When you hear the word heal, do you think of a doctor? Most of you do and I used to also.
Back when this mess of autoimmune disease cropped up in my life, my first reaction was to turn to doctors. I was out of town with my wife in Orlando on business. The last day we were there, all evening, literally every 5 minutes, I could be found on the throne. My stools were like water and my wife didn’t quite appreciate the fragrance in the small hotel room. For those readers with Crohn’s or any of the related, take a moment to thank your spouse and/or loved ones for putting up with your frequent smells.
Back to the topic. My ignorance led me to believe that I just had a virus and it would go away. So naturally I went to the local ER, sat there waiting for 2 hours just to be talked to, then was sent to a room with a curtain where we sat 2 more hours, all to be told by a highly trained physician that I had too much acid in my stomach. He prescribed Omeprazole, which is an acid reducer targeting the stomach, and told me to see my primary doc when I returned home, so I did.
I love my primary doc. He’s a great guy with 7 kids and really knows his stuff. But, and this is a major “but”, he, like almost all doctors out there today, were trained to medicate symptoms, not heal the source of the symptoms. Why is this a big deal? Well, to be frank, it’s why our nation is so sick today. It’s why we turn to pills for headaches and migraines and injections for allergies. It’s also why medical insurance is outrageous and doctors make a fortune if they prescribe certain drugs. The more they sell, the better off they are. This is all to the patients disadvantage.
Why is This Important Information for You?
Rather than have more people suffer through what I had to experience, from false diagnosis to being medicated when I shouldn’t have, I want you to have a different experience if I can help it.
My primary doc told me he didn’t have much knowledge of Crohn’s disease other than it was “not treatable” and “not curable”. He told me he would refer me to a GI specialist. The first GI specialist told me to stop drinking coffee, which i’ll admit, I did drink too much coffee at that time. So I went cold turkey with the coffee. He also prescribed Omeprazole
Eventually I landed with a GI specialist who is still highly regarded and from a very prestigious medical college. He did some tests and immediately put me on 60mg prednisone, an immune suppressant and steroid. 60mg is a very high dosage of prednisone for those who don’t know. By morning I had no symptoms. But this was where the prescription medication roller coaster began and the never ending medical loop began. I asked him if removing foods and changing diet would help or eliminate Crohn’s, to which I was told, “there is no cure, diet will only help for a short period and then it will return. You’ll have Crohn’s the rest of your life.”
From there he wanted to try the least damaging drugs first which meant, not using what’s called TNF agents. We exhausted literally all of these drugs and he convinced me to start on the first TNF agent, Remicade. I’ll give you an excerpt of the
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a black-box warning for Remicade because of the risk of serious, sometimes fatal, infections, such as tuberculosis (TB), bacterial sepsis, invasive fungal infection, Listeria, and Legionnaire’s disease in patients receiving the drug.
There are also reports of lymphoma and other cancers in children and adolescents taking TNFs, including Remicade, for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”
You might think, why would anyone take a drug with a warning label like this? I would answer with this, if you were told that you had a disease that would eventually kill you and that you had to take this to have any chance of having a normal life in the meantime, wouldn’t you?
I took every TNF agent available over the next few years and saw no improvement. Just more grim conclusions to my health from the latest GI doc. This time it was I have Cancer and the only option is to take the entire colon out. That’s when God answered my prayers and brought Dr. Jake into my life from Victory Health and Wellness.
Who’s Looking Out for Your Health and Well-being?
It’s hard to find, at least in my state, doctors who aren’t enamored by the draw of drug reps that have no medical training but provide financial gain. Once I learned this on my journey I started looking into alternatives. If you don’t go to a doctor, who do you turn to for help?
Enter the holistic, alternative, functional medicine doctor…
What’s the difference between a medical and functional medicine doctor?
- Functional – Find the cause of the symptoms that cause sickness. Medical – Medicates the symptoms of sickness and disease.
- Functional – Evaluates the body as a whole to diagnose. Medical – Focuses on the disease itself and medicates the symptoms surrounding it completely missing the other factors of the body.
- Functional – Evaluates patients histories, interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. Medical – Only evaluates history based on symptoms and then continues the narrow focus of symptom related diagnoses. Again missing the rest of the body. *(FYI. This is why you’ve never heard of Leaky Gut Syndrome at your primary medical doctor visits.)
To find a good Functional Medicine doc, do a simple Google search for holistic or Functional Medicine doctors in your area or click here. Ask your friends and family also. You might actually know someone that has a good one. I always recommend Maximized Living centers in your area. They’re nationwide, personal, extremely knowledgeable and are there to heal you and teach you to fish on your own. I am not paid by Maximized Living nor receive any benefit by saying these things. I simply believe in their core values, I trust them and my life is proof of what they can do.
Characteristics to Look For in a Doc
- Find out what drives your doctor. If their motivation and passion lie in your success and victory over health and wellness then it’s just a matter of time before you reach your goal. The personal investment they will put into your life will move you.
- This one is crucial to me and you too most likely. I’m a Christ follower and look for opportunities to tell someone about Christ. Same for your doc. If your doc has a firm foundation, his drive will be contagious. You won’t have a choice but to catch the bug. They believe in what they do because they’ve seen what Christ is doing, using them as a vessel.
- Core Values
- Your doc should have core values. Why? Because it sets the standard for everything they do and say to their patients. Without them they can be swayed by the wind and be drawn by unhealthy habits and situations in business and life. Here are the core values I stick to.
1. Brain Health – Eat healthy fats and foods.
4. Exercise and oxygenate your muscles to create lean muscle by exercising regularly.
5. Minimize Toxins by removing as much harmful chemicals from food, health products, and cookware as possible.
Here’s comparison of the differences between holistic vs. conventional doctors see the table provided by the American Holistic Health Association.  Holistic is very similar to Functional is their approach. The chart still applies.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine is ill equipped to address complex, chronic disease. In most cases, the model does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual and does not allow time for exploring the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society; critical environmental factors such as stress, diet, and exposure to toxins. As a result, most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease, nor to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. 
I hope this information is useful to you and helps you in your decision making going forward. This information is intended to help and comes from 9 years of experience. If you’re expecting to see good results with your health while pumping drugs, chemicals and inflammatory foods into your body I hope you at least consider the information above.
I also want to say that I wouldn’t change anything I did through this process. God allowed me to take this journey so that I could tell others how He’s healed me. The information and knowledge that has come in my direction was no coincidence and was directed by God in His timing. Never lose hope, always trust Him!
Please share this with anyone you know that may be suffering. If you have questions or comments I welcome any and all of them.
- AHHA – http://ahha.org/articles.asp?Id=38
- Functional Medicine – https://www.functionalmedicine.org/about/whatisfm