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Where the medical profession has gone wrong, pt. 2 of 2

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 07, 2014

After my Boise class, an M.D. anesthesiologist patiently waited in line to talk to me. I’ll call him Dr. R.

But he was kind, humble, and clearly unimpressed by the “Doctor as God” philosophy of some M.D.’s. He didn’t want me to call him by his doctor title; he insisted I call him by his first name, Curtis. He wanted me to know, “Our profession is changing, a bit.”

He said his wife, who won a big prize at my lecture, had essential oils all over their house. He said, “We use ginger on the bottom of patients’ feet, and peppermint, against nausea after anesthesia and surgery, because it works.” Then he qualified, “Well, we do it a little.” I was very excited about this, and surprised. “You do? I’m so impressed!” I said. I wondered if he had to do it when his colleagues aren’t looking. Or just look the other way as nurses do it?

Since I know a fair amount about the medical profession, I know that M.D.’s who use natural substances cannot offer or sell them to their patients. Not without being under scrutiny and even condemnation for being outside their scope and way outside billable codes. The managed care systems they work in generally will not tolerate docs offering natural, non-toxic, gentle alternatives that people have been using effectively for thousands of years. They truly HAVE to treat all problems with chemical solutions, to stay viable in their profession and make a living.

Even worse might be the fact that their peers scorn them if they operate in things outside the drug world. I have seen many holistic-oriented docs become more and more bitter, as they become pariahs in their profession, seeking truth outside mainstream drug-obsessed medical school and wanting to share it with others. They are under scrutiny by their licensing organization, often sanctioned.

This is because drug companies heavily influence med school curriculum, drug companies underpin research hospitals and residencies, drug companies control the peer-reviewed journals, drug companies heavily influence the FDA, and drug companies provide the continuing ed doctors receive.

Doctors are literally immersed in drug-company propaganda, and no other competing information is given any attention in their practitioner education nor their delivery systems. Their peers will scorn THEM for offering you anything but a cocktail of drugs, and they in turn will scorn YOU in many cases if you try anything outside their scope. Less so than 10 years ago, luckily! The world is getting friendlier and friendlier to alternatives. The vast majority of Americans seek and use alternatives to “Standard of Care” every year.


Dr. Melissa Kendall of Utah Valley Pediatrics

My long-time pediatrician, Dr. Melissa Kendall, who sees us every few years for a Scout physical, or recently to burn several warts off Tennyson’s knees, told him that he should use his immune system-boosting essential oils. “Because it works,” she said. (She did then tell him that antibiotics were “stronger,” which I don’t disagree with, and “sometimes work better.” I countered, for my son’s benefit, “Yes, but they kill all the good guys your body needs, as well as the bad guys, which can be dangerous.” And she agreed.)

She’s had to roll with it, for 14 years since she became our doc. Ever since my now 16-yo daughter Libby was kicked out of Dr. David Johnson’s pediatrics practice in American Fork because children were not welcome there who do not follow their immunization schedule, which I refused. I wrote his office a four-page letter on my way out, and I went to Dr. Kendall and asked if she would admit us for our occasional visit. Even though I won’t use AB’s unless it’s life threatening, and I won’t shoot my kids up with dead bacteria and mercury. She said sure, no problem, and stated, “Vaccines are controversial to be sure.” She supports them and delivers Standard of Care treatments. But I appreciate her open-mindedness and her respect for my brand of mothering.

Once I told her for Libby’s ear infection I was going to use ear candles, and she said, totally nonplussed, “Yes, I know what they are, and they work, and here’s why….” Love her. Highly recommend her (a mother of 6 herself) to anyone in Utah County who wants a classically trained M.D. for your back pocket, who isn’t threatened by, and is even somewhat educated in, alternatives to the care her office provides.

So back to Dr. R in Boise. He said, “We’re changing, slowly. I even have an orthopedic surgeon in my hospital who brings his quart of green smoothie to work!” (Thing is, my problem with docs isn’t that they don’t eat healthy. My problem with them is that they don’t help their patients do so, and instead they just drug every problem. A nurse who talked to me after my Portland lecture last month said she confronted a doc she worked with about why he doesn’t counsel his obese patients to lose weight, and how to do it responsibly, instead of just handing out statin drugs. He told her, “Because it’s awkward to talk about.” The nurse was appalled.)

And about Dr. R’s essential oil usage? As impressed as I was that he did it, at all, he said, “We can get away with it because we’re such a small hospital.”

Here’s what I mulled over, later. Why is using natural, non-toxic, efficacious substances like lavender, ginger, or peppermint, that science has proven are calming, warming, and stimulating, “getting away with” something?

