Well TS...I don't know what to say.
Our friend Dr. Grisanti did pour his heart out to us in his little autobiography on his site. Showing us how mordern medicine has failed him, nearly destroying his life, until one day, one special physician diagnosed dysbiosis that was leading to stage III adrenal exhaustion no less.
Which of course would be adrenocortical insufficiency ...of no stage, which is not caused by dysbiosis. More over, all the symptoms discribed, only on fits with potential adrenocortical insufficiency (syncope). All his other symptoms actually fit with what was diagnosed by those ''wrong'' doctors.
''The lowest point of my life came approximately one year later. After losing my home, vehicle, saving and all my self-esteem, I admitted myself in a hospital for people with nervous breakdowns and mental health problems.. The best that medicine could offer me what that I was suffering with anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
And dysbiosis...yeah...he went freaking nuts with panic attacks and depression and is now reducing cognitive dissonance by finding an answer such as dysbiosis.
Besides its potential link in IBS, dysbiosis as a problem is a pretty hard to find on any medical search engine, considering how easy it would be to test for or in fact, pretty hard if you have no specific bacterial target to look for.
At least he goes on to say that ''I had tried acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, chiropractic, hypnosis, meditation, massage, applied kinesiology. All to no avail.''
Frankly,this chiropractor's site is no better then the Mercola's of this world, well that's not true, it does look better. Having taken his Oh so very extensive Free Tour all I see are either some news clippings like the one I get on MSN.com, some facts mixed with some dubious statements (just the right amount so you take in the good with just enough spice of bad) and some nicely colored pages with some info on vitamins.
I mean, at what time are people going to learn about snakeoil salesmans...no bias for products you say? Every freaking page is trying to sell me his In-Depth reports on X, Y, Z disease and Books on weight-loss after forty, while charging you 15$ for registration and 8$ per month for his site...giving you access to relatively biased information that is already freely accessible on-line. I've seen money more well spent on porn sites.
Frankly, when an M.D. tells his patient to get off is fucking fat ass and get some exercise he gets sued. But if he's a X.X.X.X (insert any letter you want, some holistic dude probably uses them anyways)...if he's a X.X.X.X, oh, then he treats the whole person, looks for the root cause, not just the symptoms...gimme a freaking break.
What's funny is that were we to live in a world where modern medecine was a sideline treatment option, these same people would be flocking to it.
In a way, it's all pretty understandable, most alternative health care advocates sell one and only one thing: Control.
They sell you control over your health, since they explain things to you in a simplistic (not simplified, and sadly often wrong) way and purposefully tell you that this is stuff your doctor doesn't know about. This makes you believe that you understand health so you don't end up feeling that you're talking to an intimidating rocket scientist with a white coat anymore...
And then I calm down and tell myself, like I do about the poor uneducated people of our world who turn to crime, violence, drugs and so on that its not all their fault, society did not equip them to succeed, they just didn't have the tools, their parents were mean drunks and they were abused or that the only model they have and so on and so forth.
I just don't have it in me to say what some docs say when they can't take it anymore: Fuck'em, let them treat their gonorrhea with olive oil and a touch of parsley... (I'll come around I'm sure of it)
Overall TS, my man, threads like this end up like the Evolution vs. Creation or Democrats vs Republicans threads. Some people go for science and some go for the Truth. And sadly, no amount of science can put a dent in Truth. So why start them.
So this whole post is just a way for me to indulge my little neurosis of pointing falacious arguments, erroneous statements or just plain old ignorance. I managed to keep it in check during the Evo vs Creation threads, letting other waste their energy typing away, but I couldn't take it anymore!
By the way, on aspartame being the anti-christ, no such litterature, but spread the Truth brother, I will be right there with you getting my weekly Ajax colon cleasing and my tomato peels liver detoxifier while the rest of the world withers away in an ungodly mass of cancerous tissue and then we shall be ushered into an age of 1,000 years of health.
Oh, it will be glorious, GLORIOUS!!!