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  • Questions later/conventional vs orthodox vs allopathic
  • Collaborative training
  • Why am I discussing this subject /collaboration/ supplements warning
  • Evidence based medicine/ issues
  • Surgery inhibited by church and knowledge controlled – Hildegard of BingenCulpeper/ still in print
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Finest physicians of the period we have their records used plants e.g. Ellingwood, Jones, Scudder in North American
  • All mortality figures quoted can be found on the CDC website
  • Scientific orthodox medicine explain – evidence base + new tools
  • Vetinary medicine: animals have plant medicine why not humans? They are treated better than humans
  • Intermingling of races - Gilbert’s syndrome -
  • Of mixed ethnicities – Janus gene P53
  • Beijing declaration
  • Paracelsus – dreadful reputation but he was the first physician to associate mining/cancer/COPD
  • Jacqui herself an eminent retired physician has allowed me to quote – GP in Chile in the campo hired by a mining company
  • We have looked at plants and their role now Let us look at the current chronic major diseases
  • The human form was designed to scavenge and live like an ape
  • Integrative training – note the books - Lets look at the limitations of drugs commonly used in chronic conditions
  • Talk about 3 common classes of drugs provided for chronic disease and plant alternatives
  • Cynarus scolymus giving statins out like candy when we have a diabetes epidemic?
  • Recent research shows it upregulates acid secretion if discontinued.
  • They can be effectively used in an integrated manner with conventional drugs
  • Review – surgery, drugs, research
  • Example raising white blood cells/ sugar or preventing disease/working together to complement each other / STDs vs. viral warts/BPH
  • Top 2 causes of death – huge costs associated with treatment
  • WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE TREAT THIS DISEASE
  • Mention references
  • Sugar – the oncolytic switch Otto Warburg 1931 / CURCUMA 98 METABOLIC PATHWAYS
  • Research Headline after research headline extolling the benefits of fruits and vegetables
  • Galega in synthetic form inhibits B12
  • Cooperation with physician to reduce insulin/ no conflicting interests
  • Lets start to look at costs
  • Patient on 12 drugs first half contra indicated by the second half
  • If there is anyone in the audience – all the audience ask the question when your candidate turns up for your vote
  • Globe & Mail - today
  • Jones eminent physician and herbalist whose text are as relevant today as then
  • CPSO paper / DRIVE IN THE US AS THEY PAY DIRECTLY FOR MEDS
  • Note on statins interfering with Vit D
  • Examples of anti viral plants - warts
  • Common headlines / MH no conflict of interests/ billions recouped again this week
  • No it is the problem of a lack of doctors without conflict of interest

Medical herbalism vs Orthodox  Medicine Medical herbalism vs Orthodox Medicine Presentation Transcript

  • Morwenna Given discusses MEDICAL HERBALISM VS. ORTHODOX MEDICINE FOR OPTIMUM PATIENT CARE & TO REDUCE COSTS – THERE IS A BETTER WAY! ©13/09/2011 1
  • MORWENNA GIVEN BA MA (Oxon) BSC BHG mOHA RH Who am I?I am a Medical Herbalist practising in downtown Toronto treating a variety of disease from constipation to cancer • www.medicusherbis.com ©13/09/2011 2
  • Why this subject? DRU’S STORY PLEASE NOTE IT IS ADVISED, THAT ANY PLANTS MENTIONED IN THIS TALK ARE ONLY USED UNDERPROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE. BOTANICAL MEDICINE ASSUPPLIED BY A PROFESSIONAL IS NOT AVAILABLE OVER THE RETAIL COUNTER. ©13/09/2011 3
  • What is? • Orthodox medicine – a form of medical therapy • Practiced by someone who has completed med school & hospital training with emphasis on surgery & synthetic drugs • Herbal medicine - a form of medical therapy • practised by someone who has completed med school & clinical training with emphasis on phytotherapeutics, biochemistry and pharmacology, a 6 yr. training program • Both operate on an evidence based model ©13/09/2011 4
  • SMILE !My patient contract contains the words:“I may recommend walks, movies, laughter as wellas specific herbs and nutritional therapies. “ This is apparently now acceptable!It is evidence based!!!• “ Laughter & therapy could go a long way for the heart” European Society of Cardiology 20ll study on endothelial function & laughter ©13/09/2011 5
