Spring is the time of year for new life, fresh awakenings, and good news. This month’s Bulletin is definitely aligned with the season, as we have a rare flowering of positive developments from the halls of the Medical Establishment.
First, you’ll discover a growing trend of doctors prescribing food instead of drugs. Imagine that! They’re using nutrition to help the body work better, just like we do at the Save Institute.
Then we’ll take a gander at Big Pharma panicking because as time goes by, less patients and doctors are falling for their propaganda, resulting in lower rates of prescriptions for harmful (and ineffective) osteoporosis drugs. And last but not least, we’ll return to food-as-medicine with a study on nuts, and it’s impact on the advice of some medical professionals.
Get ready to soak up that spring sunshine and bask in this round of good news. Read on!
Food Is The Best Medicine
At the Save Institute we have always recognized that the best way to improve your health is to work towards a healthier lifestyle, instead of relying on quick-fix drugs that are often ineffective and laden with dangerous side-effects and typically do nothing more than covering-up symptoms. Perhaps the most important lifestyle change that can improve your health is improving your nutrition, and now, the medical establishment is slowly but surely taking note.
As medical professionals have started to wake up to the abuses and greed of pharmaceutical companies, some have begun to seek new ways to educate themselves and their patients about improving diet to achieve better health. One medical group in Orange County California had a particularly novel idea: to send their doctors to the grocery store along with their patients. What better place to learn and think about the way in which food impacts health than where groceries are sold!
Here’s what a CBS affiliate reported on this exciting community health initiative:
“Pharmaceuticals may not be the best medicine for patients. Some doctors are now changing the way they treat patients – by taking them grocery shopping.
Physicians, such as Dr. Daniel Nadeau, are prescribing food rather than pills to fix the body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all Americans routinely take prescription drugs, and 75 percent of all doctor visits involve drugs.
To counter the dependency on drugs, Loma Linda University School of Medicine incorporated a special emphasis on lifestyle medicine in which physicians learn how to prescribe food instead of narcotics.”1
This is music to my ears. Finally, a recognition that doctors have a responsibility to attain knowledge on ways to help patients improve their lives safely and naturally, without prescription drugs. Going to the grocery store with your doc is a great idea, but what’s important here is the growing momentum for food as medicine within the drug-obsessed Medical Establishment.
Alternative sources of education about natural health and this movement have continued to grow as well. The Food as Medicine Institute of the National University of Natural Health has been holding a Food As Medicine Symposium yearly since 2014. The most recent one was in February.
Here’s their mission statement:
“To provide evidenced based nutrition education for individuals, families, and communities, nourishing healthy relationships with whole foods. To educate healthcare professionals on the use of food as medicine in the prevention and reduction of chronic disease.”2
It’s truly exciting to see more and more widespread recognition of the power of eating right and taking care of your whole health. The Save Institute has been on the front lines of this fight from the get-go. It’s so inspiring to see we’re making progress!
Big Pharma In Crisis Mode Due To Less Osteoporosis Drugs Prescriptions
This is big.
Our message about the dangers and failures of osteoporosis drugs and the benefits of clinical nutrition, targeted exercise, and simple lifestyle changes has been spreading far and wide. Even Big Pharma, always reluctant to admit defeat, is beginning to panic and report on their losses. Of course, they’re using this news to do what they do best: to attempt to scare people into doing their bidding… and buying their products.
The 2016 American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Meeting issued a call to action in light of federal funding not covering the expense of DXA scans, and the dramatic decrease in prescriptions for oral bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax (alendronate) and Boniva (ibandronate).
It’s worth noting that the ASBMR has failed to declare conflicts of interest between its work and its sources of support. It is known to have corporate sponsors with vested interests in the diagnosis and/or management of osteoporosis.3
Bu it’s clear whose side they’re on. And it’s no surprise they’re panicking over the news that more people are pursuing a healthy solution to improving bone quality, and that more doctors are listening to their patient’s concerns about the dangers of osteoporosis drugs. Their desperation is evident in a report published at MedScape from the 2016 meeting.
“Patients Refusing Treatment, Doctors Declining to Prescribe It
A drop in federal funding for DXA does not, however, tell the whole story. As reported last year, oral bisphosphonate use declined by more than 50% between 2008 and 2012.
The plateauing and subsequent decline in oral bisphosphonate use since 2006 coincided with largely media-driven hysteria surrounding safety concerns with these bone-building agents, even though neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the ASBMR had concerns enough themselves to put restrictions on their use.
Many patients refuse to accept treatment for osteoporosis, at least with a bisphosphonate, including those who have already experienced a hip fracture, and many of those who are already taking a bisphosphonate want to stop treatment.
