Friday, June 22, 2007

A Letter to Michael Moore

As a healthcare professional for 27 yrs. who is in remission from Lupus; I have experienced our healthcare system from both sides. To say I'm not impressed is an understatement. But you've given me reason to be hopeful. I am anxiously awaiting your movie Sicko. Sicko will be, I hope, a grassroots wake up call.

It is a travesty that conventional health care is now the number one killer. We have to stop thinking the next best drug is a route to wellness. There are plenty of studies to validate it isn't. Illness is a cry from your body for nutrients it isn't getting. Our bodies are not deficient in antidepressants, antacids, anticholesterol drugs, steroids or the myriad of other pharmaceuticals available to us. Nor does treating symptoms create wellness. Pharmaceuticals may stifle symptoms but they do not create wellness. In treatment of chronic illness pharmaceuticals many times create a need for more pharmaceuticals. The body needs and utilizes nutrients not synthetic drugs. It's an oversimplified way to say it but basically, nutrients support the body whereas drugs deplete the body of nutrients and cause the body to work harder to perform the biological actions it needs to make in order to survive.

I was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease back in 1987 which then gradually morphed into mostly Lupus. Conventional drug-oriented medicine does not have good answers for auto-immune illnesses. I found my salvation and regained my life thru nutrition and glyconutritional supplementation. Remission is a wonderful thing!

There came a time in my journey when my rheumatologist threw his hands up and said "I don't know". The sad thing is he was a good doctor. They simply really "don't know" when it comes to auto-immune disorders and other chronic diseases. Our medical system is as poor in treating chronic illness, as it is good for treatment of trauma and acute care. There are no good treatments for lupus and other auto-immune illnesses.

The moment my rheumatologist said "he didn't know" was a turning point for me. I realized if I was to have any quality of life at all I would have to take responsibility for my wellness and seek what answers I could find. My search led me to nutrition and glyconutritionals. If I had continued only conventional treatment ...... well, let me put it this way ..... my pulmonary physician referred to me as "unfortunate" and "steroid dependent" in his notes when he sent me to pulmonary rehab. All my docs concurred I would be on steroids the rest of my life and disability was looming in my near future.

Hippocrates said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."

The glyconutrient supplementation I take is basically food; nutrients we should get in our food supply but don't for various reasons. It is important to note every cell in your body is made up of the nutrients you put in. Frankly, if you put in junk you're going to get junk. The body is a miracle and it can compensate for lack of good nutrition for a time, but sooner or later poor nutrition will result in illness.

The average person thinks because they have a full plate of food three meals a day they are well-nourished. We aren't. In fact, because of the amount of processed food we eat, the nutrient-depleted soil we grow our food in and green-harvesting; we are grossly under-nourished and this is one of the reasons we are seeing such a rise in autoimmune illnesses, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is also a big part of the reason we are seeing typically adult-onset diseases striking our children.

Do you know how nutrient-poor our produce is? Today, it takes 2 lbs of spinach to get the amount of Vitamin A we used to get in 1 lb of spinach. All of our produce is this vitamin deficient and because of this we can't eat enough to get the nutrients we need for health. That is why the food pyramid was re-formulated to include more servings. And that is why in 2002 the AMA in it's Journal recommended everyone supplement their diet. Sadly that recommendation came and went pretty much unnoticed.

Mr Moore, it's startling to realize that in the fifteen years my lupus was active no physician ever inquired about or made any suggestions as to my nutritional intake. Unfortunately, the lack of doctor/patient discussion regarding nutrition is not unusual. Some folks give doctors a pass on that; saying they aren't trained in nutrition. But I don't give them a pass. FOOD is what makes the body work. Would we give a pass to a mechanic who didn't know the importance of gas or oil to a car?

For a number of reasons it is unconscionable nutrition is not the first line of (prevention and) defense put in action by conventional medicine. First, a body fighting an illness requires more nutrients. Second, it is known pharmaceuticals deplete your body of crucial nutrients. Why then, is nutrition not the first thing discussed with patients? Surely nutrition (and/or the lack of) impacts the course of disease and at the cellular level the ability to combat the disease. Why is the medical community not giving sick folks every opportunity to heal? And seemingly healthy folks the chance to prevent illness?

Do you know cancer is the #1 killer of children? Think about it, Mr Moore, the only species on the face of the earth which goes out of it's way to feed it's children crap is the human species. It's deplorable. Look in folks grocery carts next time you go to the grocery store. What kind of society allows their children to be killed with cartoon characters?

It is unconscionable, Mr Moore, that we dump so many billions into cancer research and barely (if at all) discuss PREVENTION. Do you know according to the World Health Organization 70% of ALL cancer can be PREVENTED by proper diet? Why then are we dumping billions into research and barely discussing prevention when so many lives could be saved by nutrition education? What does that say for the multibillion dollar cancer industry? Powerful conglomerates and even goverment agencies block access to alternative cancer treatments which have been proven to be efficacious. No, Mr Moore, the war is not being fought on cancer. Not seriously. Someone is making too much money from it.

We must learn to take personal responsibility for our wellness instead of relying on the next best drug, enact a strong national nutrition education program to make proactive wellness a cultural norm (just as the pharmaceutical industry uses tv commercials to make drug taking a normal action) and we desperately must reform the FDA. It's sad to say but no wonder the number one killer today is conventional medicine.

That's why I'm excited about your movie Sicko Mr Moore. Only a person of your stature could of made this movie. Thank you for putting yourself on the line in making it. The truth needs to be told. Desperately. In addition to hopefully spurring reform of the FDA, perhaps, it will wake folks up to the personal responsibility they MUST take for their wellness. Reaching for the next best drug is a prescription for just more illness.

And Mr Moore...... about your weight...... email me!


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Pam Murphy, B.S.,RRT has been a healthcare professional for 27 yrs and has a thriving wellness business. She is completing a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and enjoys helping others support/regain their health. Contact her at:

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