Doctors on Video [updated]

I have been watching a lot of online videos of doctors lately.

I’m trying to learn more about the ketogenic diet, its impact on health, and how to take the diet further. But I have to say the whole alternative, or functional, medicine field has a bit of a strange tinge to it. I’d like to recommend something to a friend of mine who has a serious autoimmune disease, but not a single video I have seen since I started researching the link between diet and health has the overview information plus the professionalism I’d like to see.

It might be the bravado of an I’m-wildly-successful-and-right-about-everything-with-a-southern-California-gold-necklace kind of expert.  Or it might be the former-hippie-turned-M.D.-lecturing-the-camera-without-collecting-his-thoughts-first-or-presenting-this-information-in-any-kind-of-systemic-way type. It could be the making-a shake-in-my-kitchen-with-so-many-supplements-that-you-probably-can’t-afford-to-replicate doctor.

I believe these doctors are on the front edge of nothing less than a medical revolution. But sometimes they come across as if they are shilling in an infomercial. There is a certain amount of faith I have mustered to trust their research plus the anecdotal evidence they cite. I do not yet have a functional medicine health practitioner, so I will need to make their arguments to my medical doctors, who are trained in the allopathic approach to health. I can see the eye rolling now, as soon as I mention “I researched this on the internet.”

Parkinson’s Research Project

I’m really excited to learn about this new research project from Dr Terry Wahls. Basically this team will survey all participants every six months for five years, and try to identify what impact alternative treatments might be having on the course of their Parkinson’s Disease. I am working on both my mitochondrial health through diet and lifestyle, and my brain’s neuroplasticity through learning and movement. It is my hope that I can model how to slow or halt this disease. I’d urge anyone with a Parkinson’s diagnosis to participate; it took me about 30 minutes to answer the first survey.