Dr. John Young was Jason Hartman’s guest on episode #36 of The Longevity Show. Like many doctors, Young entered medical school with high hopes of curing illnesses and making sick people well. It wasn’t long before he realized that the primary task of a modern physician is to match the appropriate drug to an ailment, and that the real benefactors in the healthcare industry are the pharmaceutical companies, to the tune of billions of dollars annually.
Luckily for the hundreds of patients Young has successfully treated, he wasn’t happy with the status quo. He went back to the basics of medicine, combing papers and practices of the early 20th century, in an era before Big Pharma came into existence, to learn how to really cure disease from the cellular level.
Young’s revolutionary approach is detailed in his book, “Beyond Treatment.” Jason talks with Dr. Young about his ideas for turning sick people healthy. Interestingly, Vitamin D3 is more important than you ever imagined, and there are only eight minerals needed for survival.
Show Me the Money
The phrase, “Show me the money!” was popularized a few decades back by a screaming Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Maguire. Unfortunately, modern “healing” has adopted a similar approach. Doctors “treat” patients by prescribing (sometimes) a succession of drugs, one to treat the predominant complaint and then others to treat the side effects that pop up shortly afterwards. Pharmaceutical companies get rich and sick people rarely get better. To an idealistic doctor like John Young on the way up, this reality was unacceptable. It was time to hit the books. The REAL books.
Gotta Get Back in Time
When Dr. Young refers to going back to what the “old guys” did, he refers to medical practices in the 1920’s and 1930’s, in the days before Big Pharma was a force. This was a time when a doctor had to understand how the human body worked. He (or she) didn’t have magical procedures and a rack of high dollar pills to fall back on. Young soon realized the secret to health lay in developing a strong immune system and equally strong cell membranes.
The Importance of Protein
Young’s studies led to the realization that the secret to vigorous health lay in educating patients on how to develop a strong immune system and strong cell membranes. A startling number of chronic diseases like arthritis , diabetes, etc. were the result of too little protein in the diet. A good rule of thumb is that you should eat half your body weight in grams of protein each day, but never go over 90 grams on any particular day.
For example, if you weigh 170 lbs, you should consume 85 grams of protein daily. By the math a 200 lb person should take in 100 grams per day BUT – remember not to go over 90. While adequate protein intake is critical to good health, too much can be hard on the kidneys.
One of the most prevalent diseases around is type 2 diabetes. A skyrocketing number of people suffer from this sneaky disease of the modern diet. What too few people realize is that faulty insulin receptors can be reset by getting enough protein.
What’s the Right Kind of Protein?
When it comes to protein, the usual suspects are safe: fish, eggs, beef…and whey protein? Young informs us that whey protein is a fast-absorbing, high-quality protein powder derived from milk. Look for a brand manufactured with low heat and no maltodextrin. This has probably the highest amount of quality protein per gram you will find.
Some patients complain about the high cost of whey protein. As Young points out, you can pay a little money upfront on prevention or a lot down the road when you acquire a chronic disease. Your choice.
D3 is the Super-Vitamin
Dr. Young takes a dramatic departure from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations when it comes to Vitamin D3. According to government scientists, the levels of supplementation Young recommends would be toxic, but he keeps a close watch on calcium levels and has not observed the FDA side effects.
While adequate protein intake addresses the problem of a weak immune system, Vitamin D3 goes to the heart of malfunctioning or weak cell membranes, which is the second major issue for those with chronic diseases. The FDA suggests 600 international units daily, while Young thinks you need 5,000 – 10,000 just to stay alive, and he’s not averse to prescribing 20,000 for a month or longer to address side effects caused by long-term Vitamin D3 deficiency.
The Link Between Vitamin D3 Levels and Health
To get down to basics, our bodies are composed of cells. They’re the building blocks. And the cell membrane is the gatekeeper. If your cell membranes aren’t right, your body won’t produce enough Vitamin D3 to keep you healthy. How can you tell if there’s something amiss with your cell membranes? Go outside in the middle of June between the hours of 10am and 2pm. If you don’t burn, your Vitamin D3 levels are probably fine. If you burn, there could be a problem. Your body is not producing enough of the vitamin to protect your skin.
Consider the evidence. In 1900, there was a 1% to 3% incidence of skin cancer in the general population. Since the advent of highly processed foods which inhibit Vitamin D3 production (primarily hydrogenated oils and sugars), skin cancer has shot up to 20%, a direct result of a vitamin and mineral leaching Western diet.
Holiday Advice and More Information
Dr. Young’s best advice on holiday eating? Stock up on protein and dial down carbohydrates. For more information on Beyond Treatment practices, visit Young’s website at YoungHealth.com. (Image: Flickr | colindunn)
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