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MAIN COURSES (currently available and coming soon) and TOPIC-SPECIFIC INDEX
As the list of videos and articles grows, I will periodically update this page to describe the MAIN COURSES
SPEND TIME on these “main courses” and you will experience a quantum leap in your understanding of viral infections, the human microbiome and dysbiosis, and other important topics in health, nutrition, functional medicine and disease treatment. Some courses are available now (1,2,3) while others (4,5) will be available soon; all courses and pages are periodically reviewed and updated, so you should periodically check the website at HealthyThinking.substack.com for new information—also, some videos are available only at the website even when notice is sent by email.
1. Antiviral Nutrition Course
Early in my clinical practice which started when I opened my first office in Seattle Washington in 2000, I developed an antiviral nutrition protocol which I used to produce excellent and consistent clinical benefits. I used this protocol with great success for 10 years before publishing it for the first time in 2009 in my book Chiropractic and Naturopathic Mastery of Common Clinical Disorders; the protocol was completely revised, refreshed, and restructured in 2014 when I published it as Antiviral Strategies and Immune Nutrition / Antiviral Nutrition which was later incorporated into Chapter 4 of Inflammation Mastery in 2016. I have continued to research and develop these concepts, with most of the information now available in this “HealthyThinking” platform and organized within Self-Paced Learning: Antiviral Nutrition Protocol Structure, Science, Application healthythinking.substack.com/p/selfpaced-learning-antiviral-nutrition. You can also see a sample of these ideas published in my Editorial in Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and on the website of the British Medical Journal as rapid responses (academia.edu/39406350) to their highly suspect infomercials endorsing the HPV vaccination while the authors and editors selectively ignored public health campaigns promoting vitamin D supplementation that occurred at the same time as the vaccine campaign: of course, the medical profession always wants to give incredulous credit to the vaccines while the heavy lifting of public health is done by infrastructure, demographic shifts, and improved nutrition.
EXAMPLE: “Numerous studies have shown that vitamin D provides immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, microbiome-modifying, antiviral and anti-HPV benefits with high safety, good efficacy, low cost, wide availability, and clinically important collateral benefits.” bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1161/rr-8
2. Human Microbiome and Dysbiosis in Clinical Disease
I began studying dysbiosis in 1995, not only for intellectual curiosity and satisfaction but because that was the year that I fell ill with gastrointestinal dysbiosis and I soon realized that none of my doctors understood it and that I’d have to save myself if I were ever going to regain my health. By 2006, I’d amassed considerable expertise and clinical experience treating patients, and I was writing articles and books and delivering post-graduate conference presentations on the topic; notable “peer-reviewed independent publications” are my 2006 review in Nutritional Perspectives, my 2016 publication in Nature Reviews Rheumatology, and my 2017 publication in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Notable books on this topic include my small monograph Human Microbiome and Dysbiosis in Clinical Disease which is completely included within Chapter 4 of Inflammation Mastery, which of course provides more details and clinical insight throughout the book and clinical protocol subsections. See the full course index and sample publications here: healthythinking.substack.com/p/course-index-human-microbiome-and
3. Functional Inflammology Protocol COURSE: Structure and Integration into Clinical Practice
TEN (10) VIDEOS on Structure, Application, and Integration into Clinical Practice
Page under construction with videos and PDF downloads available now at healthythinking.substack.com/p/functional-inflammology-protocol
4. Beyond Integrative Pain Management (coming soon; new concepts not previously published)
I studied various forms of pain management in chiropractic college (extensive training in musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment), massage school, naturopathic college (including courses in Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Botanical Medicine), osteopathic medical school and post-graduate hospital training. The first college-level courses I taught were Orthopedics (2000) and Rheumatology (2001) followed by my first textbooks Integrative Orthopedics (2004), Integrative Rheumatology (2006), and Musculoskeletal Pain—Expanded Clinical Strategies (2008), eventually compiled (except for Orthopedics) into Inflammation Mastery (2016). My independent publications on pain and inflammation have appeared in Dynamic Chiropractic, Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Nutritional Wellness, Naturopathy Digest, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17079520) and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Starting in 2004, I also published a series of articles on nutritional and botanical treatments of pain for the American Chiropractic Association. My athletic and sports activities have included martial arts, bike racing, power-lifting, running, basketball, soccer, horseback riding, archery, firearms/marksmanship, and a small bit of rock climbing. As a result of severe sports injuries, I’ve also personally dealt with multiple fractures, dislocations, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the most dreaded CRPS—complex regional pain syndrome. I’ve compiled a huge amount of conceptual and clinical information about pain management that I’ve never published formally, and I’ll start sharing that information in this series taking us far beyond current pain management theories and practice.