  • Oops!! • HERBAL MEDICINE VS. • COMMERCIAL MEDICINE ©13/09/2011 6
  • WHY HAVE WE COME TO THIS POSITION?• CURRENT ORTHODOX MEDICAL STRUCTURE IS ONLY @ 50 YEARS OLD• HISTORICAL ANAMOLY• 2 KEY CHANGES IN THE recent TIME PERIOD • BIG PHARMA • SOCIAL (OHIP) MEDICINE ©13/09/2011 7
  • MEDICINE IN THE PAST• 50,000 YRS AGO – ONLY HERBAL MEDICINE• 2,000 YEARS AGO - HERBAL MEDICINE & SURGERY• 1,000 YEARS AGO - IN THE WEST MEDICINE CONTROLLED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Unani & Chinese herbal medicine flourished inthe east13/09/2011 8
  • NOTHING NEW!• Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets – Daily Telegraph/Reuters headline• A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments.• Parsley, yarrow, hibiscus, alfalfa, chestnuts ©13/09/2011 9
  • MEDICINE IN THE PAST (2)• 100 YEARS (1900) AGO MEDICAL HERBALISTS AND SURGEONS WORKED TOGETHER treating PRIMARILY WAR INJURIES & BACTERIAL DISEASE• 100 YEARS AGO BACTERIAL DISEASE began to be CONTROLLED DUE to SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY & PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMS in the west ©13/09/2011 10
  • MORTALITY 1900TOP 3 CAUSES OF DEATHPNEUMONIA, TB, DIAHORREALIFE EXPECTANCY 56 YRSSOURCE: CDC.ORG ©13/09/2011 11
  • SO WHAT CHANGED 1900-PRESENT?• POLITICAL RISE OF SCIENTIFIC ORTHODOX MEDICINE• POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL RISE OF BIG PHARMA• THE FAILURE OF HERBALISTS prior to 1940 UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO CHANGE ©13/09/2011 12
  • MORTALITY 2000• Top 3 causes of mortality• CVS, cancer, car accidents• Life expectancy 81 yrs. @ 25 years later than 1900 • No change in 60 YRS for TOP CAUSES OF MORTALITY - CVS & CANCER ©13/09/2011 13
  • Current medical construct:• Big Pharma, Big Government, Academia, Orthodox medicine• Linked together in a financial and power based web with • NO ACCOUNTABILITY & POOR RESULTS• RESULT The patient suffers & we pay via inflated taxes/costs for poor results• Medical Herbalists now operate on a low cost scientific model ©13/09/2011 14
  • FIGHTING THE LAST WAR• DISEASE MODEL HAS CHANGED FROM ACUTE TO CHRONIC. The medical model has not changed. • THE MEDICAL PROBLEMS OF A CHANGING POPULATION & DISEASE CANNOT BE RESOLVED BY THE CURRENT MEDICAL CONSTRUCT ©13/09/2011 15
  • JANUS• 1950-2011 Death primarily due to cancer, diabetes, CVS - diseases of excess• THIS REPRESENTS A MAJOR SHIFT FROM ACUTE TO CHRONIC DISEASE OF THE PAST• THIS REPRESENTS A CONTROLLING OF BACTERIAL DISEASE TOGETHER WITH IMPROVEMENTS IN SURGERY AND PUBLIC HEALTH/HYGIENE.• BUT WE ARE NOW DEALING WITH VIRUSES ( MUTATION ) AND LIFESTYLE DISEASES OF EXCESS• WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE APPROACH DISEASE AND PHYSICAL DYSBIOSIS IN CANADA ESPECIALLY WITH AN AGING POPULATION ©13/09/2011 16
  • THE CHANGING FACE OF MEDICINE FROM ACUTE TO CHRONIC.• " The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease " Thomas Edison• WHAT IS THE CONSTANT IN THE LAST 50,000 YEARS AND WHERE ARE WE TODAY?• PLANTS remain AS PRIMARY MEDICINE FOR HUMANS world wide ©13/09/2011 17
  • SOLUTION !• PLANTS ARE MULT FACETED AND MULTI FACTORIAL OPERATING ON BIOCHEMICAL PATHWAYS WE ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND capable of treating CHRONIC DISEASE WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS.• Everything man needs to maintain good health can be found in nature - the true task of science is to find these things Paracelsus ©13/09/2011 18
  • NOTHING NEW!• Jacqui’s Grandfather: I am old fashioned enough to believe that 80% of the drugs and compounds in use today could be advantageously substituted by other more simple vegetable products provided us by Nature. 1937 ©13/09/2011 19
  • CHRONIC DISEASE Cancer, Diabetes type 2, Arthritis, IBS, Alzheimers Anxiety, hypertension, auto immune conditions & so on. All principally caused by environmental issues.• WHAT IS THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF THESE ISSUES? Alcohol, smoking, diet, no exercise ©13/09/2011 20
