A young boy with incredibly intense arthritis destined for a life of pain and immune-suppressing medications opening him up for other diseases. A woman who was told her Multiple Sclerosis would put her in a wheelchair by age fifty. A triathlete told by his G.I. doctor he’d be lucky to have half his intestine by age forty five because of his Crohn’s disease. Yet, each one of these persons refused to lay low and be victimized by their insidious diseases.
Rather than pursuing fringe treatments by quasi-medical doctors or out-right con-artists, these patients managed to find effective treatments which have not gone through rigorous clinical trials – therefore they have not earned the stamp of traditional, mainstream medicine. However and most importantly, the treatments each one of these patients sought have solid foundations in science.
Yes, caution is warranted as unproven or non-FDA approved treatments may be ineffective or even harmful. Yet, unproven treatments may be highly attractive when there is no solution which works. It may take many years of medical research, testing and clinical trials for acceptance in the medical community. Many people simply do not have the luxury of time.
I’d like to present you the formula, if you will, which these and many other patients successfully use to seek treatment from their ‘incurable’ medical ailments.
- Be very wary of cures or treatment regimens presented by those who stand to make a profit from their program. Insure there is no conflict of interest. I’d even consider price as being within a ‘fair’ level as often exorbitant fees go with hyped programs and sham treatments.
- Pursue treatments which have garnered the attention of respected scientists and researchers. They follow science and not faddish dead-ends.
- Treatments relating to diet may very well hold water. The bacterial population, flora or microbiome is now a cutting-edge area of attention and research. An unhealthy microbiome in our gut is linked to multiple diseases. We do know that a thin person who is treated with a fecal transplant (due to c. difficile infections, etc.) from an obese person has a high probability of becoming heavier themselves, for instance. Over 80 auto-immune diseases may have roots in our gut. Heavy attention is being paid to research in this area.
- Read, research and read some more. Anyone with internet access should research reputable sources often and rigorously. Visit the National Institutes of Health free database, PubMed and peer-reviewed medical journals. Non-profits associated with a particular disease can be gold mines for information and will often release timely information to those who subscribe to their free news services. Note that key researchers in a given field will often pursue their studies in multiple ways and take note of those key researchers.
- Consult your doctor. Few clinically-oriented doctors are able to keep on top of absolutely everything within their field, including specialists. However, they are highly educated and rational beings. Keeping an open dialogue with your doctor may be very informative to both of you. Your doctor may even save you from harming yourself or modulate your approach based on the research you’ve done. Don’t go it alone. Act as if your life depends on it!
- Amazingly enough, just the act of searching and trying treatments can be helpful. We are all aware of the powerful placebo effect whereby even a sham treatment has a positive effect. Many newly developed drugs fail to make it to market simply because they could not beat out placebos! Additionally, the longer one searches for a cure or solution the greater the likelihood you will stumble upon one.
- Be rational. Educate yourself and become a semi-expert but keep an open mind. Smart people realize they know very little.
I only want the best for you and many years of healthy, fun living! See you soon, Boulder ~