Real Medical Prevention
by Dr. Larry Wilson —
When it comes to your health, prevention is crucial. The problem is how to properly implement preventive care. Doctors offer preventive measures in the form of vaccines and various screening tests. However, many of these measures are toxic and invasive; and traditional annual physicals are costly and, according to medical studies, not that effective. This article discusses real preventive care that is under your control.
Within the standard “disease model” of care, preventive measures fall into three categories:
1. Primary prevention. This consists of reducing risk factors in order to avoid disease completely. Examples are vaccinations, which can be toxic or deadly; cholesterol-lowering drugs, which can be harmful and toxic; daily baby aspirin to thin the blood and prevent strokes, which can be toxic and not very effective; and fluoride in the drinking water, which causes long-term damage.
Some preventive measures that are beneficial include quitting smoking, getting more sleep and eating better. But even these critical measures are not enough.
2. Secondary prevention. This is early detection of disease. It consists of various tests and checkups to find illness early on so that treatment can be applied sooner. However, this type is not designed to prevent disease, so the name is misleading. Common examples are pap smears to find cervical cancers, mammograms to find breast cancers, annual physical exams, and blood or urine tests to look for abnormalities of the thyroid, prostate, liver, kidneys or other organs.
3. Tertiary prevention. These are medical procedures to reduce complications of diseases that are already present, prevent recurrences of a disease and improve the quality of life for a person living with a disease. However, this type of prevention does not actually prevent disease, so using the word “prevention” is misleading and false.
Problems with medical prevention
The problems with medical prevention are multifold:
- Two of the three categories of medical prevention listed above do not prevent disease. This is critical to understand. Secondary prevention is just early detection, and tertiary prevention is about disease management.
- Some of the preventive measures are dangerous. These include vaccines, mammograms, x-rays and fluoridated water.
- Medical prevention can be costly, such as annual physical exams and some tests.
- Most importantly, this system of prevention does not work well. The rate of autism, attention-deficit disorder, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dozens of other health problems are increasing, not decreasing, in America and around the world.
The question is whether other preventive measures exist that are more effective. I believe there are, and I will call them “real prevention” methods.
Real prevention methods and program
Real prevention differs from medical prevention in that:
1. It is all about preventing diseases. It is not about detecting them early or managing them.
2. It works by optimizing health. This is a concept that is not part of regular medicine and, in fact, it is not even part of naturopathy as it is taught today.
3. It works because it nourishes the body and promotes cognitive development. This refers to specific changes that occur in the body when a specific nutritional balancing program is followed. It results in a much stronger immune system, improved brain functioning and other positive changes in the body. In my experience, these positive changes do not occur nearly as often with other nutritional, herbal or medical programs.
Part I: Diet
This is the most important part of the program. If you do not follow the diet, the rest of the program will not work as well, or you may even feel sick on the program.
1. Adults need to eat two to three cups of cooked vegetables at each meal, three times daily. This means a lot of vegetables — nine to 10 cups of cooked vegetables daily. They should be cooked until soft, not crunchy. You will obtain many more minerals from cooked vegetables than from raw ones. Remember, you are not a cow with a ruminating stomach to break down raw vegetable fiber.
Cooking also makes vegetables more yang, which is important today. The mineral and vitamin losses due to cooking are minimal — so skip the salads. Eat at least:
- Two cooked root vegetables daily, such as carrots, turnips, rutabaga, daikon, sweet potato, yams and onions. No potatoes, however, which are nightshades and somewhat toxic.
- Two cooked cruciferous vegetables daily, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. These are packed with nutrients. Add your favorite salad dressing if you do not like the taste.
- Two greens daily, especially spinach, but also kale, carrot tops, cilantro, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, bok choy and Swiss chard.
There are a few more rules, such as avoiding the nightshade family of vegetables, which are considered fruits. Also, use sea salt with your food and add it after cooking when possible.
I cannot overemphasize how important cooked vegetables are today. You cannot hope to duplicate their benefits with piles of vitamin pills or green smoothies. Smoothies are too yin in macrobiotic terminology and often consist of bad food combinations.
Steaming vegetables is the best cooking method, in my view. Go to a Chinese, Thai or East Indian restaurant for tips if you do not know how to prepare vegetables in a tasty way.
2. Eat one protein or one starch at a meal, along with your cooked vegetables. In other words, do not mix meat and eggs at one meal, as these are both proteins. Also, do not mix rice and corn tortillas at the same meal, for example, as these are both starches. Preferably, do not mix a starch with a protein.
The reason for simple meals is to ease digestion. It is fine to have four or even five meals daily, if needed; however, do not graze or snack all day, as it is rough on your digestion. Have quiet and simple sit-down meals.
The best food sources for protein are lamb (usually it is pasture raised), a small amount of natural beef, chicken, turkey, raw cheese (up to 4 ounces daily), and sardines, which are very low in mercury and contain omega-3 oils and vitamin D. Unfortunately, other fish are too high in mercury. I do not recommend any pork products, as they can all have parasite ova in them, even when well cooked.
