Taking Charge of Your Health

Ty Bollinger: Now this Dr. Isaacs, is a loaded
question but feel free to answer it appropriately. Dr. Isaacs this is a loaded question but you feel free to answer it appropriately.
Does modern medicine pay too much attention to drugs and not enough attention to natural
types of treatments? Dr. Linda Isaacs: Yes. That’s the short answer.
Yes, that’s correct. I think a lot of that is how is research funded. And much of
research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. And they for better or worse are—their goal
is to make money for their stockholders. And so their goal is to develop drugs that can
be patented, that can be sold to treat illness. So they’re funding the research and not unexpectedly
then the medical world is looking for research to know how to treat patients. And what’s
available is drugs. One of the problems I think that doctors feel is that if they—even
if they prescribe some sort of nutritional approach or nutritional modification that
the patient is not going to follow through on it. You think about it, what is easier? To talk
to a patient about the dietary influences on cholesterol, for example, or the benefit
of exercise? They feel like the patient probably is not going to do it. It is much easier to
write a prescription for a pill. And many times when a patient comes in complaining
about some issue or problem the doctor feels like what’s wanted is a prescription. In
many cases they’re correct. So I think that if you want to get nutritional input or guidance
from a physician you either have to ask for it very bluntly or go to a doctor who is oriented
that way in the first place. Many doctors’ own diets are not that impressive. So that
is another consideration is that it’s hard if you’re a doctor working 80 hour weeks
eating on the run, mostly eating junk, they’re not going to talk about nutrition too
much because they know they are not doing it themselves. And they would rather not think
about it. So they just keep writing prescriptions. Ty Bollinger: I appreciate your candor in
that answer. One of the things that’s interesting to me is that you’re a medical doctor and
I have heard from other medical doctors that I am good friends with, several, that going
through medical school did not really receive much training in nutrition. It was more of
a drug based program that you went through in college. Talk about your own medical school.
Did you receive much nutritional training through medical school? Dr. Linda Isaacs: We did not receive much
nutritional training in medical school. And I think part of it is that much
of the training that you get in medical school is really crisis intervention. It’s not really
about dealing with people that are well and how to keep them well. It’s really about
dealing with people that are in a crisis, either because of trauma or because of some disease
process that is well on its way, quite advanced. And so nutrition really isn’t discussed because
pharmaceuticals is what helps you deal with somebody who has got pneumonia or somebody
who is in heart failure and has fluid up to their eyeballs so to speak. Pharmaceuticals
is what is going to help turn that situation around fast but what, as a patient, one wants
is help in staying healthy as long as possible. But that is not really what doctors are trained
in. Ty Bollinger: And I am glad you made the distinction,
lest anybody think that I am being down on medical doctors. I think that the state of
trauma medicine in the United States today is second to none. If you have—like I have
often used the analogy if I am shot with a shotgun blast to the chest, I am not going
to go rub aloe vera juice on it or something natural. I am going to go to the hospital
and the emergency room doctors are going to have the best knowledge of anybody to save
me. If I have a limb amputated they may be able to reattach it and it still function. So
I think that our state of medicine concerning trauma is just amazing today. Dr. Linda Isaacs: Yes. Ty Bollinger: So lest anybody think I am being
overly critical just asking the questions here. Dr. Linda Isaacs: Right. Sure.

6 thoughts on “Why Doctors Prescribe Drugs Instead of Natural Treatments – Dr. Linda Isaacs

  1. The paradigm shift that needs to happen is that when someone has cancer and doesn't feel well they go to a general practitioner initially (family doctor). From there they are referred to a specialist and then the cancer diagnosis is proclaimed. The next step is what needs to change, in that, rather than being ushered into the conventional medical treatment the patient should be immediately referred to a naturopathic doctor to immediately use one of the proven natural cures for the type of cancer that they have. If this proves unsuccessful after intense attempt, then conventional treatment ie chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery should be used, but it definitely should be the last resort and not the initial treatment. I would guess that cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc would become non existent if the general population had the knowledge of proper nutrition rather than corporations trying to make money selling "junk" food using main stream media sources, which creates and keeps the masses confused about what a proper healthy diet is.

  2. Hi, You had the complete video of Dr. Isaacs up for a while but it has now disappeared. How can I access it again please? Thank you.

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