Hello, and welcome to another episode of
Kyäni Wellness TV! My name is Dr. Andreas Boettcher here of the
Kyäni Scientific Advisory Board. In this video, I want to talk to you about
who is ultimately responsible for your health, and how you can work with your
physician to potentially reduce your need for medication or maybe even get
off of them altogether. Stay tuned. So the question is: who is ultimately
responsible for your health? Is it your insurance company? Is it your spouse? Is
it your doctor? Is it you? The answer is the latter, and that is you. You are
ultimately responsible for your health. As a chiropractic physician whose treated
thousands of patients I often told my patients that I don’t heal cure or treat
anything; it’s ultimately your body that is the doctor. My job is to help to
remove the interference or provide it the foundational tools that it needs to
do what it’s designed to do, which is to maintain homeostasis–that natural
balance with them because your body is self-healing and self regulating. When
you can remove the interference, the stressors and the strains and provide it with
the tools that it needs, at a cellular level, to do what it’s ultimately
designed to do, but all too often we are so busy in our lives that we would just
soon rather take something and just not change anything in our lifestyle and our
habits, our patterns, or behaviors that got us in trouble in the first place.Then we often wonder why this so-called magic elixir doesn’t work and the
pharmaceutical industry knows this all too well. In fact, over 70% maybe even as
high as 80% of all medications that are prescribed today are known or classified
as what is known as maintenance medications, meaning that you will take
them for the rest of your life. Now, here’s the problem: medications are not
to be taken lightly because they all ultimately come with side effects. Why?
Because there are another form of chemical stress and as a result of that
chemical stress, it will create more dysfunction in the body and we see it in
all of their commercials and advertisements throughout TV– especially
here in the United States today. For example, you’ll see a lovely family
playing out in the park and enjoying a high quality of life and freedom and
abundance, but don’t take this medication if you have upset stomach, decreased
length of health and healing time, vomiting, nausea may occur, some dizziness,
chronic headaches, fatigue, don’t operate any heavy machinery or equipment,
it also may increase your risk for suicidal tendency, please consult your
physician before taking. I honestly watch these commercials and I
just scratch my head going, why on earth would anyone take these as a first line
to approaching their health and well-being? Here’s what I mean by that: we all too
quickly run to our doctor to just go fix whatever we think is ailing us and we
think that this chemical ingredient is going to be our magic elixir to helping
us restoring our health and well-being. Let me ask you a question: Do you think
you may have ear infections because there’s a lack of antibiotics in the blood?
Do you think you have high blood pressure because there’s a lack of ACE
inhibitors in your blood? Do you think you have high cholesterol because
there’s a lack of statins that are in your blood? If you answer that question
honestly, the answer is likely no. Now before you post all your comments down
below, is there a proper time and place for medication? Yes. My challenge is,
should it always be the first line of defense? Because after working with so
many patients over the years, we’re not necessarily always willing to take care
of our health nutritionally– to give our body what it needs to eliminate the
processed food, the nutritionally bankrupt food, the alcohol, and the
lifestyle factors and the behaviors that potentially put us into trouble in the
first place. It has always been my mission when I worked with any patient
to take care of those foundational elements. In fact, there’s going to be
another episode of Kyäni Wellness TV where I actually break down how I eat
and use the Triangle of Health on a daily basis to help restore health and
function. So this brings me to the two things that I really want to share with
you in this video. One is actually even a personal story as well, because if
you’ve watched any of my other episodes there’s a story that I share about my
own autoimmune condition, my own wake-up call if you will, where I was diagnosed
with IgA nephropathy and IgA nephropathy is basically where my body produces too
much IgA. It’s an immunoglobulin, it’s a very large cell, and it can congregate in
the kidneys and destroy the filters over time resulting in kidney
failure. That’s a pretty bad diagnosis, not to mention, I had microscopic
hematuria in my urine at that time, which means that I
had blood in the urine, it just wasn’t visible. When I was detected with
that through a routine life insurance exam, they initially actually started
checking me for cancer and this was back in 2000. I was only 30 years old at the
time, so talk about a wake up call. Here’s my point: When I went in
with the doctor and was finally diagnosed with this autoimmune condition,
they wanted to put me on ACE inhibitors. If you know, ACE inhibitors are used
to manage high blood pressure. The thing with ACE inhibitors is that
they they will use it “off-label” and you see this all the time. They will take
medications that’ve been shown to potentially help in other areas to
manage inflammation; that was the thing that that they wanted to recommend for
me, for my kidneys, to keep inflammation down. It makes sense. Now, the
thing here was, that I knew deep down I wasn’t doing everything I could to
take care of my health and well-being, meaning I was 30 pounds heavier at the
time, wasn’t really working out all the time,
wasn’t eating nutritionally the best foods that I could at the time, and I said, “You know what? Before you give me this ACE inhibitor what about
all of these other things?” So I turned to my doctor and I literally said, “You know
what? Thank you for that recommendation, but no thank you.”
