Why I Left Orthodox Medicine: Healing for the 21st Century by Derrick Lonsdale

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Several years went by, and the mother brought the child to see me again. I reinstated the vitamin and it did seem to help her in that it seemed to calm her. The point is this: here we had a child whose biochemical abnormality was known. We knew that the enzyme responsible for carrying out the metabolic processing of three amino acids was defective. We also knew that this enzyme required vitamin B1 as a cofactor. It seems reasonable that if you recognize a cripple, you should at least offer him a cane to help him walk.

This child had been diagnosed before the screening tests had come into being and was already retarded by the time that the condition had been recognized. He developed a cold, just as any child might. But I was concerned about what it might do to his primary condition, the PKU. I performed daily blood tests on him throughout his illness and found something that I found to be profoundly important. His blood phenylalanine increased a little more each day until it reached a pinnacle and began to decrease until it reached the level that it had been before his cold started.

Let me provide a simple example. I was asked to see a lady in her sixties. She had experienced many episodes of fever in which her body temperature would be as high as 104°F. She had been investigated repeatedly for evidence of obscure infections, none of which had ever been shown to be present. I assumed that her fever was really a form of stress response to a nonexistent stressor. I believed that her brain was deceiving her insofar as it was under the impression that she was in some way being attacked by a stressor.

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