Quality Food Heals But Why Don’t Doctors Prescribe It?

cuc-tom-salad-blog-yellowWhy is it that medical doctors don’t tell their patients how a good diet, possibly tailored to their illness, could help them get well?

I’m learning every kind of food plan out there that there is in order to heal my own medical issues, and am feeling better just by changing the food I eat.  I have not learned anything from going to doctors about using food as medicine.  

In fact when I went to the doctor last and they learned that I had not been under a doctor’s care for many years for having had arterial surgery and low-thyroid, the medical people who ran tests to see how I was doing acted like they were in shock.  They acted like I was in some kind of emergency or crisis and acted alarmed, since I did not take medications nor see a doctor regularly.  Their eyes got big and they were very concerned about my condition.  It was like they had never heard of someone’s taking control of their health but not seeing a doctor for every little thing.

After the test results came in, they reported that my echocardiogram and tread-mill tests were normal with no abnormalities.  I could have told them that.

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I am still working on the low-thyroid but have made a lot of progress in using food as medication and getting off of the prescription meds, and also the over-the-counter thyroid supplements.  I have learned from physician’s such as Dr. Axe, found online, that leaky gut caused a lot of problems contributing to hypothyroid.  Addressing my food plan has helped me immeasurably in treating my hypothyroid because I feel so much better.

What really gripes me is how the medical model says we have to see the doctor for every ailment but they aren’t trained to talk about the health benefits of proper food and nutrition.  And the high cost of prescription drugs and medical treatment for everything is too much to bother with when there aren’t really results.  You don’t get well this way.  

Diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity and inflammatory diseases like arthritis and inflammatory bowl disease do not begin to heal with prescribed drugs. Doctors never tell you that.  They only say that you might feel better, but watch out for the side-effects of the drugs, so why bother taking them for any length of time?  

Except for being in a medical emergency, I wouldn’t go to a doctor.  Prescription  drugs only mask the issues and are not curative, in my opinion.  How can they possibly heal a disease?  Granted, I am not a medical doctor and so I can’t give medical advice, but it seems that to doctors, using food as medicine is not the norm, it is a no-no to tell you truthfully that food has medical benefits.

It seems that most Americans suffer from one ailment or another, and more and more Americans are overweight or obese.  

The way I see it, our food intake is the main problem.  I mean not only the quantity of the food we eat but also the quality.

According to BestMasterOfScienceInNursing.com, “69% of adults are overweight or obese” and “70% of Americans take prescription drugs.”

They also report that food can be used medicinally and can be used to help treat many conditions.  BestMasterOfScienceInNursing.com reports that a Mediterranean type diet can help inflammatory diseases such as appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and can reduce blood pressure.  Why can’t doctors tell their patients this?

blood-pressure-curl-borderThey report that a low-carb diet helps lower the risk of heart disease, helps weight loss and boosts good cholesterol (HDL).  Celiac disease can be treated by a gluten free diet, and a vegetarian food plan can help blood pressure drop about half of the drop in medication.  Food is a great thing, it not only tastes good but it can heal you up, too.

The cost of medical school averages $32,495 for in-state public education, according to Business.com.  Private medical schools are much more expensive.

At the cost of public schools, why aren’t medical schools focusing more on healing and wellness, instead of doling out drugs?  Why teach prescription maintenance, rather than using food for real healing?

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Feeling better with chlorella

chlorella-tablets-shadow-04I remembered that I had some chlorella stored in my refrigerator that I had begun using two years ago, but then for some reason I stopped taking it.  It may be that I was inundated with supplements trying to figure out how I could cure myself of having low thyroid.  I must have figured that I took so many supplements that I couldn’t take my chlorella on top of everything else.

I realized that I used to feel better when I took it.  I felt more energy and I did not feel as good without taking it.  I have it in tabs in a package that is re-sealable and so I have it in my refrigerator just sitting there waiting to be taken.  I put it in my fridge door and so it got buried under a lot of other supplements I keep in the fridge and I did not see it until recently, as well.  That’s my excuse.

Chlorella is a green super-food, much like green spirulina.  According to one site I went to,

Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than most plants, along with an impressive array of vitamins and minerals (A, D, E, K1, beta carotene, lutein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc).

Hypothyroid disease often accompanies adrenal fatigue causing severe tiredness and fatigue.  It is an awful thing to have.  Often, you treat the hypothyroid, but still feel sluggish, or groggy.