Because I wanted to give my body all the tools I needed to lose the weight, I
needed to take care of my diet, I need to find the natural supplements that could
help me manage a natural healthy inflammatory response, and and then while
I do these things, doctor, will you please monitor my kidney function and let’s see
how we do naturally. I can always go back and do the ACE inhibitors, correct? He
said well yeah of course you can. So okay great let’s do that because I don’t want
to be on a high blood pressure medication that could lower my blood
pressure when it’s already healthy as it is, not to mention that I could
a chronic cough as a side effect not to mention everything else that comes with
an ACE inhibitor, because what naturally happens is if I take that ACE inhibitor,
then my blood pressure lowers, they would have to give me a new medication to raise my
blood pressure again, and then they’re going to give me a medication to help me
with a chronic cough, and then a vicious cycle continues, and that’s how so many
people end up with a medicine cabinet full of orange little bottles with white
caps and because it started with one and then all of a sudden it mushrooms into a
whole onslaught of pharmaceutical, chemical-laden medications that all have
side effects. I wanted nothing to do with them and I would venture to guess
that you want nothing to do with them as well. You wouldn’t be watching this
episode if that was the case for you. So that’s my tip number one. If a
recommendation like that is made to you, ask yourself: am I doing everything that
I can to live a healthy, active, and fit life? Am I doing everything that I can
nutritionally to give my body the tools that it needs to be self healing and
self regulating? See here’s the beautiful thing: I recently just had
another life insurance exam again and I tested
in the top one percentile for men in the age group of 48, meaning everything was
functioning normally, and here’s the best part:
my kidney values, all kidney functions were all back to normal. My bun was back to
normal, there is no more microscopic hematuria, or blood in my urine, all great
signs. I stay on top of my health and I get my routine labs, because I don’t
want to be guessing. I strongly recommend no matter where you are, no
matter what your age, at least have a baseline. Even if you “feeling good”,
because I can tell you, when I was diagnosed with my autoimmune condition, I
was feeling fantastic. Unfortunately, many things can start going awry if
we’re not giving our body what it needs, so if someone who offers you a
prescription, are you doing everything that you can? Have them monitor you and
start cleaning up your diet, start cleaning up your habits, and start
discovering what’s possible for you, because
remember: the body is its own physician. The question is, are you giving it
everything it needs to do its job? Now here’s my number two tip for you: maybe you’re already on medication. You’re like, okay, well, I’m already on them,
doc. What do I do? Well here’s what I encourage you to do. I had
lots of patients challenge me this and I welcomed it, because to me, doctor means
to teach, and unfortunately today’s health care environment and today’s doctors
are basically just shuttling patients in and shuttling them out, because they’ve
got to get the numbers going, they’ve got so many people coming in, and they really
just don’t even have time to educate. I loved it when my patients came in and
said, you know hey doc I’m on all these medications, can you work with me to help
me get off of them? Of course I did. I welcomed it, and I worked with their
physician because we weren’t going to do it irresponsibly. We were going to
work on how can we wean them off through lifestyle habits and changes. Know
that it’s a process; this is really key. It’s going to take time. Usually, you
didn’t get out of “health”, if you will, overnight. Yet, we expect it, either
through a supplement or through a prescription, to just fix it and reverse
it and we’re good to go. It doesn’t work that way.
