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If “Alternative” Medicine really worked MDs would do it. Right?

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As I was browsing the Internet the other day I came upon the following question (paraphrased):  “I’m thinking of going to a Naturopathic Doctor, but I’m skeptical, I mean if what they did worked wouldn’t MDs be doing it?”

Unfortunately the answer is no.

Many MDs still outright refuse to accept that non-conventional therapies work despite clinical and (often) scientific evidence.

Bottom Line:  A combination of ignorance, arrogance, and greed often combine to keep effective therapies out of public awareness.

Sound too ridiculous to be true?  This interview with Dr. Burt Berskon, MD, PhD sadly illustrates this point all too well.

As a medical resident in a teaching hospital, Dr. Berkson was told to watch two patients die, take notes, and present on it.  Both had eaten poisonous mushrooms and were diagnosed with incurable and fatal liver damage.

Despite being told there was nothing that could be done, and his orders to simply watch, Dr. Berkson felt compelled to try and help these two patients.

He had a PhD and had been a research scientist for 6 years before deciding to become a doctor, and he called his contacts at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) to find out if they had any ideas that might save these people.

They suggested alpha lipoic acid might work and rushed some to him.  Dr. Berkson gave it to both patients (by IV) and over two weeks both patients regenerated their livers and fully recovered.

He was thrilled, the patients were thrilled, and his bosses were angry.  He had disobeyed orders (they told him to watch, not treat) and he has used a non-approved drug.

Were they interested in what he did or further exploring the therapy?


When more patients came in with fatal mushroom poisoning he was told not to use the alpha lipoic acid treatment that had saved the other two patients.  He did so anyway and these patients also recovered.  He was disciplined again and the only reason he kept his job was because of his contacts at the NIH.

He conducted a small trial with alpha lipoic acid showing 75 of 79 people with terminal (fatal) liver disease recovered.  Despite these stunningly spectacular results no one in the US was interested.  Journals had no interest in publishing his papers, companies had no interest in sponsoring further trials, and doctors had no interest in utilizing the therapy.  He traveled to Europe and was finally able to publish his research in Germany (where MDs DO use herbs, nutrients and other non-conventional therapies)

Later in the article Dr. Berkson talks about another non-standard remedy, low dose naltrexone (LDN).

A woman came to his clinic suffering from fatal pancreatic cancer that had spread to her liver.  She had been told that there was nothing more that could be done but had sought out Dr. Berkson for a second opinion.  He started her on a regimen of intravenous alpha lipoic acid and low dose naltrexone and five months later there was no sign of the cancer.

The woman wanted to return to her home state and when she returned home she found that there weren’t any doctors who would even consider continuing her treatment with alpha lipoic acid and LDN.  Dr. Berkson spoke with the woman’s primary doctor about the results they had seen and asked if she would continue the treatment.  Her response:

“You know, I really would not want to do anything different because the medical boards might look down on me. I’m not an oncologist, and if I treat the cancer, the oncology people might get angry about it. So I can’t do it.”

These two incidents are only a piece of the article, which is found here.  It is well worth reading and will sadly open your eyes to the fact that there’s far too much too much ignorance, arrogance, and greed in medicine.

I’m grateful to practice Naturopathic medicine where I have the freedom to explore non-conventional therapies.  Where the priority is still caring for the patient, and big money and big politics haven’t corrupted that.

Most MDs and other conventional practitioners (nurses, etc) are truly caring, dedicated people (I know quite a few), but unfortunately the system has become more about making money than healing.

A world of healing DOES exist outside of the conventional system, and if we set aside our ignorance, arrogance and greed we can be free to use whatever therapies help patients heal.


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