The Interdependence of Physiological Processes

Dennis Perman_Message of the Week

Dear Doctor:

The relationship between the brain and the body is infinitely complex, with nuances we are only beginning to understand. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try everything possible to comprehend how to support this relationship, but it does uncover a trap Organized Health has consistently fallen into in their quest for effective treatment – overlooking the interdependence of physiological processes.

Nothing in our biochemistry happens in a vacuum – every effort we make to alter human function has a potential upside and a potential risk, and minimizing those risks is what creates the boundaries of health care. Chemotherapy for cancer patients, for example, requires weighing the balances – is a toxic drug worth the trade-off of the possible harm to normal tissue? Often yes, but where is that line?

Three recent articles illustrating this challenge drew my attention. First, studies in the US and Israel are documenting the onset of myocarditis in response to COVID vaccination. The CDC is investigating at least 125 cases of heart inflammation following the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Unlike the blood-clotting side effects noticed in women over 50, these coronary issues target young men, who have reported chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling of hands and feet, lightheadedness, fainting and heart palpitations. If any of your patients describe such symptoms to you after vaccination, they must be examined by experts to rule out serious disease.

The second article confirms the ten-figure verdict against Johnson and Johnson, whose iconic talcum powder was shown to cause some women to develop ovarian cancer. J&J has stopped selling their powders in the US and Canada, though they are still available elsewhere in the world.

Finally, a new medication called semaglutide, marketed under the brand name Wegovy, has been approved by the FDA as a remedy for chronic obesity. Since almost 40% of our population is obese, you can be sure this will be a popular success.

As someone who has wrestled with overweight my entire life, the lure of an outside in approach could be appealing – but instead, fearing the disruption of my metabolism by such agents, I would eschew this drug in favor of making better lifestyle decisions to manage my weight, and I have been mostly successful so far. (I did gain eight pounds in nine days on vacation, as my dear son Daniel arranged an international cuisine tour of LA that would make any foodie salivate – but I have knocked off all the extra bulk in the last week by choosing my meals and activities thoughtfully.) 

And that takes me to my point – I acknowledge that there are some people who could benefit from vaccination, those who are most vulnerable, and others whose obesity has reached the point where no amount of dieting and exercise will suffice. But using those substances instead of accepting responsibility for ourselves is dangerous. There are probably non-toxic talcum powders, but without awareness about ostensibly harmless interventions like these, people are exposed, not realizing the jeopardy they place themselves in by succumbing to the manufacturers’ special interests.

Until we appreciate and honor the interconnection between all the chemical reactions of our brain and body, we may look past the hazards of drugs and products that can hurt us. It’s a good thing our inherent self-regulation and self-healing is so powerful, or else the problem would be a lot worse – but it still behooves us to carefully consider what we put in (or on) our bodies and why, to reduce the probability of unwanted and sometimes lethal effects, and to optimize our health and wellness through common sense and good judgment.

Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global     

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