  • Environmental aetiologies• “If we go down the same path and do nothing more – with people becoming less and less physically active and relying more and more on highly processed and energy dense foods, the problem is only going to get worse” Martin Wiseman as reported in www.medscape .com Sept 9 2011 ©13/09/2011 21
  • How is chronic disease treated?• The socialised model has been built on the surgical skill of the physician using drugs for acute short term care• and DRUGS but• There are no efficacious drugs for the ‘environment’. Antibiotics no longer workno curative drugs for the chronic long term diseasesSurgical skills have limited relevance for chronic disease• Surgery is brilliant for hip replacement but a complete waste if the diet for bone health is ignored. ©13/09/2011 22
  • DRUGS “ Physicians pour drugs of which they know little to cure diseases of which they know less, into patients of which they know nothing “ Voltaire ©13/09/2011 23
  • Current Treatments - DRUGS• Create further disease – suppress symptoms• 3 drug classes for discussion :• Statins, bisphosphonates, proton pump inhibitors ©13/09/2011 24
  • CYNARUS SCOLYMUS an alternative to• Statins:• Mechanism of action• Inhibit proper functioning of the liver, pancreas and the immune system• Known to increase the risk of diabetes and auto immune disease• Failure to reduce mortality due to heart disease• Major Side effects – 30% impaired muscle activity ©13/09/2011 25
  • URTICA DIOICA an alternative to• Bisphosphonates:• Mechanism of action• Impact on bone is highly negative leading to bone fractures aggravating the diseases of old age• Shown to be potentially carcinogenic• Side effects – FDA now reviewing ©13/09/2011 26
  • ALTHEA OFFICINALIS radix an alternative to• Proton pump inhibitors:• Mechanism of action• Inhibits a principle mechanism of the body’s defence system• Inhibits optimum function of the digestive tract• Side effects ©13/09/2011 27
  • PlantsWE HAVE A NUMBER OF PLANTS WHICH DO ALL THESEACTIONS i.e. cholesterol inhibition, anti acid, bone protectionWITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS• MH ESTABLISHES /treats THE CAUSE. DOES NOT SUPPRESS THE SYMPTOM• MH TREATS INDIVIDUALLY & WHOLISTICALLY• PLANTS CAN RESOLVE THE CAUSES WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS AND AT A FRACTION OF THE COST for long term use. ©13/09/2011 28
  • The patient is the priority –WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER FOR PATIENTS Through an INTEGRATIVE MODEL TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE BEST MEDICINE FOR THEIR MEDICAL PROBLEMS? ©13/09/2011 29
  • WHAT IS INTEGRATION?• MD has limited effectiveness, no drugs in the kit bag for longterm disease, focuses on location of disease, vertical integration of profession versus homeostasis and energy. "The part can never be well unless the whole is well” Socrates• MH innovative and clinically validated, harmonious and synergistic model ( ying/yang ) significantly improves patient outcome• MH provides the links between the diagnosis, the surgery, the path lab, the treatment and refining the protocol as well as dealing with the environment & homeostasis & prevention ©13/09/2011 30
  • CURRENT Medical CONDITIONS • Let us look at 2 diseases which would benefit from an integrated medical model •CANCER & DIABETES ©13/09/2011 31
  • WORLD CANCER RESEARCH FUND • 2.8 MILLION CANCER CASES COULD BE PREVENTED• ‘ The policy of relying on identifying and treating these cases when they occur is simply not a sustainable solution in any country’• Martin Wiseman Project DirectorFRCP FRCPath September 2011 ©13/09/2011 32
  • PREVENTION• CANCER IS A PREVENTABLE DISEASEProf. B Aggwhal MD Anderson Cancer CentreUniversity of Texas• MASTECTOMY OFFERS NO SURVIVAL ADVANTAGE IN YOUNG WOMENDr. U Mahood Fellow radiation oncology Univ. of Texas MD Anderson CancerCentre ©13/09/2011 33
  • Cancer• NO NEW DRUGS IN 30YRS• Cancer drug costs can be $7,000 plus a shot• Radiation & Drugs do not cure the cause they destroy the body. They may delay.• Jones in 1895 and Peters in 2005 both observed: Surgical removal of the primary tumour activates cancer• In Ontario: the absence of adequate Pathology reports – sausage machine approach ©13/09/2011 34
  • ANTI CANCER PLANTSHow can I help:• The pathogenesis of cancer is relatively well understood.• At a simple level there are 27 pathways• We have plants which inhibit everyone of these pathways all evidence based• Curcuma longa, Boswellia, Scentella asiatica, Tannacetum, Polygonum cuspidatum, Thuja ©13/09/2011 35