The public's main concern regarding the bisphosphonates appears to center on an extremely rare risk of developing an atypical fracture on treatment…
Indeed, some of that concern appears to have filtered down to prescribing physicians, as fewer than 20% of patients discharged from the hospital after a hip fracture are receiving treatment, according to Dr Kiel.”4
As they get increasingly desperate to convince people that they need Big Pharma’s products to stay healthy, their claims will grow more outlandish and their rhetoric will grow more frightening. But here at the Save Institute, we will always see right through it.
Doctors, such as the one quoted in the article excerpted above, think that if patients are not taking osteoporosis drugs, then they aren’t receiving treatment. The Save Institute stands by the evidence that the most effective and safe osteoporosis treatment is a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Doctors Go Nuts For Nuts
Savers are well versed in the value of nuts as part of a diet that reduces dependence on animal products for protein. Almonds in particular should be a part of your diet since they’re both nutritious and alkalizing.
As if that wasn’t reason enough to enjoy, new reports have shown that eating just a single ounce of nuts each day reduces your risk of heart disease, obesity, and even cancer.
“Analysis suggests even a small daily serving cuts the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 per cent, cancer by 15 per cent and premature death by 22 per cent. It can also halve the risk of respiratory disease and reduces diabetes by nearly 40 per cent.
Study co-author Dagfinn Aune, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College, London, said: “We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes.
“It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food.”
Nuts are considered a superfood because they posses anti-inflammatory qualities and are also high in protein and fibre.”5
In the study mentioned above, researchers crunched an incredible quantity of data from 29 studies around the world involving 819,000 people. And while much investigation has gone into the power of nuts to prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer, this broader study has turned up benefits for other diseases.
This is in large part due to the fact that nuts are powerfully anti-inflammatory, in addition to providing excellent levels of both protein and fiber.
Some people have mistakenly come to believe that nuts should be avoided due to their fat content. But the fats in nuts are healthy, and have a positive impact on cholesterol. Here’s a breakdown of fat contents in nuts from a study on the food group:
Nuts are one of the natural plant foods richest in fat after vegetable oils. However, the fatty acid composition of nuts is beneficial because the saturated fatty acid (SFA) content is low (4-16%) and nearly half of the total fat content is made up of unsaturated fat, monounsaturated fatty acids MUFA (oleic acid) in most nuts, similar proportions of MUFA and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), mostly linoleic acid, in Brazil nuts, a predominance of PUFA over MUFA in pine nuts, and mostly PUFA, both linoleic acid and α-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant omega-3 fatty acid, in walnuts.6
I have written before about the importance of getting the right amounts of the right kind of fats, and how avoiding fats all together is actually unhealthy.
Amazingly, this good news about nuts even has many medical professionals thinking that nuts ought to be prescribed to help patients stay healthy and avoid common ailments. That’s one prescription I can get behind!
Finally Beginning To Catch Up?
The Medical Establishment still has a long way to go, but it’s heartening to see that some healthcare professionals are considering natural and holistic solutions to improve health. You’d think it wouldn’t be such a difficult concept to grasp. After all, Hippocrates (after whom doctors’ Hippocratic oath is named!) famously and wisely said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” almost 2,500 years ago.
The Save Institue has been pursuing this line of thinking from the beginning. We regularly update the Osteoporosis Reversal Program to reflect the latest information about health and nutrition, and we’ve been ahead of the curve from the get-to.
If you’d like to know more about how you can live a healthier life while building and strengthening your bones, check out the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, to get a well rounded look at what today’s post touches upon and much, much more. The Establishment might be taking it’s time to catch up, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get ahead on the best way to build stronger, younger bones and feel your very best.
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Till next time,
1 Some Doctors Prescribe Food Instead Of Pills To Treat Certain Patients. CBS. February 22, 2017 11:00 AM. Web: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/22/prescription-food/
3 Mark Bolland. “Overdiagnosis of bone fragility in the quest to prevent hip fracture.” BMJ 2015; 350. Web: https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2088/rr-34
4 Pam Harrison. “Crisis in Osteoporosis Care Will Be Key Theme at ASBMR 2016.” MedScape. September 08, 2016. Web: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/868549
5 Giles Sheldrick. “Eat nuts to live longer: Doctors say nuts ‘should be prescribed to fight killer diseases.’” Express. Wed, Jan 4, 2017. Web: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/739777/Eat-nuts-live-longer-doctors-prescribe-fight-killer-diseases-heart-disease-cancer-obesity
6 Emilio Ros. “Health Benefits of Nut Consumption.” Nutrients. 2010 Jul; 2(7): 652–682. Published online 2010 Jun 24. Web: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/