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Diabetes Treatment: Pairing Holistic Medicine With Clinical Medicine

Ann Bartlett Health Guide April 23, 2012
  • Anyone living with type 1 diabetes recognizes they are married to pharmaceutical companies for the rest of their lives. For the past 30 years, my goal has been to use as little medicine as possible. To live up to that expectation, I've made some questionable choices according to conventional medicine...

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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Apr. 23, 2012

    Ann, A very rational approach to this. If I were shot in the chest, I wouldn't want massage, herbs, or visualization approaches. But if my BGs were a bit high because I was stressed about something, these therapies could help.

    • Ann Bartlett
      Health Guide
      Apr. 24, 2012

      LOL!!!!!!! Exactly, but there are so many people who prey on the desperate or uneducated and it disturbs me!  In some cases, the extreme stuff seems to have success, but in those cases the people have a tremendous grasp of the disease state to know how to use holistic medicine appropriately. 

       

      I had a friend whose husband was this amazing physician,...

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      LOL!!!!!!! Exactly, but there are so many people who prey on the desperate or uneducated and it disturbs me!  In some cases, the extreme stuff seems to have success, but in those cases the people have a tremendous grasp of the disease state to know how to use holistic medicine appropriately. 

       

      I had a friend whose husband was this amazing physician, helped to create the curriculum for Thomas Jefferson Medical College's integrated medicine program, had started a biodynamic cattle farm and opened a holistic care center.  Two years into it, the holistic center was booming.  He went for a physical in order to get life insurance to cover the center and they noticed a spot.  He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  

       

      Like Steve Jobs, he used both holistic and the most agressive conventional medicine. He lasted longer than a lot of people at that time.  He was a great example of maximizing the benefits of both.  

       

      At his memorial service, I watched 450 people ask the quesiton, "how could he have died from cancer?"  I was probably one of a few who knew that he had suffered with rheumatoid athritis.

       

      Somewhere in that simple truth is a genetic code he couldn't change. And no matter how organic, how natural, or how clean he lived, it would not prevent all forms of disease.  But he made it a lot more comfortable for himself, using both and he survived longer than many, which he needed to do for his family. Jobs did the same thing.