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I believe that working on a combination of things helps my energy level and gets my metabolism going.  I am currently working on healing my leaky gut syndrome, adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism.  I believe these are common problems people have who may not know it and are reasons why people feel groggy and struggle with feeling tired all the time.  There may be other reasons, and I’m not a doctor, but these are common health issues, according to the literature out there.

I have read a lot about how inflammation causes a lot of problems in the body and contributes in some way to all these issues I currently am working on.  An alkaline diet fights inflammation and helps provide energy.  Chlorella is one of those “superfoods” that is alkaline, as are green foods.  Chlorella supports digestive health and supports the immune system.

The more I learn and eat foods I am learning about, the better I feel.  Chlorella is a strong part of that equation for me.

Source:  http://www.wellnessresources.com/tips/articles/chlorella/

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Avoid plastic containers: Healing thyroid

bottle-thumb-curlI was watching a video on how to heal your thyroid that was taped by a physician who gave advice and information on what to do if you have a thyroid issue.

One of the main ways I have already followed the physician’s advice is to give up the soft water bottles. I use BPA-free water bottles so that I do not add “fake” hormones into my body.

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She called them “xenobiotics”.

A medical dictionary definition of “xenobiotics” is the following:

“foreign organic compounds not produced in metabolism.”

Xenobiotics is “fake hormones” that get introduced into our bodies caused by the plastics. How much do we already mix-up our hormones with the daily diet of regular, fast-food, and using the microwave to heat up our ready-made meals?  It’s not good for us.

Drinking water or liquids out of those soft plastic bottles is no good for you because the plastic binds the elements that we need for our thyroid to function properly.

The “bad plastic”, or so I’ll call it, can also cause our lithium levels to go down.  Lithium puts us in a good mood and transports vitamin B-12, which we need for good brain health.

Buy BPA-free containers to carry water in.  They cost a little more, but the health you are saving is worth the extra cost.  It may help you recover from low-thyroid in the end.

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Is your low-thyroid linked with leaky gut?

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I discovered another reason I may have low thyroid that I hadn’t read before.  It may be that I have leaky gut syndrome, which is an inflammation of the gut caused by stress, toxins, bacterial imbalances.  Leaky gut has been tied to hypothyroidism, or low-thyroid issues.  I did not know this until very recently after finding Dr. Axe’s webpage about this connection between low-thyroid and leaky gut syndrome.


I had been treating my low-thyroid only and did not know that I should also treat my intestines making sure that the lining of my intestines were a healthy barrier against toxins.  

Outside of trauma, the body maintained a wonderfully effective selective barrier in the small intestine, one that allowed nutrients to enter, but kept out metabolic wastes and microbial toxins rampant in the intestines. – Functional Medicine University

Eating the wrong foods like the typical American diet can cause leaky gut.  Basically, the lining of the intestines become more porous, allowing tiny particles of food to enter the bloodstream and toxins to enter the small intestines where they don’t belong.  

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An autoimmune response that can create illnesses, such as asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, urticaria, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a website page published by Functional Medicine University.

I felt better when I quit eating prepared meals from the freezer section of my grocery store, as well as any breads, cereals, processed cheese, processed yogurt, and quit eating the candy left out at work on the desk where I work.  Sugar is pretty much gone from my diet; I have switched to stevia only.  I also didn’t get enough rest, which added to the stress of daily living.

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Instead I’ve amped up juicing where I have my juicer where I regularly juice foods every day, and I’ve added what Dr. Axe says is beneficial to treat leaky gut syndrome, and that is drinking bone broth.  I made a special trip to my local health food store and bought chicken and also beef bone broth.  Dr. Axe says to drink this every day, even go on a fast using bone broth.

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I also make sure to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.  I lightly steam cruciferous vegetables because they are supposed to be harder for those of us with low-thyroid, where eating raw cruciferous vegetables might block the thyroid functioning so that they block thyroid hormones from being produced.  

I find I need plenty of protein in the form of meat, fish and eggs.  I feel better with protein. I read somewhere that some of us low-thyroid people need more protein, and I agree.

Now that I have started eating better for my leaky gut, I feel a lot better.  My waistline has also decreased and my pants fit better.  I feel truly less bloated, and I have more energy.  

I think eating clean foods and being aware of what leaky gut syndrome is has helped me feel better in the long run.  I can digest my food better and generally feel more energy.