My philosophy to health and nutrition is not your typical mainstream view. My approach to nutrition is a low carb Paleo approach; and alternative medicine is my preference for health issues and prevention.
I first got interested in health and fitness during the summer of 1980. I started lifting weights and taking nutritional supplements to support my muscle building goals. My first supplements were protein and multi vitamin/mineral pack. My first nutrition book was “The Nutrition Almanac” and from there I read various diet and nutrition books over the years. My interest in nutrition grew over the years and mostly to support my strength training efforts. Being a natural (aka drug free) powerlifter I looked at various sports nutrition supplements to improve my performance.
In January 2003 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and wanted alternatives to prescription diabetes drugs. So I decided to take a natural approach to caring for my diabetes and did so with diet, exercise and nutritional supplements. . I took alpha lipoic acid, vanadyl sulfate, and chromium to control my blood glucose levels. I got consistent with my exercise efforts and along with the diet and supplements, I was able to take control of my blood glucose levels. This wasn’t my first experience with a non drug approach to caring for health issues. In 1996 my ankles started hurting and I took glucosamine chondroitin to relieve the pain and inflammation. It worked well and a year later I was diagnosed with gout and I took black cherry fruit extract to alleviate to treat the gout. This worked great and I had gained a respect and preference to natural cures.
In March 2004 I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. In 1980 I received a blood transfusion due to blood loss from being gunshot. When I was diagnosed, I knew this was very serious and I needed medical help with this disease and wasn’t going to waste valuable time trying to treat it myself. My primary physician referred me to a gastroenterologist. The gastroenterologist ran further test including a liver biopsy to verify that I had hepatitis C. The tests were positive and the recommended therapy was Interferon. The doctor gave me some time to think about it. After reviewing all of the side effects and the low success rate, I decided to find an alternative medicine practitioner. I found Dr. David Brown and the North Dallas Alternative Medicine Clinic and started treatment. Under the care of Dr. Brown, I have been able to control my liver enzyme levels, which prevents damage to the liver. Dr. Brown’s approach has consisted of multiple modalities including, applied kinesiology, chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and nutritional support. Dr. Brown’s dietary approach is very identical to the Paleo diet.
Once my nutritional concerns became more focused on health, I started reading books like the “Metabolic Typing Diet” and “The Paleo Diet”. After reading these books and working with Dr. Brown to treat my health concerns, my eyes were opened to the truths about health and nutrition. I learned about the writings and studies of Weston A. Price, Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. and Dr. William Donald Kelly. I learned about the fallacies of dietary fat and cholesterol. My views of health and nutrition changed. In 2010 I discovered Robb Wolf’s podcast and read his book “The Paleo Solution”. “The Paleo Solution” is a great book on the Paleo diet and is an entertaining book. I highly recommend it and it also has some great info on exercise. For me this further convinced me that Dr. Brown’s nutrition approach is correct and when adhered to, is a key to his success.