ecosystem goes out of whack again. Thus once and done is not going to cut it. I tell patients that I interview, that they should consider colon therapy every six months the first year, then a minimum of once yearly. If they develop diarrhea or constipation, then a consultation with your holistic physician is in order.

Colon hydrotherapy goes by the pseudonyms of: colon therapy, colonic, high colonic, colonic irrigation, high enema and there may be more. There are many more myths about colon hydrotherapy being perpetuated by mainstream medicine, than facts. Many of these fearmongers prefer to support interventional treatment versus prevention. For the record, I have personally undergone over 100 colonic irrigations without incident. Thus colonic irrigation, when done by a trained, competent colon hydro-therapist is safe.

As stated above, I undergo colonic irrigation as part of my health maintenance program. Additionally, with the exception of patients with a colostomy, (their fecal matter is emptied into a transparent external bag) patients who have had a bowel resection within 7 weeks, or those with severe renal disease, all my cancer patients, undergo colon therapy. I once read that about 85% of all disease has its origins in gastrointestinal dysfunction. Thus a healthy gut is a wonderful asset.

Despite the difficulties in the early 1900’s, the value of colon hydrotherapy continued to be recognized by several medical doctors. Most noteworthy were James A. Wiltsie M.D., Joseph Waddington M.D., and John H. Kellogg M.D. In the early 1900’s Dr. John H. Kellogg used forms of colon therapy on several thousand of his patients. In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellogg reported that in over forty thousand (40,000) gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only 20 cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise. During the late 1890’s and early 1900s, heads of industry and even presidents visited and treated with Dr. Kellogg.

The colon or large intestine is about as long as you are tall. It is an integral aspect of your immune system. Thus one begins to understand the saying that 85% of all diseases have their origins in the colon or large intestine. In the early 1900’s an eminent British surgeon, Dr. Arbuthnot Lane, was on his high horse with a procedure involving a total colectomy with the attachment of the end of the small intestine to the sigmoid colon. He devised this ill-designed procedure to “relieve” constipation. God forbid he ponder the thought of why the person had constipation in the first place. He was blinded by the symptom, constipation, and failed to identify the question of its etiology. In spite of his lack of curiosity (or intellectual prowess), he was considered an “eminent” or expert in his field.

Dr. Wiltsie offers, “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body. As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it’s just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body”. One can only wish others had paid attention to these wise words; unfortunately, they appear to have fallen upon deaf ears.

Dr. Waddington stated in his work, “Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy”, the following: “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general”.

Stay tuned for next month’s Part II of Colon Therapy Myth Versus Reality!

(1) – Carlos Garcia MD Clinical Practice and Observations
(2) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm
(3) – https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/the-dangers-of-colonics/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=AB_GGL_US_DESK-SearchMarketing_TR&utm_content=g_c_223336349998&cus_widget=&utm_term=colon%20cleansers&cus_teaser=kwd-10347500&utm_acid=3040947159&utm_caid=345399758&utm_agid=24581757518&utm_os=&ver=desktop-refresh&utm_pagetype=multi&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp9DAl4zg5QIVQ9yGCh2RXASwEAMYAiAAEgLuIvD_BwE
(4) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm
(5) – – Modern Medicine, Vol. XVI, No. 6, June 1907, P122.
(6) – https://www.gpact.org/docs/the%20history%20of%20colonic%20hydrotherapy.pdf
(7) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis

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Loving Self from the Inside Out, Not Outside In

by: Daniel Mykins M.S.

I have observed that most of the people that I counsel at Utopia Wellness, who we refer to as campers, have difficulty loving themselves. We are taught that to love ourselves is wrong and selfish. Putting ourselves first is going against our core beliefs that have been taught by our parents and community, and that is to put others first. We have been sent the message that we are not worthy of loving ourselves.

My role is to empower the camper to identify the core beliefs that they have been holding onto as a result of what they have learned and to shift them in a way that promotes their healing.  One of those core beliefs is about love. We are taught at a very young age to love others first and that if there is anything left over then we may have it. There is an additional condition before we can even give love to ourselves. We have to be worthy and deserving of receiving it.  In other words, we have to earn it.

