Did that title catch your attention? It’s an absurd notion, right, the idea that headaches represent a deficiency of aspirin . . . or naproxen, or Imitrex, or Relpax, or zelmitriptan, or Aimovig?
If we were to view headaches as nothing more than a deficiency of some drug, there will be no effort made to address factors that allow the emergence of headache in the first place, just an effort to suppress a symptom.
Yet that is the paradigm that defines virtually all of modern medical treatment: Suppress a symptom or other phenomenon associated with a health condition, but make little to no effort to address the cause.
With type 2 diabetes, for instance, drugs like Byetta, metformin, glimepiride, and Farxiga are prescribed to reduce blood sugar . . . while never addressing diet (or, worse, prescribing a diet that raises blood sugar), insulin resistance, fatty liver, vitamin D deficiency, and disrupted bowel flora/SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) that caused high blood sugars in the first place.
With rheumatoid arthritis, drugs like Celebrex, methotrexate, sulfasalazine, Enbrel and Humira are prescribed to reduce joint pain and inflammation . . . while never addressing the metabolic endotoxemia that originates with consumption of the gliadin protein that initiates intestinal permeability, SIBO that adds to intestinal permeability and allows bacterial breakdown products to enter the bloodstream, hugely amplifying inflammation; or vitamin D deficiency that provides a “permissive” effect when an autoimmune initiating factor like gliadin is present.
With eczema, steroid creams, absurd biologic agents like Dupixent (and costing $37,000 per year—yeah, you heard right) are prescribed, even immunosuppressive drugs like methotrexate and azathioprine that have side-effects that include liver damage and lymphoma are prescribed. The contribution of the gliadin protein of wheat, SIBO, and intestinal fungal overgrowth are never addressed.
Just as a headache does not represent a deficiency of aspirin, so type 2 diabetes does not represent a lack of blood sugar-reducing drugs, rheumatoid arthritis and eczema doe not represent a lack of immune system-suppressing drugs—yet that is how the medical system manages these conditions.
This is why in the Undoctored approach to health, we do not treat health conditions; we address the factors that allow disease to emerge in the first place. I have been emphasizing this point repeatedly, as I still get questions daily like “Do you have any alternative treatments for prostate disease?” or “What are the alternative treatments for reducing blood sugar?” Undoctored is not a compendium of alternative treatments. Undoctored is based on correcting factors such as diet, common nutrient deficiencies that prevail in modern life, and addressing disrupted bowel flora that all contribute to allowing, say, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune conditions, skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, and asthma to emerge. The Undoctored approach is not targeted to “treating” one health condition; it is designed to restore overall health that includes becoming non-diabetic, not having rheumatoid arthritis, not plagued by eczema, while enjoying high levels of functioning and slenderness.