I think what Medicine is “getting away with” is wanton use of destructive chemicals that harm people. I wish they would START with the gentle, time-tested, inexpensive options.

Anything can happen. We can always hope, and keep advocating for these principles. Speak up. Even to your doctor.



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11 thoughts on “Where the medical profession has gone wrong, pt. 2 of 2”

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  1. Lindsey says:

    My son who at the time was 8 months old was very constipated. I was giving him green smoothies 3 times a day and saw a small difference, but was still concerned. I talked with the Dr. about it and she was not impressed with the smoothies (full of fiber). Most of her concern was calories (not content). However, I was blending avocados in them. She wanted him on US diet of baby food and some miralax. I refused and she thought I was crazy. Anyways, he finally became regular with soft bowels with no miralax. She told me months later that it was because when they get older and have teeth they can eat things like apples with peels and have more fiber, which in her opinion was what fixed him. I was so confused at what she was saying, because his green smoothies had apples with peels in them etc. that she rolled her eyes at. Anyways, it bugged me that a healthy diet was not her first answer.

    1. Bethany says:

      My baby also had the same problem. I think all babies are individuals, and the recommendation that doctors give to start every baby on solid foods at 6 months is where the problem lies (when my oldest was a baby, it was 4-6 months. It seems like they change it all the time). Some babies systems just aren’t ready to digest solid foods at 6 months. With my baby, I went back to strictly breastfeeding, and a few months later when we tried solid foods again, he was fine. I’m glad things worked out for your baby, too.

      1. Bethany says:

        I forgot to mention that he was also at that 8 month mark when he was having constipation problems, and he probably didn’t really start eating solids until 10 months. So, that is way beyond doctors’ six-month mark.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    You make a few good points, but you lost your credibility with errors like drug companies writing the med school curricula. The spelling and grammar errors don’t help either. If you truly want to affect change, do a little fact-checking first.

    1. Robyn says:

      They don’t write it—they fund curriculum development and heavily influence it. At this point medical education and the drug companies are in lockstep.

      1. Bonnie Yagiela says:

        The dog food companies do the same thing in Vet school. Huge influence on the way the curriculum is developed!

  3. Kareena says:

    Robin, I’ve asked my doctors about the mercury in vaccinations, and they say they don’t use mercury anymore. But I am curious if they aren’t telling me the truth…do you know which ones have mercury in them? Also-I am vaccinating my children because that is something that my husband feels strongly about. However, I am waiting until they are 2 1/2 or 3 to start because I have read that that is when their immune system can actually start working better, and I only do one at a time…. Anyway-before and after they are vaccinated I give them probiotics and then I put redmond clay on the injection spot to pull out the carrier. Am I helping at all? Or am I just trying crazy things to help me feel better….

    1. Robyn says:

      They do say that. But watchdog groups have tested vaccines and found mercury in MANY batches. I don’t know what to think. It’s a tough decision. I am glad I opted out. But you must do what you feel is best. Maybe those treatments after the fact could help, not sure.

    2. Theresa says:

      Even if there is no thimerisol in a dose, there are lots of other toxins, such as formaldehyde, and the viruses themselves are not good to inject. I worked in the medical field for 6 years after graduating with a degree in pre-med and I distinctly remember the professor in my virology class emphasize the “virus theory,” saying, that in reality, that viruses cause disease and vaccines confer immunity is a THEORY. Since then I’ve been against vaccines, even when told I had to submit for employment, and have waived them for my children, now 20 and 17. So glad I did.

  4. Shannon says:

    Thank you so much for this read. My son now 14, was told back in the 1st grade that he was ADHD with a learning disability but they couldn’t tell exactly what it was. After trying this drug and that drug we found your sight two years ago and have been loving our green smoothies. He is my only child that will willingly drink his and make his own. We have also been learning a lot about essential oils as well. He does not like those but he humors me and does them anyways. We are not as consistent as we should be, but when we are I notice a difference. We also found out that his eyes are not working together and just need eye therapy. It amazed me that no doctor yet, and we are military so we have seen many many doctors, has even thought to check his eyes yet. Instead, they just wanted to keep trying new drugs and when I mentioned helping me plan a healthy diet for him, one of them even laughed at me. Well, anyways, I am very grateful we have found you. I do have some questions for you, I have some friends telling me a lot about Juice Plus and one that faithfully feels that Butterfly Express Essential Oils are just as pure as doTERRA and much cheaper. If you don’t mind and have the time, I’d love to hear your opinion on both of these products.

  5. Robyn, look at functional medicine. New paradigm. I’m lucky enough to have a FM doc. He does sell scientifically validated supplements IN HIS OFFICE. For cash of course. And yes, he’s given a hard time by others in his profession. Read Mark Hyman’s books.

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