You have to be patient. The longer you’ve been out of health, it’s going to take
time, but the good news is, if you’re patient and consistent
it’s amazing what your body can do. I’ve seen it over the years. Again,
I’ve treated thousands of patients and helped so many of them toss away
prescription bottles by following the advice that I’m sharing with you here on
Kyäni Wellness TV, but I want you to do it in a responsible way. So here’s what I
recommend: Go to your physician and just tell them, “Listen, I want to start this
new nutritional protocol. I want to start.” A lot of times we’ll run to our doctors
and we’ll ask them for permission, and especially in the medical profession. I know a lot of medical doctors, there’s many medical doctors here on
the Scientific Advisory Board and we all agree on this topic that they spend
so much time learning drugs and interactions and surgery that they have
very little time in their nutritional education to
actually get nutrition training. In fact, most medical programs at schools get
about three hours of nutritional study during their course of their medical
training. Now I’m not talking three semester hours, I’m talking about like
three hours on a Saturday. So they’re not always the best to go to when it
comes to nutritional advice, so I strongly recommend that you add to your
healthcare team. Add a chiropractor, add a dietitian, add a naturopath to your
health care team, because this is your health, after all. If you just go to
the medical profession your chances of ending up on a prescription are like
99.9 % and if that’s not what, you want, you want to see what your body can
do, I recommend that you add to your healthcare team. So go to your physician
and say, “Listen, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m gonna clean up my diet, I’m gonna
get back to a healthy weight, I’m going to become more fit and physically active
to the best of my ability, (whatever that is for you) will you please monitor me,
check my labs, and I want to work on this responsibly, because my goal, doctor, is to
get off of these medications.” What are they going to say? You are the one in charge of your health. You’re not doing it irresponsibly, they’re gonna
monitor your levels, and guess what? You might start seeing, by making these
lifestyle changes, the doctor within start to wake up because your inner
pharmacy is gonna be far more powerful than any outer pharmacy, and your
potential and your need for those medications may slowly start to
disappear. I mean, imagine what that might mean for you, your health, and your future! By
not having these powerful chemicals that come with powerful side effects in your
life, what would that mean to you? Your physician should be willing to work
with you, and if they’re not, and they say you’re sentenced to these
for the rest of your life, and are there some exceptions, yes, I’m not going to go
into them, but here’s the thing: don’t be afraid to fire your doctor, because there
are plenty of great medical doctors out there that understand
these fundamental, what I feel like are common sense approaches to health and
well-being that will work with you to get you off of any potential medication
regimen responsibly; working together with them. So involve them in the process,
but remember that you are ultimately responsible for your health. So again,
those two approaches: one, thanks but no thanks, let me see what I can do
naturally, please monitor me along the way. Number two: Here’s what I’m going to
do, I’m gonna clean up my diet, I’m gonna get back to a healthy weight, I’m going
to start exercising again, I want to start using these natural nutritionals
that are just basic superfoods with the ingredients that my body needs, monitor
me along the way, and help me start to wean these off medications. Will you work
with me? Yes? Great, awesome. No you’re not gonna work with me? I may need to get a
second opinion and go work on that for you. Add to your healthcare team, take a
full functional approach to your natural ability to be healthy, and let’s discover
what’s possible for you. So please post your comments, your questions below. I
hope you found this video to be helpful, and we look forward to helping you to
maintain this journey of health and well-being, where there is no finish line
to health. We’ll see you again soon.