  • DiabetesThe Ontario physicians contract bountyFailure to distinguish between insulin resistanceand diabetesUniversal application of Statins which can causediabetesFailure to educate the patientType 2 is an environmental disease arisingalmost solely out of an inappropriate diet ©13/09/2011 36
  • ANTI DIABETIC PLANTS• The pathogenesis of diabetes type 2 is relatively well known• At a simple level it is the excess ingestion of sugars and the exhaustion of the pancreas/adrenal glands in the body• We have plants which can regenerate the pancreas and adrenal glands and inhibit sugars• Gymnyma, Galega oficinalis, Pterocarpus marsupium, Trigonella ©13/09/2011 37
  • Benefits of Medical Herbalism• MEDICAL HERBALISTS INCORPORATE:• TESTS, RESEARCH, DIET, EXERCISE, INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF ORTHODOX APPROACH. No commercial interests & conflicts of interest. TRAINING IN PHARMACOLOGY; LOW COST• MD’S DO NOT FOCUS MANY ISSUES THAT ARE NEEDED FOR GOOD HEALTH. ©13/09/2011 38
  • Summary cost• Breast cancer – No evidence of disease• MH cost @$6,000• Diabetes type 2 - No longer diabetic• MH cost @$400• Orthodox costs start at $2,500 & $14,000• And are ongoing for life ©13/09/2011 39
  • We need to grasp the nettle of costs• WE NEED TO INTEGRATE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PATIENT & REDUCE COSTS:• Ontario population expected to grow by 30% but the budget by 1.5%:• TRIALs IN THE UK: MH saved 75% drug costs 45% consultant time ©13/09/2011 40
  • CURRENT COSTS• MH/MD should be integrated to reduce these costs and lower your taxes of which:• 66% SPENT ON HEALTH FROM INCOME TAX revenues• 44% SPENT ON HEALTH FROM TOTAL REVENUES – Ontario budget data• 35-42% of all monies are spent on drugs – refusal of department to disclose $ - WHY? ©13/09/2011 41
  • RECAP• There are no cost effective synthetic drugs for chronic diseases. Many drugs create further dysbiosis i.e. increased cost• There is no clarity in the government data• Is our health budget going to grow by 30%? • NO! ©13/09/2011 42
  • Health budget Issues10% is spent on health prevention - it is notprevention BUT early diagnosisE.g. improving colorectal screening - that istreating disease after it has started.There is no program to inform the public thatone principal cause is eating too much red meat. Early detection is not the same as prevention ©13/09/2011 43
  • HEALTH BUDGET ISSUES• The focus is on disease e.g. breast cancer/HIV But not but the fastest growing diseases thyroid cancer /diabetes • Diabetes affects 10% of the population growing exponentially. But no mention of prevention or separation of insulin resistance vs. diabetes type 2 diagnosis to help the patient resolve the problem ©13/09/2011 44
  • HEALTH Issues – 2• There is no provision for assessing the effectiveness of drugs against other modalities or polypharmacy or programs• No reduction in disease or mortality or efficacy• No drug performance review• There is a huge disconnect between health and treatment of disease ©13/09/2011 45
  • PRACTICAL STEPS• We need to educate both our physicians and our patients• We need to practise prevention not early diagnosis• We need to monitor the costs/effectiveness of drugs/ use:• E.g. Galega oficinalis instead of Metformin because the former does not inhibit B12.• We need to address the environmental issues ©13/09/2011 46
  • Shift the focus• WE NEED TO SHIFT THE FOCUS OF MEDICINE FROM THE current ORTHODOX MODEL TO THE PATIENT AND A more HOLISTIC MODEL• Focus on prevention. There is only allocation for early detection which is NOT prevention• We need to recognize the limitations of conventional medicine in the face of the changing face of disease• We need to address cause not consequence• IS THIS NEW? no - Eli Jones 1900 ©13/09/2011 47
  • 2011 & BEYOND• INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE – continues to be practised by the Chinese, over 2,000 years, to great effect• INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE STARTING IN THE• UK & US. Examples include: MH Clinics in Dermatology, Cancer, Familypractise• But sadly not here in Ontario – quite the reverse ©13/09/2011 48
