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Psst! Don’t tell anyone I’m an M.D. recommending nutrition info!

Robyn Openshaw - Jan 03, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

A woman after class my class in St. George a few weeks ago said to me,

“I’m a nurse, and an E.R. doctor told me about your site. Then he said, ‘Don’t tell anyone I told you about this.'”

I have been told a number of times that an M.D. sent a reader to my site. I have mixed feelings about this. First of all, it’s great when an M.D. steps outside his medical training to acknowledge the profound role of nutrition in health and healing.

But I am struck, over and over, by the insanity of our “health care system” where a doctor can lose his license for recommending supplements or nutrition protocols. Or even for recommending a patient STOP a drug, if that drug is the “standard of care.”

My tenant and close friend is at her ideal weight and otherwise healthy besides being a Type 1 diabetic for 30 years. She recently succumbed to repeated pressure from her doctor to take a drug but didn’t tell me. A couple of months later, I told her I was very worried about her. She would stand up, after watching TV, and nearly pass out. She slept many hours, had no energy, and every day, crushing headaches had her emotional and desperate.

One day, even though she is normally a totally self-sufficient, competent, happy person, she crumbled and told me she needed help. I started making her a quart of veggie juice every other day. (I didn’t know about the new drug.) But a few days later, it occurred to her to discontinue the drug. All of the symptoms disappeared, she got in my sauna every day, and only days later, she said, “I am a new person.” She is very frustrated that her doctor constantly pushes a pill for this, a pill for that—and the toll on her health from following her advice was so devastating.

This is just one of the ways we have lost our health freedom: the fear any doctor has to live in, who wants to truly minister to a patient’s needs with whatever that takes.

A reader wrote me yesterday telling me she has been following GSG for a few years since she was a college student newlywed. Now she feeds her 10-month old baby green smoothies every day and has become a vegetarian. Her husband, who just started medical school, asked her to put together a vegetarian cookbook to give his patients when he graduates.

I love the open-mindedness of new med students. By the end of medical school, however, the doctors willing to do things like that, outside ‘standard of care,’ are precious few, nigh unto extinct. The credibility price, and the professional risk, is steep.

At a minimum, every last oncologist in the world should be monitoring patients’ Vitamin D levels and recommending supplementation. But virtually none do. Hundreds of studies now show that people who get enough Vitamin D have very low cancer risk. African Americans are at higher risk for cancers than anyone else, and they are the most deficient in Vita D.

Yet we run around in circles for the “Pink Ribbon” and other cancer campaigns, and where does that money go? Back to the drug companies. Whose most magnanimous act may be sending huge trailers into African American communities to do free mammograms.

This certainly feeds the cancer industry new patients, which cost insurance companies or Medicare dearly, as one course of chemo is $100k or more. (i.e. It’s NOT magnanimous.) Surgeries, radiation, another round of chemo, often a cancer patient’s bill is $1 million. Is it curing cancer though?

New research shows mammograms expose you to up to 700 times more radiation than a CT scan, highly carcinogenic. It isn’t even particularly effective, compared to harmless, inexpensive breast thermography. I believe thermography will stay way outside the mainstream for a long time yet, because mammography is huge business, just part of the $75 billion annual Cancer Industry.

When you find a tiny tumor in the breast in a routine screening, it may be many years from causing a health problem. But you can put that woman into chemotherapy and, since she’s healthy and in no jeopardy of the cancer causing a problem anyway, she artificially inflates the “chemotherapy success” statistics. Not because she’s “cured,” but because she survives chemo for five years.

(Hodgkin’s Disease is one of the 4 types of cancer the medical profession can actually claim good success with, using chemotherapy. However, 80% of Hodgkin’s patients treated with chemo develop leukemia or another cancer. Is that, then, a success?)

My original point, though, was that if the Pink Ribbon campaign were truly about saving people, they would fill that van with Vitamin D supplements to hand out.

Tomorrow I announce my next series of blog posts regarding my visits to Dr. Connealy in CA and Dr. Contreras in Tijuana!

Posted in: Health Concerns, Holistic Care, Lifestyle, Natural Remedies

20 thoughts on “Psst! Don’t tell anyone I’m an M.D. recommending nutrition info!”

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  1. How do you know you’re getting a good vitamin D supplement? Are any of them good enough?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Sarah, I don’t know but have read that an oil-based D supplement is best. Get D3.

  2. Anonymous says:


    Thank you so much for this post! You just verbalized many of my frustrations about the entire medical industry. It’s hard understand why most out there just don’t see these problems!

    I am lucky to have found an MD who uses his brain enough to know that 90% of the time, drugs don’t help and nutrition and natural healing is the way to go. Unfortunately, he doesn’t take health insurance. Why? Because the health insurance companies do not have a code for his treatments, therefore the treatments don’t exist in their world (and are assumed to be “quakery.”). So, going to him is outragously expensive and a great financial hardship on my family. But, the hardship would be greatly worsened, just in different ways, if I were to be treated by a conventional MD.

    We were also lucky to find a pediatrician (recommended by my MD) who believes in natural remedies. It was so nice to walk into her office and hear her say, “okay, no problem” when I said I wasn’t going to vaccinate my child.

