Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Blog Summary

I posted 147 blogs in 2017. I began writing my blog late in 2013 and will exceed 600 total posts sometime this month.

For me, the most important benefit is personal. Reviewing studies keeps me abreast of the latest health research. As a result, I’m a better physician, providing a higher level of service to my patients. I hope that you also glean information to guide you in making health decisions.

Reviewing my blogs for the past year always brings some surprises and some fond memories. I really enjoyed researching and writing the series on food allergies. I try to strike a balance between criticism of our current health care system and positive steps you can take to improve your own health.

This year it appears I’ve done a pretty good job in that department. Tied for first were blogs about diet and blogs about drugs. Together, they accounted for a full third of my blogs. Medical testing was the next most popular topic, followed by supplementation and hormone imbalance. Each accounting for 10% of my blog material. I also covered exercise, autoimmune disease, medical procedures, and cardiovascular disease repeatedly.

I was surprised that infection, genetics and toxicity in the environment were not more popular. Look for more blogs on these topics this year. In fact, emerging studies are showing a strong correlation with these factors and chronic diseases like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), MS (multiple sclerosis), RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and AD (Alzheimer’s disease).

You can view any of my blogs since 2013 just by scrolling through the years and months in the right-side column. If you prefer, you can also search by key word. Just enter your topic in the left-hand upper corner and press enter.

If you want to receive my blog as an e-mail three days a week, fill in your e-mail address in the right upper corner. Monday and Friday are generally topics from recent peer reviewed studies. Wisdom Wednesday I typically write from my clinical experience over the past 41 years.

In recent years, when communicating with a more traditional physician about a common patient, the trend has been for them to ask for the peer reviewed studies related to my treatment protocol. Initially, I assumed they were generally interested in my approach. However, the general assumption is that there are no peer reviewed studies published on alternative health care. When I would reference the thousands of studies on Boswellia and cancer or Echinacea and the immune system, the response is typically “I still don’t what my patient taking this stuff, it might interfere with the cytochrome P-450 pathways in the liver.” I then would reference the studies documenting that my protocol doesn’t impair or enhance the P-450 pathways. Again, there was no real interest or concern about the patient’s well-being, they just assumed (or hoped) I didn’t understand liver detoxification of pharmaceuticals.

Granted, there are few studies in the U.S. on alternative therapies. Our studies are often sponsored by Big Pharm. However, outside the United States, the interest in alternative health care is growing exponentially as governments struggle to make health care financially sustainable for the public.

This year, I will focus more on studies from Australia, Europe, India and Asia that highlight alternative health care.

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