Honest Medicine by Julia Schopick
Julia Schopick’s new book, Honest Medicine, was recently published, and this is a short book review. On one level the book is her story about her husband's battle with cancer. Although her husband ultimately succumbed, the experience brought them face to face with the medical system's successes and failures. Her husband’s doctors, for example, were well meaning, yet unaware or indifferent to a natural treatment that was the only remedy that actually worked. This was a silver impregnated mesh that prompted healing and closure of his draining scalp wound after brain surgery and radiation treatment. These types of revelations are the motivation and driving force for her new book, as well as her commitment to bring ignored and highly effective treatments to public attention. Julia’s training as a medical writer, and her family of medical professionals makes her eminently qualified as a medical educator.
Left Image courtesy of Julia Schopick Honest Medicine.
Julia Schopick's book focuses on four highly successful treatments ignored by mainstream medicine. The first is Silverlon, a silver impregnated mesh used to heal skin compromised by repeated surgeries and radiation treatments. The second is Alpha Lipoic Acid for chronic liver disease, the third is the Ketogenic Diet for seizure disorder, and the fourth is Low Dose Naltrexone. As a gifted medical writer, Julia brings each topic alive with the testimony of patients, their doctors, and family members.
A successful treatment for childhood seizures, the Ketogenic Diet is an excellent example of the insanity of US medical system. While a less effective drug treatment called ACTH costs half a million dollars for a few months, the Ketogenic Diet is more effective with no adverse effects, costing a few dollars. However, our medical system rewards and preferentially selects drug treatment, while there is no reimbursement or financial incentive to recommend the Ketogenic Diet, which involves patient education. This is quite different in other countries such as Portugal where the diet is universally embraced. Back in the day when I was a medical student rotating through the Neuropsychiatric Institute in Chicago, a young girl in the hospital had intractable seizures unresponsive to Phenobarbitol, the standard drug treatment which only made her seizures worse. Having memorized my studies like a good student, I made the connection with Porphyria, a metabolic disorder in which the patients cannot tolerate Phenobarbitol. A simple urine exam showed the elevated Porphyrins, confirming the diagnosis. Since drug treatment had obviously failed, the patient was then sent to neurosurgery which removed the seizure focus in her brain. However, to my dismay and horror, the procedure left her hemiplegic in a semi-vegetative state. I could not stop thinking that the Ketogenic Diet would have saved her life.
Through the words of Bert Berkson MD and his patients you will learn of the amazing ability of intravenous Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) to regenerate the liver. After success with ALA during his hospital training years treating a patient with liver failure caused by mushroom poisoning, Berkson expanded ALA to other forms of liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, The treatment has considerable success, especially considering that mainstream medicine has nothing to offer. Reading this story, I recalled a young mother in our community who contracted chronic hepatitis from NSAIDS and died of a complication of treatment. The mainstream doctors had given her Prednisone, a steroid drug that caused immunosuppression, and she died from disseminated fungal infection. Berkson’s Alpha Lipoic Acid treatment would have saved her life. Another Berkson case study of a pancreatic cancer patient who recovered with Alpha Lipoic Acid brought back memories of other friends in our community who battled cancer and are gone. Could they have been saved?
Left Image courtesy of Julia Schopick Honest Medicine.
Perhaps the poster child Julia’s book is Low Dose Naltrexone, an inexpensive FDA approved drug with virtually no adverse side effects that has remarkable benefits on the immune system. The most impressive clinical application is Multiple Sclerosis where LDN has the ability to virtually stop disease progression, and should be the first line of treatment. Amazingly, mainstream neurologists know little about it and refuse to prescribe it, forcing patients to appeal to their family physicians for a prescription. Taking the lead, patients and families have created an internet community of web sites and message boards to spread the word and raise funds for their own LDN research and national LDN meetings.
One of the themes in Julia’s book is her zeal and enthusiasm to change medicine for the better, and yet she openly admits this to be impossible. I would disagree. After living and working in mainstream medicine for forty years, I have seen medicine change. It is continually changing. Join with Julia Schopick and thousands of other health activists demanding these effective treatments ignored by mainstream medicine. A revolution in medical information and medical education is at hand, and Julia is leading the charge with banner held high.
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Jeffrey Dach MD
Jeffrey Dach MD author of the book, Natural Medicine 101, and founder of a clinic in Hollywood, Florida specializing in Bioidentical Hormones and Natural Thyroid. His web site is www.jeffreydachmd.com.
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