We teach just the opposite here at Utopia Wellness. Love for self isn’t earned, and we are already worthy. Love is a gift that we choose to give ourselves unconditionally. We say that love begins with self. “I am selfish,” is a phrase that we teach campers to be able to say. At first, the camper isn’t able to say the words because they are words of heresy. After some practice saying the words, the camper is able to voice them with less resistance and more acceptance. The camper is able to say it, mean it, feel it and most importantly live it.

The challenge to shift the core belief of being selfless to selfish may sound like a radical change to make in their lives, and it is. Loving ourselves first is a choice that the camper makes to promote healing. We are reversing the positioning of love in a way that begins with loving ourselves first and then extending the love toward others. We teach the campers to love themselves from the inside out, not outside in. It is very similar to the words the airline attendant tells the passengers when directions are being given about dealing with an emergency. Place the oxygen mask over our face first and then assist others. We can’t give to others what we don’t already have, including love. We say love thyself as you love thy neighbor.

We tell the campers the way to demonstrate loving ourselves is through taking actions that support our feelings. Through the process of writing, the camper experiences an awakening by being able to say “I am selfish”. The reason we have the campers make this declaration of love for self is to demonstrate their growth from being a survivor when they first arrived to being a thriver at their departure. Surviving isn’t enough. Once a camper can learn how to say “I am selfish” and say it out loud, joy and peace are visible on their faces as they say it. Tears of healing are expressed and felt by all. It is nothing short of a miracle.

 

 

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What Is The Most Expensive Cancer Treatment?

by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

The most expensive cancer treatment offered anywhere worldwide is the one in which the patient is marginalized based on the practitioner’s comfort zone.

What is a marginalized patient? This is when a patient’s sole responsibility is to present him or herself for treatment. Active participation in his or her healthcare is usually limited to stating how she or he is feeling and the pleasantries of the day. In-depth questioning of treatment modalities as well as alterations to standardized treatment protocol is not encouraged. Issues associated with dietary changes are usually answered in a manner similarly to, “It doesn’t matter what you eat or drink; therefore, eat and drink whatever you want”. Issues associated with the integration of natural treatments, such as vitamin C infusions in conjunction with chemotherapy or other mainstream modalities are equally discarded. Comments such as the following, which have no basis in science, are commonly given to terminate discussion, “Antioxidant infusions interfere with chemotherapy, or if this was any good don’t you think we would be using it?”

Conversations, which potentially can expose blatant contradiction are initially, cordially dismissed.  If the patient persists with such discussions or engages other patients, more stern rebukes may be imposed. I have even been told by some patients that they were threatened to be discharged from oncologic services should their questioning persist. I once had a case involving a surgeon who had colon cancer. He initially presented with a colon cancer marker (Ca19.9) in excess of 9000. While he continued to use 5-FU. I added to his infusions high doses of vitamin C as well as other infusion therapies. Within four weeks, his Ca19.9 dropped to below 2500. He told me that his oncologist said to him: “…if you tell my other patients what you’re doing, you will not be welcomed back into my practice…”. He ultimately decided to treat himself with mainstream services.  Regrettably, he did not do well.

Secondly, how does the patient become marginalized in the first place? This comes from the way mainstream medicine is dispensed. Mainstream medicine is actually managed through insurance companies and their reimbursement codes. When this statement is made, the normal corporate response tends to be that we do not prevent your doctor from practicing anyway he/she desires.  In no way do we interfere with a doctor-patient relationship. Finally, we respect a practitioner’s way of practicing medicine. A healthcare insurance company’s choice to pay or not, is unilaterally based on self-imposed internal protocols, which have no basis in law. Most of us have forgotten that an insurance company’s job is to pay for legitimately rendered medical services. The cornerstone to a medical insurance company’s financial success is convincing the insured that their healthcare should be fully covered by their policy. I can guarantee you that if there were a reimbursement code for patient satisfaction, based on direct access to an oncologist, patient-doctor interaction would be greatly enhanced.

