Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
April 4, 2021 [printfriendly]
I have about 74 years behind me that have been full of life experiences – some fantastic, some awful, and some unspeakable. That is what life is all about. As time marches on, we will experience all kinds of events – maybe not to such extremes. Now the world seems to be turning in a way I don’t understand. Is the world turning against itself?
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But now, people like me are getting attacked. And some very good people (with a much greater presence on social media platforms than I have) are being censored for just voicing their educated and professional opinions. I thought intellectual dissent was encouraged rather than discouraged.
Never in the past have I seen such a shutdown of knowledge and free speech.
Whenever I was going to make a personal decision on anything, I would seek opinions from various sources which expressed opposite views. Then I could make up my mind. The world worked that way. Intelligent people behaved that way. No one would censor honest and professional research and experience. Not in the United States of America!
But now, the world seems to be turned against itself.
As most of you know by now, I am dealing with an incurable bone marrow cancer. I am treating it my way. My approach has integrated unconventional concepts with conventional oncology. I researched my Protocols based on published medical studies and embraced what made sense to me and rejected what did not make sense to me. As a result, I developed my Unconventional Cancer Protocols, which I continuously tweak. As of today, I am thriving without ever accepting chemotherapy. This has been my decision, and it has worked out exceptionally well. My conventional oncologist, whom I still see today, is quite surprised.
But let me be clear. I do not have a cure for cancer. Other inquisitive and open-minded cancer patients have been successful using other protocols. Most importantly, all of us have made our decisions and have benefited from all published experiences. We just filter out what does not resonate, and we incorporate what does resonate. All of us can learn as we go along and make changes as new knowledge becomes available.
My eating style is controversial in the cancer community. But case reports of cancer patients prove it to be effective. However, other eating styles have other case reports that are equally impressive.
I primarily eat an animal-based diet along with very few selected fruits and vegetables. This way of eating keeps me in ketosis for 6 days. Then I increase my healthy carbs and cycle out of ketosis for one day. The next day I start another 6 days of ketosis. This is my method to keep my body metabolically flexible. Our species basically existed “in” and “out” of ketosis throughout human evolution.
My way of eating is just one of my 10 Protocols, which I incorporated to support a robust immune system to help my body become healthy and stay healthy moving forward. The human body is a marvelous and miraculous creation. Give it what it needs; avoid everything it doesn’t need.
Challenged, Criticized, and Ostracized
Many individuals like me are promoting wellness by improving the immune system. Yet now, some of them are being challenged, criticized, and ostracized by powerful people.
Well-respected healthcare professionals literally are being shut down by social media if they discuss specific medical issues today. If I were to suggest that my ideas to improve the immune system could help prevent diseases and viruses from taking over our body, I could be censored. Medical experts who conflict with a “recognized” expert may have their careers destroyed by “the powers to be”. This hasn’t happened to me yet, but it has happened to so many well-educated and well-intentioned medical professionals whom I know and respect.
The world we live in is turning upside down.
How can some big pharmaceutical companies sell drugs approved by the FDA to only have many of them produce metabolically damaging side effects, which worsen a person’s life years in the future? How can some big food processing companies be allowed to sell products which include unhealthy chemicals, innutritious carbohydrates, processed sugars, and fats and oils that cannot benefit a healthy body? Is it a surprise to anyone that many of our children are growing up obese with high blood pressure and diabetes? We are being sold foods and ideas that are based on lies about nutrition. However, when healthcare professionals voice concerns and make suggestions that the body can heal itself with a different diet and changes in lifestyle, they get scorned and demonized. Some even have had their professional licenses stripped away because they promoted biological facts contrary to “the standard of care”.
And to make the situation worse, it seems to me that medical decisions are being polarized into one or the other of our political parties. Politics should have nothing to do with medicines and medical treatment.
What is the world evolving into? Why is it happening?
Actions to Take
I am fortunate enough to make my own decisions about my life and my body. I do in-depth research to get the facts I am searching for. But what are individuals with no medical background supposed to do and think? How can he or she make personal decisions when one side of the controversy is not allowed to be discussed professionally and intellectually?
My suggestion is to continue to seek out information. I start my research at PubMed, which is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.
In addition, there are new social media sites that are popping up which are not censored. Unfortunately, these sites can promote false information, which will never get scrutinized or labeled as such. So, you can be misguided.
However, many respectable groups of medical people are voicing their controversial opinions on these sites without the fear of their voices being deleted. One platform is Telegram. You can find out if there is a group or channel on Telegram featuring a specific person or topic you want to follow by Googling, “‘Person’s Name or Topic’ on Telegram”. If what you want exists, click on it and join.
So, tell me if the world is turning against itself? Or am I just imagining it?
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