    Good MDs are out there, but Robyn is right that they are an endangered species, maybe even extinct!

    Great post!

  3. I love your blog and get so much inspiration from you Robyn. Thanks for what you do.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Amen, Robyn! Thank you for this post. So very true.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It is a very sad state of affairs, but it reminds me that ultimately my health is dependent on me, and not what my doctor does or doesn’t know about nutrition. I think the tide is very slowly turning, and nutrition will be considered legit by the establishment, in time. But as for me in the present, my goal is to eat right so I don’t need to go to a doctor in the first place. That puts me in the position of power in my own life. And, I’ve already talked to the important people in my life about how I will handle things if I ever get cancer, so there are no surprises when I say ‘Nuts!’ to chemo and radiation. I’m being as proactive in my own health as I can be, and I have you to thank for it, to a large degree, Robyn. Thanks for all you do! My New Year’s resolution this year is to broaden my nutrient base, by eating one new green, veggie or fruit a month that I’ve never eaten before. This month is lamb’s lettuce. And as soon as I see them in the store again (they seem to be out of season?)…a beet. I swear.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the GAPS diet? Do you ever think there’s a time when animal products could be healing and nourishing? I have a history of infertility, and after following a plant-based diet for years (w/ lots of plant-based fats), I’m wondering if adding in some more meat, yogurt, eggs, could be beneficial? Yet, when I think of The China Study I say no, no, no! But, could there ever be an appropriate time to use more animal products? Curiosity piqued by this article:

    I’d love your thoughts…


  7. Robyn,

    I am frustrated with the pediatrician that i take my kids to. Every time I take them in he seems to find an ear infection, that is “really bad” and needs antibiotics, yet they have never once complained that their ears hurt. i have been doing the 12 Steps for 2 years now and love it. This past year I was the healthiest I have ever been and suffered 2 miscarriages. My question for you is, do you know of any good naturopathic doctors or MD’s that you can recommend in Utah County/Salt Lake County? I would really like to take my kids to a naturopathic doctor or MD (who doesn’t continually push drugs or tell me to feed my kids hot dogs and slather things with butter so they’ll gain weight – my husband and I are small!!) instead of the pediatrician they are currently with. I would also like to meet with someone else about my miscarriages. My midwife wants to do a bunch of blood tests which could result in taking a lot of medication. Just curious. Thanks!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Karen, the docs I know who practice more holistically are Hugo Rodier M.D. (Draper, he’s kind of a one-size-fits-all guy and will put you through a very sound food elim program but with no support, instructions, recipes whatsoever). Dr. Vaughn Johnson, M.D., Provo I think. Dianne Farley Jones, M.D., and Steven Jones (nurse practitioner or P.A. I think, her husband), Alpine. I am sure there are more, and I don’t have a specific recommendation as I have never needed and therefore gone to one. I have never heard of anyone claiming to be able to prevent miscarriages—holistically or medically, unfortunately. I had four of them myself (all back in my awful standard American habits days)—still got four great kids out of the deal. IDK why it happened.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of nutrional info…does anyone know where a person can get purslane seeds or seedlings? I live in So Cal – a MECCA of every conceiveable trendy health food, and no store carries purslane. I get blank stares from the produce managers, even at Whole Foods. So I am always on the lookout for it on my walks thorugh the countryside, since people say it grows everywhere. I have yet to see it. And none of the local nurseries have seedlings, seeds, or have ever heard of it. But I here it’s really good for you. Any tips?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sorry for the typos – obviously typed that in a hurry.

  10. Robyn, have you heard about the engine 2 diet? Their blog is

    They recently said they don’t recommend green smoothies because apparently the fiber is too broken down as well as the sugars in the fruit and it’s just a surge of sugar in your body (they describe it better 🙂 ) I LOVE my green smoothies, please prove them wrong (even though I love many things their blog has to say) so that I can keep enjoying them 🙂


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Carly, I will take this on, on the blog. Will write a report on it since several people have written us this week. Thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    To mgm, Try Territorial Seeds in Oregon, I get all kind of odd seeds for greens from them!

  12. Anonymous says:

    thanks, Paula : )

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the Doctor recommendations Robyn. We live in Southern Salt Lake County and have been looking for someone – well, not really looking as we haven’t seen a doctor in a few years besides the routine kid checkups. Called Dr. Rodier’s office today for an appointment just to get in as new patients and if we ever need him. My DH likes to have a checkup every once in awhile. I have been turned off by Doctors who balk at raw milk and say “chicken nuggets are okay – just buy the ones without trans fats” – a doctor should be telling us NO NO NO! Stay away!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    One other comment – my brother’s dentist a few months back offered to give him ideas on how to prevent tooth decay and disease in his children. When my brother went back and asked for the info, he was given a few books, one of which was The China Study. The others, I believe, were a book and a recipe book promoting a diet with no animal protein. I know a dentist is not an MD, but how cool is that!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Heather, that is great! They are the minority but they do exist. Garon Larson is a GSG reader and China Study fan and a dentist in Alpine. I believe there is a HOLiSTIC dentist named Mark Flack in the SLC area as well.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Garon Larson – that’s him!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Heather, LOL….I was hoping there were two dentists that educated!

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