5. Critical Analysis of Medical Research and Political Propaganda (coming soon; videos and articles already prepared)
Many people think and are told that critical reading of medical research is complicated, but it is not. One simply has to 1) be a good attentive reader looking for details, inconsistencies, deviations from norm, fallacies and manipulation, 2) know about the topic and/or make the effort to look for background information, alternative explanations, and conflicts of interest, and 3) have overcome one’s own intellectual obedience and emotional blindness—if a person is too trusting, then by definition they are not thinking critically and skeptically to see the lies and manipulation in front of them. I’ve published many articles and videos demonstrating fraud in medical research in major journals including PLoS One, British Medical Journal, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine and others.
EXAMPLE—know the topic better than the authors to expose their errors and false conclusions: Research Designed to Fail: Effect of high-dose parenteral vitamin D3 on COVID-19-related in-hospital mortality during intensive care unit admission. Eur J Clin Nutr 2021 July healthythinking.substack.com/p/research-designed-to-fail-effect
EXAMPLE—make reasonable comparisons to expose hypocrisy and double standards: "79% and 87%" is (or is not) 79% and 87%, depending on whether we are talking about low-cost low-risk multibenefit nutrition vs high-profit higher-risk drugs New England Journal of Medicine infomercial showing ~85% "effectiveness" for injections is praised, while real-world clinical experience showing ~85% life-saving proof using vitamin D is ignored healthythinking.substack.com/p/79-and-87-is-or-is-not-79-and-87
EXAMPLE—show that the authors did not support their claims: Open Correction to PLOS One and Grave Concern about the Journal’s Editorial Quality and Review Process: Comment on “Microbiome restoration diet improves digestion, cognition and physical and emotional wellbeing. PLOS One 2017 Jun.” academia.edu/34072801
EXAMPLE—show that the authors are alarmist and without appropriate review of the data: Comment: evaluation of presence of aspirin-related warnings with willow bark. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2005 doi.org/10.1345/aph.1e650a
EXAMPLE—show that the authors completely failed in their study design only to have the editors remove 60% of your reply, then allow the authors to back-fill unpublished data: Isoflavones and postmenopausal women. JAMA 2004 doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.19.2337-a
EXAMPLE—show that the original publication is a colossal failure at multiple points: Correspondence regarding Cutshall, Bergstrom, Kalish's "Evaluation of a functional medicine approach to treating fatigue, stress, and digestive issues in women" in Complement Ther Clin Pract 2016 May. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2018 doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.10.001
EXAMPLE—show that the authors 1) jumped to the desired conclusion of their sponsors, 2) failed to perform basic investigational work, and 3) failed to consider a better and more effective alternative while they were in service to the high-profit high-risk medical paradigm: “In Scotland, programs advocating HPV vaccination (started in 2008) and vitamin D supplementation (started not later than 2006 and again in 2009) occurred in close chronologic proximity. Crediting the reduction in HPV-related disease solely to vaccination via retrospective population study is potentially invalid and misleading, especially when the authors make no account whatsoever of the national program for vitamin D supplementation which started in the same timeframe. Numerous studies have shown that vitamin D provides immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, microbiome-modifying, antiviral and anti-HPV benefits with high safety, good efficacy, low cost, wide availability, and clinically important collateral benefits.” bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1161/rr-8
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