People in the United States are born into a world where if you get sick, you go to the doctor and are often prescribed shots, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals. This protocol is something that is seldom questioned as it is the status quo; it often ameliorates the symptoms short-term and can get the patient back to “normal” again. People move on through their lives and when many men reach their 50’s and women, their 40’s, their physiology begins to unravel.
The problem with this acute care model for treating chronic Western diseases is that it does not address the patient’s underlying etiology in lifestyle choices, diet and beliefs. The acute care model is a brilliant model for physical trauma, sudden cardiac events and strokes; however, it has often been misapplied in the realm of chronic disease. There is a more evolved framework for supporting the body’s natural response to infection, disease or ailment that under the right conditions will be more beneficial in the long run.
The Western medicine approach is considered allopathic medicine. Allopathy means opposite or to treat an ailment with conventional means which have the opposite effect on the body. If you have a cold, take ANTIbiotics. If you have a fever, REDUCE that fever by taking Ibuprofen. If you have allergies, SUPPRESS the symptoms via an ANTIhistamine drug.
When we question conventional medicine, it is prudent to question the frameworks and philosophies that have ostensibly contributed to the poor health outcomes of the citizens of the United States. It is clear that the U.S. has poor health outcomes relative to other countries:
- 7 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease.
- 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have two or more chronic diseases.
- Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., causing 7 out of 10 deaths each year.
- Heart disease, cancer, and stroke alone cause more than 50% of all deaths each year.
- The U.S. obesity prevalence is 42.4%, estimated to reach 50% by 2030.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
- 19.3 percent of U.S. young people ages 2 to 19 have obesity.
- 10.5% of the population has diabetes.
Some think that chronic illness is part of the human condition and aim to normalize sickness. In many circumstances, illness is a byproduct of an unhealthy lifestyle. Less than 3% of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a healthy lifestyle (2):
- Moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes a week
- Diet score in the top 40% on healthy eating index
- Body fat < 20% men and < 30% women.
In the last 100 years there has been a dramatic shift in what Americans consume. Diets shifted from homemade meals from real foods that had minimal ingredients to ultra-processed foods that are devoid of nutrients and calorically rich. In conjunction with these changes to the landscape of food, the U.S. has seen a direct correlation between processed food consumption and obesity rates. (6)
Health is not just “the absence of disease” but “the balance and integration of the physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, and social aspects of the human condition.” (1). When broadening the philosophy of health beyond just “the absence of disease,” there needs to be not only more tools to help patients, but also an evolved model that will help practitioners understand and support each patient they have the opportunity of helping.
Biological medicine is the fundamental science, practice and art of healing that is accessible by each human body, regardless of the illness. Its aim is to identify imbalances, illness and weakness at their sources to restore optimized homeostasis and to heal the whole person. This practice has been refined over thousands of years by history’s greatest medical researchers and healers; biological medicine confers physiological healing at the cellular level. Over time, technological advancements have been created to allow us more nuanced access to this level of healing.
While allopathic medicine typically involves the physical body, biological medicine takes into account the whole person - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, and delivers an integrative approach to healing through the practices of:
- Naturopathic medical philosophy
- EMF technological therapies
- Conventional Western medicine
- Traditional Chinese medicine
- Orthomolecular medicine
- Ayurvedic medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
- Traditional detoxification protocols
- Biological dentistry
- Mind-body connection
- Lymphatic drainage
- Electromagnetic stimulation
- Integrative chiropractic
- Touch therapy
With biological medicine, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing provides information in real time. The testing is based on energetics of the body including modalities such as:
- HRV - how does your nervous system respond to day-to-day stress?
- Contact regulation thermography - analysis of 15 major organ systems and how they react and adapt to stress.
- Zyto - uses quantum physics to measure fluctuations in energy output from cells.
- Neurofeedback - Measuring one’s brain waves and using sound or visual signals to enable improved brain function for anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, etc.
- Many more diagnostics tools.
In contrast to conventional medicine, in which there are set ways of addressing various ailments, in biological medicine, the clinician has an enlarged, holistic toolkit of therapies from which to choose.
One chief tenet of biological medicine is to treat the patient as opposed to the diagnosis. While the diagnosis remains useful, it is less important because various people will arrive at the same diseased-state through a differing set of events that need to be well understood. When there is a deep understanding of the patient, true healing can take place in a manner that will not only relieve symptoms but also address the root cause and lead to long-term healing and restoration of health.
The presenting state of a patient determines the future and summarizes the past. Thus, when a patient is being treated, it’s essential to understand that the patient comes from an energetic imbalance, and that by understanding their past, the practitioner can shape their future. An “energetic imbalance” is an esoteric term if you look at this from a Newtonian Western perspective. However, when you shift paradigms to an Einsteinian Biological Medicine perspective, it begins to make more sense.
“Low birth weight, under 5.5 pounds (for a full-term pregnancy) has 2-3 times increased risk of CV (cardiovascular) disease in the 7th decade.”