What is a Practitioner’s Comfort Zone?

Most people consider practitioners of medicine to have superior intellect.  Yes, they are smart, however, no more or less that any other human. Assumptions are made with respect to medical doctors. Somehow, they are expected to be unaffected by human behavior. Nothing is further from the truth. Irrespective of profession or IQ, people are still people. Outside influences affect how we feel, act and react. Your reactions may be different from mine as mine may be different from yours in a similar environment. Given circumstances, actions or reactions by total strangers can be identical, i.e. running away from an angry bear, slowing down when driving in poor visibility situations.  Everyone has his or her strengths and weaknesses, which are in part forged by our experiences.

As with all humans, physicians also have a comfort zone.  A comfort zone may be defined as a known environment, in which the person feels familiar, safe within or experienced. We all have numerous comfort zones. We have work, play, home, dating, dinner, travel, educational, and shopping comfort zones just to mention a few. I remember feeling uncomfortable shopping on line about 10 years ago; today my comfort zone has shifted. We all have numerous routines for different environments. Our routines are designed to address different desires and necessities of our lives. Once we decide on our routines, we codified them into our comfort zones. Ever notice that when someone throws your routines off-track, the feeling of irritation or aggravation soon follows? Our comfort zones much like comfort food gives us a sense of security or safety.

How does a comfort zone affect medicine and healthcare practitioners?

As humans, medical practitioners, MD, DO, PA, NP, DC, AP, etc., all are limited by comfort zones. Comfort zones are limitations based on experience, or exposure (taught to you by an authority, i.e., a teacher, endorsed by an accepted medical journal, another practitioner considered to be an expert, etc. Most comfort zones are defined by don’ts, i.e., don’t color outside the lines, if it is not FDA approved it is not real medicine, only evidence-based treatments are legitimate.

Every one of our comfort zones is reinforced exogenously through anxiety.  That is, one receives positive reinforcement/feedback from those seeking to train us, when we follow excepted protocols and accept their dogma.  In contrast, one receives negative feedback/punishment when one questions excessively or decides to break from the herd. Such an event happened to me in 2005.  This is when the federal government came to my offices with body armor and loaded weapons, in order to serve a subpoena. They locked me out of my offices, and took whichever files they wanted. The reason the federal government raided me was that I had the largest EDTA chelation clinics worldwide.

EDTA chelation, in about 85% of the people, reverses hypertension and type II diabetes. My facilities were making a significant impact on the financial well-being of hospitals in my area.  Even though many practitioners had heard of EDTA chelation and its benefits, many of them continue to use mainstream medicine, which just treats symptoms, while ignoring the root cause of the illness. Additionally, their comfort zone was in basic cardiology, pharmaceuticals and or surgical intervention. My facilities were also making a significant impact in these areas as well. After five years of exhausted investigation, all my records were returned and I was never charged with the single crime.

Unlike the assumption or presumption held by the general public that medical practitioners are leaders, most medical practitioners are sheeple. They limit their practice to within the usual and customary lines, strive not to deviate too far from them and only propose options that are alleged appropriate by literature. Innovation is left to the few with imagination and foresight. Thus when it comes to cancer, the vast majority of practitioners need a diagnosis, because they are trained to treat based on the diagnosis and not the patient. Walk into an oncologist’s office with an overt fungating cancerous breast lesion and request to be treated, the oncologist will insist on a biopsy, which besides facilitating the dissemination of cancerous cells, will also irritate the disease. Again just having cancer is not enough. It is the tissue diagnosis, which is their comfort zone. God forbid pathology misdiagnose the tissue.

It is the assumption and presumption by practitioners that the public expects an answer for all questions that fuels rigid comfort zones. Most practitioners abhor the phrases, I don’t know, I’m not sure, and the coup de grace, I have no experience with that treatment modality. This insecurity in part fuels the rigidity of oncologic comfort zones. For that matter just about every comfort zone in just about every profession.

 

 

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