Lots of patients end up looking for holistic doctors like me. They want to treat their serious health conditions – but without all the risks of prescription drugs.
In fact, even some mainstream doctors are starting to hear the same thing.
The good news is that there are many safe, natural remedies on the market today called medical foods that are changing the way that lots of doctors like me practice medicine.
Medical foods can be just as powerful as those prescription medications… without the ridiculously long list of dangers.
Finally – a natural remedy that the mainstream can get behind
Medical foods are good ‘middle of the road’ options for some of your most serious medical conditions. They are totally natural, yet so ‘strong’ that they necessitate a prescription.
They can be a huge help to someone who’s open-minded and is looking for alternatives.
These medical foods are basically supplements with superpowers. Technically, because they require a prescription, you could call them a ‘drug’, but they’re actually the opposite of a drug – because they use natural ingredients to help treat the root cause of many illnesses. Or, in some cases, they at least provide sound nutritional support for these diseases.
I told you on page 1 about Limbrel, a medical food used to treat arthritis. But there are lots of others on the market, like:
- Oxepa (for lung problems);
- Suplena (for kidneyfailure); and
- Ultrase (for various pancreatic diseases).
In the US, these souped-up supplements have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight but, like regular supplements, are not FDA approved. The FDA defines them as:
“ a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation.”
This paragraph is very intriguing because it is basically the FDA admitting that certain diseases CAN be managed with a supplement – or, even more importantly, that a nutrient deficiency has been scientifically proven as the root cause of some diseases.
I know that I’m reading between the lines a bit, but to me, this is HUGE. There are a fair number of these medical foods popping up, and it’s exciting to read the literature on these drugs… all the studies out there that prove that nutrient deficiencies can cause severe disease and that repletion of these nutrients can help reverse the problem.
To take the conversation full circle, this also shines light on the fact that the non-medical foods (non-natural drugs) are actually just covering up disease and ‘band-aiding’ the true medical issue.
This is an instance when the FDA has helped bridge the gap between ‘conventional’ and ‘alternative’ medicine. That’s because doctors can look these medical foods up and feel safe about prescribing them – because the medical authorities recognise these medical foods as a sound medical decision backed by plenty of science.
The companies that make these medical foods actually have ‘vitamin’ reps that come and call on my office like the other drug companies try to do; but when these reps come by, I smile when I see them because they usually bring me free samples that I’m excited to give to my patients.
The great news is that these reps are going to ALL the doctors that they can get in to see – and as you would expect, the majority of them are conventional doctors. Therefore, you can hope that your doctor has listened to them, and at least read the literature that’s been dropped off at his surgery.
Be the change you wish to see in your own health
If you can’t find a doctor like me in your area, you can safely broach the option of these medical foods with your own doctor. These medical foods can be the lynchpin for him to practice some medicine that takes an offensive approach against disease – rather than a defensive approach against your symptoms.
And, believe it or not, even some doctors that are about as opposed to natural health as you can get – and never recommend supplements to their patients – are often comfortable letting you give medical foods a try.
And, hopefully, as more of these doctors see how well medical foods perform, they’ll become more comfortable recommending other natural remedies as well.
A guy can dream, can’t he?
I’m proud to be writing a newsletter like this to be part of the movement that changes the way that medicine is practised – and how people can use alternatives to drugs to stay healthy and prosper as they age.
Medical foods are sparking a bona fide revolution in natural health. And I’m looking forward in future issues to making you aware of the latest remedies that show the most promise.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 10, Issue 4 • April 2016
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