-Nigel Plummer, PhD
If you were to study an individual at one year old where they were born with low birth weight, there likely would be nothing wrong with this individual. Assuming they gained weight, modern medicine would give this individual a clean bill of health. However, when you understand that this person carries a 2-3x risk for cardiovascular disease in their seventh decade of life, it supports the notion of an “energetic imbalance”—seemingly a difference on the cellular level that modern medicine does not address, measure or discuss. Biological medicine has the tools to assess, understand and support the restoration of health from an energetic perspective.
So now that we have a broadened understanding of how conventional medicine is ill-suited to treat chronic disease, the conversation of preventive care becomes salient. Preventative care does not mean removing something when it becomes a problem, but rather restoring health before a problem emerges. Think of the example of getting a mammogram that indicates a malignant tumor. A surgeon then performs a double mastectomy to “get rid of the cancer.” This is widely seen as preventative care; however a true preventative approach would intervene prior to someone’s physiology being permanently altered.
“Despite substantial increases in the number of cases of early-stage breast cancer detected, screening mammography has only marginally reduced the rate at which women present with advanced cancer. Although it is not certain which women have been affected, the imbalance suggests that there is substantial overdiagnosis, accounting for nearly a third of all newly diagnosed breast cancers, and that screening is having, at best, only a small effect on the rate of death from breast cancer.” (3)
So the conventional approach is marginally successful while increasing the rate of incorrect diagnoses. It is perplexing that these institutional recommendations that are marginally successful are still the leading treatment.
If we look at statin usage, a drug purported to improve lipid markers in an effort to decrease cardiac events, we will see a marginal improvement. “Despite the strong increase in statin use, there was only a small decrease in the incidence of recurrent CVD, and this occurred mainly in older patients without statins prescribed.” (4). Additionally, a literature-based meta-analysis “did not find evidence for the benefit of statin therapy on all-cause mortality in a high-risk primary prevention set-up.” (5)
So how can you avoid “the check-engine light” coming on? The simplest answer is to honor nature’s laws consistently in regard to health:
- Healthy diet
- Time outdoors
- Daily sun exposure
- Conscious breathing
- Human connection
- Clear sense of purpose
When you stand back and look at the information as a whole you realize that:
- The farm bill subsidizes our food (corn, wheat and soy).
- So corporations can use cheap ingredients and maximize profits through advertising.
- Americans eventually get sick if they continue to eat a diet that is devoid of nutrition and calorically dense.
- So the pharmaceutical industry can make their money when these people get sick.
We become obedient to the machine, mindlessly eating the foods that make us sick and taking the medications that help us feel normal. We are obedient servants of a corporate machine only to wake up to find ourselves purchasing things that bring us pleasure in the short-term but leave us sick, poor and unfulfilled in the end.
We have the power to be conscious consumers, voting every time we use our fork or open our wallets. We must unlearn the world that we were born into, and look critically at the institutional powers. When we begin to shift our paradigms to a world in which we understand that what feels best in the short-term is not always the best long-term solution, we will be able to access a level of health optimization that is statistically rare in the U.S.
If you want to work with a Biological Medicine Practitioner, check out the American Center of Biological Medicine or follow Central Athlete as they continue to move towards their vision of empowering, educating and inspiring people to lead fulfilling lives through consistent movement and lifestyle practices. In an effort to truly bridge the gap between fitness and healthcare, there needs to be a higher integration of successful tools that will support the awareness and restoration of an individual’s health. Stay tuned for some exciting updates over the next year!
- Dr. Dickson Thom. (2021). The Nature of Health and Disease and the Cure [PDF]
- Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics and Their Joint Association With Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers in US Adults; Paul D. Loprinzi, PhDCorrespondence information about the author PhD Paul D. Loprinzi, Adam Branscum, PhD, June Hanks, PhD, DPT, PT, Ellen Smit, PhD; Mayo clinic Proceedings, April 2016 Volume 91, Issue 4, Pages 432– 442
- BLEYER, A. AND WELCH, H. G. Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence
- Laleman, N. (2018, November 6). Time trends in statin use and incidence of recurrent cardiovascular events in secondary prevention between 1999 and 2013: a registry-based study. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. https://bmccardiovascdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12872-018-0941-y
- Ray, K. K., MD. (2010, June 28). Statins and All-Cause Mortality in High-Risk Primary Prevention: A Meta-analysis of 11 Randomized Controlled. JAMA Network. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/416105
- Laster, J. (2019, November 30). Beyond the Calories—Is the Problem in the Processing? Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11938-019-00246-1?error=cookies_not_supported&code=15b6b2e9-edf1-4ded-b55a-5255ad0ba319
Hayes, T. O., & Hayes, T. O. (2020, November 24). Chronic Disease in the United States: A Worsening Health and Economic Crisis. AAF. https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/chronic-disease-in-the-united-states-a-worsening-health-and-economic-crisis/