The best sources for starch are blue corn tortillas or chips, organic yellow corn tortillas or chips, quinoa, millet, rice, amaranth or oatmeal. I do not recommend fruit, fruit juices or any sweets at all, for many reasons. This is explained in detail on my website.
3. Sample meals. For breakfast, try some fresh or leftover cooked vegetables with a chicken thigh or two. Then, a few hours later, have one or two cooked vegetables with a starch, such as brown rice, blue corn tortillas or quinoa. Later, have a can of sardines as a whole meal, or with more vegetables.
Eating one type of food per meal is the easiest and best way to digest it, especially if your digestion is weak, although some people find it boring. Babies and young children usually prefer to eat this way, as do many so-called “primitive people.” For more about the cooked-vegetable diet, please read “The Slow Oxidizer Diet” at drlwilson.com.
Part II: Lifestyle
Lifestyle changes are important and include the following:
- Reduce stress. Try to live simply, within or below your means. Also, do your best to live and work in a safe location with clean air, and peace and quiet.
- Get more rest. This is critical for many people. Get nine or more hours of sleep every night. Go to sleep early, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The hours before midnight are the best for resting. Naps are excellent during the day and may be needed as healing occurs.
- Only do gentle exercise. It is all you need with this preventive program. The idea is to conserve most of your energy for healing. Most people are exhausted and very unhealthy. Vigorous exercise may feel good, but it can severely stress the body. Even Kenneth Cooper, the founder of aerobics, changed his mind and opposed vigorous exercise after a number of people dropped dead of heart attacks during vigorous exercise. You can lose as much weight as you want on the cooked vegetable diet with minimal exercise.
Limit your exercise to gentle walking, hiking or bicycling, moderate weight lifting and/or gentle swimming in lakes, oceans or rivers. Stay out of most pools, due to the toxic chemicals used to sanitize them and infections that can be present in some public pools.
- Deep breathing. Do this every day for at least 15 minutes.
- Sex. Keep to a minimum, no more than once a week, to limit fluid loss, especially for men.
- Sunshine. Twenty to 30 minutes a day is excellent. More than that can be toxic for most people, unless your skin is very dark. Most sunscreen brands contain toxic chemicals, so try to avoid them. Wear a hat and long sleeves if you have to be in the sun all day.
- Reduce toxic exposure. Stop using chemicals on your skin, such as most perfumes, cologne, creams and lotions — even natural ones. Also beware of lawn chemicals, pesticides, solvents, nail polish remover and eyeliner. Also avoid metal orthodontic braces on your teeth, which contain nickel, a deadly metal. Use only natural products with as few chemicals as possible.
- Remove all root canal-filled teeth and silver amalgam dental fillings. Root canal-filled teeth almost always harbor serious infection. Many times, it is best to remove the tooth, as it can be extremely important for regaining and maintaining your health. Silver amalgams contain mercury that is extremely toxic. Avoid fluoride treatments on your teeth; it is a potent nerve toxin.
- Minimize electromagnetic pollution. Try to use a wired land telephone rather than a cell phone. If you must use a cell or portable phone, hold it away from your head or use a headset or speakerphone. Turn off all electrical devices when you sleep and keep them as far away as possible from you at all times.
- Minimize and preferably avoid all medical and over-the-counter drugs. They can all be potentially toxic.
Part III: Supplements
Food alone cannot supply all the nutrients we need. The following is a simple supplement program that helps many people.
Take the following basic supplements every day: 20mg zinc, one to three 600mg kelp capsules (not tablets, as they are too small). Kelp is a wonderful food supplement, providing iodine and 30 or so trace minerals. Also, take about 750mg calcium, about 400mg magnesium, about 1000mg EPA/DHA from fish oil only, and about 4000 IU of vitamin D. Children need the same supplements but lower amounts, depending on their weight. A powerful digestive aid is also excellent with meals.
Part IV: Detox procedures
- Reflexology. Rub your feet, or get someone else to rub them, for at least 10 minutes every day.
- Red lamp therapy. Buy a red heat lamp from a hardware store (approximately $11 at Home Depot, for example). Shine it on your abdomen for at least one hour daily. The beneficial rays warm your abdomen, improve digestion and get rid of parasites, which most people have.
- Spinal twist. Twist your spine daily or visit a chiropractor regularly to keep your spine aligned and loose.
- Mental exercise. The only exercise I suggest is to mentally send subtle energy straight downward from your head to your feet. Do it for one hour daily if you can. This will help your healing and mental state in dozens of ways.
- Extra procedures. Daily use of a near infrared lamp sauna is wonderful, as are daily coffee enemas.
The more you do of this simple program, the more your health will vastly improve. Also, do not add anything to this program, such as a lot of herbs, homeopathy, chelation or hormone therapy, as they tend to render the program ineffective.
This program will move you further away from most disease or disability, so begin it today. The only thing I can suggest additionally is a complete nutritional balancing program using one of the qualified practitioners listed on our website.
This real prevention program does not replace medical or natural health care. It may however, improve your health so greatly that medical care becomes less needed.
Dr. Lawrence Wilson has a medical degree, has been in the health field for more than 25 years and is the author of several books. drlwilson.com or 928-445-7690.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 34, Number 2, April/May 2015.