I bet that heading grabbed your attention ! This is not quite “die” as in demise but stands for DOCTOR INDUCED EXACERBATION. In other words, is the treatment or advice your doctor gives you making your disease worse.
Back in 2005 Dr Ron Rosedale , an internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine, wrote a scathing article titled ” Doctors cause Diabetics to D.I.E,” in which he criticizes the current recommended treatment for Diabetes. In fact Dr Rosedale was speaking out against current treatment guidelines way back in 1999, naming chronically elevated INSULIN levels as the cause for obesity, diabetes T2, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune problems. He says “It is especially a disgrace that insulin-resistant diabetics (the vast majority of diabetics) become worse by following current medical recommendations and treatment. This is a disease that is reversible, and in many cases curable by paying attention to decades of metabolic science.”
There is a plethora of evidence that the low fat high carb dietary guidelines, resulting from some really bad science and erroneously thrust upon us, is driving an epidemic of disease
17 years on and we are still in the dark ages with regards the management of diabetes (both type 1 and 2,) as well as all other symptoms of metabolic syndrome and cardio vascular disease, largely because health care professionals are so wrapped up in preconceived biases and blinded by ego and arrogance, that they refuse to acknowledge any view or evidence that differs from what they think they know.
Many ethical health care practitioners are speaking out against the harmful dietary guidelines, the over prescription of medicine, the flaws of the calories in calories out model of weight loss and yet all the noise is falling on deaf ears of their God complexed colleagues.
It is not my intention to fill this post with health information because all of the health topics I mention are well covered in many other blogs , articles and video talks which I will post links to at the end of my tirade. What I do want to address in this post is the arrogance of health care professionals.
I have often felt defensive when health care professionals are criticized (after all I am one of them) and sometimes with good reason. Lay people have little insight into the life and work of health care professionals and even when a health care provider gets it wrong, their intention is generally not to harm.
I often have people ask me why doctors continue to prescribe statin drugs for unhealthy cholesterol or insulin for Type 2 diabetes or tell them to eat less and move more to lose weight. The answer is simple. It’s because this is what doctors and nurses are taught. They are taught that cholesterol is dangerous and that medicating disease is the best treatment. Post university these professionals are required to participate in ongoing learning programs. These programs are offered in the form of medical journal articles and quizzes , video lectures and seminars. More often than not these programs are organised and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. The information that is shared is what the pharmaceutical company wants you to hear.
Many health care professionals work really long hours. They have little time to spend reading and researching and aside from that , it’s the last thing they feel like doing after 12 hrs of trying to heal sick and demanding people. We also know now that articles and studies that appear in the medical journals are biased . Doctors are relying on the literature that they subscribe to for information and treatment updates. Other role players in passing on information are pharmaceutical reps, who recite parrot fashion the information they have been brainwashed to believe and drop off information brochures that make the products they market seem like the ultimate cure.
“Because doctors now are forced to rely so heavily on drug companies for information about what they prescribe, they’re ill equipped and ill-informed in their lack of adequate knowledge and training to understand what all the interactive drugs are doing to toxically harm their human guinea pigs they call patients.”
So to a degree, one can excuse medical professionals who honestly don’t know better and who truly believe they are doing the best for their patients.
BUT – and here comes the dig …….. there are PLENTY who ARE presented with information and evidence that contradicts what they ” know” and who flatly refuse to explore the literature or evidence that presents a different view.
These are the professionals who are causing harm. By their willful ignorance and sheer arrogance. Instead of challenging assumptions and questioning conventional wisdom they show judgement and contempt for patients unable to overcome health challenges like obesity and other aspects of metabolic syndrome.
They are easy to spot. They will tell you that they disagree with a concept but cannot give you a valid reason why and if they do give you a reason, it does not ring true with the facts. When presented with new evidence they simply disregard it. Lets pull up a very common example. I know many of you reading this will have had a similar experience.
At a doctors visit you mention that you are following a low carb diet. Immediately your doctor exclaims that they don’t believe in low carb diets because ( pick one of more from the list below)
- LCHF diets dangerously increase cholesterol ( big difference between high and unhealthy cholesterol )
- LCHF diets will give you a heart attack because you eat saturated fat ( no evidence linking the two)
- It’s very bad to cut out a food group (um – we don’t)
- Diabetics need glucose for energy (nope – they have too much glucose and we should run on fat !)
- Vegetarians cannot follow a lchf diet because of the foods we have to eat (wrong again, just eat real food)
- Tim Noakes is mad (not mad , just smart and honest and making you uncomfortable)
Right up front it’s evident that doctor x knows nothing about lchf diets, cholesterol , the role of saturated fat in heart disease, diabetes , the principles of an lchf diet or Tim Noakes …………… is this a doctor you want to put your trust in ?
In the words of Dr Peter Attia (watch the video) we should “get back to our original ideals. Have open minds and courage to throw out yesterdays ideas when they don’t appear to be working.”
Scientific truth is not final but constantly evolving and if we embrace that fact and realise how much we DON’T know, we might be humbled sufficiently to take responsibility for the knowledge we acquire, where we acquire it and challenge all assumptions holding them to the highest scientific standard.
Please see these valuable resources below for excellent literature on health topics.