In the late 1980s, Holly and I visited New Zealand and Australia. We visited the surgery of Dr. Chris Reading in Dee Why, a suburb of Sydney. Having read Dr. Reading’s book, Relatively Speaking: the Family Tree Way to Better Health (1984), we couldn’t travel all the way to Australia without trying to visit with him. Fortunately, he made time for us.
In his book, updated and still in print under a new title (Trace Your Genes to Health), he emphasized the importance of a full exploration of family health history in making a diagnosis for anyone. As he pointed out, the family health history is sometimes the most important factor in unraveling really difficult health problems. He also wrote about the sometimes serious impact of food allergies on health, as well as many uses of vitamins and minerals.
‘Incurable’ lupus successfully treated!
The most striking feature of Dr. Reading’s office was a giant wall chart, a left-to-right graph with vertical columns listing the names (with permission given, of course) of over one hundred individuals who had come to see him with a diagnosis of lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus for the technically inclined), and had been successfully treated and symptom free for five years or more.
After the column with all the names listed, another contained initial symptoms, then separate columns with (importantly) results of before and after blood tests. In the late 1980s, the main blood test done to aid lupus diagnosis was the anti-nuclear antibody (ANA), which is positive in nearly everyone who has lupus, although it can be positive in other auto-immune diseases as well. All of the individuals had their diagnosis of lupus made and ANA tests done elsewhere.
All of these success stories had initial symptoms typical of lupus as well as elevated – sometimes very elevated – ANA tests. Towards the right side of the wall chart were columns containing the dates when all symptoms were reported cleared, and when the blood tests normalised. Both of these dates were five years or more in the past.
Little lupus progress has been made in 30 years
Of course we were blown away! Even today, over thirty years later, lupus is considered by conventional medicine to be an incurable disease. The conventional approach was at that time almost the same as it is now, starting with no treatment for ‘mild’ cases, mostly because of the effects – sometimes termed ‘side effects’ – of treatment.
Conventional treatment then (and now) proceeds from no treatment to anti-rheumatic and immunosuppressive patent medicines. Potential effects of anti-rheumatic medications include deterioration of vision, hearing loss, liver failure, weakness, hives, nightmares, emotional changes, interference with folate metabolism, predisposition to infection, nausea, fever, dizziness, and many others. Anti-rheumatic patent medicines are intended to control lupus so it doesn’t flare up.
If lupus flares, it was (and is) treated with immunosuppressives, usually pseudo-steroids (patented versions of cortisol and other naturally occurring steroids) such as Prednisone® and Decadron®, whose effects – especially if used long-term – can include a round puffy face, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, difficulty healing, cataracts, hypertension and (again) many others.
Despite the development of modern patent medicines since the late 1980s, these two categories are still the mainstays of conventional lupus treatment, and there’s still no official cure.
Dump ALL grains and dairy from the diet
So what did Dr. Reading give to those suffering from lupus? As he explained, curing lupus doesn’t start with giving, it actually starts with taking away. Taking away – completely away, entirely away – all the grains and dairy products from the diet of the lupus sufferer. All, 100% for a lifetime, if successful treatment was to be achieved and maintained. He also looked for and recommended elimination of other food allergies too, but grains and dairy were the major culprits.
The ‘giving’ part included no patent medicines at all, but relatively large quantities of vitamins and minerals, often by intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) injection, particularly at the beginning of treatment when the intestine was recovering from the longtime unrecognised food allergies. He had observed that allergies to grains and dairy products interfered – often severely – with the normal absorption of many nutrients, so he reasoned that putting in extra amounts would allow the bodies of lupus sufferers to heal themselves. And they did!
Holly and I took the ideas from Chris’ book and our visit with him back to the Tahoma Clinic. Although we don’t see large numbers of individuals suffering from lupus (most consult conventional doctors who tell them there is no cure possible) we’ve found that his treatment has been right on for those with whom we do work.
No good deed goes unpunished
For this and all his other pioneering work, which achieved great improvements and often successfully helped overcome many illnesses with safe natural therapies, Chris was incessantly persecuted and then forced to retire from practice by the demands of the Medical Board of New South Wales (Australia).
The details of this decades long persecution and forced retirement (caused by the shocking ‘required’ invasion of his clients’ privacy using a video camera delivered to his office by the Medical Board, with which all his clients rightfully refused to co-operate) are presented in the book The Making of an Orthomolecular Martyr: the Case of Australian Psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Christ Reading, to be published in 2014.
Dr. Chris Reading was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame (established in 2004 by the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine) in 2012. His award was accepted by a family member; Chris died in 2011.
I and those I work with – colleagues and clients alike – will always be grateful to Chris not only for discovering how to help win the war on ‘incurable’ lupus, but for sharing that and so much information about health and healing with all of us. We will always admire him greatly for putting the health of those who sought safe, effective help from him first and foremost, whatever the consequences.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Volume 7, Issue 12 – December 2013
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