This is a really tough concept for many people to understand. However, once you get it, so many issues begin to make better sense. It will also save you a lot of aggravation and unnecessary expense by no longer falling into this trap that causes people to ask questions such as “Do you have an alternative treatment for ——?” Insert “high cholesterol,” “low testosterone,” “low libido,” “anxiety,” “seborrhea,” “eczema,” “male gynecomastia,” “female infertility,” and many others.

The key is to stop thinking like a drug company or doctors. They follow an equation like this: If there is a problem, introduce a drug to “treat” it. For example, if blood sugars are high, introduce drugs such as insulin, metformin, a GLP-1 agonist, etc. to force blood glucose down. If blood pressure is high, introduce a thiazide diuretic, beta blocker, or ACE inhibitor to force blood pressure down. If there is psoriatic arthritis in which one of the mediators of inflammation is tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), then introduce a drug that blocks TNF-α. Nearly all disease conditions are managed this way in the conventional medical world. In some instances, you can also insert a medical procedure: If there is angina, insert a stent into the coronary arteries. If there is hip arthritis, ‘treat” it with an anti-inflammatory agent or hydrocortisone injection (both of which accelerate deterioration of the joint), or insert a prosthetic hip joint. If there are colonic polyps, remove them at colonoscopy.

There are numerous problems with this notion of “treating” health conditions. Among them:

  • All the phenomena surrounding the condition are not addressed by the “treatment.” For example, in reducing blood pressure with anti-hypertensive drugs, increased risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, aortic disease and other problems persist, even if normal blood pressure is achieved on the drugs. Or how about a statin drug that reduces total and LDL cholesterol to low levels but fails to address numerous other causes of coronary heart disease such as insulin resistance (statins actually make it worse), inflammation, vitamin D deficiency, omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, magnesium deficiency, dysbiosis and endotoxemia, thyroid dysfunction, etc. The TNF-α blocker for psoriatic arthritis does nothing for the hugely disrupted gastrointestinal microbiome that likely initiated the disease, nor the vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies that allow inflammation to proceed unchecked.
  • The initiating cause is typically not addressed and, in fact, is nearly always ignored. If the underlying cause for osteoporosis includes vitamin D and magnesium deficiency, coupled with loss of gastrointestinal (GI) microbes that provoke oxytocin release, these causes are not addressed by a prescription for Fosamax or Boniva. If the pain and suffering of fibromyalgia are partially suppressed by Cymbalta or Lyrica, what about the severe small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, and endotoxemia that started the condition? Because the initiating GI process has not been addressed, ignoring this underlying cause sets the person up for weight gain, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune conditions, cognitive impairment, diverticular disease and colon cancer.
  • Side-effects and unanticipated effects can develop. Think of the marked increased potential for developing type 2 diabetes with statin cholesterol drugs. Or how about sudden cardiac death that results from taking a thiazide diuretic? Or the kidney failure and bleeding stomach ulcers from taking naproxen or ibuprofen for back pain? Or the increase in thyroid cancer, bowel obstruction, and dramatic loss of muscle mass with GLP-1 agonists?

Take away drugs and procedures and most conventional doctors have no idea what to do except to rely on popular, though ineffective, advice such as “everything in moderation” or “move more, eat less” or “eat more fruits and vegetables.”

Instead, let’s address factors that are lacking in modern life that allow abnormal health conditions to emerge in the first place. We revert back to the diet that has been followed by our species for millions of years, a diet virtual identical to that followed by indigenous hunter-gatherer populations and programmed into the human genetic code. We obtain nutrients lacking in modern life that, when deficient, drive inflammation and insulin resistance: magnesium, iodine, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids. We restore factors lost due to the abandonment of organ meats due to silly advice to cut dietary cholesterol and saturated fat: collagen and hyaluronic acid. We address the hugely disrupted GI microbiome and thereby reduce both local (e.g., small and large intestine) and “distant” effects mediated by endotoxemia. Engage in these strategies and hundreds of common chronic health conditions go away, no “treatment” required.

We have no side-effects or unanticipated effects to worry about on my programs. Instead, we have side-benefits that can be substantial. Say you start the program to lose weight. You lose weight (by the way, preferentially from abdominal visceral fat, less from subcutaneous fat, a much more advantageous way to lose weight), but also normalize blood glucose and become non-diabetic or non-pre-diabetic, blood pressure normalizes, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms subside, eczematous rashes recede, joint pains recede, fatty liver goes away, etc. In other words, regardless of the labels you were given, more often than not those conditions just go away. If you engage in the program to lose weight but you are no longer a type 2 diabetic, it’s not because we were “treating” high blood sugars. No, we introduced factors lacking in your life that normalized insulin resistance, inflammation, and improved your gastrointestinal microbiome allowing blood glucose and other parameters to return to ideal.

There are times when we must break this general rule and “treat” issues. If, for instance, you killed the pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin, a process triggered by exposure to the gliadin protein of wheat and vitamin D deficiency, and become a type 1 diabetic, then you must be treated with insulin injections. If you killed off the parietal cells of your stomach because of the gliadin protein of wheat or unrecognized H. pylori infestation, then you must use strategies to acidify the stomach, such as taking betaine HCl. If you develop “spontaneous” Clostridium difficile enterocolitis that can be life-threatening, then multiple antibiotics or fecal transplantation may be necessary.

Addressing factors that are lacking also means that you also restore more youthful features and characteristics: You will be stronger, more agile, more likely to remain independent and not reliant on the assistance of others or resigning yourself to a life in an assisted living center. You will have greater libido, better vaginal sensation and moisture age 60 and beyond for females, higher testosterone in males, stronger bones, preservation of youthful muscle, smoother skin with less wrinkles—try getting those sorts of benefits by taking a drug.