Week of August 16, 2016 - Top Ten Worst Diet and Healthcare Choices, Part 5

Monday, August 22, 2016 9:10 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Top Ten Worst Diet and Healthcare Choices
& Ten Better Choices
c. 2016, Susun S Weed

5.      5.        Functional medicine “considers the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle. . . . The unique genetic makeup of each patient . . . along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.” “Functional medicine uses the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribes combinations of drug and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress-management techniques.” While this sounds great, even a little like the Wise Woman approach, it isn’t. After talking with people who practice and use functional medicine, I believe it to be the latest incarnation of the Heroic Tradition. Functional medical practitioners tend to find toxins and parasites. This allows them to prescribe an “individual” program of detoxification, complete with juice fasts, raw food, cleanses, and supplements. Herbs are not used to nourish but as faux drugs and food is seen as potentially dangerous. The ideas behind functional medicine can do grave damage to the human being; they are based on mis-assumptions and outright lies.

How does the body work? You do not need to detoxify – no matter how many “toxins” you think you have encountered. Because your intestines, liver, and kidneys, as well as your lungs and skin, do it – every minute of every day – so long as they are well fed. Fasting, even a juice fast, impairs their ability to do their work, resulting in more toxins in the blood, not less.


Medical opinion – which I agree with – states: “Fasting deprives the body of the raw materials — sufficient calories, proteins, vitamins and minerals — needed to make the antibodies and enzymes that remove toxins.” “Fasting is contraindicated for people with eating disorders or impaired immune systems, elderly persons, children, or pregnant women.”  In short, only people who can stand to be flooded with toxins should fast!


It is true that calorie restriction will produce feelings of happiness, even euphoria, due to brain chemicals that are produced when the body believes it is starving. Nonetheless, it is not a way to improve health. Eating improves health! Eating well-cooked greens and drinking nourishing herbal infusions provides us with lots of detoxifying phytochemicals such as indoles, isothiocyanates, dithiolthiones, and limonoids; these are not found in quantity in raw foods or juices. In fact, fasting or sweating or eating non-nutritive raw foods/juices instead of nourishing cooked food actually causes the body to take toxins out of storage (where they are harmless) and dump them into the blood stream (where they do damage).


Instead: There is no better, safer way to remove heavy metals and radioactivity than by eating kelp seaweeds. I have seen lead levels in children slashed in a few weeks by daily ingestion of a small amount of bladderwrack or kelp, including kombu, nereocystis, and wakame. 

Learn More: My book Healing Wise contains lots of info on seaweed and its ability to detoxify a wide range of problematic substances. http://www.naturalnews.com/026885_natural_zeolite_heavy_metals.html (for people)

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852496000727 (for water)


Instead:  For chronic problems or any diagnosis that scares you, drink nourishing herbal infusions daily and look for someone who practices Precision Medicine. This new medical approach looks at your genes, your environment, and your lifestyle before suggesting treatment. Rather than focusing on treatments and drugs that work well for most people, Precision Medicine offers target drugs and combination therapies “delivered at the right dose to the right patient.” There is a million-patient Precision Medicine Initiative spreading the word.

         Learn More:



www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus (search for Precision Medicine)


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