  • Government Failures• We need the government to recognise the consequences of their actions and the waste/increased costs they cause.• E.g. Vitamin D testing.• Ontario is known to be generally deficient in Vitamin D(3)• Yet the provincial government has made this cost outside of OHIP• This is not a money saving action – this action causes more disease and cost ©13/09/2011 49
  • What is Vitamin D• Vitamin D is poorly understood ; currently 8 forms identified - most common form known as Vitamin D3• Pathogenesis of cancer, hypertension, MS, auto immune, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, pulmonary disease, Crohns, diabetes, thyroid function, blood clotting, liver function• Critical to normal immune function, absorption of phosphorous/ calcium in bones and muscles, insulin• Grant W, et.al. An estimate of the economic burden and premature deaths due to vitamin D deficiency in Canada », Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, volume 54, Issue 8, p. 1172-1181, août 2010. ©13/09/2011 50
  • THYROID TEST• The standard blood test only covers TSH but you cannot evaluate thyroid function without considering T3/T4• ( P. 1303 Merck Manual 18th ed.) This is hugely important in Ontario: lack of iodine in the soils, bromine in grains, the fastest growing cancer. This policy promotes disease .• MH can resolve subclinical thyroid issues whereas MD can’t. The Thyroid governs all metabolic actions in the body with implications for heart, liver, kidney functions as well as the HPA/pineal gland and is implicated in all chronic disease ©13/09/2011 51
  • Diseases of the future • In the western world these are most likely to be viral & auto immune e.g. MS , Fibromyalgia• Single action drugs cannot deal with this type of disease• Surgery does not resolve the problem;• Plants can and do resolve many of these conditions, at low cost and high effectiveness ©13/09/2011 52
  • POLICY CHANGE• Drugs should be prescribed on the basis of need not a formulaic based approach• We need to stop the mass vaccination approach; All it does is contribute to big Pharma’s profits as the viruses mutate long before you get a vaccine & they depress the immune system• We need to integrate MH/MD to maximise benefit to the patient and lower the cost to the tax payer13/09/2011 53
  • CORRUPTION• MANY DRUGS ARE BASED ON FDA APPROVAL BUT• THE FDA FINDS US DRUG RESEARCH FIRM FAKES DOCS – REUTERS JULY 26 2011• THE FDA IS TRYING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF NON INDEPENDENT doctors• THE RELATIONSHIP OF DOCTORS AND BIG PHARM/FUNDING IS NOT always DISCLOSED ©13/09/2011 54
  • Added pressures• In 2008, the FDA took a bold step of limiting the percentage of a panel’s members with financial conflicts of interested to 13 per cent. Now, though, it turns out that the FDA’s leader, Margaret Hamburg, has hinted she may row back on this decision. There’s talk that conflict of interest restrictions is leading to a dearth of relevant experts which, in turn, is slowing new product approvals. ©13/09/2011 55
  • GENETICS• Much of the thrust of the new research is in individual genetics – patentability – rich revenues – ( Chicago court ref ) – unknown consequences – limited applicability• Ignores causes of disease• MH already IN A FAR CHEAPER FORMAT treats individually in a physiological & wholistic way ©13/09/2011 56
  • EXPANDING DISEASE• “Basically, more and more people are being diagnosed with conditions that require treatment. The broadening of the definitions of disease is questioned in a recent article in the British Medical Journal. It turns out that the panels that set such criteria are usually riddled with doctors who have significant conflicts of interest.” ©13/09/2011 57
  • references• Lenzer J. FDA is criticised for hinting it may loosen conflict of interest rules. 2011;343:d5070• 2. Lenzer J. Doctors join protest over change to FDA rules on conflict of interest. 2011;343:d5269• 3. Lenzer J, et al. Naming names: is there an (unbiased) doctor in the house? BMJ 2008; 337:a930• Other references supplied on request. See also www.pubmed/cdc.org./www.ontario.gov.ca13/09/2011 © 58
  • Integrate for a better way • Can a MH do everything – no • Can a MD do everything – no Together we are greater than the sum of the parts ©13/09/2011 59
  • THANKYOU FOR LISTENING Thank you for listening to me t WWW.medicusherbis.com MORWENNA GIVEN13/09/2011 WWW.MEDICUSHERBIS.COM 60